The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit

The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit

Taking as its starting point a son's decision to alter his late father's last remaining suit for himself, this is a deeply moving and brilliantly crafted story of fathers and sons, of fitting in and standing out -- and discovering what it means to be your own man. For years, journalist and amateur tailor JJ Lee tried to ignore the navy suit that hung at the back of his clos Taking as its starting point a son's decision to alter his late father's last remaining suit for himself, this is a d...

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Title:The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit
Author:J.J. Lee
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit Reviews

  • Wendy
    Oct 28, 2013

    After years of hanging in the back of his closet, JJ Lee's fathers suit became part of a larger project. While carefully unpicking the jackets' stitches to tailor it to fit himself, he began to unravel the tangled history he shared with his glamorous, dangerous parent. Along the way he...

    This book surprised me. I didn't expect to like it. I picked it up because I gravitate towards immigrant stories, being an immigrant myself. There's something about the dual-identities that draw me in, and then a deeper realisation, that immigrants are not Chinese and Canadian, or,...

    Absolutely loved this book. The author decides to alter his father's suit and this brings him to an exploration of his relationship with his father, a troubled and violent alcoholic. Interspersed with this is an exploration of the social history of the suit and menswear, and the author...

    The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit is the first full-length book written by J.J. Lee (the son in the story.) Nominated for a number of non-fiction literary awards, I was expecting to enjoy a well-written book in one of my favourite genres - memoirs of a pers...

    If you have a less than perfect relationship with your dad - and I don't know many who haven't - then this book is for you. Plus you get to learn a lot about sartorial history and men's fashion, like - something that's oft repeated throughout the book - never button the last button on ...

    3.5 stars in truth, for me. This book was a fascinating mix of memoir and fashion history. I'm not entirely sure it pulled together as strongly as I was hoping, but the author's writing was very precise and sincere. This one is worth your time, especially if you're mens fashion enthusi...

    The subtitle describes the book perfectly. As Lee works at remaking his only legacy from his father, a suit, he unravels his past. He comes to understand his father's demons in some aspects and also comes to understand himself. Lee takes the book to another level by including fascinati...

    I'm tempted to say that you don't need to have sewing experience to enjoy this book, but realistically an interest in sewing, fashion or fabric will keep you more engaged. For sure, you'll never look at a suit the same way after reading this book! Nice blend of three stories: the re...

    For me, the best memoirs combine several storylines - several threads, if you will - into one cohesive story. This is the style of book I would like to one day write: a memoir, an unrelated topic that is nevertheless dear to me, smatterings of history, and a few unexpected asides, just...

    JJ Lee writes an autobiographical book about his relationship with his father. He frames the story around a suit of his father's which he decides he is going to modify. I like the parts of the book that tell the story about his relationship with his father. It is a real life account of...

    This book is on the CBC Canada Reads 2018 long list and this is why I love Canada Reads. This is a book I would never have picked up on my own - I am not a fan of memoirs and have no interest in men's fashion. But I could not put this book down. I learnt a lot about a suit jacket and i...

    Quite a touching story about a father, his son and the memories the son relives while altering his father's suit. Definitely a worthy read. ...

    I'll never look at a suit the same way again. Really thoughtful. ...

    Funny, thoughtful, and moving, with tons of fascinating factoids about men's fashion, history, and culture. ...

    I picked up this book from the counter with book suggestions for Father's Day. Right from the beginning, the reader is made aware that the author's father has died; the trajectory of the narration is not in strict chronological manner. In fact, there are significant chunks of text whic...

    This is a phenomenal book which spans the topics of sociology, personal attire and its historical evolution, and personal development in relationships with the self and others. Reading this will teach you about tailoring, political and class history, art and the artist, and about men a...

    The Measure of a Man is as beautifully crafted as the handmade suits that J.J. Lee describes making in a tailor's shop in Vancouver. After his father's death, J.J. begins to deconstruct one of his suits, hoping that by transforming the suit to fit himself he might also find a better un...

    Took me a long time to get through this. There were a couple of reasons for that. For one the narrative is not pull-you-along; it's more meandering. The balance between discourses on the history of fashion and the family story was not always achieved. At points we would get back to the...

    JJ Lee?s book, The Measure of a Man, is not particularly long but it is packed with many different story lines. As he makes alterations to his father?s last surviving suit, the author tries to come to terms with his relationship to his alcoholic father. The discussion of lapels, bu...

    I had read good newspaper reviews of this book when it was first released. Then I had the opportunity to meet the author and hear his presentation at the Surrey Writer's Conference in October, 2011. What really drew me in was my own life experience with sewing, first at school and the...

    I think this book deserved all the buzz and every nomination and prize it received. Brave and witty, honest and revelatory, it's a fascinating blend of personal memoir, third-person biography, and fashion history. Starting with the author's decision to retailor his father's last su...

  • Judith
    Feb 01, 2018

    After years of hanging in the back of his closet, JJ Lee's fathers suit became part of a larger project. While carefully unpicking the jackets' stitches to tailor it to fit himself, he began to unravel the tangled history he shared with his glamorous, dangerous parent. Along the way he...

    This book surprised me. I didn't expect to like it. I picked it up because I gravitate towards immigrant stories, being an immigrant myself. There's something about the dual-identities that draw me in, and then a deeper realisation, that immigrants are not Chinese and Canadian, or,...

    Absolutely loved this book. The author decides to alter his father's suit and this brings him to an exploration of his relationship with his father, a troubled and violent alcoholic. Interspersed with this is an exploration of the social history of the suit and menswear, and the author...

    The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit is the first full-length book written by J.J. Lee (the son in the story.) Nominated for a number of non-fiction literary awards, I was expecting to enjoy a well-written book in one of my favourite genres - memoirs of a pers...

    If you have a less than perfect relationship with your dad - and I don't know many who haven't - then this book is for you. Plus you get to learn a lot about sartorial history and men's fashion, like - something that's oft repeated throughout the book - never button the last button on ...

    3.5 stars in truth, for me. This book was a fascinating mix of memoir and fashion history. I'm not entirely sure it pulled together as strongly as I was hoping, but the author's writing was very precise and sincere. This one is worth your time, especially if you're mens fashion enthusi...

    The subtitle describes the book perfectly. As Lee works at remaking his only legacy from his father, a suit, he unravels his past. He comes to understand his father's demons in some aspects and also comes to understand himself. Lee takes the book to another level by including fascinati...

    I'm tempted to say that you don't need to have sewing experience to enjoy this book, but realistically an interest in sewing, fashion or fabric will keep you more engaged. For sure, you'll never look at a suit the same way after reading this book! Nice blend of three stories: the re...

    For me, the best memoirs combine several storylines - several threads, if you will - into one cohesive story. This is the style of book I would like to one day write: a memoir, an unrelated topic that is nevertheless dear to me, smatterings of history, and a few unexpected asides, just...

    JJ Lee writes an autobiographical book about his relationship with his father. He frames the story around a suit of his father's which he decides he is going to modify. I like the parts of the book that tell the story about his relationship with his father. It is a real life account of...

    This book is on the CBC Canada Reads 2018 long list and this is why I love Canada Reads. This is a book I would never have picked up on my own - I am not a fan of memoirs and have no interest in men's fashion. But I could not put this book down. I learnt a lot about a suit jacket and i...

    Quite a touching story about a father, his son and the memories the son relives while altering his father's suit. Definitely a worthy read. ...

  • Patricia
    Oct 18, 2011

    After years of hanging in the back of his closet, JJ Lee's fathers suit became part of a larger project. While carefully unpicking the jackets' stitches to tailor it to fit himself, he began to unravel the tangled history he shared with his glamorous, dangerous parent. Along the way he...

    This book surprised me. I didn't expect to like it. I picked it up because I gravitate towards immigrant stories, being an immigrant myself. There's something about the dual-identities that draw me in, and then a deeper realisation, that immigrants are not Chinese and Canadian, or,...

    Absolutely loved this book. The author decides to alter his father's suit and this brings him to an exploration of his relationship with his father, a troubled and violent alcoholic. Interspersed with this is an exploration of the social history of the suit and menswear, and the author...

    The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit is the first full-length book written by J.J. Lee (the son in the story.) Nominated for a number of non-fiction literary awards, I was expecting to enjoy a well-written book in one of my favourite genres - memoirs of a pers...

    If you have a less than perfect relationship with your dad - and I don't know many who haven't - then this book is for you. Plus you get to learn a lot about sartorial history and men's fashion, like - something that's oft repeated throughout the book - never button the last button on ...

  • Alexis
    Mar 29, 2012

    After years of hanging in the back of his closet, JJ Lee's fathers suit became part of a larger project. While carefully unpicking the jackets' stitches to tailor it to fit himself, he began to unravel the tangled history he shared with his glamorous, dangerous parent. Along the way he...

    This book surprised me. I didn't expect to like it. I picked it up because I gravitate towards immigrant stories, being an immigrant myself. There's something about the dual-identities that draw me in, and then a deeper realisation, that immigrants are not Chinese and Canadian, or,...

    Absolutely loved this book. The author decides to alter his father's suit and this brings him to an exploration of his relationship with his father, a troubled and violent alcoholic. Interspersed with this is an exploration of the social history of the suit and menswear, and the author...

  • Marlene
    Mar 31, 2012

    After years of hanging in the back of his closet, JJ Lee's fathers suit became part of a larger project. While carefully unpicking the jackets' stitches to tailor it to fit himself, he began to unravel the tangled history he shared with his glamorous, dangerous parent. Along the way he...

    This book surprised me. I didn't expect to like it. I picked it up because I gravitate towards immigrant stories, being an immigrant myself. There's something about the dual-identities that draw me in, and then a deeper realisation, that immigrants are not Chinese and Canadian, or,...

    Absolutely loved this book. The author decides to alter his father's suit and this brings him to an exploration of his relationship with his father, a troubled and violent alcoholic. Interspersed with this is an exploration of the social history of the suit and menswear, and the author...

    The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit is the first full-length book written by J.J. Lee (the son in the story.) Nominated for a number of non-fiction literary awards, I was expecting to enjoy a well-written book in one of my favourite genres - memoirs of a pers...

    If you have a less than perfect relationship with your dad - and I don't know many who haven't - then this book is for you. Plus you get to learn a lot about sartorial history and men's fashion, like - something that's oft repeated throughout the book - never button the last button on ...

    3.5 stars in truth, for me. This book was a fascinating mix of memoir and fashion history. I'm not entirely sure it pulled together as strongly as I was hoping, but the author's writing was very precise and sincere. This one is worth your time, especially if you're mens fashion enthusi...

    The subtitle describes the book perfectly. As Lee works at remaking his only legacy from his father, a suit, he unravels his past. He comes to understand his father's demons in some aspects and also comes to understand himself. Lee takes the book to another level by including fascinati...

    I'm tempted to say that you don't need to have sewing experience to enjoy this book, but realistically an interest in sewing, fashion or fabric will keep you more engaged. For sure, you'll never look at a suit the same way after reading this book! Nice blend of three stories: the re...

    For me, the best memoirs combine several storylines - several threads, if you will - into one cohesive story. This is the style of book I would like to one day write: a memoir, an unrelated topic that is nevertheless dear to me, smatterings of history, and a few unexpected asides, just...

    JJ Lee writes an autobiographical book about his relationship with his father. He frames the story around a suit of his father's which he decides he is going to modify. I like the parts of the book that tell the story about his relationship with his father. It is a real life account of...

    This book is on the CBC Canada Reads 2018 long list and this is why I love Canada Reads. This is a book I would never have picked up on my own - I am not a fan of memoirs and have no interest in men's fashion. But I could not put this book down. I learnt a lot about a suit jacket and i...

    Quite a touching story about a father, his son and the memories the son relives while altering his father's suit. Definitely a worthy read. ...

    I'll never look at a suit the same way again. Really thoughtful. ...

    Funny, thoughtful, and moving, with tons of fascinating factoids about men's fashion, history, and culture. ...

    I picked up this book from the counter with book suggestions for Father's Day. Right from the beginning, the reader is made aware that the author's father has died; the trajectory of the narration is not in strict chronological manner. In fact, there are significant chunks of text whic...

