Winner of the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for BiographyHow to get along with people, how to deal with violence, how to adjust to losing someone you loveâ€”such questions arise in most peopleâ€™s lives. They are all versions of a bigger question: How do you live? This question obsessed Renaissance writers, none more than Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, considered by many to be the first truly modern individual. He wrote free-roaming explorations of his thoughts and experience, unlike anything written before. More than four hundred years later, Montaigneâ€™s honesty and charm still draw people to him. Readers come to him in search of companionship, wisdom, and entertainment â€”and in search of themselves. Just as they will to this spirited and singular biography.