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

Preparation for the Next Life

Sara Asks...How Did I Miss This?

A couple of months ago, an agent friend of mine came to lunch with a handsome paperback novel “I think you’ll like this,” she said. This agent is one of the very best, and though I’ve known her for years, she doesn’t pitch me easily or often, preferring, I guess, to see what books (represented by her or not) organically rise to the top.

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Funny Girl

Sara Says...

One of the few, albeit minor, drawbacks of this job is that while we all get to spend a lot of time discovering books we love, we don’t always have the luxury of time to pause between books and see which ones are going to linger in our minds, which ones are going to become longterm residents on our personal Best Of Lists. I, for example, loved Nick Hornby's...

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Girl on the Train

Sara Says...

As you may have heard, we Amazon editors are very opinionated about books, and relish opportunities to brag about how right we are when we discover something that goes on to become a big hit in the “outside world” – i.e. among you, the reading public. (Whether we’re calling hits in advance or whether our calling them makes them hits is an open question; frankly, I’m happy either way.) And we do it a lot...

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David Carr

David Carr, 1956-2015

I should have written this hours ago. If my friend David Carr were here--maybe sitting one desk away as he did for 2 years at the great Web site at which we met, Inside.com--he’d be mad at me. David wasn’t...

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Mockingbird

Sara Says... A Long-Awaited Sequel Appears

Like millions of readers, I was thrilled this week to hear that Harper Lee was finally going to publish another book. To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the touchstones of my youth, of my experience as a reader, as, well. . . as an American. And to learn today that Lee will publish another book about Scout and Gem and Atticus. . .

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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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