By Sarah Bakewell
Winner of the 2010 nationwide publication Critics Circle Award for Biography
How to get in addition to humans, how one can care for violence, easy methods to comply with wasting anyone you love—such questions come up in such a lot people’s lives. they're all models of a larger query: How do you reside? this question obsessed Renaissance writers, none greater than Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, thought of by means of many to be the 1st really sleek person. He wrote free-roaming explorations of his strategies and event, in contrast to whatever written ahead of. greater than 400 years later, Montaigne’s honesty and beauty nonetheless draw humans to him. Readers come to him looking for companionship, knowledge, and leisure —and looking for themselves. simply as they're going to to this lively and singular biography.