Sara Nelson
Sara Nelson
Sara became the Editorial Director of 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


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

What constitutes summer reading? Like any open ended question, this one has plenty of answers. To my sister, as a teenager, it meant reading all of Proust – in French. (I know. That annoyed me, too.) To my son, it means manga, manga, and more manga, with a little anime...

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Best of the Year So Far

Best of the Year...So Far

Who doesn’t love early summer? The warm days, the cool breezes – the promise of lots of time off to read? (OK, so we’re book geeks. But you knew that.) That’s one of the reasons we pick books at the half-year mark and declare them the Best of the Year...

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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? Does money blunt desire – or increase it? These are the questions author Ramona Ausubel explores (but with a far lighter touch) in her lovely novel, Sons...

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

One of the things I’m going around saying to anyone who will listen is that The Girls by Emma Cline (pictured at right) is a very good novel, better, in fact, than I might have thought it would be, given the hype and the subject matter and the youth of...

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"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 book, An Abbreviated Life, journalist Ariel Leve plumbs the depths of her own painful experiences with a shockingly callous parent. An Abbreviated Life is a June 2016 selection for Amazon's Best Books of the Month in Biographies...

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

Jessica Valenti’s memoir Sex Object--a selection for Amazon's Best Books of the Month--is sure to provoke discussion at any time, but maybe now more than ever, as we head into the presidential election and redefine what it means to be “political.” We asked Valenti some pointed questions about her work...

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James Patterson Wants Us to Read More

“I’m Jim and I’m a disruptor.” So began James Patterson’s appropriately brief and to-the-point introduction to his new line of “Book Shots”: short, straightforward stories that “take the fat out of” the typical bestseller. Like the late Elmore Leonard, whom he quoted, Patterson said he likes to leave out the...

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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. There’s something...

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Mothers and Daughters, a Card Game, and Bridging Generations

My mother used to play Bridge weekly with her three closest friends, women I called “Aunt” even though we bore no blood relation. I both loved and hated coming home from school on bridge afternoons – I got quizzed on my day, in stereo, then squared. Little did I realize...

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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. This year’s winners (and many of the finalists) are the listenable version of *names you know.* For example, overall audio book of the year is The...

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