Date read: 28-29 January 2015
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Hardback, 205 pages
Published 2010 by It Books
Source: Deschutes Public Library
This was an excellent book! It is a work of art from the tactile cover to the paper used to the (mostly) cyanotype prints to the custom-designed typeface, which was created by the author.
This is the story of Marie Curie and her work, of the men in her life and their work, of her family and their work, of the times, and of science. It does not focus entirely on the Curie’s and spins off into other issues such as the bombing of Hiroshima, Chernobyl and Three Mile Island, The Manhattan Project and Irving Lowen’s FBI file, radium-based face cream, famous Poles, and so forth.
The use of color is generally excellent but, while I understand the intent, the medium-dark gray on black does not work (p. 106). It is appropriate as it is Marie’s description of being faced with Pierre’s lifeless body after he was run down by a horse-drawn carriage but it almost impossible to read.
There are some endnotes, which mostly provide citations to the various quotes used throughout.
Highly recommended! Excellent and beautiful. Although it did leave me wanting far more details of some things. I may have to read a “proper” biography of this remarkable woman.
It also counts for my Nonfiction Reading Challenge.
Update (30 January 2015): This also meets the A book based on a true story criterion for the 2015 Reading Challenge.