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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Five New Picture Books About Women Artists

This season, new picture books about female artists highlight their strength, talent, and perseverance.

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What's Kept "A Gentleman in Moscow" on the Bestseller Lists?

“There are a lot of literary novels that everyone loves that immediately fall away from the bestseller lists. But no matter what thrillers come and go, 'A Gentleman in Moscow' is still there,” says Ron Charles, fiction editor at the Washington Post. Which begs the question: what is it about this novel that gives it such staying power? 

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Kazuo Ishiguro Wins the Nobel Prize for Literature

"I just hope that my receiving this huge honor will, even in a small way, encourage the forces for good,” Ishiguro said.

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Which of the Four Tendencies are you? Take Gretchen Rubin's Quiz

The fundamental question is “How do you respond to expectations?"

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Katherine Rundell: Three Books that Made Me a Writer

"I drank in that madcap, bold world... and wanted more. It taught me what it is to be hungry for books."

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Prizes: What's the Point?

Though the press pays a lot of attention to big books when they're first published, those books fall out of the conversation pretty fast unless they're nominated for prizes -- or better yet, win them.

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Let's Get Lost: Nicole Krauss talks about her new novel, "Forest Dark"

"At its heart, "Forest Dark" is about the idea of transformation, or metamorphosis in some sense, of leaving behind what is old and breaking old forms and somehow arriving at something new and unexpected."

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Gabriel Tallent talks about his hit debut, "My Absolute Darling"

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

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Talking to Katherine Rundell about "The Explorer," her thrilling new novel for young readers

Rundell, a scholar and adventurer, believes that "meeting fear head-on is what galvanizes the human heart into great things."

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Claire Messud on Her New Novel, "The Burning Girl"

What could be more ordinary than suburban American girlhood? In her new novel, The Burning Girl, Claire Messud sees something beautiful, agonized and intense in a period we all thought we knew. This might be the best novel of contemporary female adolescence you’ve ever read.

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