Summer 2023 Book Review

How to be Authentic: Simone de Beauvoir and the Quest for Fulfillment

By Skye C. Cleary

How to be Authentic stretched and challenged me, as I had not previously known much about the philosophy of existentialism. According to Cleary, Beauvoir’s view “is that we exist first—and then spend the rest of our lives creating—not discovering who we are.” And that “to be authentic is to live in pursuit of self-creation and self-renewal, with many different paths toward diverse goals.”

Victoria Starr Marshall