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

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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"Getting the Rest of the Stuff Right": Steve Case on "The Third Wave"

The America Online co-founder talks about the past, present, and future of the Internet, as well as his new book, The Third Wave.

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The Old Boys’ Club: Publishing, the 50s, and the "Three-Martini Lunch"

Author Suzanne Rindell talks about her new novel of the Mad Men era of the publishing business, when things happened “lickety split” and people looked “sharp,” but more serious issues--race and honor and character--loomed behind the scenes.

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Harlan Coben on "Fool Me Once"

Best-selling thriller writer Harlan Coben answers questions about his greatest influences, the challenges of sustaining success, and his new book, Fool Me Once.

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The "Girls" of Summer

What’s in a name? Apparently publishers think: “a lot.” Here, then, is what is probably only a partial list of all the "girl" books coming out in the next few months.

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Jim Harrison: An Appreciation

I got to know and love Jim Harrison before I really knew his books.

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Helen Simonson on "The Summer Before the War"

"I’m putting my characters in jeopardy by presenting this incredible summer and we, the readers, know what was coming – but the characters don’t ... There’s nothing being telegraphed that War is Coming, War is Coming."

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“I Feel Like I Can Breathe Here"

Elizabeth Poliner talks about the influence on family and place in her novel As Close to Us as Breathing, our Spotlight Pick for the Best Books of March.

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"The Nest" Is THE THING

Amazon Editorial Director Sara Nelson on Big Books, Bigger Expectations, and Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s The Nest.

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