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I Used to Be French: an Immature Autobiography

Order from me at iusedtobefrench@gmail.com It will cost you $22 including local tax and postage

Praise for I Used to Be French: an Immature Autobiography

  • “A decidedly libertarian autobiography… In staunch individualist fashion. he has refused all editing but his looping, quirky story quickly drew me in.” Dave, book store employee.
  • “An unexpectedly good read!” R. McHenry, surfer, rock musician.
  • “I was hooked immediately; couldn’t put it down. The details are like paint is to canvas” Bonnie Larice, hairdresser.
  • “What a thrilling trip!” Julien Bornon, international development consultant, Morocco.
  • “…a fun and interesting read that is engrossing.” Ranu Gupta, business consultant.
  • “You’re in for a debunking of everything you know to be true! – Unless, of course, somewhere in your own life, you too ‘got off the train’, refusing ‘to become somebody else to be somebody'” Joern Pallensen, self described “welfare-loving European,” Denmark.
  • “Here is the cultural biography — cultural in the broadest sense — of a man who became an American, and an American of the classic kind: ingenuous, daring, engaging, funny, and again, curious about everything in the world … He has a taste for the pungent episode, the memorable anecdote. He also displays two of the best qualities of which a good author, American or French, can ever be possessed: an exact knowledge of formal language and an intimate and loving acquaintance with the colloquial tongue.” Stephen Cox, Editor of the libertarian periodical Liberty Unbound and Professor of English at the University of California, San Diego.
  • “Rarely has sociology served literature so well as in ‘I Used to Be French’. Anthropology has often informed literature, notably in Saul Bellow’s greatest novel ‘Henderson the Rain King’, but anthropology has the advantage of the exotic. Philosophy, law, and other learned disciplines have served as points of departure for other writings, but until now, sociology has not appeared to offer much to the imagination. Yet here, the characteristically French inter-weaving of Biography and History takes the reader on a Grand Tour of comparative national cultures, inter-generational transmission of customs, and family dynamics. Delacroix gets an extraordinary amount of ethnographic mileage out of his growing-up experiences.” Peter Miller, PhD (Sociology), engraver and artist, Japan.
  • “The book discusses the transformation of a young man trapped in the France of the 50’s to a free thinker in California…The author mentions the extreme pressure of French society to conform and suppress free thought, and how this affected him…” Zouzou 141, the pseudonym of a French expatriate software architect in Silicon Valley. (His review is on Amazon which shows that he really exists.)
  • “Besides the beautiful stories, there are deeper levels of sociology and history at play. My favorite aspect of the presentation is that I could choose to go deep, or just stay on the surface depending on my needs at the moment. This can be a vacation time out or a thoughtful read to take to your next cocktail party/salon.” Terri Griffith, Silicon Valley professor, author, speaker.

Worst criticism of the book

  • ” ‘I Used to be French’ starts a little slow, picks up speed and by the end you are sorry to have to put it down though I have a strong feeling that we haven’t heard the last of Jacques Delacroix!” Larry Marcus, financial adviser.
  • “I’m really a 4.5 star on ‘I Used to Be French: An Immature Autobiography’ and I suspect my issue is as much with the Kindle app as it is will the real formatting.” Terri Griffith; see above.

Order the print edition from me directly below. Pay by check$22 all included. Thank you.


The Kindle version is available on Amazon.


About Jacques Delacroix

I write short stories, current events comments, and sociopolitical essays, mostly in English, some in French. There are other people with the same first name and same last name on the Internet. I am the one who put up on Amazon in 2014: "I Used to Be French: an Immature Autobiography" and also: "Les pumas de grande-banlieue." To my knowledge, I am the only Jacques Delacroix with American and English scholarly publications. In a previous life, I was a teacher and a scholar in Organizational Theory and in the Sociology of Economic Development. (Go ahead, Google me!) I live in the People’s Green Socialist Republic of Santa Cruz, California.
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