Just Looking, Thank You: An Amused Observer's View of Canadian Lifestyles
Macmillan of Canada (Toronto), 1976
A collection of Philip Marchand's magazine journalism from the early 1970's, focussing on the exhilarating and deeply unsettling social changes of that era, from the point of view of individuals caught up in those changes. Still surprisingly relevant.
"Marchand has a good eye for nuances, a grasp of subtleties. But what makes him different is his writing; it has an electricity to it, full of surging current and volts and quickflash jumps of power…"
Globe & Mail, October 28, 1976.
"Marchand is more than a clever stylist. He is an anthropologist-reporter…He provides some stunningly clear and sympathetic views of what it's like to be a pensioner in Victoria, an English Canadian trying to pass for French in Montreal, and an angst-ridden, middle-aged son of St. Boniface trying to pinpoint the degree of his Frenchness long after he's moved to Windsor Park."
Winnipeg Free Press, January 22, 1977.
"Marchand…gives you huge helpings of atmosphere and has a sharp eye for the nuances and minutiae of behavior. One of the incidental pleasures of the book is his ability to put the reader right inside the situation he describes."
Toronto Star, November 19, 1976.