Sarah Harrison Smith
Sarah Harrison Smith
Editorial Director, Amazon.com 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.

Recent posts by Sarah

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Kamila Shamsie talks to the Amazon Book Review about her new novel, "Home Fire."

“I think the mistake people sometimes make is in thinking that humor is synonymous with lightness or flippancy or frivolity. It isn't. Humor can be very, very angry. “

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Locals

An Excerpt from Jonathan Dee’s New Novel, "The Locals"

Dee follows the lives of the residents of Howland, a small blue-collar town in the Berkshires, in the period immediately following the attacks of 9/11, and gives his readers America in a microcosm.

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Evermore! New Life for Gothic Tales.

Gareth Hinds’s richly illustrated versions of canonical stories and poems by Edgar Allen Poe restore wonder and excitement to works young readers usually only encounter in school.

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Burning Girl

Cree LeFavour explores her relationship with the psychiatrist who saved her in Lights On, Rats Out.

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The Joys of Aimless Reading

For some, the great pleasure of summer reading is its aimlessness – that lovely feeling of discovering something new and delightful by happenstance.

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Books That Made Us Laugh

Perhaps you have forgotten how hilariously, goofily pleasurable a good book can be – even goofier than what you might be reading online or watching on the news.

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I'll Have What She's Having

A new book of culinary history takes a light-hearted look at the role of food in the lives of six remarkable women.

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"Discipline, Pain, and Good Fortune": A Debut Novelist Discusses His Path to Publication

“I’m living in an apartment where my kitchen is my bedroom is my living room, working the graveyard shift at a homeless shelter and detox center, when it hits me that whatever I was writing way back then, whatever spark I had, it was something I’d been running from.…”

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A Teenage Prodigy in Early 20th Century New York Grapples with Her Early Success

Huber brings a once-famous artist back into the public eye, creates an intimate portrait of the relationship between a mother and daughter, and thanks to her careful research, places them in the context of artistic milieu they inhabited, which included Pablo Picasso, playwright Eugene O’Neill, novelist Richard Hughes, and Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, the American heiress who brought the teenage Pamela from London to New York.

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A New Flock of Bird Books for Fledgling Readers

This flight of new bird books includes board books for the littlest lap readers and picture books rich with avian information for older kids.

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