Whether you're a die-hard fan of Sartre and Camus or a complete philosophy novice, chances are you'll enjoy this gossipy yet erudite biography of the modern existentialist movement. The stereotype of existentialists is that they spent all their time moping around Parisian cafes wearing black turtlenecks and smoking clove cigarettes. Okay, they might've done that some of the time, but they also wrote classic books, fought in the French Resistance, led social and intellectual revolutions and created a way of thinking that continues to have a huge influence on the world. Life can often feel absurd or meaningless and the existentialists dedicated much of their writing to finding ways to cope with that anxiety and enjoy a greater sense of freedom and authenticity.
Meghan Casey (Staff) (Queen's Square Library)