My Mistake (Paperback)

By Daniel Menaker

Mariner Books, 9780544334533, 234pp.

Publication Date: November 4, 2014

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December 2013 Indie Next List

“Being a longtime reader of the New Yorker, I found Menaker's behind-the-scenes account of his career there absolutely riveting. The literary life is gutted and splayed for all to see. Menaker's professional story is interspersed with his personal life, and both fed his writing career. His years at Random House and HarperCollins are also included, with fascinating details about contemporary authors and how a book is created. This is a must-read for booksellers and serious readers.”
— Ellen Jarrett, Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA
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A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

"At the epicenter of literary New York, Menaker is an irreverent guide to the publishing world's inner workings . . . His own journey, compelled by his self-knowledge and sense of humor, elevates this memoir into more than witty chatter." -- Chicago Tribune

"Impossible to resist." -- Jennifer Egan, author of A Visit from the Goon Squad

In these pages Daniel Menaker brings us a "ruefully funny insider's tour of the publishing world" ( 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 passes, we witness 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.

"Tender, smart and witty, this book is truly unputdownable." -- Real Simple

"Energetic and exhilarating . . . Menaker's] clever, fast-paced prose makes you stop and think and wonder." -- New York Times Book Review

"At once jaunty and erudite . . . The writing simply shines." -- San Francisco Chronicle