lieutenant was translated into six languages and transformed into a NOVA television documentary. His second book, about the American Beach community in Florida, was American Beach: a Saga of Race, Wealth, and Memory (Harper Collins, 1998, re-subtitled American Beach: How "Progress" Robbed a Black Town--and Nation--of History, Wealth, and Power for the paperback edition). His third book and first novel, Paris Twilight, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2013.
In 2005, Russian Rymer became the editor-in-chief for Mother Jones, although he held this position for only one year.
From 2011 to "13 Rymer was the Joan Leiman Jacobson Non-Fiction Writer in Residence at Smith College. He was the 2009-2010 Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.
He has been a lecturer in Writing and Humanistic Studies and at the Graduate Program in Science Writing at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley"s Graduate School of Journalism, instructor at the California Institute of Technology, and Distinguished Writer in Residence at Saint Mary"s College in Moraga, California. The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation appointed Rymer a Guggenheim Fellow in 2002.
In 2012 he was awarded the Editor Cunningham Award for best magazine reporting from abroad by the Overseas Press Club <> for his National Geographic report on the disappearance of languages.