December 2010 Indie Next List
“Bakewell has written a thoroughly engaging look at the life and work of Michel de Montaigne, whose incessantly questioning approach to life is both remarkably modern and usefully instructive, even though he composed his famous essays more than 400 years ago.”
— Dale Szczeblowski, Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA
Winter 2019 Reading Group Indie Next List
“This is a vibrant and erudite engagement with Montaigne’s interrogation of his experience that somehow balances earnestness and cleverness while honoring the nuance of Montaigne’s thought. A book that lives up to its seemingly ironic title, teaching us to live a little more fully and a little more humbly.”
— Jeff Deutsch, Seminary Co-Op Bookstore, Chicago, IL
About the Author
Sarah Bakewell was a curator of early printed books at the Wellcome Library before becoming a full-time writer, publishing her highly acclaimed biographies "The Smart "and "The English Dane. "She lives in London, where she teaches creative writing at City University and catalogs rare book collections for the National Trust.