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review 2017-11-06 07:04
The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard by David A. Goodman
The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard - David A. Goodman

This is a somewhat bland novel that is supposed to be an autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard, but reads more like a Vulcan student's summary of the life of Captain Picard in which his human school mate wrote the first third dealing with Picard's childhood. Nothing particularly new or exciting to read here.


I recommend the Star Gazer novels by Michael Jan Friedman and Buried Age by Christopher L. Bennett for anyone wanting to know more about Jean-Luc Picard.

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review 2016-04-08 02:39
The One Grapes: Addressing Hospital Food with Crude Doodles - Joseph Picard
The One Grapes: Addressing Hospital Food With Crude Doodles - Joseph Picard
It's time for this month's entry in the Indies Unlimited 2016 Reading Challenge. For April, I am reviewing a humorous (or is that humourous?) book.

Author Joseph Picard is a paraplegic. In early 2015, he developed a pressure wound that landed him in the hospital for two months. So he had a lot of time to, um, appreciate the food -- and to ponder the meal order slips that the kitchen always attached to his tray. Early on, one of those slips listed, "1 EA GRAPES". As a creative kind of guy, Picard couldn't let that slide. So he doodled One Grapes having an existential moment and sent it back down with the empty tray. He heard the ladies in the kitchen liked it. So he started doing doodles on every slip, and snapping a photo of each one with his cell phone before his tray was whisked away.

With that much material, The One Grapes was practically inevitable.

I found the sketches witty enough for at least a chuckle and their descriptions charming. Picard's narration features a self-deprecating style that springs from a kind heart. Must be because he's Canadian.

If you've ever been hospitalized, you'll appreciate this book. If you know someone who's in the hospital -- or, hey, someone who works in a hospital kitchen -- this would be an awesome gift. Highly recommended, in other words, for just about everybody.
Source: www.rursdayreads.com/2016/04/the-one-grapes-addressing-hospital-food.html
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review 2014-09-25 18:13
Restoration London
Restoration London - Liza Picard

This rating (4 1/2 stars) is for Picard's Restoration London: From Poverty to Pets, From Medicine to Magic, From Slang to Sex, From Wallpaper to Women's Rights, which I can't seem to find in the database.  All of her London books are well worth a read (and tend to have interesting illustrations), and cover the social history of the city from Elizabethan through Victorian times (so roughly 1560-1870).


I'd love for her to do a "Chaucer's London," but am not sanguine (Picard is 87, I believe).

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review 2014-03-13 09:57
Dr. Johnson's London: Coffee-Houses and Climbing Boys, Medicine, Toothpaste and Gin, Poverty and Press-Gangs, Freakshows and Female Education
Dr. Johnson's London: Coffee-Houses and Climbing Boys, Medicine, Toothpaste and Gin, Poverty and Press-Gangs, Freakshows and Female Education - Liza Picard

bookshelves: winter-20102011, nonfiction, history, britain-england, published-2000, medical-eew, sciences

Read from December 18 to 21, 2010


 Home audio. You will need a strong stomach to take some of the medical stuff *shudders*

Narrator Fiona Shaw

blurb - Liza Picard certainly isn't tired of London. The lives that once thronged its streets are the stuff of her books, and Dr Johnson's London updates her 1997 volume, Restoration London, by one hundred years or so. Samuel Pepys gives way to Samuel Johnson and James Boswell, though, entertainingly, she shows no affection for the pair. She pursues them solely for their era, stretching 30 years from 1740 to 1770, pivoted on the publication of Johnson's Dictionary in 1755. Starting with a "virtual" sedan-chair tour of the city, she proceeds to elucidate every aspect of urban life, with particular attention paid to the poor, and the "middling sort", a fledgling middle class. This goes some way to redressing a balance which historically has tended to favour the rich and famous, who left behind the majority of buildings and ephemera.
Picard's conversational style, as bursting with rhetorical questions as a primary teacher, belies the breadth of her reading and research. Her informality breathes life into dry descriptions, and her sharp eye lends itself to shrewd selection from source passages. The familiarity of this Blackadder-esque London is borne out by its physical dimensions, with parks, hospitals and even bridges already starting to become recognisable to a contemporary eye, as well as its phenomena, such as lottery tickets and road rage. Although Picard sways between tenses with a giddy ease, adding a sprinkling of her own curious observations, her assimilation of information renders her prose sprightly, whether she be observing a meal in "real time", or delighting in the medical remedies, often involving quite the worst ingredients (though it's useful to know that powdered roast mouse is a reliable cure for incontinence).

Hogath's depiction of cruelty clearly shows a parish workhouse badge worn on the right arm of the light coloured youth. It was the law of the times that these badges be worn."

Rake's Progress by Hogarth"
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photo 2014-01-01 00:33

A final one for tonight, because it's just too good to resist ...

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