I finished French Lessons by Alice Kaplan this afternoon, and it was an interesting read. I'm not sure it would appeal to a very broad audience as I think you have to have some connection with the french language to appreciate it at all. I don't believe I will keep it because I can't imagine needing or wanting to return to it, but it was a fairly good piece of writing that made me think about some things I hadn't considered before.
Here's another little segment I appreciated:
De Man made literature matter more than anything in the world and then said it was only literature. He had put us all in a bind. (167)