I have written and consulted on non-fiction books that tell stories about the history of an organization.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the New York Association for New Americans (NYANA), I wrote The Lamp Beside the Golden Door, a history of the refugee resettlement agency based on extensive research in the organization’s archives, as well as interviews with individuals served by the agency and its leadership. The book chronicles the creation of NYANA by the American Jewish community to find homes in New York City for displaced persons from World War II and the evolution of NYANA’s mission over the next half-century to aid refugees uprooted from conflicts and oppression around the globe, including the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Latin America.
I consulted with Brennan Center for Justice as an editor on Reason and Passion: Justice Brennan’s Enduring Influence, a book compiling personal essays remembering Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan and his judicial legacy. Essays describing Justice Brennan’s life and work were contributed by Tom Wicker, Anthony Lewis, Alan Dershowitz, Lani Guinier, David J. Garrow, Anna Quindlen, Nat Hentoff, David Halberstam, Derrick Bell, Laurence Tribe, Charles Ogletree, and others including six Supreme Court justices. I worked with contributors to solicit essays and other rememberances, conducted interviews, edited copy, and helped compile the manuscript.