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

The Wisdom of Perversity

Sara Sings the Praises of the LA Times Festival of Books

This week, much of the publishing world is in the UK at the London Book Fair, one of the industry’s several trade shows at which agents, publishers and some authors convene to buy, sell and discuss the books that the rest of us hoi polloi will be hearing about in the coming seasons...

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The Light of the World

Art Fixes Life in Time: Elizabeth Alexander on "The Light of the World"

Elizabeth Alexander, an acclaimed poet perhaps best known for the poem she delivered at Barack Obama’s first inauguration, grieves the loss of her beloved husband in the earthy and elegiac, The Light of the World...

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LitHub

Sara Says...Welcome to the Party

Once upon a time, before phones were smart, when tablets were just hunks of papers you carried to school, there was a literary culture. Storytelling, imparting information, analysis of those stories and that information...

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Sympathizer

An Interview with Viet Thanh Nguyen, Debut Author of "The Sympathizer"

Viet Thanh Nguyen's The Sympathizer, a major debut, is one of our selections for the Best Books of April. Amazon's Al Woodworth described the novel as follows: "Political, historical, romantic and comic, The Sympathizer is a rich and hugely gratifying story that captures the complexity of the war and what it means to be of two minds."

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Packer

Ann Packer: How I Wrote "The Children's Crusade"

Ann Packer's The Children's Crusade was one of our selections for the Best Books of April. Here, she describes just how the book came to be....

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The Essential Rumi

Celebrate National Poetry Month

Here’s my confession of today--a day that just happens to be the first of National Poetry Month: I don’t read enough verse, I barely know cantos and I’m woefully unfamiliar with sonnets. In other words, I’m a poetry slacker...

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Prodigal Son

Catching Up with Danielle Steel

Danielle Steel: With 650 million books sold, published in 43 languages in 69 countries, just the name of this prolific author conjures images of rows and rows of mostly novels (but non-fiction and children's books as well) in your favorite book, drug, everything store...

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The World According to Garp

Sara Says...These Are Some of My Favorite "Plane Reads"

My college-age son is getting on a plane tonight for a three-month-long study abroad program in Japan. An enterprising and resilient sort, he has gotten all his paperwork in order, packed his bags, even bought a gift for his “host mother.” So last night, we sat around talking about what he should take to read on the plane...

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What Comes Next and How to Like It

Anne Lamott on Abigail Thomas, & "What Comes Next and How to Like It"

You can’t judge a book by its title, of course, but the name of Abigail Thomas’ new memoir -- What Comes Next and How to Like It -- tells a prospective reader everything she wants to know about what’s inside it. This is going to be a book about growing old, about change, and about learning to live with stuff you never thought you’d even meet...

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A Little Life

Hanya Yanagihara's Favorite Books About Male Friendship

Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life is the thinking person’s big book of the year so far, a long, complex and pretty dark look at the intertwined lives of four college friends. It reminds me of The Corrections, or a starker The Interestings, or a more linear work by David Foster Wallace...

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Born With Teeth

Sara Says...There's Something Satisfying About These Celebrity Memoirs

Oh, the promises of spring: Better weather, leaves on trees, naked ankles...And then, of course, there’s a brand new bounty of books which, I’m happy to say, this year includes a couple of straight-up, old fashioned celebrity memoirs.

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