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

Hot off the Presses: The Man Booker Shortlist

The chair of the awards committee says, "All of our six finalists are miracles of stylistic invention."

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Behind a Great Cover: Lisa Brennan-Jobs's Memoir, "Small Fry"

The author hoped the cover design would convey her memoir's "joy and lightness" as well as its "struggles and difficulties." 

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The National Book Awards Announces the Longlist for Young People's Literature

Which of the ten finalists have you read?

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Maria Dahvana Headley Talks about Reinterpreting "Beowulf" in Her New Novel, "The Mere Wife"

"Language is the great costume," says this wildly imaginative writer, who once sewed corsets for a Shakespeare company. "I’ve changed my life over and over by telling new kinds of stories." 

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Weekend Reading

That back-to-school feeling has us ready to hit the books.

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Five of the Funniest Books of 2018

Well, 2018 has been a funny year in a lot of ways, but perhaps particularly in books, where writers of fiction and essays brought out their best material. If you are in the mood to laugh, we've got five reads to recommend.

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What Did You Really Read This Summer?

Way back in June, magazines, newspapers, and blogs -- including ours -- were full of lists recommending summer reading. But what did people actually read this summer? 

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Conversation Starters

Looking for something to get your book club talking? Try one of these and see who speaks up first. 

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A Taste of "Flights," Winner of the 2018 Man Booker International Prize

"It's a cornucopia of delights, really. It's a vivacious, sparkling witty, imaginative book," said Lisa Appignanesi, chair of the Man Booker International Prize committee, announcing this year's winner, Olga Tokarczuk's  Flights.

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Four New Story Collections from Innovative Women Writers

Want to challenge yourself to read more adventurously, or to explore new trends in fiction? Short stories are the place to start.

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Love, Music, and Longing in "The Air You Breathe": An Interview with Frances de Pontes Peebles

For the two young heroines of this sensuous historical novel, “Music is a way to be seen and heard in a world that tries, again and again, to discount and demean them. Music is their weapon and their solace.” 

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Kristan Higgins on Women and Self Acceptance

Before publishing her new novel, "Good Luck with That," bestselling author Kristan Higgins "always shied away from writing a character who really struggled with size." 

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An Excerpt from David Kirkpatrick's "Into the Hands of the Soldiers: Freedom and Chaos in Egypt and the Middle East."

When Kirkpatrick moved to Cairo with his wife and young children, he expected his time as Middle East correspondent for the New York Times would be fairly quiet. But six months into his stay, Egypt exploded into revolution.

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World War II Books for Adults that Teen Readers Just Might Love

Don't keep these five wartime books to yourself. They could be just right for your favorite teen.

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Six Inspiring Books About the Women's Suffrage Movement

There are books about women’s suffrage for every kind of reader, from those who want a detailed non-fiction account of the struggle to lovers of historical novels -- and even for knee-high picture-book enthusiasts.

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