My Mistake 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… My Mistake 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… 2013-11-19 Memoir Houghton Mifflin
Book Review

My Mistake (2013)

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.
EW's GRADE
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Details Release Date: Nov 19, 2013; Writer: Daniel Menaker; Genre: Memoir; 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-

Originally posted Nov 13, 2013 Published in issue #1286 Nov 22, 2013 Order article reprints