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.

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World Book Day: From Books Deserts to Reading Oases

The leaders of three innovative charities bringing books to children worldwide talk to the Amazon Book Review about improving lives through literacy

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The Books That Made Them Writers

As World Book Day approaches, we’re thinking about the significance of giving books as gifts. The Amazon Book Review spoke to five talented writers about how gift books helped them find their voices.

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Deborah Heiligman on "Vincent and Theo"

The Amazon Book Review talks to Deborah Heiligman about her new book, Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers.

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How did that baby get so...bossy?

The Amazon Book Review talks to Marla Frazee, the award--winning children’s book author and illustrator who created the original “Boss Baby.”

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Georgia on My Mind

In Taylor Brown's new novel, men, separated by centuries, face mortality and mystery on a legendary Southern river.

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Happy Birthday, Jane Goodall

Primatologist Jane Goodall celebrates her 83rd birthday today. If you have a young animal-lover in your house, these books about Goodall will widen their worlds.

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Word by Word: Kory Stamper Reveals the Secret Life of Dictionaries

A “lexicographer,” Samuel Johnson wrote in his 1755 Dictionary of the English Language, is “a writer of dictionaries; a harmless drudge, that busies himself in tracing the original, and detailing the signification of words.” Presumably this was tongue in cheek; who would describe themselves that way? Certainly it doesn’t apply...

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PEN America Literary Awards: Books Across Borders

Last night, PEN America staff were turning away latecomers to the literary awards ceremony in the New School’s John L. Tishman auditorium. There simply weren’t enough seats for everyone who wanted to attend. This year’s event was a special one. Its theme of “Books Across Borders” addressed timely issues of...

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An Interview with John Freeman Gill, Author of "The Gargoyle Hunters"

Gill talks to the Amazon Book Review about his novel of a crumbling family set in the crumbling New York of the mid-1970s, when the city was dirty, dangerous, and on the verge of going bankrupt.

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Aliens Among Us: The Short Stories of Eric Puchner

The best short stories take you deep into a character or a situation, without all the set up and plotting that a novel usually entails. They have a certain intensity – the equivalent of eating a dark chocolate truffle, say, rather than a thick slice of frosted cake. Eric Puchner’s...

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