Sara Nelson
Sara Nelson
Sara became the Editorial Director of Amazon.com after working as books editor at O, the Oprah magazine, and as editor in chief of Publishers Weekly. In other words, her job for many, many years has been to read a lot of books and talk and write a lot about books. Tough life, huh?

Recent posts by Sara

Circling the Sun

Paula McLain on the Much Anticipated Follow-Up to "The Paris Wife"

Circling the Sun is the story of Beryl Markham, one of the first female aviators and a compelling character long before she had wings...

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Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper

"Celebrity Dish Without Exploiting Celebrities."-Hilary Liftin on "Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper"

What happens when a successful ghostwriter of celebrity memoirs decides to write her own novel about..

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Go Set a Watchman

Scout Grows Up: Reading Harper Lee's "Go Set a Watchman"

After months of “leaks,” thousands of pre-orders, and untold anticipation, Go Set a Watchman has arrived. The prequel/sequel/companion to To Kill a Mockingbird...

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Let's Be Less Stupid

Spring Clean Your Brain: Patricia Marx on "Let's Be Less Stupid"

Patricia Marx is my favorite kind of humorist. A funny one. Here, in words and drawings from her book Let's Be Less Stupid...

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The Hand That Feeds You

Sara Says: The Thinking Woman’s Summer Thriller

Ask most writers where their inspiration comes from, and they often don’t really know. Maybe an idea came in a dream, maybe it was something...

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The Gods of Tango

Too-Too Tango: The Dance That's More Than a Dance

Usually you have to go to a dance recital or see a movie about an old fashioned dancehall to begin to understand the lure of the tango. But author Carolina de Robertis puts...

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Circling the Sun

Amazon's Best Books of July: Part One

We always try to find a range of favorites for our Best of the Month list – and we think we’ve done a particularly good job for July...

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In the Country

Mia Alvar on Miracle Workers, Mothers & Being a Citizen of the World

Mia Alvar’s In the Country is one of the more compelling story collections I’ve read in years. While it’s very specific in its depictions of Filipinos of many different times and places, it also speaks to...

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Circling the Sun

Sara Says: Pack Your Beachbag with Books

Summer has officially begun, and if the humidity hasn’t proven that to you yet, the clogged roads to anyplace slightly less citified surely will. At this time of year, I tend to take less care with the clothes I pack than with the books...

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James Salter

James Salter: 1925-2015

The author James Salter, who died over the weekend, was a little younger and a lot less known than, say, Norman Mailer and JD Salinger. And he was what they used to call a “writer’s writer”...

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Primates of Park Avenue

Sara Says: I’d Be a Terrible Publisher

The talk of the publishing town – that would be New York – this past week or so has been the publication of Primates of Park Avenue, the sort-of scientific dissection of a certain breed of New York jungle animal, the Upper East Side wife and mother...

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