Daniel Menaker worked as an editor for The New Yorker
for 26 years, then moved to Random House, where the first book he edited was the bestselling political novel Primary Colors
, by Anonymous. Menaker's life has been as exciting as that first publishing success, filled with personal and family connections to famous people. In My Mistake
, Menaker muses on small and large personal and career failures and triumphs. He vividly and wittily sketches characters such as New Yorker
editor William Shawn and warmly and humorously depicts his loved ones. He relates his sorrows, including his older brother's untimely death and Menaker's own lung cancer, with compassion. My Mistake
provides an entertaining and insightful meditation on how life should be lived.