Madame Curie, by Eve Curie
An old biography written in the 30's. I picked my copy up from ARC for $1.99 but the original price was $0.50. It's a great little biography, though at first difficult to read the writing style. (I believe it was originally translated from Polish.) Much of the biography was text from letters and journals, which adds a lot of richness to the narrative. It was actually fairly gripping and reading about Marie's life made me begin to respect her as a person as well as a scientist. A biography like this helps me remember that she really was a just human, still capable of being lazy or idle.
One part of her life that struck me odd was when she was first married. She seemed the type to not care much about being a proper wife, until she got married and suddenly decided, "Oh shit, I'd better learn how to cook and clean." Since Marie's personality struck me as someone not willing to be pressured into what she was "supposed" to do as a woman, I was surprised that she was willing to take up household duties as well as work as many hours in the lab as her husband. But she ended up being a kind of 19th Century Supermom and was a very dedicated mother, wife, and scientist.