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Books I've edited:

"A gender-transcending tale of sex lives that manages to be philosophical, poignant--and a great bit of naughty fun." --Publisher's Weekly, starred review

"Though the authors' confessed desires and stories are often illuminating and hilarious, the anthology is most fascinating for all the contradictions it lays bare."         --San Francisco Chronicle

"A 'hottie among hotties.'  Derrow knew what she was doing--depth, variety and intensity of personal revelation was clearly something she valued." --Los Angeles Times

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Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb On Street Photography and the Poetic Image (Aperture, June 2014)

Alex Webb (born 1952) is best known for his vibrant and complex color photography, often made in Latin America and the Caribbean. He has published eleven books, including Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba (with Rebecca Norris Webb) and The Suffering of Light, a collection of 30 years of his color work. Alex became a full member of Magnum Photos in 1979. His work has been shown widely, including at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta. He has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007. His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, National Geographic and GEO, among other publications.
Rebecca Norris Webb (born 1956), originally a poet, has published three photography books that explore the complicated relationship between people and the natural world: The Glass Between Us, Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba (with Alex Webb) and My Dakota. Her fourth book, Memory City (with Alex Webb), is a meditation on film, time and the city of Rochester, New York, in what may be the last days of film as we know it. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; George Eastman House, Rochester, New York; Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York; and Robert Klein Gallery, Boston. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Time, National Geographic and Le Monde Magazine.

"For Gorge, Paula Derrow served as my mentor and muse in her amazing Connecticut glass-bottom gazebo retreat." --Kara Richardson-Whitely

Read the review of Gorge in The New York Times Book Review.

Magazine Editing

Personal Essays

2008 Clarion Award Winners for best column (Self Magazine, Self Expression)

The Grief Diet by Valerie Frankel

Self Magazine: Trials of a Chubby Yogi by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Self Magazine: When a Friend Disappears by Cheryl Strayed 

Self Magazine: Is Being Too Nice Making You Fat? by Susan Cheever

Self Magazine: Divorced, Broke and Living With Mom by Pari Chang
How I Reached Body Bliss essay round up by Julie Powell, Jane Smiley and more

Psychology features

2010 Mental Health America Award winner Self Magazine:

Would You Rather Be Fat & Happy or Thin & Sad? by Lauren Slater

Health features

July 2013 Cover Story: Good Housekeeping Magazine
Weight-Loss Wonder Women by Amanda Robb
2012 winner of the MIN journalism award in fitness and health
Self Magazine:
How Exercise Can Make You Happy by Ginny Graves
2002 Newswoman Club of New York Front Page Award Winner for health and science: Self Magazine:
Race and Breast Cancer: The Survival Gap by Karen Houppert
ASME nominee for best essay: Self Magazine
I Gave Up My Breasts to Save My Life by Lauren Slater

Self Magazine: Betrayed by My DNA by Valerie Frankel

Self Magazine: Breast Cancer: Why Where You Live Matters by Karen Houppert

Money features

Self Magazine: Know Your Worth by Marjorie Ingall

Self Magazine: Save Money With Small Changes by MP Dunleavey

Sex & relationship features

Self Magazine: How Far Would You Go For Love? By Bettina Elias Siegel

Self Magazine: In Pursuit of Pleasure by Beth Janes

Self Magazine: Click Here for a Good Time by Valerie Frankel

Digital features

August-September 2013 issue of Deliberate Life tablet magazine
The Secret to a Vacation State of Mind by Ellen Welty