Free eBook: ‘French Lessons’ by Alice Kaplan

It’s the beginning of a new month, and that means it’s time for another free ebook from the University of Chicago Press. This month they are giving away a memoir written by the daughter of a  Jewish lawyer who prosecuted Nazi war criminals at Nuremburg.

Brilliantly uniting the personal and the critical, French Lessons is a powerful autobiographical experiment. It tells the story of an American woman escaping into the French language and of a scholar and teacher coming to grips with her history of learning. Kaplan begins with a distinctly American quest for an imaginary France of the intelligence. But soon her infatuation with all things French comes up against the dark, unimagined recesses of French political and cultural life.

You can find the eBook in Epub format at the University of Chicago Press website.