    This is a phenomenal book which spans the topics of sociology, personal attire and its historical evolution, and personal development in relationships with the self and others. Reading this will teach you about tailoring, political and class history, art and the artist, and about men a...

    The Measure of a Man is as beautifully crafted as the handmade suits that J.J. Lee describes making in a tailor's shop in Vancouver. After his father's death, J.J. begins to deconstruct one of his suits, hoping that by transforming the suit to fit himself he might also find a better un...

    Took me a long time to get through this. There were a couple of reasons for that. For one the narrative is not pull-you-along; it's more meandering. The balance between discourses on the history of fashion and the family story was not always achieved. At points we would get back to the...

    JJ Lee?s book, The Measure of a Man, is not particularly long but it is packed with many different story lines. As he makes alterations to his father?s last surviving suit, the author tries to come to terms with his relationship to his alcoholic father. The discussion of lapels, bu...

    I had read good newspaper reviews of this book when it was first released. Then I had the opportunity to meet the author and hear his presentation at the Surrey Writer's Conference in October, 2011. What really drew me in was my own life experience with sewing, first at school and the...

    I think this book deserved all the buzz and every nomination and prize it received. Brave and witty, honest and revelatory, it's a fascinating blend of personal memoir, third-person biography, and fashion history. Starting with the author's decision to retailor his father's last su...

    I really enjoyed this book. Packed into few pages are stories about a father/son relationship, about living in Montreal and Vancouver, and about being Chinese, and threaded (pardon the pun) through it all is a history of the male fashion, the suit. For me, all themes were interesting, ...

  • Diane
    Nov 18, 2012

    After years of hanging in the back of his closet, JJ Lee's fathers suit became part of a larger project. While carefully unpicking the jackets' stitches to tailor it to fit himself, he began to unravel the tangled history he shared with his glamorous, dangerous parent. Along the way he...

    This book surprised me. I didn't expect to like it. I picked it up because I gravitate towards immigrant stories, being an immigrant myself. There's something about the dual-identities that draw me in, and then a deeper realisation, that immigrants are not Chinese and Canadian, or,...

    Absolutely loved this book. The author decides to alter his father's suit and this brings him to an exploration of his relationship with his father, a troubled and violent alcoholic. Interspersed with this is an exploration of the social history of the suit and menswear, and the author...

    The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit is the first full-length book written by J.J. Lee (the son in the story.) Nominated for a number of non-fiction literary awards, I was expecting to enjoy a well-written book in one of my favourite genres - memoirs of a pers...

    If you have a less than perfect relationship with your dad - and I don't know many who haven't - then this book is for you. Plus you get to learn a lot about sartorial history and men's fashion, like - something that's oft repeated throughout the book - never button the last button on ...

    3.5 stars in truth, for me. This book was a fascinating mix of memoir and fashion history. I'm not entirely sure it pulled together as strongly as I was hoping, but the author's writing was very precise and sincere. This one is worth your time, especially if you're mens fashion enthusi...

    The subtitle describes the book perfectly. As Lee works at remaking his only legacy from his father, a suit, he unravels his past. He comes to understand his father's demons in some aspects and also comes to understand himself. Lee takes the book to another level by including fascinati...

    I'm tempted to say that you don't need to have sewing experience to enjoy this book, but realistically an interest in sewing, fashion or fabric will keep you more engaged. For sure, you'll never look at a suit the same way after reading this book! Nice blend of three stories: the re...

    For me, the best memoirs combine several storylines - several threads, if you will - into one cohesive story. This is the style of book I would like to one day write: a memoir, an unrelated topic that is nevertheless dear to me, smatterings of history, and a few unexpected asides, just...

    JJ Lee writes an autobiographical book about his relationship with his father. He frames the story around a suit of his father's which he decides he is going to modify. I like the parts of the book that tell the story about his relationship with his father. It is a real life account of...

    This book is on the CBC Canada Reads 2018 long list and this is why I love Canada Reads. This is a book I would never have picked up on my own - I am not a fan of memoirs and have no interest in men's fashion. But I could not put this book down. I learnt a lot about a suit jacket and i...

    Quite a touching story about a father, his son and the memories the son relives while altering his father's suit. Definitely a worthy read. ...

    I'll never look at a suit the same way again. Really thoughtful. ...

    Funny, thoughtful, and moving, with tons of fascinating factoids about men's fashion, history, and culture. ...

    I picked up this book from the counter with book suggestions for Father's Day. Right from the beginning, the reader is made aware that the author's father has died; the trajectory of the narration is not in strict chronological manner. In fact, there are significant chunks of text whic...

    This is a phenomenal book which spans the topics of sociology, personal attire and its historical evolution, and personal development in relationships with the self and others. Reading this will teach you about tailoring, political and class history, art and the artist, and about men a...

    The Measure of a Man is as beautifully crafted as the handmade suits that J.J. Lee describes making in a tailor's shop in Vancouver. After his father's death, J.J. begins to deconstruct one of his suits, hoping that by transforming the suit to fit himself he might also find a better un...

    Took me a long time to get through this. There were a couple of reasons for that. For one the narrative is not pull-you-along; it's more meandering. The balance between discourses on the history of fashion and the family story was not always achieved. At points we would get back to the...

    JJ Lee?s book, The Measure of a Man, is not particularly long but it is packed with many different story lines. As he makes alterations to his father?s last surviving suit, the author tries to come to terms with his relationship to his alcoholic father. The discussion of lapels, bu...

    I had read good newspaper reviews of this book when it was first released. Then I had the opportunity to meet the author and hear his presentation at the Surrey Writer's Conference in October, 2011. What really drew me in was my own life experience with sewing, first at school and the...

    I think this book deserved all the buzz and every nomination and prize it received. Brave and witty, honest and revelatory, it's a fascinating blend of personal memoir, third-person biography, and fashion history. Starting with the author's decision to retailor his father's last su...

    I really enjoyed this book. Packed into few pages are stories about a father/son relationship, about living in Montreal and Vancouver, and about being Chinese, and threaded (pardon the pun) through it all is a history of the male fashion, the suit. For me, all themes were interesting, ...

    An interesting, yet somewhat uncoordinated approach of telling a father's life through fashion and suits. Good language but all over the place. ...

    I loved this book. I was equally drawn to the father-son story and the sartorial tips for men. JJ Lee?s search for a father through a craft could also have been called ?The Measure of Compassion.? Coping with the loss of a parent while they are still very much alive is a trial...

    It is amazing that this book, so average looking in size, can encompass to much. The relationship of a son to his father, the evolution of men's fashion, the coming of age of the author, and the art of tailoring are all presented in this mashup in a most engaging way. I have listened t...

    This is the type of book that evokes feelings. An excellent example of melding together fact-finding and historical investigation with personal memoir. JJ Lee really cares and wants to know more about his two main subjects in this book - suits and his father. And learning about suits i...

    Great title for this autobiography by Chinese-Canadian journalist JJ Lee. Lee writes a fashion column for a Canadian daily and what he doesn't know about men's suits isn't worth knowing. He learned how to tailor to alter his deceased father's suit for himself. The metaphor of coming to...

  • Sharon
    Nov 15, 2017

    After years of hanging in the back of his closet, JJ Lee's fathers suit became part of a larger project. While carefully unpicking the jackets' stitches to tailor it to fit himself, he began to unravel the tangled history he shared with his glamorous, dangerous parent. Along the way he...

    This book surprised me. I didn't expect to like it. I picked it up because I gravitate towards immigrant stories, being an immigrant myself. There's something about the dual-identities that draw me in, and then a deeper realisation, that immigrants are not Chinese and Canadian, or,...

    Absolutely loved this book. The author decides to alter his father's suit and this brings him to an exploration of his relationship with his father, a troubled and violent alcoholic. Interspersed with this is an exploration of the social history of the suit and menswear, and the author...

    The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit is the first full-length book written by J.J. Lee (the son in the story.) Nominated for a number of non-fiction literary awards, I was expecting to enjoy a well-written book in one of my favourite genres - memoirs of a pers...

    If you have a less than perfect relationship with your dad - and I don't know many who haven't - then this book is for you. Plus you get to learn a lot about sartorial history and men's fashion, like - something that's oft repeated throughout the book - never button the last button on ...

    3.5 stars in truth, for me. This book was a fascinating mix of memoir and fashion history. I'm not entirely sure it pulled together as strongly as I was hoping, but the author's writing was very precise and sincere. This one is worth your time, especially if you're mens fashion enthusi...

    The subtitle describes the book perfectly. As Lee works at remaking his only legacy from his father, a suit, he unravels his past. He comes to understand his father's demons in some aspects and also comes to understand himself. Lee takes the book to another level by including fascinati...

    I'm tempted to say that you don't need to have sewing experience to enjoy this book, but realistically an interest in sewing, fashion or fabric will keep you more engaged. For sure, you'll never look at a suit the same way after reading this book! Nice blend of three stories: the re...

    For me, the best memoirs combine several storylines - several threads, if you will - into one cohesive story. This is the style of book I would like to one day write: a memoir, an unrelated topic that is nevertheless dear to me, smatterings of history, and a few unexpected asides, just...

    JJ Lee writes an autobiographical book about his relationship with his father. He frames the story around a suit of his father's which he decides he is going to modify. I like the parts of the book that tell the story about his relationship with his father. It is a real life account of...

    This book is on the CBC Canada Reads 2018 long list and this is why I love Canada Reads. This is a book I would never have picked up on my own - I am not a fan of memoirs and have no interest in men's fashion. But I could not put this book down. I learnt a lot about a suit jacket and i...

    Quite a touching story about a father, his son and the memories the son relives while altering his father's suit. Definitely a worthy read. ...

    I'll never look at a suit the same way again. Really thoughtful. ...

    Funny, thoughtful, and moving, with tons of fascinating factoids about men's fashion, history, and culture. ...

  • Joanne-in-Canada
    Nov 11, 2012

    After years of hanging in the back of his closet, JJ Lee's fathers suit became part of a larger project. While carefully unpicking the jackets' stitches to tailor it to fit himself, he began to unravel the tangled history he shared with his glamorous, dangerous parent. Along the way he...

    This book surprised me. I didn't expect to like it. I picked it up because I gravitate towards immigrant stories, being an immigrant myself. There's something about the dual-identities that draw me in, and then a deeper realisation, that immigrants are not Chinese and Canadian, or,...

    Absolutely loved this book. The author decides to alter his father's suit and this brings him to an exploration of his relationship with his father, a troubled and violent alcoholic. Interspersed with this is an exploration of the social history of the suit and menswear, and the author...

    The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit is the first full-length book written by J.J. Lee (the son in the story.) Nominated for a number of non-fiction literary awards, I was expecting to enjoy a well-written book in one of my favourite genres - memoirs of a pers...

    If you have a less than perfect relationship with your dad - and I don't know many who haven't - then this book is for you. Plus you get to learn a lot about sartorial history and men's fashion, like - something that's oft repeated throughout the book - never button the last button on ...

    3.5 stars in truth, for me. This book was a fascinating mix of memoir and fashion history. I'm not entirely sure it pulled together as strongly as I was hoping, but the author's writing was very precise and sincere. This one is worth your time, especially if you're mens fashion enthusi...

    The subtitle describes the book perfectly. As Lee works at remaking his only legacy from his father, a suit, he unravels his past. He comes to understand his father's demons in some aspects and also comes to understand himself. Lee takes the book to another level by including fascinati...

    I'm tempted to say that you don't need to have sewing experience to enjoy this book, but realistically an interest in sewing, fashion or fabric will keep you more engaged. For sure, you'll never look at a suit the same way after reading this book! Nice blend of three stories: the re...

  • Kate
    Nov 08, 2016

    After years of hanging in the back of his closet, JJ Lee's fathers suit became part of a larger project. While carefully unpicking the jackets' stitches to tailor it to fit himself, he began to unravel the tangled history he shared with his glamorous, dangerous parent. Along the way he...

