My Experience


I’ve been an editor for more than 30 years...



  • The Woman at 1000 Degrees by Hallgrimur Helgasson, a novel translated from the Icelandic, for Algonquin

  • Three biographies, of photographers Eve Arnold, Bruce Davidson, and Inge Morath, for the Magnum Legacy series at Prestel Press

Eve Arnold
Bruce Davidson
  • We Believe You, a book about campus rape, for Henry Holt

  • Positive Mind, Healthy Heart by Joe Piscatella, Workman Publishing

  • A novel by Rebecca Barry, author of the critically-acclaimed Later, at the Bar

  • For the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) a major book proposal (detailed outline and sample chapters) about food waste. Chronicle published the book as The Waste-Free Kitchen Handbook.

  • I’ve also critiqued manuscripts for: a published memoirist, a veteran bureau chief at The Wall Street Journal, assorted fiction writers and, over the years, for Pantheon Books, Little, Brown, and various agents.


Shorter pieces

At publications as various as Harper’s, New York Woman, The Wall Street Journal, Organic Style, and Hallmark, I’ve edited major features and essays by celebrated writers, including Jane Hamilton, David Gates, Taylor Branch, Louise Erdrich, Wendy Wasserstein, Ron Rosenbaum, Diane McWhorter, Peg Tyre, Betsy Carter, Jayne Anne Phillips, Merrill Markoe, Eliza Minot, Amy Bloom, Ann Hood, Gail Collins, and Robert Stone. I’ve found it just as rewarding to work with previously unpublished writers who, with my help, have found their way into print, acquired agents, and achieved their goal of holding a published book in their hands.


A unique opportunity

I edited all the display text for Building 92, the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s museum, which meant working at high speed with designers and historians to bring history to life within some extremely specific and challenging spaces.



I’m also a writer... 



  • Mixed Company: Women in the Modern Army (Putnam in hardcover and Beacon Press in paperback)

  • Three books about New York City, with my husband, Alfred Gingold: The Cool Parents’ Guide to all of New York (first published in 1998 and now in its fourth edition); New York’s 50 Best Museums for Cool Parents and their Children; Brooklyn’s Best

  • Several custom publications for People and Life



  • In The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, The Southampton Review, O, Country Living, The New Republic, and more

  • Book reviews for People, The New York Times, Harper’s, Time, and more. (After taking the measure of well over a hundred books, by writers from John Irving and Joan Didion to Stephen King and Gillian Flynn, I have a strong sense of what works—and, of course, what doesn’t!)



Brochures, newsletters, and dispatches of various kinds for nonprofit organizations such as NRDC and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. This work has helped me figure out how to make abstruse material accessible and lively without dumbing it down.