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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The formidable Edwidge Danticat has won awards for her novels, short stories, and memoirs, and all of these gifts are on display in the powerful essays of CREATE DANGEROUSLY (Princeton Univ., $19.95). Each piece in this collection illuminates a corner of Danticat’s native Haiti and the Haitian diaspora, from the violent regime of “Papa Doc” Duvalier to the devastating earthquake of January 2010. In particular, Danticat highlights those “dangerous creators” who struggle to produce relevant art in the face of exile, crisis, or oppression. Her own searing blend of journalism, memoir, history, and criticism suggests that no single genre is up to such a task.

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Until he was 21, Orhan Pamuk wanted to become a painter. Thereafter, he turned to the art of “painting with words”: he became a novelist. In his six Norton lectures the Nobel laureate reflects on writing and reading fiction. THE NAÏVE AND THE SENTIMENTAL NOVELIST (Harvard Univ., $22.95) is a distinction drawn by Schiller; some writers proceed spontaneously, seemingly without forethought, others work with self-conscious attention to craft and effect. Pamuk believes all novelists are a bit of both types, as their work also appeals to both the visual and the verbal imaginations. While the writer’s search for le mot juste is famous, Pamuk concentrates on the need for l’image juste. Novels work by accretion of details, each of which is visualized by the writer and then the reader as if seen from the characters’ points of view. Novels also have a knack for giving us a world at once unique and familiar--that’s one reason we read them. Another is to find the elusive “center” where all the details merge into a coherent meaning. We search for such a center in life; we’re more apt to find it in a literary novel, such as one of Pamuk’s, or the one he considers “the greatest novel of all time,” Anna Karenina.

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