Al Woodworth
Al Woodworth
Al has spent more than ten years in the book industry, championing authors and their work — and can’t get enough of it. She made her publishing debut at the age of six, before self-publishing was a thing. She’s never without a book or four in her bag and is happiest reading literary fiction, especially sprawling stories that cross generations and countries. She lives in Brooklyn.

Recent posts by Al

What to read after "The Dutch House"

After reading Ann Patchett's novel of siblings and home, check out novels by Kevin Wilson, Kawai Strong Washburn, Tayari Jones, and more.

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Our picks from this month's Amazon First Reads selections

This month, Prime members can select two free books from Amazon First Reads; we share our favorites from the list.

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Kwana Jackson's 2020 summer reads

"While this summer may not look like the one imagined, with social distancing necessarily still in place, these picks will still be the perfect mental getaway, whether you're relaxing in your backyard, on the couch, or sunning on a lounge (properly spaced from your neighbor), cool drink at hand.”

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The best biographies and memoirs of July

Laugh-out-loud memoirs from social media personalities and SNL cast members; memoirs from emergency room doctors and a team member of the first all-Black high school rowing team; biographies of con-men and unsung WWII heroes, and more. 

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Best biographies and memoirs of 2020 so far

An incredible crop of memoirs and biographies that educate, inspire, entertain, and might just make you think about the world differently. 

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Our Best Books of the Year So Far yearbook

What's a yearbook without superlatives? 15 superlatives for our Best Books of the Year So Far. 

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Jasmine Guillory's 2020 summer reads

The best-selling romance novelist shares four reads perfect for summer.

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Brit Bennett's 2020 summer reads

The author of 'The Vanishing Half' and 'The Mothers' shares some of her favorite novels for summer reading.

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Modern classics by Black authors

The Amazon Books editors name 16 novels and short story collections that will dazzle readers.

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Memoirs of fatherhood

In these memoirs, men grapple with what it means to be a father. In some cases that means being a detective, a comedian and in others, a protector, and confidant.

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An interview with Brit Bennett

We talk to Brit Bennett about the inspiration for her novel, identity, sisters, the book that made her want to be a writer, and more.

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Our picks from this month's Amazon First Reads selections

Every month, Amazon First Reads offers a collection of titles available a month early to readers. You can select one new pre-release Kindle book each month for $1.99 or one free if you’re a Prime member.

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The best biographies and memoirs of June

A woman goes in search of tigers, a best-selling author returns to share the comedy of her life as a 55-year-old, and a young girl escapes the Liberian Civil War and recounts her life on the move and as an immigrant in America.

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Weekend reading

Like so many readers, the Books Editorial team is turning the power of literature this weekend from award-winning books and trusted standbys, to buzzy new novels of black lives publishing this summer.

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Road trippin' books to transport you to the open road

There's nothing like a road trip - these books will remind you that it's about the journey not the destination.

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