Before becoming a writer, Jane Isay was an editor and publisher for over 40 years, publishing a broad range of nonfiction, with a special focus on psychology. She developed the Yale University Press’s distinguished list in the behavioral sciences and published leading psychoanalysts and child development experts.
At Basic Books in New York, where she was co-publisher and executive VP, she edited Robert J. Lifton’s classic “Nazi Doctors” and Howard Gardner’s “Frames of Mind” and discovered Alice Miller’s “The Drama of the Gifted Child and the Search for the True Self.”
As editorial director and VP of Addison-Wesley’s trade books division, she edited such nonfiction classics as “Praying for Sheetrock” and “Friday Night Lights.”
As publisher of Grosset Books, a division of Putnam’s, she published Antonio Damasio’s first book, “Descartes’ Error.” She discovered Mary Pipher’s “Reviving Ophelia,” and commissioned Patricia O’Connor’s bestselling “Woe Is I.” As editor in chief at Harcourt, she published Rachel Simmons’ “Odd Girl Out.” She is the author/editor of “You Are My Witness: the Living Words of Rabbi Marshall T. Meyer” (St. Martin’s Press, September 2004).
For over a decade, she chaired the Association of American Publishers’ Freedom to Read Committee. She has served on boards of directors of a number of non-profit publishers and chaired the board of The New Press for a decade. Today, she is Deputy Vice President of JAWS, a Board member of Library for All, and she chairs the Advisory Board of Mt. Sinai’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, in the medical school and throughout the seven hospitals.
“Unconditional Love” is Jane Isay’s fourth book. She has written “Walking on Eggshells: Navigating the Delicate Relationship between Grown Children and Parents,” “Mom Still Likes You Best: The Unfinished Business Between Siblings,” and “Secrets and Lies: Surviving the Truths that Change Our Lives.”
She lives in Manhattan, close to her sons’ families and her four grandchildren.
You can find more on her website, janeisay.com.