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


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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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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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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"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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Disconnection: A Father, a Son, and the Church of Scientology

Ron Miscavige, a former member of the Church of Scientology and the father of its leader, tells a tale of denial and alienation in the frank and shocking Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me.

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Louise Erdrich on "LaRose" (Plus an Excerpt)

National Book Award winner Louise Erdrich on her masterful new novel, a cross-generational story of family, obligation and love set on a Native American reservation.

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How Far Will You Go to Save the People You Love the Most?

Adam Haslett talks to the Amazon Book Review about Imagine Me Gone, a sad but honest tale of a family ravaged by mental illness but still, miraculously, a family.

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The Atomic Weight of Love-Amazon Book Review

Amazon's Best Books of May: Today's Releases

Releasing today is an impressive list of novels, some new, some from names you know. If our Best of the Month lists had subtitles, this one would be Love, War and Cryogenics...

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Eligible-Amazon Book Review

She's Funny Like You-Know-Who: Curtis Sittenfeld Channels Jane Austen with "Eligible"

I know I’m supposed to say that Curtis Sittenfeld’s Eligible is a contemporary take on Pride and Prejudice. But...

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The Best of "Quindlenesque"

Amazon Editorial Director Sara Nelson on the near universal appeal of Anna Quindlen and her all-time favorite Anna Quindlen books, including the latest, Miller's Valley.

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Best of April-Amazon Book Review

Amazon's Best Books of April: Today's Releases

A Richard Price-ian novel, a biography (sort of) of the Godfather of Soul – April 5 brings a bounty of Best of the Month choices...

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