    This book surprised me. I didn't expect to like it. I picked it up because I gravitate towards immigrant stories, being an immigrant myself. There's something about the dual-identities that draw me in, and then a deeper realisation, that immigrants are not Chinese and Canadian, or,...

    Absolutely loved this book. The author decides to alter his father's suit and this brings him to an exploration of his relationship with his father, a troubled and violent alcoholic. Interspersed with this is an exploration of the social history of the suit and menswear, and the author...

    The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit is the first full-length book written by J.J. Lee (the son in the story.) Nominated for a number of non-fiction literary awards, I was expecting to enjoy a well-written book in one of my favourite genres - memoirs of a pers...

    If you have a less than perfect relationship with your dad - and I don't know many who haven't - then this book is for you. Plus you get to learn a lot about sartorial history and men's fashion, like - something that's oft repeated throughout the book - never button the last button on ...

    3.5 stars in truth, for me. This book was a fascinating mix of memoir and fashion history. I'm not entirely sure it pulled together as strongly as I was hoping, but the author's writing was very precise and sincere. This one is worth your time, especially if you're mens fashion enthusi...

    The subtitle describes the book perfectly. As Lee works at remaking his only legacy from his father, a suit, he unravels his past. He comes to understand his father's demons in some aspects and also comes to understand himself. Lee takes the book to another level by including fascinati...

    I'm tempted to say that you don't need to have sewing experience to enjoy this book, but realistically an interest in sewing, fashion or fabric will keep you more engaged. For sure, you'll never look at a suit the same way after reading this book! Nice blend of three stories: the re...

    For me, the best memoirs combine several storylines - several threads, if you will - into one cohesive story. This is the style of book I would like to one day write: a memoir, an unrelated topic that is nevertheless dear to me, smatterings of history, and a few unexpected asides, just...

    JJ Lee writes an autobiographical book about his relationship with his father. He frames the story around a suit of his father's which he decides he is going to modify. I like the parts of the book that tell the story about his relationship with his father. It is a real life account of...

    This book is on the CBC Canada Reads 2018 long list and this is why I love Canada Reads. This is a book I would never have picked up on my own - I am not a fan of memoirs and have no interest in men's fashion. But I could not put this book down. I learnt a lot about a suit jacket and i...

    Quite a touching story about a father, his son and the memories the son relives while altering his father's suit. Definitely a worthy read. ...

    I'll never look at a suit the same way again. Really thoughtful. ...

    Funny, thoughtful, and moving, with tons of fascinating factoids about men's fashion, history, and culture. ...

    I picked up this book from the counter with book suggestions for Father's Day. Right from the beginning, the reader is made aware that the author's father has died; the trajectory of the narration is not in strict chronological manner. In fact, there are significant chunks of text whic...

    This is a phenomenal book which spans the topics of sociology, personal attire and its historical evolution, and personal development in relationships with the self and others. Reading this will teach you about tailoring, political and class history, art and the artist, and about men a...

    The Measure of a Man is as beautifully crafted as the handmade suits that J.J. Lee describes making in a tailor's shop in Vancouver. After his father's death, J.J. begins to deconstruct one of his suits, hoping that by transforming the suit to fit himself he might also find a better un...

    Took me a long time to get through this. There were a couple of reasons for that. For one the narrative is not pull-you-along; it's more meandering. The balance between discourses on the history of fashion and the family story was not always achieved. At points we would get back to the...

    JJ Lee?s book, The Measure of a Man, is not particularly long but it is packed with many different story lines. As he makes alterations to his father?s last surviving suit, the author tries to come to terms with his relationship to his alcoholic father. The discussion of lapels, bu...

    I had read good newspaper reviews of this book when it was first released. Then I had the opportunity to meet the author and hear his presentation at the Surrey Writer's Conference in October, 2011. What really drew me in was my own life experience with sewing, first at school and the...

    I think this book deserved all the buzz and every nomination and prize it received. Brave and witty, honest and revelatory, it's a fascinating blend of personal memoir, third-person biography, and fashion history. Starting with the author's decision to retailor his father's last su...

    I really enjoyed this book. Packed into few pages are stories about a father/son relationship, about living in Montreal and Vancouver, and about being Chinese, and threaded (pardon the pun) through it all is a history of the male fashion, the suit. For me, all themes were interesting, ...

    An interesting, yet somewhat uncoordinated approach of telling a father's life through fashion and suits. Good language but all over the place. ...

    I loved this book. I was equally drawn to the father-son story and the sartorial tips for men. JJ Lee?s search for a father through a craft could also have been called ?The Measure of Compassion.? Coping with the loss of a parent while they are still very much alive is a trial...

  • Lorraine
    Jul 13, 2016

    After years of hanging in the back of his closet, JJ Lee's fathers suit became part of a larger project. While carefully unpicking the jackets' stitches to tailor it to fit himself, he began to unravel the tangled history he shared with his glamorous, dangerous parent. Along the way he...

    This book surprised me. I didn't expect to like it. I picked it up because I gravitate towards immigrant stories, being an immigrant myself. There's something about the dual-identities that draw me in, and then a deeper realisation, that immigrants are not Chinese and Canadian, or,...

    Absolutely loved this book. The author decides to alter his father's suit and this brings him to an exploration of his relationship with his father, a troubled and violent alcoholic. Interspersed with this is an exploration of the social history of the suit and menswear, and the author...

    The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit is the first full-length book written by J.J. Lee (the son in the story.) Nominated for a number of non-fiction literary awards, I was expecting to enjoy a well-written book in one of my favourite genres - memoirs of a pers...

    If you have a less than perfect relationship with your dad - and I don't know many who haven't - then this book is for you. Plus you get to learn a lot about sartorial history and men's fashion, like - something that's oft repeated throughout the book - never button the last button on ...

    3.5 stars in truth, for me. This book was a fascinating mix of memoir and fashion history. I'm not entirely sure it pulled together as strongly as I was hoping, but the author's writing was very precise and sincere. This one is worth your time, especially if you're mens fashion enthusi...

    The subtitle describes the book perfectly. As Lee works at remaking his only legacy from his father, a suit, he unravels his past. He comes to understand his father's demons in some aspects and also comes to understand himself. Lee takes the book to another level by including fascinati...

  • Ian
    Jan 20, 2012

    After years of hanging in the back of his closet, JJ Lee's fathers suit became part of a larger project. While carefully unpicking the jackets' stitches to tailor it to fit himself, he began to unravel the tangled history he shared with his glamorous, dangerous parent. Along the way he...

    This book surprised me. I didn't expect to like it. I picked it up because I gravitate towards immigrant stories, being an immigrant myself. There's something about the dual-identities that draw me in, and then a deeper realisation, that immigrants are not Chinese and Canadian, or,...

    Absolutely loved this book. The author decides to alter his father's suit and this brings him to an exploration of his relationship with his father, a troubled and violent alcoholic. Interspersed with this is an exploration of the social history of the suit and menswear, and the author...

    The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit is the first full-length book written by J.J. Lee (the son in the story.) Nominated for a number of non-fiction literary awards, I was expecting to enjoy a well-written book in one of my favourite genres - memoirs of a pers...

    If you have a less than perfect relationship with your dad - and I don't know many who haven't - then this book is for you. Plus you get to learn a lot about sartorial history and men's fashion, like - something that's oft repeated throughout the book - never button the last button on ...

    3.5 stars in truth, for me. This book was a fascinating mix of memoir and fashion history. I'm not entirely sure it pulled together as strongly as I was hoping, but the author's writing was very precise and sincere. This one is worth your time, especially if you're mens fashion enthusi...

    The subtitle describes the book perfectly. As Lee works at remaking his only legacy from his father, a suit, he unravels his past. He comes to understand his father's demons in some aspects and also comes to understand himself. Lee takes the book to another level by including fascinati...

    I'm tempted to say that you don't need to have sewing experience to enjoy this book, but realistically an interest in sewing, fashion or fabric will keep you more engaged. For sure, you'll never look at a suit the same way after reading this book! Nice blend of three stories: the re...

    For me, the best memoirs combine several storylines - several threads, if you will - into one cohesive story. This is the style of book I would like to one day write: a memoir, an unrelated topic that is nevertheless dear to me, smatterings of history, and a few unexpected asides, just...

    JJ Lee writes an autobiographical book about his relationship with his father. He frames the story around a suit of his father's which he decides he is going to modify. I like the parts of the book that tell the story about his relationship with his father. It is a real life account of...

    This book is on the CBC Canada Reads 2018 long list and this is why I love Canada Reads. This is a book I would never have picked up on my own - I am not a fan of memoirs and have no interest in men's fashion. But I could not put this book down. I learnt a lot about a suit jacket and i...

    Quite a touching story about a father, his son and the memories the son relives while altering his father's suit. Definitely a worthy read. ...

    I'll never look at a suit the same way again. Really thoughtful. ...

    Funny, thoughtful, and moving, with tons of fascinating factoids about men's fashion, history, and culture. ...

    I picked up this book from the counter with book suggestions for Father's Day. Right from the beginning, the reader is made aware that the author's father has died; the trajectory of the narration is not in strict chronological manner. In fact, there are significant chunks of text whic...

    This is a phenomenal book which spans the topics of sociology, personal attire and its historical evolution, and personal development in relationships with the self and others. Reading this will teach you about tailoring, political and class history, art and the artist, and about men a...

  • George Ilsley
    Jul 04, 2014

    After years of hanging in the back of his closet, JJ Lee's fathers suit became part of a larger project. While carefully unpicking the jackets' stitches to tailor it to fit himself, he began to unravel the tangled history he shared with his glamorous, dangerous parent. Along the way he...

    This book surprised me. I didn't expect to like it. I picked it up because I gravitate towards immigrant stories, being an immigrant myself. There's something about the dual-identities that draw me in, and then a deeper realisation, that immigrants are not Chinese and Canadian, or,...

    Absolutely loved this book. The author decides to alter his father's suit and this brings him to an exploration of his relationship with his father, a troubled and violent alcoholic. Interspersed with this is an exploration of the social history of the suit and menswear, and the author...

    The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit is the first full-length book written by J.J. Lee (the son in the story.) Nominated for a number of non-fiction literary awards, I was expecting to enjoy a well-written book in one of my favourite genres - memoirs of a pers...

    If you have a less than perfect relationship with your dad - and I don't know many who haven't - then this book is for you. Plus you get to learn a lot about sartorial history and men's fashion, like - something that's oft repeated throughout the book - never button the last button on ...

    3.5 stars in truth, for me. This book was a fascinating mix of memoir and fashion history. I'm not entirely sure it pulled together as strongly as I was hoping, but the author's writing was very precise and sincere. This one is worth your time, especially if you're mens fashion enthusi...

    The subtitle describes the book perfectly. As Lee works at remaking his only legacy from his father, a suit, he unravels his past. He comes to understand his father's demons in some aspects and also comes to understand himself. Lee takes the book to another level by including fascinati...

    I'm tempted to say that you don't need to have sewing experience to enjoy this book, but realistically an interest in sewing, fashion or fabric will keep you more engaged. For sure, you'll never look at a suit the same way after reading this book! Nice blend of three stories: the re...

    For me, the best memoirs combine several storylines - several threads, if you will - into one cohesive story. This is the style of book I would like to one day write: a memoir, an unrelated topic that is nevertheless dear to me, smatterings of history, and a few unexpected asides, just...

    JJ Lee writes an autobiographical book about his relationship with his father. He frames the story around a suit of his father's which he decides he is going to modify. I like the parts of the book that tell the story about his relationship with his father. It is a real life account of...

    This book is on the CBC Canada Reads 2018 long list and this is why I love Canada Reads. This is a book I would never have picked up on my own - I am not a fan of memoirs and have no interest in men's fashion. But I could not put this book down. I learnt a lot about a suit jacket and i...

    Quite a touching story about a father, his son and the memories the son relives while altering his father's suit. Definitely a worthy read. ...

    I'll never look at a suit the same way again. Really thoughtful. ...

    Funny, thoughtful, and moving, with tons of fascinating factoids about men's fashion, history, and culture. ...

