Montaigne's Life Lessons

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Given her affinity for historic texts, it's no surprise that author Sarah Bakewell would look to the past for guidance and inspiration. She stumbled upon Montaigne by chance, and in her new book "How to Live," she examines the writer's life in a fresh attempt to answer this age-old question.

The New York Times calls Bakewell's 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award winner "a delightful conversation across the centuries."


Sarah Bakewell, author of "How to Live," and of previous books including "The Smart," about an 18th-century forgery trial, and "The English Dane," an account of Jorgen Jorgenson's Icelandic revolution