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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What to Read Next? Ask the Editors! We're Here to Help.

Not sure what to read next, or what book to give a friend or relative at the holidays? The Amazon Book Editors are happy to help. In this edition, we have some suggestions for a reader whose mother has very particular preferences in fiction.

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Best Books of the Year: Gabriel Tallent on His Debut, "My Absolute Darling"

"Growing up, books that had high stakes meant the world to me."

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When Book Covers Came of Age

Book covers were once simply protective wrappings, designed to be discarded. In the 1920s, that all changed. Have a look at some gorgeous examples from the art form's heyday, and read an except from "The Illustrated Dust Jacket."

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An Excerpt from the Best Biography of the Year: 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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Two New Books for the Medically-Minded

Whether you are searching for a holiday gift for the doctor in your family, or are fascinated by brilliant minds, these new books -- one memoir, one history -- offer intriguing looks at the lives and work of two eminent surgeons. 

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Louise Erdrich's Dystopian Vision

"Sure, there’s a political agenda to everything I write.  But the story always comes first."

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A New Biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder Looks at the Facts Behind a Beloved Series

"One of the extraordinary stories of Wilder’s life is her relationship with her daughter and the ways in which it helps create these classic books. There really isn’t any other relationship like it in literary history that I am aware of."

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The Winners of the 2017 National Book Awards

Last night, at the 2017 National Book Awards ceremony in New York, judges announced the winners of the annual prize in four categories: Young People's Literature, Poetry, Nonfiction, and Fiction.

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Talking to Anne Fadiman About Her Memoir, "The Wine Lover's Daughter."

"Books and wine were interconnected in his mind. Both represented the patrician life that he always imagined lay on the other side of the river."

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Announcing the Editors' Best Books of 2017

There's something to please every reader on this list of the Best Books of 2017. We loved every one of them and hope you will, too.

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