    I picked up this book from the counter with book suggestions for Father's Day. Right from the beginning, the reader is made aware that the author's father has died; the trajectory of the narration is not in strict chronological manner. In fact, there are significant chunks of text whic...

    This is a phenomenal book which spans the topics of sociology, personal attire and its historical evolution, and personal development in relationships with the self and others. Reading this will teach you about tailoring, political and class history, art and the artist, and about men a...

    The Measure of a Man is as beautifully crafted as the handmade suits that J.J. Lee describes making in a tailor's shop in Vancouver. After his father's death, J.J. begins to deconstruct one of his suits, hoping that by transforming the suit to fit himself he might also find a better un...

    Took me a long time to get through this. There were a couple of reasons for that. For one the narrative is not pull-you-along; it's more meandering. The balance between discourses on the history of fashion and the family story was not always achieved. At points we would get back to the...

  • Bev
    Jan 27, 2012

    After years of hanging in the back of his closet, JJ Lee's fathers suit became part of a larger project. While carefully unpicking the jackets' stitches to tailor it to fit himself, he began to unravel the tangled history he shared with his glamorous, dangerous parent. Along the way he...

    This book surprised me. I didn't expect to like it. I picked it up because I gravitate towards immigrant stories, being an immigrant myself. There's something about the dual-identities that draw me in, and then a deeper realisation, that immigrants are not Chinese and Canadian, or,...

    Absolutely loved this book. The author decides to alter his father's suit and this brings him to an exploration of his relationship with his father, a troubled and violent alcoholic. Interspersed with this is an exploration of the social history of the suit and menswear, and the author...

    The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit is the first full-length book written by J.J. Lee (the son in the story.) Nominated for a number of non-fiction literary awards, I was expecting to enjoy a well-written book in one of my favourite genres - memoirs of a pers...

    If you have a less than perfect relationship with your dad - and I don't know many who haven't - then this book is for you. Plus you get to learn a lot about sartorial history and men's fashion, like - something that's oft repeated throughout the book - never button the last button on ...

    3.5 stars in truth, for me. This book was a fascinating mix of memoir and fashion history. I'm not entirely sure it pulled together as strongly as I was hoping, but the author's writing was very precise and sincere. This one is worth your time, especially if you're mens fashion enthusi...

    The subtitle describes the book perfectly. As Lee works at remaking his only legacy from his father, a suit, he unravels his past. He comes to understand his father's demons in some aspects and also comes to understand himself. Lee takes the book to another level by including fascinati...

    I'm tempted to say that you don't need to have sewing experience to enjoy this book, but realistically an interest in sewing, fashion or fabric will keep you more engaged. For sure, you'll never look at a suit the same way after reading this book! Nice blend of three stories: the re...

    For me, the best memoirs combine several storylines - several threads, if you will - into one cohesive story. This is the style of book I would like to one day write: a memoir, an unrelated topic that is nevertheless dear to me, smatterings of history, and a few unexpected asides, just...

    JJ Lee writes an autobiographical book about his relationship with his father. He frames the story around a suit of his father's which he decides he is going to modify. I like the parts of the book that tell the story about his relationship with his father. It is a real life account of...

    This book is on the CBC Canada Reads 2018 long list and this is why I love Canada Reads. This is a book I would never have picked up on my own - I am not a fan of memoirs and have no interest in men's fashion. But I could not put this book down. I learnt a lot about a suit jacket and i...

    Quite a touching story about a father, his son and the memories the son relives while altering his father's suit. Definitely a worthy read. ...

    I'll never look at a suit the same way again. Really thoughtful. ...

    Funny, thoughtful, and moving, with tons of fascinating factoids about men's fashion, history, and culture. ...

    I picked up this book from the counter with book suggestions for Father's Day. Right from the beginning, the reader is made aware that the author's father has died; the trajectory of the narration is not in strict chronological manner. In fact, there are significant chunks of text whic...

    This is a phenomenal book which spans the topics of sociology, personal attire and its historical evolution, and personal development in relationships with the self and others. Reading this will teach you about tailoring, political and class history, art and the artist, and about men a...

    The Measure of a Man is as beautifully crafted as the handmade suits that J.J. Lee describes making in a tailor's shop in Vancouver. After his father's death, J.J. begins to deconstruct one of his suits, hoping that by transforming the suit to fit himself he might also find a better un...

    Took me a long time to get through this. There were a couple of reasons for that. For one the narrative is not pull-you-along; it's more meandering. The balance between discourses on the history of fashion and the family story was not always achieved. At points we would get back to the...

    JJ Lee?s book, The Measure of a Man, is not particularly long but it is packed with many different story lines. As he makes alterations to his father?s last surviving suit, the author tries to come to terms with his relationship to his alcoholic father. The discussion of lapels, bu...

    I had read good newspaper reviews of this book when it was first released. Then I had the opportunity to meet the author and hear his presentation at the Surrey Writer's Conference in October, 2011. What really drew me in was my own life experience with sewing, first at school and the...

    I think this book deserved all the buzz and every nomination and prize it received. Brave and witty, honest and revelatory, it's a fascinating blend of personal memoir, third-person biography, and fashion history. Starting with the author's decision to retailor his father's last su...

    I really enjoyed this book. Packed into few pages are stories about a father/son relationship, about living in Montreal and Vancouver, and about being Chinese, and threaded (pardon the pun) through it all is a history of the male fashion, the suit. For me, all themes were interesting, ...

    An interesting, yet somewhat uncoordinated approach of telling a father's life through fashion and suits. Good language but all over the place. ...

    I loved this book. I was equally drawn to the father-son story and the sartorial tips for men. JJ Lee?s search for a father through a craft could also have been called ?The Measure of Compassion.? Coping with the loss of a parent while they are still very much alive is a trial...

    It is amazing that this book, so average looking in size, can encompass to much. The relationship of a son to his father, the evolution of men's fashion, the coming of age of the author, and the art of tailoring are all presented in this mashup in a most engaging way. I have listened t...

    This is the type of book that evokes feelings. An excellent example of melding together fact-finding and historical investigation with personal memoir. JJ Lee really cares and wants to know more about his two main subjects in this book - suits and his father. And learning about suits i...

    Great title for this autobiography by Chinese-Canadian journalist JJ Lee. Lee writes a fashion column for a Canadian daily and what he doesn't know about men's suits isn't worth knowing. He learned how to tailor to alter his deceased father's suit for himself. The metaphor of coming to...

    This book worked for me on several levels. It was a gentle tribute to JJ Lee's dead father through his recollections while reworking his father's suit to fit himself. It gave personal insights into the traditional Vancouver business "Modernize Tailors" that has been in existence for mo...

  • Phoenix
    Feb 14, 2014

    After years of hanging in the back of his closet, JJ Lee's fathers suit became part of a larger project. While carefully unpicking the jackets' stitches to tailor it to fit himself, he began to unravel the tangled history he shared with his glamorous, dangerous parent. Along the way he...

    This book surprised me. I didn't expect to like it. I picked it up because I gravitate towards immigrant stories, being an immigrant myself. There's something about the dual-identities that draw me in, and then a deeper realisation, that immigrants are not Chinese and Canadian, or,...

    Absolutely loved this book. The author decides to alter his father's suit and this brings him to an exploration of his relationship with his father, a troubled and violent alcoholic. Interspersed with this is an exploration of the social history of the suit and menswear, and the author...

    The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit is the first full-length book written by J.J. Lee (the son in the story.) Nominated for a number of non-fiction literary awards, I was expecting to enjoy a well-written book in one of my favourite genres - memoirs of a pers...

    If you have a less than perfect relationship with your dad - and I don't know many who haven't - then this book is for you. Plus you get to learn a lot about sartorial history and men's fashion, like - something that's oft repeated throughout the book - never button the last button on ...

    3.5 stars in truth, for me. This book was a fascinating mix of memoir and fashion history. I'm not entirely sure it pulled together as strongly as I was hoping, but the author's writing was very precise and sincere. This one is worth your time, especially if you're mens fashion enthusi...

  • Magdelanye
    Feb 03, 2018

    After years of hanging in the back of his closet, JJ Lee's fathers suit became part of a larger project. While carefully unpicking the jackets' stitches to tailor it to fit himself, he began to unravel the tangled history he shared with his glamorous, dangerous parent. Along the way he...

  • Mj
    Feb 03, 2018

    After years of hanging in the back of his closet, JJ Lee's fathers suit became part of a larger project. While carefully unpicking the jackets' stitches to tailor it to fit himself, he began to unravel the tangled history he shared with his glamorous, dangerous parent. Along the way he...

    This book surprised me. I didn't expect to like it. I picked it up because I gravitate towards immigrant stories, being an immigrant myself. There's something about the dual-identities that draw me in, and then a deeper realisation, that immigrants are not Chinese and Canadian, or,...

    Absolutely loved this book. The author decides to alter his father's suit and this brings him to an exploration of his relationship with his father, a troubled and violent alcoholic. Interspersed with this is an exploration of the social history of the suit and menswear, and the author...

    The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit is the first full-length book written by J.J. Lee (the son in the story.) Nominated for a number of non-fiction literary awards, I was expecting to enjoy a well-written book in one of my favourite genres - memoirs of a pers...

  • Jennifer
    Aug 19, 2012

    After years of hanging in the back of his closet, JJ Lee's fathers suit became part of a larger project. While carefully unpicking the jackets' stitches to tailor it to fit himself, he began to unravel the tangled history he shared with his glamorous, dangerous parent. Along the way he...

    This book surprised me. I didn't expect to like it. I picked it up because I gravitate towards immigrant stories, being an immigrant myself. There's something about the dual-identities that draw me in, and then a deeper realisation, that immigrants are not Chinese and Canadian, or,...

    Absolutely loved this book. The author decides to alter his father's suit and this brings him to an exploration of his relationship with his father, a troubled and violent alcoholic. Interspersed with this is an exploration of the social history of the suit and menswear, and the author...

    The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit is the first full-length book written by J.J. Lee (the son in the story.) Nominated for a number of non-fiction literary awards, I was expecting to enjoy a well-written book in one of my favourite genres - memoirs of a pers...

    If you have a less than perfect relationship with your dad - and I don't know many who haven't - then this book is for you. Plus you get to learn a lot about sartorial history and men's fashion, like - something that's oft repeated throughout the book - never button the last button on ...

    3.5 stars in truth, for me. This book was a fascinating mix of memoir and fashion history. I'm not entirely sure it pulled together as strongly as I was hoping, but the author's writing was very precise and sincere. This one is worth your time, especially if you're mens fashion enthusi...

    The subtitle describes the book perfectly. As Lee works at remaking his only legacy from his father, a suit, he unravels his past. He comes to understand his father's demons in some aspects and also comes to understand himself. Lee takes the book to another level by including fascinati...

    I'm tempted to say that you don't need to have sewing experience to enjoy this book, but realistically an interest in sewing, fashion or fabric will keep you more engaged. For sure, you'll never look at a suit the same way after reading this book! Nice blend of three stories: the re...

    For me, the best memoirs combine several storylines - several threads, if you will - into one cohesive story. This is the style of book I would like to one day write: a memoir, an unrelated topic that is nevertheless dear to me, smatterings of history, and a few unexpected asides, just...

    JJ Lee writes an autobiographical book about his relationship with his father. He frames the story around a suit of his father's which he decides he is going to modify. I like the parts of the book that tell the story about his relationship with his father. It is a real life account of...

    This book is on the CBC Canada Reads 2018 long list and this is why I love Canada Reads. This is a book I would never have picked up on my own - I am not a fan of memoirs and have no interest in men's fashion. But I could not put this book down. I learnt a lot about a suit jacket and i...

    Quite a touching story about a father, his son and the memories the son relives while altering his father's suit. Definitely a worthy read. ...

    I'll never look at a suit the same way again. Really thoughtful. ...

    Funny, thoughtful, and moving, with tons of fascinating factoids about men's fashion, history, and culture. ...

    I picked up this book from the counter with book suggestions for Father's Day. Right from the beginning, the reader is made aware that the author's father has died; the trajectory of the narration is not in strict chronological manner. In fact, there are significant chunks of text whic...

