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


Sara Says: Two Women You Never Heard of, Two Memoirs You Won't Soon Forget

Amazon Book Review executive editor Sara Nelson on two novelish memoirs – or maybe they’re memoirish novels – that will introduce you to women you might once have known, and lives you might have thought you wanted to lead. Or not.

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The Best Books of the Month: October, Part One

We are happiest when we make discoveries–when we find books that are a little off the radar. We also, of course, like to get our hands on the things people have been waiting for and talking about for months. In October we got a little bit of both.

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A Window Opens

How a Working Mother's "So-Called Manuscript" Turned Into a Delightful Debut

Elisabeth Egan’s buoyant debut novel, A Window Opens, has that oh-boy-have-we-all-been-there quality many of us recognize, whether we’re mothers who work outside the home – or not. Here the author explains how she – mother of three, book editor, aspiring...

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Sara Says: RIP Jackie Collins. Your Books Changed My Life

We all have different reading roots – the authors, books and experiences that made us the readers we are today. And while I probably should say my reading life began with mythology, or C.S. Lewis, or Judy Blume – and...

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The Fall of Princes

The Best Book About the Best (and Worst) of Times...

Remember the ‘80s? Author Robert Goolrick does – in both glorious and inglorious detail. The money (Wall Street, not Silicon Valley (yet), the drugs (we’re not talking a little weed) the indiscriminate, wild sex (AIDS? What’s that?) Above all, the...

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Sweet Caress

A Conversation with William Boyd, Author of "Sweet Caress"

One of the reasons I knew that my best friend Jessie was going to be my best friend, and that Sam was going to be my husband was because early on in both relationships, we shared a secret...

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The Girl Who Slept with God

"Uncovering the Mystery that was My Older Sister": Val Brelinski on "The Girl Who Slept with God"

The Girl Who Slept with God is Val Brelinski’s stunning debut. A highly autobiographical novel about her devout, evangelical family...

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Sara Says: Ferrante-mania

Here are two of the best feelings a passionate reader can have: 1. Pleasure in watching a beloved author have her moment, break out, find her time and audience. 2. Pride in having even the smallest bit to do with...

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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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