Books Levels of Life by Julian Barnes Hardcover, 128 pages, Random House Inc, List Price: $22.95 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleLevels of LifeAuthorJulian Barnes Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon iBooks Independent Booksellers Book Summary Julian Barnes meditates on his life, from the 19th-century events that shaped his world to his transformative experiences with ballooning, photography, love and loss. Genres: Nonfiction Biography & Memoir Awards and Recognition 3 weeks on NPR Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller List Also by Julian Barnes Arthur And George The Sense Of An Ending The Noise of Time Pulse Nothing to Be Frightened Of Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about Levels of Life Review Book Reviews Julian Barnes 'Levels' With Us On Love, Loss And Ballooning September 26, 2013 In his new memoir, Julian Barnes contemplates 19th century photography, the metaphorical exhilaration of ballooning and the sudden death of his beloved wife. Reviewer Heller McAlpin says the book is beautifully written, if a little disjointed.