    This is a phenomenal book which spans the topics of sociology, personal attire and its historical evolution, and personal development in relationships with the self and others. Reading this will teach you about tailoring, political and class history, art and the artist, and about men a...

    The Measure of a Man is as beautifully crafted as the handmade suits that J.J. Lee describes making in a tailor's shop in Vancouver. After his father's death, J.J. begins to deconstruct one of his suits, hoping that by transforming the suit to fit himself he might also find a better un...

    Took me a long time to get through this. There were a couple of reasons for that. For one the narrative is not pull-you-along; it's more meandering. The balance between discourses on the history of fashion and the family story was not always achieved. At points we would get back to the...

    JJ Lee?s book, The Measure of a Man, is not particularly long but it is packed with many different story lines. As he makes alterations to his father?s last surviving suit, the author tries to come to terms with his relationship to his alcoholic father. The discussion of lapels, bu...

    I had read good newspaper reviews of this book when it was first released. Then I had the opportunity to meet the author and hear his presentation at the Surrey Writer's Conference in October, 2011. What really drew me in was my own life experience with sewing, first at school and the...

    I think this book deserved all the buzz and every nomination and prize it received. Brave and witty, honest and revelatory, it's a fascinating blend of personal memoir, third-person biography, and fashion history. Starting with the author's decision to retailor his father's last su...

    I really enjoyed this book. Packed into few pages are stories about a father/son relationship, about living in Montreal and Vancouver, and about being Chinese, and threaded (pardon the pun) through it all is a history of the male fashion, the suit. For me, all themes were interesting, ...

    An interesting, yet somewhat uncoordinated approach of telling a father's life through fashion and suits. Good language but all over the place. ...

    I loved this book. I was equally drawn to the father-son story and the sartorial tips for men. JJ Lee?s search for a father through a craft could also have been called ?The Measure of Compassion.? Coping with the loss of a parent while they are still very much alive is a trial...

    It is amazing that this book, so average looking in size, can encompass to much. The relationship of a son to his father, the evolution of men's fashion, the coming of age of the author, and the art of tailoring are all presented in this mashup in a most engaging way. I have listened t...

    This is the type of book that evokes feelings. An excellent example of melding together fact-finding and historical investigation with personal memoir. JJ Lee really cares and wants to know more about his two main subjects in this book - suits and his father. And learning about suits i...

    Great title for this autobiography by Chinese-Canadian journalist JJ Lee. Lee writes a fashion column for a Canadian daily and what he doesn't know about men's suits isn't worth knowing. He learned how to tailor to alter his deceased father's suit for himself. The metaphor of coming to...

    This book worked for me on several levels. It was a gentle tribute to JJ Lee's dead father through his recollections while reworking his father's suit to fit himself. It gave personal insights into the traditional Vancouver business "Modernize Tailors" that has been in existence for mo...

    I enjoyed this book. Author JJ Lee does a fine job writing his reflection of his relationship with his father. Very touching as he works through his childhood, manhood and grief of his fathers death. He uses the altering of his fathers suit to tie into the chapters about his fathe...

    This book may really appeal to others, but I realized as I was reading it that I am really not that interested in the history of men's clothing. Unfair perhaps, but the truth. In addition, I failed to really make a connection with the author. My greatest interest was that I was sur...

  • Rhonda
    Jun 07, 2012

    After years of hanging in the back of his closet, JJ Lee's fathers suit became part of a larger project. While carefully unpicking the jackets' stitches to tailor it to fit himself, he began to unravel the tangled history he shared with his glamorous, dangerous parent. Along the way he...

    This book surprised me. I didn't expect to like it. I picked it up because I gravitate towards immigrant stories, being an immigrant myself. There's something about the dual-identities that draw me in, and then a deeper realisation, that immigrants are not Chinese and Canadian, or,...

    Absolutely loved this book. The author decides to alter his father's suit and this brings him to an exploration of his relationship with his father, a troubled and violent alcoholic. Interspersed with this is an exploration of the social history of the suit and menswear, and the author...

    The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit is the first full-length book written by J.J. Lee (the son in the story.) Nominated for a number of non-fiction literary awards, I was expecting to enjoy a well-written book in one of my favourite genres - memoirs of a pers...

    If you have a less than perfect relationship with your dad - and I don't know many who haven't - then this book is for you. Plus you get to learn a lot about sartorial history and men's fashion, like - something that's oft repeated throughout the book - never button the last button on ...

    3.5 stars in truth, for me. This book was a fascinating mix of memoir and fashion history. I'm not entirely sure it pulled together as strongly as I was hoping, but the author's writing was very precise and sincere. This one is worth your time, especially if you're mens fashion enthusi...

    The subtitle describes the book perfectly. As Lee works at remaking his only legacy from his father, a suit, he unravels his past. He comes to understand his father's demons in some aspects and also comes to understand himself. Lee takes the book to another level by including fascinati...

    I'm tempted to say that you don't need to have sewing experience to enjoy this book, but realistically an interest in sewing, fashion or fabric will keep you more engaged. For sure, you'll never look at a suit the same way after reading this book! Nice blend of three stories: the re...

    For me, the best memoirs combine several storylines - several threads, if you will - into one cohesive story. This is the style of book I would like to one day write: a memoir, an unrelated topic that is nevertheless dear to me, smatterings of history, and a few unexpected asides, just...

    JJ Lee writes an autobiographical book about his relationship with his father. He frames the story around a suit of his father's which he decides he is going to modify. I like the parts of the book that tell the story about his relationship with his father. It is a real life account of...

    This book is on the CBC Canada Reads 2018 long list and this is why I love Canada Reads. This is a book I would never have picked up on my own - I am not a fan of memoirs and have no interest in men's fashion. But I could not put this book down. I learnt a lot about a suit jacket and i...

    Quite a touching story about a father, his son and the memories the son relives while altering his father's suit. Definitely a worthy read. ...

    I'll never look at a suit the same way again. Really thoughtful. ...

    Funny, thoughtful, and moving, with tons of fascinating factoids about men's fashion, history, and culture. ...

    I picked up this book from the counter with book suggestions for Father's Day. Right from the beginning, the reader is made aware that the author's father has died; the trajectory of the narration is not in strict chronological manner. In fact, there are significant chunks of text whic...

    This is a phenomenal book which spans the topics of sociology, personal attire and its historical evolution, and personal development in relationships with the self and others. Reading this will teach you about tailoring, political and class history, art and the artist, and about men a...

    The Measure of a Man is as beautifully crafted as the handmade suits that J.J. Lee describes making in a tailor's shop in Vancouver. After his father's death, J.J. begins to deconstruct one of his suits, hoping that by transforming the suit to fit himself he might also find a better un...

    Took me a long time to get through this. There were a couple of reasons for that. For one the narrative is not pull-you-along; it's more meandering. The balance between discourses on the history of fashion and the family story was not always achieved. At points we would get back to the...

    JJ Lee?s book, The Measure of a Man, is not particularly long but it is packed with many different story lines. As he makes alterations to his father?s last surviving suit, the author tries to come to terms with his relationship to his alcoholic father. The discussion of lapels, bu...

    I had read good newspaper reviews of this book when it was first released. Then I had the opportunity to meet the author and hear his presentation at the Surrey Writer's Conference in October, 2011. What really drew me in was my own life experience with sewing, first at school and the...

    I think this book deserved all the buzz and every nomination and prize it received. Brave and witty, honest and revelatory, it's a fascinating blend of personal memoir, third-person biography, and fashion history. Starting with the author's decision to retailor his father's last su...

    I really enjoyed this book. Packed into few pages are stories about a father/son relationship, about living in Montreal and Vancouver, and about being Chinese, and threaded (pardon the pun) through it all is a history of the male fashion, the suit. For me, all themes were interesting, ...

    An interesting, yet somewhat uncoordinated approach of telling a father's life through fashion and suits. Good language but all over the place. ...

    I loved this book. I was equally drawn to the father-son story and the sartorial tips for men. JJ Lee?s search for a father through a craft could also have been called ?The Measure of Compassion.? Coping with the loss of a parent while they are still very much alive is a trial...

    It is amazing that this book, so average looking in size, can encompass to much. The relationship of a son to his father, the evolution of men's fashion, the coming of age of the author, and the art of tailoring are all presented in this mashup in a most engaging way. I have listened t...

    This is the type of book that evokes feelings. An excellent example of melding together fact-finding and historical investigation with personal memoir. JJ Lee really cares and wants to know more about his two main subjects in this book - suits and his father. And learning about suits i...

    Great title for this autobiography by Chinese-Canadian journalist JJ Lee. Lee writes a fashion column for a Canadian daily and what he doesn't know about men's suits isn't worth knowing. He learned how to tailor to alter his deceased father's suit for himself. The metaphor of coming to...

    This book worked for me on several levels. It was a gentle tribute to JJ Lee's dead father through his recollections while reworking his father's suit to fit himself. It gave personal insights into the traditional Vancouver business "Modernize Tailors" that has been in existence for mo...

    I enjoyed this book. Author JJ Lee does a fine job writing his reflection of his relationship with his father. Very touching as he works through his childhood, manhood and grief of his fathers death. He uses the altering of his fathers suit to tie into the chapters about his fathe...

  • Gloria
    Jan 30, 2014

    After years of hanging in the back of his closet, JJ Lee's fathers suit became part of a larger project. While carefully unpicking the jackets' stitches to tailor it to fit himself, he began to unravel the tangled history he shared with his glamorous, dangerous parent. Along the way he...

    This book surprised me. I didn't expect to like it. I picked it up because I gravitate towards immigrant stories, being an immigrant myself. There's something about the dual-identities that draw me in, and then a deeper realisation, that immigrants are not Chinese and Canadian, or,...

    Absolutely loved this book. The author decides to alter his father's suit and this brings him to an exploration of his relationship with his father, a troubled and violent alcoholic. Interspersed with this is an exploration of the social history of the suit and menswear, and the author...

    The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit is the first full-length book written by J.J. Lee (the son in the story.) Nominated for a number of non-fiction literary awards, I was expecting to enjoy a well-written book in one of my favourite genres - memoirs of a pers...

    If you have a less than perfect relationship with your dad - and I don't know many who haven't - then this book is for you. Plus you get to learn a lot about sartorial history and men's fashion, like - something that's oft repeated throughout the book - never button the last button on ...

    3.5 stars in truth, for me. This book was a fascinating mix of memoir and fashion history. I'm not entirely sure it pulled together as strongly as I was hoping, but the author's writing was very precise and sincere. This one is worth your time, especially if you're mens fashion enthusi...

    The subtitle describes the book perfectly. As Lee works at remaking his only legacy from his father, a suit, he unravels his past. He comes to understand his father's demons in some aspects and also comes to understand himself. Lee takes the book to another level by including fascinati...

    I'm tempted to say that you don't need to have sewing experience to enjoy this book, but realistically an interest in sewing, fashion or fabric will keep you more engaged. For sure, you'll never look at a suit the same way after reading this book! Nice blend of three stories: the re...

    For me, the best memoirs combine several storylines - several threads, if you will - into one cohesive story. This is the style of book I would like to one day write: a memoir, an unrelated topic that is nevertheless dear to me, smatterings of history, and a few unexpected asides, just...

    JJ Lee writes an autobiographical book about his relationship with his father. He frames the story around a suit of his father's which he decides he is going to modify. I like the parts of the book that tell the story about his relationship with his father. It is a real life account of...

    This book is on the CBC Canada Reads 2018 long list and this is why I love Canada Reads. This is a book I would never have picked up on my own - I am not a fan of memoirs and have no interest in men's fashion. But I could not put this book down. I learnt a lot about a suit jacket and i...

    Quite a touching story about a father, his son and the memories the son relives while altering his father's suit. Definitely a worthy read. ...

    I'll never look at a suit the same way again. Really thoughtful. ...

    Funny, thoughtful, and moving, with tons of fascinating factoids about men's fashion, history, and culture. ...

    I picked up this book from the counter with book suggestions for Father's Day. Right from the beginning, the reader is made aware that the author's father has died; the trajectory of the narration is not in strict chronological manner. In fact, there are significant chunks of text whic...

