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My Mistake

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THE PAGES HAVE EARS Author Daniel Menaker's memoir is full of revealing tales from his life and the publishing industry.

My Mistake

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Daniel Menaker
publisher:
Houghton Mifflin
genre:
Memoir

We gave it an A-

This beguiling sketch of a literary life, My Mistake, brims with gossip (oh, the Tina Brown stories!) and behind-the-scenes anecdotes. Menaker, a longtime editor at both The New Yorker and Random House, recalls editing Pauline Kael (”she would take the essence of the suggestion and render it into pell-mell Paulinese”), getting ”premonitory goosebumps” on signing Siddhartha Mukherjee (who looked ”like a handsome young villain in a Bollywood movie”), and tearing through a draft of Primary Colors. It’s Menaker’s life, yes, but it’s also a wryly personal history of magazine and book publishing over the past four decades. A-