How to Live: Or a Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer - Sarah Bakewell

Sarah Bakewell borrows Montaigne’s own personable, anecdotal approach for her sparkling treatise on the master essayist’s life and work. HOW TO LIVE (Other Press, $25) is the matter under investigation and Bakewell, author of two previous biographies and former curator of early printed books at the Wellcome Library, examines it from 20 different perspectives (or 21, given the nearly 60 illustrations), each one integral to Montaigne’s thought and experience. Starting with how to survive the death of a loved one, Montaigne determined that “death is only a few bad moments at the end of life,” and set about the greater challenge of living.  Combining elements from the Stoics, Epicureans, and Skeptics, Montaigne developed a free-ranging philosophy based not on abstractions and ideals but on daily life and fallible humanity. Always curious, open to any and all perspectives, affable, and eager for conversation, Montaigne in his essays conveys to the reader “the feeling of meeting a real person across the centuries”; Bakewell, in this vivid profile, does the same.

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ISBN: 9781590514832
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Published: Other Press - September 20th, 2011

Millennium Trilogy Deluxe Boxed Set: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the Girl Who Played with Fire, the Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's - Stieg Larsson

I came late to the party. By the time I started The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, most Stieg Larsson fans were already on volume three, The Girl  Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. But once I opened this thriller, I couldn’t put it down. I sailed through the next two. Now I’m one of the millions who hope the feud between Larsson’s family and his girlfriend will be resolved soon so we can get a fourth book. I even made a special order for THE MILLENNIUM TRILOGY DELUXE BOXED SET (Knopf, $99), a slip-cased package of the three novels, each unjacketed, bound in full cloth and uniquely stamped, with maps and individual full-color endpapers—as well as ON STIEG LARSSON, a previously unpublished collection of essays about and correspondence with the author. Why? Well, I want to have these books forever. I think of them as a memorial to Stieg and to the most original character created by a mystery writer in a very long time, Lisbeth Salander.

Law of Attraction - Allison Leotta

I was having a particularly stressful few weeks so I picked up LAW OF ATTRACTION (Touchstone, $25), by Allison Leotta, hoping it would provide that special kind of reprieve from life’s problems that only a good mystery can. Thankfully, it did not disappoint.  Set here in Washington, the engrossing tale Leotta tells focuses on a young prosecutor who finds herself involved (in many different ways) in a difficult homicide case.  A first-time author, Leotta already excels at keeping the action going at a pace that will compel you to keep turning pages long after you should be asleep.  There are plenty of local references to make you feel as though you are part of the story, and that the characters are people you know.

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ISBN: 9781476716053
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Gallery Books - May 6th, 2014