    This is a phenomenal book which spans the topics of sociology, personal attire and its historical evolution, and personal development in relationships with the self and others. Reading this will teach you about tailoring, political and class history, art and the artist, and about men a...

    The Measure of a Man is as beautifully crafted as the handmade suits that J.J. Lee describes making in a tailor's shop in Vancouver. After his father's death, J.J. begins to deconstruct one of his suits, hoping that by transforming the suit to fit himself he might also find a better un...

    Took me a long time to get through this. There were a couple of reasons for that. For one the narrative is not pull-you-along; it's more meandering. The balance between discourses on the history of fashion and the family story was not always achieved. At points we would get back to the...

    JJ Lee?s book, The Measure of a Man, is not particularly long but it is packed with many different story lines. As he makes alterations to his father?s last surviving suit, the author tries to come to terms with his relationship to his alcoholic father. The discussion of lapels, bu...

    I had read good newspaper reviews of this book when it was first released. Then I had the opportunity to meet the author and hear his presentation at the Surrey Writer's Conference in October, 2011. What really drew me in was my own life experience with sewing, first at school and the...

    I think this book deserved all the buzz and every nomination and prize it received. Brave and witty, honest and revelatory, it's a fascinating blend of personal memoir, third-person biography, and fashion history. Starting with the author's decision to retailor his father's last su...

    I really enjoyed this book. Packed into few pages are stories about a father/son relationship, about living in Montreal and Vancouver, and about being Chinese, and threaded (pardon the pun) through it all is a history of the male fashion, the suit. For me, all themes were interesting, ...

    An interesting, yet somewhat uncoordinated approach of telling a father's life through fashion and suits. Good language but all over the place. ...

    I loved this book. I was equally drawn to the father-son story and the sartorial tips for men. JJ Lee?s search for a father through a craft could also have been called ?The Measure of Compassion.? Coping with the loss of a parent while they are still very much alive is a trial...

    It is amazing that this book, so average looking in size, can encompass to much. The relationship of a son to his father, the evolution of men's fashion, the coming of age of the author, and the art of tailoring are all presented in this mashup in a most engaging way. I have listened t...

  • Bibi
    Jun 06, 2015

    After years of hanging in the back of his closet, JJ Lee's fathers suit became part of a larger project. While carefully unpicking the jackets' stitches to tailor it to fit himself, he began to unravel the tangled history he shared with his glamorous, dangerous parent. Along the way he...

    This book surprised me. I didn't expect to like it. I picked it up because I gravitate towards immigrant stories, being an immigrant myself. There's something about the dual-identities that draw me in, and then a deeper realisation, that immigrants are not Chinese and Canadian, or,...

    Absolutely loved this book. The author decides to alter his father's suit and this brings him to an exploration of his relationship with his father, a troubled and violent alcoholic. Interspersed with this is an exploration of the social history of the suit and menswear, and the author...

    The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit is the first full-length book written by J.J. Lee (the son in the story.) Nominated for a number of non-fiction literary awards, I was expecting to enjoy a well-written book in one of my favourite genres - memoirs of a pers...

    If you have a less than perfect relationship with your dad - and I don't know many who haven't - then this book is for you. Plus you get to learn a lot about sartorial history and men's fashion, like - something that's oft repeated throughout the book - never button the last button on ...

    3.5 stars in truth, for me. This book was a fascinating mix of memoir and fashion history. I'm not entirely sure it pulled together as strongly as I was hoping, but the author's writing was very precise and sincere. This one is worth your time, especially if you're mens fashion enthusi...

    The subtitle describes the book perfectly. As Lee works at remaking his only legacy from his father, a suit, he unravels his past. He comes to understand his father's demons in some aspects and also comes to understand himself. Lee takes the book to another level by including fascinati...

    I'm tempted to say that you don't need to have sewing experience to enjoy this book, but realistically an interest in sewing, fashion or fabric will keep you more engaged. For sure, you'll never look at a suit the same way after reading this book! Nice blend of three stories: the re...

    For me, the best memoirs combine several storylines - several threads, if you will - into one cohesive story. This is the style of book I would like to one day write: a memoir, an unrelated topic that is nevertheless dear to me, smatterings of history, and a few unexpected asides, just...

    JJ Lee writes an autobiographical book about his relationship with his father. He frames the story around a suit of his father's which he decides he is going to modify. I like the parts of the book that tell the story about his relationship with his father. It is a real life account of...

    This book is on the CBC Canada Reads 2018 long list and this is why I love Canada Reads. This is a book I would never have picked up on my own - I am not a fan of memoirs and have no interest in men's fashion. But I could not put this book down. I learnt a lot about a suit jacket and i...

    Quite a touching story about a father, his son and the memories the son relives while altering his father's suit. Definitely a worthy read. ...

    I'll never look at a suit the same way again. Really thoughtful. ...

    Funny, thoughtful, and moving, with tons of fascinating factoids about men's fashion, history, and culture. ...

    I picked up this book from the counter with book suggestions for Father's Day. Right from the beginning, the reader is made aware that the author's father has died; the trajectory of the narration is not in strict chronological manner. In fact, there are significant chunks of text whic...

  • Erica
    May 05, 2014

    After years of hanging in the back of his closet, JJ Lee's fathers suit became part of a larger project. While carefully unpicking the jackets' stitches to tailor it to fit himself, he began to unravel the tangled history he shared with his glamorous, dangerous parent. Along the way he...

    This book surprised me. I didn't expect to like it. I picked it up because I gravitate towards immigrant stories, being an immigrant myself. There's something about the dual-identities that draw me in, and then a deeper realisation, that immigrants are not Chinese and Canadian, or,...

    Absolutely loved this book. The author decides to alter his father's suit and this brings him to an exploration of his relationship with his father, a troubled and violent alcoholic. Interspersed with this is an exploration of the social history of the suit and menswear, and the author...

    The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit is the first full-length book written by J.J. Lee (the son in the story.) Nominated for a number of non-fiction literary awards, I was expecting to enjoy a well-written book in one of my favourite genres - memoirs of a pers...

    If you have a less than perfect relationship with your dad - and I don't know many who haven't - then this book is for you. Plus you get to learn a lot about sartorial history and men's fashion, like - something that's oft repeated throughout the book - never button the last button on ...

    3.5 stars in truth, for me. This book was a fascinating mix of memoir and fashion history. I'm not entirely sure it pulled together as strongly as I was hoping, but the author's writing was very precise and sincere. This one is worth your time, especially if you're mens fashion enthusi...

    The subtitle describes the book perfectly. As Lee works at remaking his only legacy from his father, a suit, he unravels his past. He comes to understand his father's demons in some aspects and also comes to understand himself. Lee takes the book to another level by including fascinati...

    I'm tempted to say that you don't need to have sewing experience to enjoy this book, but realistically an interest in sewing, fashion or fabric will keep you more engaged. For sure, you'll never look at a suit the same way after reading this book! Nice blend of three stories: the re...

    For me, the best memoirs combine several storylines - several threads, if you will - into one cohesive story. This is the style of book I would like to one day write: a memoir, an unrelated topic that is nevertheless dear to me, smatterings of history, and a few unexpected asides, just...

    JJ Lee writes an autobiographical book about his relationship with his father. He frames the story around a suit of his father's which he decides he is going to modify. I like the parts of the book that tell the story about his relationship with his father. It is a real life account of...

    This book is on the CBC Canada Reads 2018 long list and this is why I love Canada Reads. This is a book I would never have picked up on my own - I am not a fan of memoirs and have no interest in men's fashion. But I could not put this book down. I learnt a lot about a suit jacket and i...

    Quite a touching story about a father, his son and the memories the son relives while altering his father's suit. Definitely a worthy read. ...

    I'll never look at a suit the same way again. Really thoughtful. ...

    Funny, thoughtful, and moving, with tons of fascinating factoids about men's fashion, history, and culture. ...

    I picked up this book from the counter with book suggestions for Father's Day. Right from the beginning, the reader is made aware that the author's father has died; the trajectory of the narration is not in strict chronological manner. In fact, there are significant chunks of text whic...

    This is a phenomenal book which spans the topics of sociology, personal attire and its historical evolution, and personal development in relationships with the self and others. Reading this will teach you about tailoring, political and class history, art and the artist, and about men a...

    The Measure of a Man is as beautifully crafted as the handmade suits that J.J. Lee describes making in a tailor's shop in Vancouver. After his father's death, J.J. begins to deconstruct one of his suits, hoping that by transforming the suit to fit himself he might also find a better un...

  • Lois
    Jul 03, 2013

    After years of hanging in the back of his closet, JJ Lee's fathers suit became part of a larger project. While carefully unpicking the jackets' stitches to tailor it to fit himself, he began to unravel the tangled history he shared with his glamorous, dangerous parent. Along the way he...

    This book surprised me. I didn't expect to like it. I picked it up because I gravitate towards immigrant stories, being an immigrant myself. There's something about the dual-identities that draw me in, and then a deeper realisation, that immigrants are not Chinese and Canadian, or,...

    Absolutely loved this book. The author decides to alter his father's suit and this brings him to an exploration of his relationship with his father, a troubled and violent alcoholic. Interspersed with this is an exploration of the social history of the suit and menswear, and the author...

    The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit is the first full-length book written by J.J. Lee (the son in the story.) Nominated for a number of non-fiction literary awards, I was expecting to enjoy a well-written book in one of my favourite genres - memoirs of a pers...

    If you have a less than perfect relationship with your dad - and I don't know many who haven't - then this book is for you. Plus you get to learn a lot about sartorial history and men's fashion, like - something that's oft repeated throughout the book - never button the last button on ...

    3.5 stars in truth, for me. This book was a fascinating mix of memoir and fashion history. I'm not entirely sure it pulled together as strongly as I was hoping, but the author's writing was very precise and sincere. This one is worth your time, especially if you're mens fashion enthusi...

    The subtitle describes the book perfectly. As Lee works at remaking his only legacy from his father, a suit, he unravels his past. He comes to understand his father's demons in some aspects and also comes to understand himself. Lee takes the book to another level by including fascinati...

    I'm tempted to say that you don't need to have sewing experience to enjoy this book, but realistically an interest in sewing, fashion or fabric will keep you more engaged. For sure, you'll never look at a suit the same way after reading this book! Nice blend of three stories: the re...

    For me, the best memoirs combine several storylines - several threads, if you will - into one cohesive story. This is the style of book I would like to one day write: a memoir, an unrelated topic that is nevertheless dear to me, smatterings of history, and a few unexpected asides, just...

    JJ Lee writes an autobiographical book about his relationship with his father. He frames the story around a suit of his father's which he decides he is going to modify. I like the parts of the book that tell the story about his relationship with his father. It is a real life account of...

    This book is on the CBC Canada Reads 2018 long list and this is why I love Canada Reads. This is a book I would never have picked up on my own - I am not a fan of memoirs and have no interest in men's fashion. But I could not put this book down. I learnt a lot about a suit jacket and i...

    Quite a touching story about a father, his son and the memories the son relives while altering his father's suit. Definitely a worthy read. ...

    I'll never look at a suit the same way again. Really thoughtful. ...

    Funny, thoughtful, and moving, with tons of fascinating factoids about men's fashion, history, and culture. ...

    I picked up this book from the counter with book suggestions for Father's Day. Right from the beginning, the reader is made aware that the author's father has died; the trajectory of the narration is not in strict chronological manner. In fact, there are significant chunks of text whic...

    This is a phenomenal book which spans the topics of sociology, personal attire and its historical evolution, and personal development in relationships with the self and others. Reading this will teach you about tailoring, political and class history, art and the artist, and about men a...

    The Measure of a Man is as beautifully crafted as the handmade suits that J.J. Lee describes making in a tailor's shop in Vancouver. After his father's death, J.J. begins to deconstruct one of his suits, hoping that by transforming the suit to fit himself he might also find a better un...

    Took me a long time to get through this. There were a couple of reasons for that. For one the narrative is not pull-you-along; it's more meandering. The balance between discourses on the history of fashion and the family story was not always achieved. At points we would get back to the...

