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.

Recent posts by Sarah

Finding Self-Help in Fiction: A Stranger Truth

Can listening to fiction be a form of self-help? Audible editor Rachel Smalter Hall found guidance in six great novels.

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Looking Again at a National Book Critics Circle Finalist: Caroline Fraser's Biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder

In an interview with the Amazon Book Review, author Caroline Fraser discusses her discoveries about Wilder's father, Charles Ingalls; the sources of Laura's ecstatic relationship to landscape; and the much-debated question of how much Wilder's daughter, Rose, contributed to the writing of the books that made Wilder so beloved to generations of children.

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Ask the Editors: Expectant Mother Seeks Rocking-Chair Reading

Chicklit, mysteries, and a handful of classics for reading in the wee small hours.

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The Question of the Month: Would You Want to Be Immortal?

Longing for longevity? Five books consider the costs and benefits. 

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For the Dog Days of Winter

To warm you during this cold season, we offer you ten recent books about dogs -- wonderful, adorable, cute, courageous dogs. Take your pick of the litter!

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Winners of the 2018 Walter Awards for Outstanding Children's Literature

The prizes are awarded annually by a non-profit committed to encouraging diversity of all kinds in books for children.

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Check It Out! New Books for Little Library Lovers

Four recent books about one of our favorite places.

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Our Favorite News of the Week

Amidst all the excitement of the biggest book news this week, there are two stories we wanted to be sure you didn't miss.

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"The Explorer" Wins the Costa Children's Book Award

Judges for the prize called it "a glorious read and a timeless voyage of wonder." 

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Joanna Barsh: How I Learned to "Grow Wherever You Work"

Barsh offers "Straight Talk to Help With your Toughest Challenges" based on her research into the struggles faced by over 200 rising leaders.

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Rethinking Rural: The New Women Writers of the Countryside

Looking back at 2017, three authors stand out for incorporating extraordinary visions of the countryside with some of the best writing of the year. Call them the Rural Feminists? 

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YA for Everyone: Hilary Reyl's Neuro-Diverse Romance

"I wanted to make Martin a person first and have the reader sense that he was on the spectrum but not have that define him. I hope the reader will love him as a character first."

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Personalized Book Recommendations From Our Editors

Not sure what to read next, or what book to give a friend or relative at the holidays? The Amazon Book Editors are here to help.

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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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