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

Best of the Month

Amazon's Best Books of September: Part One

As the poet never said, September is the busiest month. Maybe it’s the back to school effect, but every fall we see an abundance of great books to read. Here are the first five titles in our Best of the...

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Make Your Home Among Strangers

A Story Somehow More True for Being Fiction: Jennine Capó Crucet on "Make Your Home Among Strangers"

Make Your Home Among Strangers is a coming of age novel about a Cuban American girl making her way north. We asked author Jennine Capó Crucet to talk to us about the book, and then current events intervened...

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Kitchens of the Great Midwest

Inspirations of the Great Midwest

We could tell J. Ryan Stradal was a good guy: his generosity and humor are on every page of his stellar novel, and our August Debut Spotlight pick, Kitchens of the Great Midwest...

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Sara_Andover

Sara Says: Prep for Prep

I love me a good prep-school novel. In fact, sometimes I find the prep school stories in a book that’s really not about prep schools at all – like, say, Kitty Kelley’s takedown...

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Best of August

Amazon's Best Books of August: Part One

August always seems to be peak reading time – and this month, we found almost more great books than we could cram into allotted weeks of vacation...

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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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