    JJ Lee?s book, The Measure of a Man, is not particularly long but it is packed with many different story lines. As he makes alterations to his father?s last surviving suit, the author tries to come to terms with his relationship to his alcoholic father. The discussion of lapels, bu...

    I had read good newspaper reviews of this book when it was first released. Then I had the opportunity to meet the author and hear his presentation at the Surrey Writer's Conference in October, 2011. What really drew me in was my own life experience with sewing, first at school and the...

    I think this book deserved all the buzz and every nomination and prize it received. Brave and witty, honest and revelatory, it's a fascinating blend of personal memoir, third-person biography, and fashion history. Starting with the author's decision to retailor his father's last su...

    I really enjoyed this book. Packed into few pages are stories about a father/son relationship, about living in Montreal and Vancouver, and about being Chinese, and threaded (pardon the pun) through it all is a history of the male fashion, the suit. For me, all themes were interesting, ...

    An interesting, yet somewhat uncoordinated approach of telling a father's life through fashion and suits. Good language but all over the place. ...

    I loved this book. I was equally drawn to the father-son story and the sartorial tips for men. JJ Lee?s search for a father through a craft could also have been called ?The Measure of Compassion.? Coping with the loss of a parent while they are still very much alive is a trial...

    It is amazing that this book, so average looking in size, can encompass to much. The relationship of a son to his father, the evolution of men's fashion, the coming of age of the author, and the art of tailoring are all presented in this mashup in a most engaging way. I have listened t...

    This is the type of book that evokes feelings. An excellent example of melding together fact-finding and historical investigation with personal memoir. JJ Lee really cares and wants to know more about his two main subjects in this book - suits and his father. And learning about suits i...

  • Myrtle Siebert
    Jan 14, 2013

    After years of hanging in the back of his closet, JJ Lee's fathers suit became part of a larger project. While carefully unpicking the jackets' stitches to tailor it to fit himself, he began to unravel the tangled history he shared with his glamorous, dangerous parent. Along the way he...

    This book surprised me. I didn't expect to like it. I picked it up because I gravitate towards immigrant stories, being an immigrant myself. There's something about the dual-identities that draw me in, and then a deeper realisation, that immigrants are not Chinese and Canadian, or,...

    Absolutely loved this book. The author decides to alter his father's suit and this brings him to an exploration of his relationship with his father, a troubled and violent alcoholic. Interspersed with this is an exploration of the social history of the suit and menswear, and the author...

    The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit is the first full-length book written by J.J. Lee (the son in the story.) Nominated for a number of non-fiction literary awards, I was expecting to enjoy a well-written book in one of my favourite genres - memoirs of a pers...

    If you have a less than perfect relationship with your dad - and I don't know many who haven't - then this book is for you. Plus you get to learn a lot about sartorial history and men's fashion, like - something that's oft repeated throughout the book - never button the last button on ...

    3.5 stars in truth, for me. This book was a fascinating mix of memoir and fashion history. I'm not entirely sure it pulled together as strongly as I was hoping, but the author's writing was very precise and sincere. This one is worth your time, especially if you're mens fashion enthusi...

    The subtitle describes the book perfectly. As Lee works at remaking his only legacy from his father, a suit, he unravels his past. He comes to understand his father's demons in some aspects and also comes to understand himself. Lee takes the book to another level by including fascinati...

    I'm tempted to say that you don't need to have sewing experience to enjoy this book, but realistically an interest in sewing, fashion or fabric will keep you more engaged. For sure, you'll never look at a suit the same way after reading this book! Nice blend of three stories: the re...

    For me, the best memoirs combine several storylines - several threads, if you will - into one cohesive story. This is the style of book I would like to one day write: a memoir, an unrelated topic that is nevertheless dear to me, smatterings of history, and a few unexpected asides, just...

    JJ Lee writes an autobiographical book about his relationship with his father. He frames the story around a suit of his father's which he decides he is going to modify. I like the parts of the book that tell the story about his relationship with his father. It is a real life account of...

    This book is on the CBC Canada Reads 2018 long list and this is why I love Canada Reads. This is a book I would never have picked up on my own - I am not a fan of memoirs and have no interest in men's fashion. But I could not put this book down. I learnt a lot about a suit jacket and i...

    Quite a touching story about a father, his son and the memories the son relives while altering his father's suit. Definitely a worthy read. ...

    I'll never look at a suit the same way again. Really thoughtful. ...

    Funny, thoughtful, and moving, with tons of fascinating factoids about men's fashion, history, and culture. ...

    I picked up this book from the counter with book suggestions for Father's Day. Right from the beginning, the reader is made aware that the author's father has died; the trajectory of the narration is not in strict chronological manner. In fact, there are significant chunks of text whic...

    This is a phenomenal book which spans the topics of sociology, personal attire and its historical evolution, and personal development in relationships with the self and others. Reading this will teach you about tailoring, political and class history, art and the artist, and about men a...

    The Measure of a Man is as beautifully crafted as the handmade suits that J.J. Lee describes making in a tailor's shop in Vancouver. After his father's death, J.J. begins to deconstruct one of his suits, hoping that by transforming the suit to fit himself he might also find a better un...

    Took me a long time to get through this. There were a couple of reasons for that. For one the narrative is not pull-you-along; it's more meandering. The balance between discourses on the history of fashion and the family story was not always achieved. At points we would get back to the...

    JJ Lee?s book, The Measure of a Man, is not particularly long but it is packed with many different story lines. As he makes alterations to his father?s last surviving suit, the author tries to come to terms with his relationship to his alcoholic father. The discussion of lapels, bu...

    I had read good newspaper reviews of this book when it was first released. Then I had the opportunity to meet the author and hear his presentation at the Surrey Writer's Conference in October, 2011. What really drew me in was my own life experience with sewing, first at school and the...

  • Lydia
    Jan 18, 2018

    After years of hanging in the back of his closet, JJ Lee's fathers suit became part of a larger project. While carefully unpicking the jackets' stitches to tailor it to fit himself, he began to unravel the tangled history he shared with his glamorous, dangerous parent. Along the way he...

    This book surprised me. I didn't expect to like it. I picked it up because I gravitate towards immigrant stories, being an immigrant myself. There's something about the dual-identities that draw me in, and then a deeper realisation, that immigrants are not Chinese and Canadian, or,...

  • Tinika
    Oct 09, 2013

    After years of hanging in the back of his closet, JJ Lee's fathers suit became part of a larger project. While carefully unpicking the jackets' stitches to tailor it to fit himself, he began to unravel the tangled history he shared with his glamorous, dangerous parent. Along the way he...

    This book surprised me. I didn't expect to like it. I picked it up because I gravitate towards immigrant stories, being an immigrant myself. There's something about the dual-identities that draw me in, and then a deeper realisation, that immigrants are not Chinese and Canadian, or,...

    Absolutely loved this book. The author decides to alter his father's suit and this brings him to an exploration of his relationship with his father, a troubled and violent alcoholic. Interspersed with this is an exploration of the social history of the suit and menswear, and the author...

    The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit is the first full-length book written by J.J. Lee (the son in the story.) Nominated for a number of non-fiction literary awards, I was expecting to enjoy a well-written book in one of my favourite genres - memoirs of a pers...

    If you have a less than perfect relationship with your dad - and I don't know many who haven't - then this book is for you. Plus you get to learn a lot about sartorial history and men's fashion, like - something that's oft repeated throughout the book - never button the last button on ...

    3.5 stars in truth, for me. This book was a fascinating mix of memoir and fashion history. I'm not entirely sure it pulled together as strongly as I was hoping, but the author's writing was very precise and sincere. This one is worth your time, especially if you're mens fashion enthusi...

    The subtitle describes the book perfectly. As Lee works at remaking his only legacy from his father, a suit, he unravels his past. He comes to understand his father's demons in some aspects and also comes to understand himself. Lee takes the book to another level by including fascinati...

    I'm tempted to say that you don't need to have sewing experience to enjoy this book, but realistically an interest in sewing, fashion or fabric will keep you more engaged. For sure, you'll never look at a suit the same way after reading this book! Nice blend of three stories: the re...

    For me, the best memoirs combine several storylines - several threads, if you will - into one cohesive story. This is the style of book I would like to one day write: a memoir, an unrelated topic that is nevertheless dear to me, smatterings of history, and a few unexpected asides, just...

    JJ Lee writes an autobiographical book about his relationship with his father. He frames the story around a suit of his father's which he decides he is going to modify. I like the parts of the book that tell the story about his relationship with his father. It is a real life account of...

    This book is on the CBC Canada Reads 2018 long list and this is why I love Canada Reads. This is a book I would never have picked up on my own - I am not a fan of memoirs and have no interest in men's fashion. But I could not put this book down. I learnt a lot about a suit jacket and i...

    Quite a touching story about a father, his son and the memories the son relives while altering his father's suit. Definitely a worthy read. ...

    I'll never look at a suit the same way again. Really thoughtful. ...

    Funny, thoughtful, and moving, with tons of fascinating factoids about men's fashion, history, and culture. ...

    I picked up this book from the counter with book suggestions for Father's Day. Right from the beginning, the reader is made aware that the author's father has died; the trajectory of the narration is not in strict chronological manner. In fact, there are significant chunks of text whic...

    This is a phenomenal book which spans the topics of sociology, personal attire and its historical evolution, and personal development in relationships with the self and others. Reading this will teach you about tailoring, political and class history, art and the artist, and about men a...

    The Measure of a Man is as beautifully crafted as the handmade suits that J.J. Lee describes making in a tailor's shop in Vancouver. After his father's death, J.J. begins to deconstruct one of his suits, hoping that by transforming the suit to fit himself he might also find a better un...

    Took me a long time to get through this. There were a couple of reasons for that. For one the narrative is not pull-you-along; it's more meandering. The balance between discourses on the history of fashion and the family story was not always achieved. At points we would get back to the...

    JJ Lee?s book, The Measure of a Man, is not particularly long but it is packed with many different story lines. As he makes alterations to his father?s last surviving suit, the author tries to come to terms with his relationship to his alcoholic father. The discussion of lapels, bu...

  • Srividya Rao
    Jan 19, 2018

    After years of hanging in the back of his closet, JJ Lee's fathers suit became part of a larger project. While carefully unpicking the jackets' stitches to tailor it to fit himself, he began to unravel the tangled history he shared with his glamorous, dangerous parent. Along the way he...

    This book surprised me. I didn't expect to like it. I picked it up because I gravitate towards immigrant stories, being an immigrant myself. There's something about the dual-identities that draw me in, and then a deeper realisation, that immigrants are not Chinese and Canadian, or,...

    Absolutely loved this book. The author decides to alter his father's suit and this brings him to an exploration of his relationship with his father, a troubled and violent alcoholic. Interspersed with this is an exploration of the social history of the suit and menswear, and the author...

    The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit is the first full-length book written by J.J. Lee (the son in the story.) Nominated for a number of non-fiction literary awards, I was expecting to enjoy a well-written book in one of my favourite genres - memoirs of a pers...

    If you have a less than perfect relationship with your dad - and I don't know many who haven't - then this book is for you. Plus you get to learn a lot about sartorial history and men's fashion, like - something that's oft repeated throughout the book - never button the last button on ...

    3.5 stars in truth, for me. This book was a fascinating mix of memoir and fashion history. I'm not entirely sure it pulled together as strongly as I was hoping, but the author's writing was very precise and sincere. This one is worth your time, especially if you're mens fashion enthusi...

    The subtitle describes the book perfectly. As Lee works at remaking his only legacy from his father, a suit, he unravels his past. He comes to understand his father's demons in some aspects and also comes to understand himself. Lee takes the book to another level by including fascinati...

    I'm tempted to say that you don't need to have sewing experience to enjoy this book, but realistically an interest in sewing, fashion or fabric will keep you more engaged. For sure, you'll never look at a suit the same way after reading this book! Nice blend of three stories: the re...

    For me, the best memoirs combine several storylines - several threads, if you will - into one cohesive story. This is the style of book I would like to one day write: a memoir, an unrelated topic that is nevertheless dear to me, smatterings of history, and a few unexpected asides, just...

