Sarah Harrison Smith
Sarah Harrison Smith
Editorial Director, Books and Kindle: Sarah Harrison Smith spent her childhood with her nose in a book and not much has changed. Happy to read almost anything, she’s especially drawn to literary fiction and biographies of artists, writers and politicians, with a particular soft spot for 19th century oddballs. Other interests: the visual arts, architecture, and children’s books.

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A Debut Novel Takes Its Whacks at an Infamous Crime

Lizzie Borden was acquitted of killing her father and step mother on this day in 1893. An acclaimed new novel from Australian Sarah Schmidt revisits the grisly murders and finds a houseful of horror.

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Looking Deeper into Maurice Sendak’s Children’s Books

Whether you’re reading Sendak’s books aloud to children, or enjoying them alone, Jonathan Cott’s "There’s a Mystery There: The Primal Vision of Maurice Sendak" shows the ways Sendak used them to surface his intellectual interests and the playful and sometimes serious “wild things” that resided deep in his memories.

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Excerpt: Sherman Alexie's "You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me"

"I whispered, 'I love you,' and walked, grief-drunk and afraid, into the rest of my life."

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Birding Books for Fathers and Friends

Four books about birds and birding that have a distinctively American spirit.

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Marysue Rucci on Editing Nina Riggs’s Posthumous Memoir, "The Bright Hour"

“The pages were brilliant - laugh-out-loud funny, intelligent, and deeply moving. Nina’s experience as a mother and wife, grappling with a terminal diagnosis while living (and loving) every day, felt incredibly noble, but she also made it incredibly identifiable. And she wasn’t at all maudlin.“

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Literary Trends: The Refugee Crisis

Want to learn more about the refugee crisis? These eleven books—a mixture of nonfiction, memoir, fiction, and graphic novels—are a great place to start.

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So You Want to Know More about Graphic Design?

Steven Heller, graphic design expert and longtime art director of The New York Times, recommends eleven essential books on his favorite subject.

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Katherine Heiny’s First Novel, “Standard Deviation,” Is Way Above Average

Knopf has just published short-story writer Katherine Heiny’s first adult novel, and it’s funny, delightful, and poignant beyond any reasonable expectations. Heiny has grown up, and her characters have, too, though they are still acting foolishly and occasionally dating the wrong people.

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Othello on the Jungle Gym

Tracy Chevalier sets her reimagining of Shakespeare’s Othello in the city and era of her childhood, 1970s Washington D.C.

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Tessa Hadley Talks about "Bad Dreams and Other Stories"

“If you don’t first of all feel, ‘How dare I? What claim has this little tiny enclave upon our attention when there is this and that, and that huge thing, that horror, that unfairness, whatever,’ then you probably don’t deserve to write anything.”

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