Sara Nelson
Sara Nelson
Sara became the Editorial Director of after working as books editor at O, the Oprah magazine, and as editor in chief of Publishers Weekly. In other words, her job for many, many years has been to read a lot of books and talk and write a lot about books. Tough life, huh?

Recent posts by Sara


"If They Drown, They Will at Least Drown Together"

Teenage angst, anyone? Surely you had some. Surely some of us still do. In her new novel, Girls on Fire, the writer formerly known for her YA work, bursts out with a chilling, creepy tale of two best friends who would do anything to each other. Oops. I meant “for”...

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Disconnection: A Father, a Son, and the Church of Scientology

It’s probably fair to say that almost nobody knows more about Scientology than Ron Miscavige, who was an active member of the Church for over 50 years, and whose son David is its leader. In his frank and shocking Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me, Miscavige describes the...

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Louise Erdrich on "LaRose" (Plus an Excerpt)

One of our all-time favorite authors, Louise Erdrich wrote Amazon’s 2012 Best Book of the Year, The Round House. (The novel also won a little prize called the National Book Award.) This month, she’s back with the majestic LaRose, a story of family, obligation and love, set on a Native...

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How Far Will You Go to Save the People You Love the Most?

One of my very favorite novels of the month is Adam Haslett’s Imagine Me Gone, a sad but honest tale of a family ravaged by mental illness but still, miraculously, a family. I’ve been a Haslett fan since his debut collection of stories – You Are Not a Stranger Here...

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The Atomic Weight of Love-Amazon Book Review

Amazon's Best Books of May: Today's Releases

Releasing today is an impressive list of novels, some new, some from names you know. If our Best of the Month lists had subtitles, this one would be Love, War and Cryogenics. Our debut spotlight, The Atomic Weight of Love, by Elizabeth J. Church is a fascinating account of a...

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Eligible-Amazon Book Review

She's Funny Like You-Know-Who: Curtis Sittenfeld Channels Jane Austen with "Eligible"

I know I’m supposed to say that Curtis Sittenfeld’s Eligible is a contemporary take on Pride and Prejudice. I mean, the subhead is “A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice,” after all. And it is that, of course – there are the Bennet sisters, and a Mr Darcy, self centered...

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The Best of "Quindlenesque"

I consider having been asked to interview Anna Quindlen in front of a live audience at last week’s Los Angeles Times Festival of Books a big honor. She’s a “great get” – a popular writer sure to draw a large audience – and to judge from 300+ people lining up...

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Best of April-Amazon Book Review

Amazon's Best Books of April: Today's Releases

A Richard Price-ian novel, a biography (sort of) of the Godfather of Soul – April 5 brings a bounty of Best of the Month choices... Actually, I stand corrected. Dodgers isn’t a book that resembles the work of Richard (“Clockers”) Price, it is, according to our reviewer, Senior Editor, Chris...

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"Getting the Rest of the Stuff Right": Steve Case on "The Third Wave"

Whether or not you were online in the 90s, or ever had an AOL address (I still have mine), it’s a pretty safe bet that if it weren’t for Steve Case and his America Online co-founders, you might not be reading this on your screen today. Case, along with partners...

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The Old Boys’ Club: Publishing, the 50s, and the "Three-Martini Lunch"

I have an extra-soft spot in my heart for Three-Martini Lunch, Suzanne Rindell’s novel about the book publishing world in the 1950s. It takes place in an era that was before my time, but one that has always loomed large in my imagination: while I wouldn’t have been able to...

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