    JJ Lee writes an autobiographical book about his relationship with his father. He frames the story around a suit of his father's which he decides he is going to modify. I like the parts of the book that tell the story about his relationship with his father. It is a real life account of...

    This book is on the CBC Canada Reads 2018 long list and this is why I love Canada Reads. This is a book I would never have picked up on my own - I am not a fan of memoirs and have no interest in men's fashion. But I could not put this book down. I learnt a lot about a suit jacket and i...

  • Jack Beaton
    Jan 11, 2018

    After years of hanging in the back of his closet, JJ Lee's fathers suit became part of a larger project. While carefully unpicking the jackets' stitches to tailor it to fit himself, he began to unravel the tangled history he shared with his glamorous, dangerous parent. Along the way he...

    This book surprised me. I didn't expect to like it. I picked it up because I gravitate towards immigrant stories, being an immigrant myself. There's something about the dual-identities that draw me in, and then a deeper realisation, that immigrants are not Chinese and Canadian, or,...

    Absolutely loved this book. The author decides to alter his father's suit and this brings him to an exploration of his relationship with his father, a troubled and violent alcoholic. Interspersed with this is an exploration of the social history of the suit and menswear, and the author...

    The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit is the first full-length book written by J.J. Lee (the son in the story.) Nominated for a number of non-fiction literary awards, I was expecting to enjoy a well-written book in one of my favourite genres - memoirs of a pers...

    If you have a less than perfect relationship with your dad - and I don't know many who haven't - then this book is for you. Plus you get to learn a lot about sartorial history and men's fashion, like - something that's oft repeated throughout the book - never button the last button on ...

    3.5 stars in truth, for me. This book was a fascinating mix of memoir and fashion history. I'm not entirely sure it pulled together as strongly as I was hoping, but the author's writing was very precise and sincere. This one is worth your time, especially if you're mens fashion enthusi...

    The subtitle describes the book perfectly. As Lee works at remaking his only legacy from his father, a suit, he unravels his past. He comes to understand his father's demons in some aspects and also comes to understand himself. Lee takes the book to another level by including fascinati...

    I'm tempted to say that you don't need to have sewing experience to enjoy this book, but realistically an interest in sewing, fashion or fabric will keep you more engaged. For sure, you'll never look at a suit the same way after reading this book! Nice blend of three stories: the re...

    For me, the best memoirs combine several storylines - several threads, if you will - into one cohesive story. This is the style of book I would like to one day write: a memoir, an unrelated topic that is nevertheless dear to me, smatterings of history, and a few unexpected asides, just...

    JJ Lee writes an autobiographical book about his relationship with his father. He frames the story around a suit of his father's which he decides he is going to modify. I like the parts of the book that tell the story about his relationship with his father. It is a real life account of...

    This book is on the CBC Canada Reads 2018 long list and this is why I love Canada Reads. This is a book I would never have picked up on my own - I am not a fan of memoirs and have no interest in men's fashion. But I could not put this book down. I learnt a lot about a suit jacket and i...

    Quite a touching story about a father, his son and the memories the son relives while altering his father's suit. Definitely a worthy read. ...

    I'll never look at a suit the same way again. Really thoughtful. ...

  • Rick
    Jan 31, 2018

    After years of hanging in the back of his closet, JJ Lee's fathers suit became part of a larger project. While carefully unpicking the jackets' stitches to tailor it to fit himself, he began to unravel the tangled history he shared with his glamorous, dangerous parent. Along the way he...

    This book surprised me. I didn't expect to like it. I picked it up because I gravitate towards immigrant stories, being an immigrant myself. There's something about the dual-identities that draw me in, and then a deeper realisation, that immigrants are not Chinese and Canadian, or,...

    Absolutely loved this book. The author decides to alter his father's suit and this brings him to an exploration of his relationship with his father, a troubled and violent alcoholic. Interspersed with this is an exploration of the social history of the suit and menswear, and the author...

    The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit is the first full-length book written by J.J. Lee (the son in the story.) Nominated for a number of non-fiction literary awards, I was expecting to enjoy a well-written book in one of my favourite genres - memoirs of a pers...

    If you have a less than perfect relationship with your dad - and I don't know many who haven't - then this book is for you. Plus you get to learn a lot about sartorial history and men's fashion, like - something that's oft repeated throughout the book - never button the last button on ...

    3.5 stars in truth, for me. This book was a fascinating mix of memoir and fashion history. I'm not entirely sure it pulled together as strongly as I was hoping, but the author's writing was very precise and sincere. This one is worth your time, especially if you're mens fashion enthusi...

    The subtitle describes the book perfectly. As Lee works at remaking his only legacy from his father, a suit, he unravels his past. He comes to understand his father's demons in some aspects and also comes to understand himself. Lee takes the book to another level by including fascinati...

    I'm tempted to say that you don't need to have sewing experience to enjoy this book, but realistically an interest in sewing, fashion or fabric will keep you more engaged. For sure, you'll never look at a suit the same way after reading this book! Nice blend of three stories: the re...

    For me, the best memoirs combine several storylines - several threads, if you will - into one cohesive story. This is the style of book I would like to one day write: a memoir, an unrelated topic that is nevertheless dear to me, smatterings of history, and a few unexpected asides, just...

    JJ Lee writes an autobiographical book about his relationship with his father. He frames the story around a suit of his father's which he decides he is going to modify. I like the parts of the book that tell the story about his relationship with his father. It is a real life account of...

  • Linda
    Feb 20, 2017

    After years of hanging in the back of his closet, JJ Lee's fathers suit became part of a larger project. While carefully unpicking the jackets' stitches to tailor it to fit himself, he began to unravel the tangled history he shared with his glamorous, dangerous parent. Along the way he...

    This book surprised me. I didn't expect to like it. I picked it up because I gravitate towards immigrant stories, being an immigrant myself. There's something about the dual-identities that draw me in, and then a deeper realisation, that immigrants are not Chinese and Canadian, or,...

    Absolutely loved this book. The author decides to alter his father's suit and this brings him to an exploration of his relationship with his father, a troubled and violent alcoholic. Interspersed with this is an exploration of the social history of the suit and menswear, and the author...

    The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit is the first full-length book written by J.J. Lee (the son in the story.) Nominated for a number of non-fiction literary awards, I was expecting to enjoy a well-written book in one of my favourite genres - memoirs of a pers...

    If you have a less than perfect relationship with your dad - and I don't know many who haven't - then this book is for you. Plus you get to learn a lot about sartorial history and men's fashion, like - something that's oft repeated throughout the book - never button the last button on ...

    3.5 stars in truth, for me. This book was a fascinating mix of memoir and fashion history. I'm not entirely sure it pulled together as strongly as I was hoping, but the author's writing was very precise and sincere. This one is worth your time, especially if you're mens fashion enthusi...

    The subtitle describes the book perfectly. As Lee works at remaking his only legacy from his father, a suit, he unravels his past. He comes to understand his father's demons in some aspects and also comes to understand himself. Lee takes the book to another level by including fascinati...

    I'm tempted to say that you don't need to have sewing experience to enjoy this book, but realistically an interest in sewing, fashion or fabric will keep you more engaged. For sure, you'll never look at a suit the same way after reading this book! Nice blend of three stories: the re...

    For me, the best memoirs combine several storylines - several threads, if you will - into one cohesive story. This is the style of book I would like to one day write: a memoir, an unrelated topic that is nevertheless dear to me, smatterings of history, and a few unexpected asides, just...

  • Simon Böhm
    Feb 11, 2017

    After years of hanging in the back of his closet, JJ Lee's fathers suit became part of a larger project. While carefully unpicking the jackets' stitches to tailor it to fit himself, he began to unravel the tangled history he shared with his glamorous, dangerous parent. Along the way he...

    This book surprised me. I didn't expect to like it. I picked it up because I gravitate towards immigrant stories, being an immigrant myself. There's something about the dual-identities that draw me in, and then a deeper realisation, that immigrants are not Chinese and Canadian, or,...

    Absolutely loved this book. The author decides to alter his father's suit and this brings him to an exploration of his relationship with his father, a troubled and violent alcoholic. Interspersed with this is an exploration of the social history of the suit and menswear, and the author...

    The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit is the first full-length book written by J.J. Lee (the son in the story.) Nominated for a number of non-fiction literary awards, I was expecting to enjoy a well-written book in one of my favourite genres - memoirs of a pers...

    If you have a less than perfect relationship with your dad - and I don't know many who haven't - then this book is for you. Plus you get to learn a lot about sartorial history and men's fashion, like - something that's oft repeated throughout the book - never button the last button on ...

    3.5 stars in truth, for me. This book was a fascinating mix of memoir and fashion history. I'm not entirely sure it pulled together as strongly as I was hoping, but the author's writing was very precise and sincere. This one is worth your time, especially if you're mens fashion enthusi...

    The subtitle describes the book perfectly. As Lee works at remaking his only legacy from his father, a suit, he unravels his past. He comes to understand his father's demons in some aspects and also comes to understand himself. Lee takes the book to another level by including fascinati...

    I'm tempted to say that you don't need to have sewing experience to enjoy this book, but realistically an interest in sewing, fashion or fabric will keep you more engaged. For sure, you'll never look at a suit the same way after reading this book! Nice blend of three stories: the re...

    For me, the best memoirs combine several storylines - several threads, if you will - into one cohesive story. This is the style of book I would like to one day write: a memoir, an unrelated topic that is nevertheless dear to me, smatterings of history, and a few unexpected asides, just...

    JJ Lee writes an autobiographical book about his relationship with his father. He frames the story around a suit of his father's which he decides he is going to modify. I like the parts of the book that tell the story about his relationship with his father. It is a real life account of...

    This book is on the CBC Canada Reads 2018 long list and this is why I love Canada Reads. This is a book I would never have picked up on my own - I am not a fan of memoirs and have no interest in men's fashion. But I could not put this book down. I learnt a lot about a suit jacket and i...

    Quite a touching story about a father, his son and the memories the son relives while altering his father's suit. Definitely a worthy read. ...

    I'll never look at a suit the same way again. Really thoughtful. ...

    Funny, thoughtful, and moving, with tons of fascinating factoids about men's fashion, history, and culture. ...

    I picked up this book from the counter with book suggestions for Father's Day. Right from the beginning, the reader is made aware that the author's father has died; the trajectory of the narration is not in strict chronological manner. In fact, there are significant chunks of text whic...

    This is a phenomenal book which spans the topics of sociology, personal attire and its historical evolution, and personal development in relationships with the self and others. Reading this will teach you about tailoring, political and class history, art and the artist, and about men a...

    The Measure of a Man is as beautifully crafted as the handmade suits that J.J. Lee describes making in a tailor's shop in Vancouver. After his father's death, J.J. begins to deconstruct one of his suits, hoping that by transforming the suit to fit himself he might also find a better un...

    Took me a long time to get through this. There were a couple of reasons for that. For one the narrative is not pull-you-along; it's more meandering. The balance between discourses on the history of fashion and the family story was not always achieved. At points we would get back to the...

    JJ Lee?s book, The Measure of a Man, is not particularly long but it is packed with many different story lines. As he makes alterations to his father?s last surviving suit, the author tries to come to terms with his relationship to his alcoholic father. The discussion of lapels, bu...

    I had read good newspaper reviews of this book when it was first released. Then I had the opportunity to meet the author and hear his presentation at the Surrey Writer's Conference in October, 2011. What really drew me in was my own life experience with sewing, first at school and the...

    I think this book deserved all the buzz and every nomination and prize it received. Brave and witty, honest and revelatory, it's a fascinating blend of personal memoir, third-person biography, and fashion history. Starting with the author's decision to retailor his father's last su...

    I really enjoyed this book. Packed into few pages are stories about a father/son relationship, about living in Montreal and Vancouver, and about being Chinese, and threaded (pardon the pun) through it all is a history of the male fashion, the suit. For me, all themes were interesting, ...

    An interesting, yet somewhat uncoordinated approach of telling a father's life through fashion and suits. Good language but all over the place. ...