The Measure of a Man The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit, by JJ Lee, Emblem, 285 pages, $22
JJ Lee’s heartfelt memoir is ostensibly the tale of how he altered his father’s last suit to fit himself, but as he works on the suit, he finds himself also dealing with his complicated relationship to his father. Lee, the menswear columnist for the Vancouver Sun and CBC Radio, also presents a cultural history of suits, from the French Revolution to Mad Men, Savile Row and Chinatown’s last great master tailor, under whom he apprenticed for a year.
Our Queen By Robert Hardman, Arrow Books, 372 pages, $19.95
Robert Hardman has covered the Royal Family for more than 20 years, as Fleet Street reporter (currently with the Daily Mail), biographer and filmmaker ( Charles at 60, The Queen’s Castle, Monarchy: The Royal Family At Work). His depth of experience with the Royals gives his book authority. New material has been added for the paperback edition.
Dogs at the Perimeter By Madeleine Thien, Emblem, 253 pages, $19.99
Thien’s novel, her second, ranges over four decades and from Cambodia to Montreal. Janie, a Cambodian refugee and now a medical researcher in Montreal, becomes obsessed by the disappearance of her friend, a Japanese-Canadian doctor whose brother had disappeared in Cambodia in 1970.
Mighty Judgment How the Supreme Court of Canada Runs Your Life, by Philip Slayton, Penguin, 350 pages, $20
Philip Slayton argues that the nine unelected Supreme Court justices wield more power than is healthy for the country, that the court can change the shape of the future by setting policy and striking down laws, and that the Supreme Court desperately needs overhauling.
DarkMarket How Hackers Became the New Mafia, by Misha Glenny, Anansi, 296 pages, $18.95
British journalist Misha Glenny focuses here on the crime of choice for the 21st century: cyber crime. He argues that criminal hackers are responsible for the loss of billions of dollars in both the private sector and government, and that they are largely operating with impunity, stealing electronic money and industrial and military secrets.