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Sarah Bakewell's National Book Critics Circle Award-winning exploration of Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592) has arrived in paperback. Like the French thinker himself, Bakewell probes basic questions deeply without relinquishing the human touch. On her website, she asked rhetorically, "Why write about Montaigne?", responding, "One answer is that he is one of the most appealing, likeable writers ever to have lived. Another is that he helped make us the way we are." A reviewer praised this charming, singular biography thusly: "Her fluid structure beautifully reflects the freeform nature of Montaigne's candid meditations on his daily life, idleness, food, and his cat." Editor's recommendation.