Sara Nelson
Sara Nelson
Sara became the Editorial Director of Amazon.com 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

Her

Creepy, In a Good Way: Harriet Lane on "Her"

Harriet Lane is the journalist-turned-novelist, author of Alys, Always and now, the psychological thriller Her. The tagline of this creepy (and we mean that in a good way) novel--“ You don’t remember her--but she remembers you“--says it all; Her is the story of one London woman stalking another over an incident that occurred in the distant past, an incident that broke apart the stalker’s life but probably went unnoticed for the stalkee. Told in alternate voices, Her is the definition of a page-turner. Amazon Editorial Director Sara Nelson spoke by phone to the delightful Lane, at home in London.

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Sara Says...

Sara Says...Welcome to Our Parlor

There used to be a column in a famous women’s magazine called: “Welcome to My Parlor.” That quaint locution keeps coming to mind as I think about introducing you to our brand new Omnivoracious, now called The Amazon Book Review....

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Happy

"Happy are the Happy" - An Excerpt from Yasmina Reza's New Book

The title is a quote from Jorge Luis Borges, but don’t be fooled by that erudition. Yasmina Reza’s Happy are the Happy is universal and accessible to anyone who has ever wanted to be, or has been, in a relationship – as long as she wants to admit her ambivalences. It’s dark in places, and funny, and unusual; but these 20 short chapters, each told by a character who may or may not reappear in another piece, are the tragicomic portrait of love. Here, a portion of one of our favorite chapters:

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The Woman I Wanted to Be

5 Books We Wish Mark Zuckerberg Would Read

Like everyone in the book business, we at Amazon think it's great when a new public book club joins the party. And when Mark Zuckerberg came out with his first pick--Moisés Naim's The End of Power--we were thrilled to think...

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Blume

Sara Says: All I Want for Christmas Is...

All I want for Christmas, as usual, is a big fat novel I can curl up with, all the better to get some quiet time amid the usual family hubbub. But even though I’m going to have to wait a...

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By-the-book

New York Times Book Review Editor Pamela Paul on "By The Book"

Since taking over the New York Times Book Review, Pamela Paul has revamped the venerable weekly, and brought it some much-needed life. Among her improvements, a weekly interview with a writer (usually) about his or her reading habits and predilections....

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Four Great Novels That Can Be Called Post-Multicultural (Or Not)

Jeff Chang has spent the better part of his adult life analyzing and chronicling the role of race in America. The result is Who We Be, a compendium of essays, photos, lyrics, and other snippets that define, well, Who We...

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Trust the Reader: Author Colm Tóibín on "Nora Webster"

Oh, to spend a few minutes talking to Colm Tóibín! Even on a transatlantic telephone call, the sonorous voice comes through, as precise and erudite and charming as you would expect from having read his books. Tóibín is a master...

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Lies

A Conversation with Liane Moriarty, on Writing About the Extraordinary Lives of Ordinary Women

Liane Moriarty broke through last year with her book The Husband’s Secret, still a bestseller both here and in her native Australia. This year, just on the eve of the publication of her next bestseller –- Big Little Lies -–...

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Season of "The Witch": Fairy Tales for the Modern World

In a world that loves to categorize writers – he writes horror, say; she’s a journalist – Jean Thompson is uncategorizable. In fact, the only consistent thing you can say about the author of several award winning novels and collections...

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RobPeace

Sometimes It’s OK to Say “I Told You So”

About three years ago, my friend Rebecca introduced me to her husband, Jeff Hobbs, who had published one novel and was working on another. Like me, Rebecca is a major reader—our relationship started because we both worked in related parts...

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