Selected editing

  • Ticket to Ride
    by Larry Kane

    Subtitle: Inside the Beatles' 1964 and 1965 Tours That Changed the World. As a young radio reporter, Kane was chosen to ride on the Beatles' plane and got an up-close view of the Fab Four as they toured the United States for the first and second times.

     
  • The Kommandant's Girl
    by Pam Jenoff

    An international bestseller and nominee for a Quill Award, this moving work was Jenoff's first published novel. She began it in a class I taught at Temple and worked with me until she submitted it to agents.

     
  • The Mozart Effect: Tapping the Power of Music to Heal the Body, Strengthen the Mind, and Unlock the Creative Spirit
    by Don Campbell

    This book spawned an industry. I edited the work of the ghostwriter, Alex Jack, a highly accomplished author and publisher for whom I've edited several other books. 

     
  • Fireweed: A Political Autobiography
    by Gerda Lerner

    A moving memoir that one reviewer praised as having the pull of a fast-paced novel. What an honor it was to work with Lerner, a brilliant and courageous woman who was a founding force in the field of women's history. Won the Outstanding Achievement Recognition award from the Wisconsin Library Association Literary Awards Committee in 2003.

     
  • Justyna's Narrative
    by Gusta Davidson Draenger

    The story of young Jewish resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied Poland, as written on scraps of toilet paper by Gusta Davidson Draenger and smuggled out of prison by escapees. This manuscript came across my desk at the University of Massachusetts Press, and I acquired and edited this first English translation.   

     
  • The Modern Self in the Labyrinth: Politics and the Entrapment Imagination
    by Eyal Chowers

    Chowers, a political philosopher now at Tel Aviv University, began working with me as a graduate student, and his dissertation won the best dissertation prize from the American Political Science Association for 1995. Since then we have worked on two of his books and many articles. He is a gifted writer and an articulate interpreter of modern philosophy.

     
  • Striking Steel (Solidarity Remembered) (Critical Perspectives on the past series)
    by Jack Metzgar

    Metzgar moves from his own memories of his father's participation in steel strikes and in the movement to unionize to an analysis of how unions lifted the lives of working-class Americans in the second half of the twentieth century. Striking Steel brings to life the four-month nationwide steel strike of 1959, when union members held out for increased safety, dignity and income. Their victory offered powerful proof of the value of uniting for common goals. This book won the Sidney Hillman Foundation Award for 2001.

     
  • Weaving Work & Motherhood (Women In The Political Economy)
    by Anita Garey

    This book explores how women manage their lives as workers and mothers. The women she interviewed gave up sleep and struggled daily to meet demands in both spheres, supporting the argument for greater flexibility in the workplace and giving readers a strong sense of how women contort themselves to fill both necessary roles. Garey's book won the William J. Goode Book Award from the American Sociological Association in 2000.

     
  • I Am Because We Are
    University of Massachusetts Press

    This collection and its introduction make a strong argument for the central place of community in the philosophies of black thinkers from antiquity to the present. The book includes writings by orators, philosophers, politicians, and religious thinkers.

     
  • Margaret Mead and Ruth Benedict: The Kinship of Women
    by Hilary Lapsley

    This work on the lifelong interactions of two groundbreaking women in cultural anthropology, which I edited while at the University of Massachusetts Press, is an absorbing read. It brings in many other major figures in the field that was only just emerging through their efforts. The book won the Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction in 1999.

     
  • Parable and Politics in Early Islamic History: The Rashidun Caliphs
    by Tayeb El-Hibri

    As an interpreter of stories in Islamic history, El-Hibri--who teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst--has won prizes and published widely. This is one of two books of his that I have edited.

     
  • Restless Spirits: Ghost Stories by American Women, 1872-1926
    University of Massachusetts Press

    Ghost stories have often served to address otherwise forbidden issues. In this book, writers use the ghost story to reveal aspects of women's lives that otherwise might not be examined. Subjects include marriage, motherhood, female sexuality, spinsterhood, widowhood, and the intersection of madness and medical practice. I acquired and edited this at the University of Massachusetts Press.  

     
  • The Philadelphia Orchestra: A Century of Music
    by John Ardoin

    A fascinating history of the conductors and musicians who have made this orchestra great. When Temple University Press published this, I was hired to edit it by a freelance project manager who is now my husband!

     
  • Forklore: Recipes and Tales from an American Bistro
    by Ellen Yin

    Ellen Yin tells the engaging story of the founding and first decade of her restaurant, Fork, complete with hundreds of recipes for the exceptionally delicious food that has made Fork famous. As a special consultant for Temple University Press, I had the pleasure of working closely with Yin, interpreting her intentions and bringing them to the page.

     
  • Larry Kanes Philadelphia
    by Larry Kane

    After thirty years as anchor on KYW's evening news, Larry Kane tells what he knows and loves in the city of brotherly love. Kane and I enjoyed our work together on this via Temple University Press, and subsequently he hired me to work closely with him on two more books.

     
  • Hidden Affair, A
    by Pam Jenoff

    A thrilling work of intrigue, friendship and romance drafted during several of the years Pam spent in my private writing workshop. Its sequel, Almost Home, is equally hard to put down. (Beware: You may stay up too late while reading them.)