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My Mistake

My MistakeThis beguiling sketch of a literary life, My Mistake, brims with gossip (oh, the Tina Brown stories!) and behind-the-scenes anecdotes....My MistakeMemoirThis beguiling sketch of a literary life, My Mistake, brims with gossip (oh, the Tina Brown stories!) and behind-the-scenes anecdotes....2013-11-20Houghton Mifflin
THE PAGES HAVE EARS Author Daniel Menaker's memoir is full of revealing tales from his life and the publishing industry.

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

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My Mistake

Genre: Memoir; Author: Daniel Menaker; Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

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-

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