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

The Muralist

“Go For It. But Don’t Give Up the Day Job” -- Author B.A. Shapiro on the Art of Writing, & Writing About Art

The disappearance of a young painter in New York City on the eve of World War II shapes B.A. Shapiro’s fascinating historical novel, The Muralist. The book, the latest from the best-selling author of The Art Forger, blends historical and fictional characters...

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Anatomy of Success: Shonda Rhimes's "Year of Yes"

In her new book, TV creator/producer Shonda Rhimes (Grey's Anatomy, Scandal) reveals how she transformed herself from the person who "never says yes" to anything to the one that opened herself up to a world of possibilities and success. Find out how she did it.

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"Steady, Steady, Steady": The Triumph of The Three-Year Swim Club

Is it just me, or does The Three-Year Swim Club have The Boys in the Boat written all over it? Like that 2013 bestseller, this book chronicles the quest for Olympic glory of an underdog American team. But there’s twist: this club was made up of Japanese Americans, and the time was right before the start of WWII.

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Between the World and Me

The Winners of the 2015 National Book Awards

The 2015 National Book Awards presentation in New York was a packed affair, better attended than in recent years and elegant as always in the old Wall Street bank that is now Cipriani. There were no overtly political speeches about...

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"A Little Bit of Tuesdays with Morrie in Everything": Mitch Albom on His New Novel

Amazon Book Review Editorial Director Sara Nelson talked to Mitch Albom at his home in Detroit about his new book, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto, his career, and why his wife never reads his books.

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The Best Books of the Month: November, Part One

The final two months of the year are often a little light on great books, so consumed are readers and publishers with the bumper crop that was September and October. This month, however, is hefty, full of great reads, both fictional and nonfictional.

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RIP Harriet Klausner: 1952 – 2015

Few of us would have recognized her on the street, but thousands of readers recognize the name of Harriet Klausner, who was one of Amazon’s first and most prolific reviewers -- at last count she had published over 31,000 reviews....

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"Scarred, but Unbroken": Amy Ellis Nutt on "Becoming Nicole"

Becoming Nicole rather coincidentally landed right in the middle of the transgender zeitgeist, but journalist Amy Ellis Nutt began her work on the moving story of the toddler who always knew he’d been born in the wrong body long before. She talks about how and why she wrote her exceptional book.

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Sara Says: Meet the new Neil Strauss. He just did.

I'm supposed to be the kind of person who doesn't like Neil Strauss, the books or the man. His pick-up artists' bible, The Game... well, just having two X chromosomes practically requires me to reject it as sexist clap-trap. But what about The Truth? Is Neil Strauss redeemed?

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Shepherd for a Day: How Geraldine Brooks Researched "The Secret Chord"

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author talks to the Amazon Book Review about how and why she chose to write a novel about King David, and the challenges in reinventing this ancient story.

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Exclusive: Bob Woodward on Richard Nixon and the "Other Side of Watergate"

In this interview with Amazon Book Review Editorial Director Sara Nelson, longtime Washington Post editor and reporter Bob Woodward speaks about The Last of the President's Men, his latest (and final) foray into Nixon's White House, and why Watergate still matters.

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