My Mistake

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My Mistake

By Daniel Menaker

Houghton Mifflin, Hardcover, 9780547794235, 234pp.

Publication Date: November 19, 2013

Description
A wry, witty, often tender memoir by a former "New Yorker" editor, magazine writer, and book publisher who offers great tales of a life in words Daniel Menaker started as a fact checker at "The New Yorker" in 1969. With luck, hard work, and the support of William Maxwell, he was eventually promoted to editor. Never beloved by William Shawn, he was advised early on to find a position elsewhere; he stayed for another twenty-four years. Now Menaker brings us a new view of life in that wonderfully strange place and beyond, throughout his more than forty years working to celebrate language and good writing. He tells us his own story, too with irrepressible style and honesty of a life spent persevering through often difficult, nearly always difficult-to-read, situations. Haunted by a self-doubt sharpened by his role in his brother's unexpected death, he offers wry, hilarious observations on publishing, child-rearing, parent-losing, and the writing life. But as time goes by, we witness something far beyond the incidental: a moving, thoughtful meditation on years well lived, well read, and well spent. Full of mistakes, perhaps. But full of effort, full of accomplishment, full of life.