9780771046476

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

Lee, J. J.

ISBN 10: 0771046472 / 0-7710-4647-2
ISBN 13: 9780771046476
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Publication Date: 2011

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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 closet -- his late father's last suit. When he decides to finally make the suit his own, little does he know he is about to embark on a journey into his own past. As JJ moves across the surface of the suit, he reveals the heartbreaking tale of his father, a charismatic but luckless restaurateur whose demons brought tumult upon his family. He also recounts the year he spent as an apprentice tailor at Modernize Tailors, the last of Vancouver's legendary Chinatown tailors, where he learns invaluable lessons about life from his octogenarian master tailor. Woven throughout these two personal strands are entertaining stories from the social history of the man's suit, the surprising battleground where the war between generations has long been fought. With wit, bracing honesty, and great narrative verve, JJ takes us from the French Revolution to the Zoot Suit Riots, from the Japanese Salaryman to Mad Men, from Oscar Wilde in short pants to Marlon Brando in a T-shirt, and from the rareified rooms of Savile Row to a rundown shop in Chinatown. A book that will forever change the way you think about the maxim "the clothes make the man," this is a universal story of love and forgiveness and breaking with the past.


 

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Book Description: MCCLELLAND STEWART, United States, 2011. Hardback. Book Condition: New. 202 x 140 mm. Brand New Book. FINALIST - Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction (2012) FINALIST - Governor General s Literary Award - Non-Fiction (2012) FINALIST - BC Book Prize s Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize (2012) A son’s decision to alter his father’s last surviving suit for himself is the launching point for this powerful book – part personal memoir, part social history of the man’s suit – about fathers and sons, love and forgiveness, and learning what it means to be a man. For years, journalist and amateur tailor JJ Lee tried to ignore the suit hanging at the back of his closet. It was his father’s suit. But when JJ decides to make the suit his own, little does he know he is about to embark on a journey to understand his own past. As JJ cuts into the jacket, he begins to piece together the story of his relationship with his father, a charismatic but troubled Montreal restauranteur whose demons brought tumult upon his family. JJ also recounts his own ups and downs during the year he spent as an apprentice at Modernize Tailors – the last of the great Chinatown suitmakers in Vancouver – where, under the tutelage of his octogenarian master tailor, he learns invaluable lessons about life. Woven throughout JJ’s tale are stories of the suit’s own evolution, illuminating how this humble garment has, for centuries, been the surprising battleground for the war between generations. Written with great wit, bracing honesty, and narrative verve, and featuring line drawings throughout by the author, The Measure of a Man is an unforgettable story of love, forgiveness, and discovering what it means to be your own man. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780771046476

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Book Description: MCCLELLAND STEWART, United States, 2011. Hardback. Book Condition: New. 202 x 140 mm. Brand New Book. FINALIST - Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction (2012) FINALIST - Governor General s Literary Award - Non-Fiction (2012) FINALIST - BC Book Prize s Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize (2012) A son?s decision to alter his father?s last surviving suit for himself is the launching point for this powerful book ? part personal memoir, part social history of the man?s suit ? about fathers and sons, love and forgiveness, and learning what it means to be a man. For years, journalist and amateur tailor JJ Lee tried to ignore the suit hanging at the back of his closet. It was his father?s suit. But when JJ decides to make the suit his own, little does he know he is about to embark on a journey to understand his own past. As JJ cuts into the jacket, he begins to piece together the story of his relationship with his father, a charismatic but troubled Montreal restauranteur whose demons brought tumult upon his family. JJ also recounts his own ups and downs during the year he spent as an apprentice at Modernize Tailors ? the last of the great Chinatown suitmakers in Vancouver ? where, under the tutelage of his octogenarian master tailor, he learns invaluable lessons about life. Woven throughout JJ?s tale are stories of the suit?s own evolution, illuminating how this humble garment has, for centuries, been the surprising battleground for the war between generations. Written with great wit, bracing honesty, and narrative verve, and featuring line drawings throughout by the author, The Measure of a Man is an unforgettable story of love, forgiveness, and discovering what it means to be your own man. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780771046476

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