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Sarah Dry. Haus Pub., $15.95 (176pp) ISBN 978-1-904341-29-1

Concise and engaging, this amply illustrated history of Madame Curie, the first woman ever to win a Nobel Prize, makes an excellent introduction to the feminist icon and scientific pioneer. Dry does an excellent job of delineating the major events of Curie's life, including her early education in the underground schools of the 19th-century Polish resistance movement, her heady intellectual courtship with Pierre Curie in France, and later their discovery of radioactivity in 1898. Sidebars on topics such as the invention of the laboratory, and the inclusion of Seifert's essay on Irene Joliot-Curie, Marie Curie's less famous daughter and co-worker, make this pocket sized book especially comprehensive, and a wonderful introduction to a fascinating and inspiring career. 40 color and b&w photos and illus.