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.

April 18: "[W]ould it be too bold to imagine that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament…?"

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…