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An interpretive biography of the life of Marie Curie in unconventional graphic novel form, Redniss's tale benefits from her on-the-spot research into the various venues frequented by Curie. Blocks of robustly informative text are bolstered by drawings reminiscent of Egon Schiele's work, in an aptly European style.

July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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