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

Dollhouse

Proust or Pop: What's in Your Beach Bag?

What constitutes summer reading? Like any open ended question, this one has plenty of answers.

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Best of the Year So Far

Best of the Year...So Far

It’s always a thrill to look back over the past six months and share which books have stood out...

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Sons-Daughters

Exclusive: Ramona Ausubel on "Sons & Daughters of Ease and Plenty"

What does it mean to be have wealth? Does it free you from want or enslave you as sure as does its opposite? These are the questions author Ramona Ausubel explores in her lovely novel, The Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty.

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Emma-Cline

Write What You Know: Emma Cline, Charles Manson, and "The Girls"

Can a twenty-something write realistically about events that happened more than two decades before she was even born? As Emma Cline's gripping novel, The Girls, shows, yes she can.

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Abbreviated-Life

"Up is down. You can’t find your balance": An Excerpt from "An Abbreviated Life"

Mothers and daughters. Could there be a more complicated relationship? In her new memoir, journalist Ariel Leve plumbs the depths of her own painful experiences with a shockingly callous parent.

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Sex-Object

"Life is messy, and it’s okay if you are too": Jessica Valenti on "Sex Object"

Jessica Valenti’s memoir is sure to provoke discussion at any time, but maybe now more than ever. We asked Valenti some pointed questions about her work and her reputation as one of the leading feminist thinkers of a generation.

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BookShots

James Patterson Wants Us to Read More

The prolific, best-selling author announces his new line of "BookShots": jam-packed, action- and dialogue-filled full experiences at 150 pages or less.

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Summer-Reading

Summer Reading: We're Going to Need a Bigger Bag

Sometimes you just can’t help using a cliché. So, with beach brain kicking in a little early this year, let me say.... It’s Summertime and the reading is... easy? Long? Light? Heavy? Full of pictures? All of the above, probably – as evidenced by our Summer Reading Roundup.

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Bridge-Ladies

Mothers and Daughters, a Card Game, and Bridging Generations

In The Bridge Ladies, Betsy Lerner delves into her memories of her mother's Bridge club--a near universal experience for women of a certain era and station--to learn a lot about herself, and about how mothers and daughters do and don’t always get along.

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Audie-award

The 2016 Audie Awards for Audiobooks

Some books just plain work – no matter the format. As the list of winners of the Audie Awards, given by AudioFile magazine, proves.

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Girls-on-Fire

"If They Drown, They Will at Least Drown Together"

Teenage angst, anyone? Surely you had some. Surely some of us still do. In her new novel, Girls on Fire, Robin Wasserman bursts out with a chilling, creepy tale of two best friends who would do anything to each other. Oops. I meant “for” each other. Or did I?

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