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

Weekend Reading

We're kicking back with some great books this weekend. How about you?

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An Interview with Elizabeth Hartley Winthrop, Author of "The Mercy Seat"

Some novels set your soul ablaze with a kind of author-induced empathy explosion.  The Mercy Seat does just that.

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The Man Booker Prize Longlist Features Three American Writers

Some of our favorite authors made the list. Which are you rooting for?

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From Hogwarts to St. Paul's: Our Favorite Boarding-School Books

Some of the best coming-of-age stories take place at boarding schools – even though only a tiny percentage of real-world kids attend them. But what a plot device to draw upon! The potential for drama and shenanigans is almost limitless.

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A Video Interview with Allison Pearson

The (very funny) author of "I Don't Know How She Does It" discusses her (hilarious!) follow-up novel, "How Hard Can It Be?"

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Early and Late Career Prizes for Novels by Michael Kaan and Michael Ondaatje

The big news this week was that Michael Ondaatje had won a Man Booker "Golden" award for the best work of fiction published in the past 50 years. But a certain Canadian prize was an early indicator of Ondaatje's future fame. This year, Michael Kaan won it for his debut novel, "The Water Beetles."

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The Best Books of the Year So Far: "The Immortalists"

Chloe Benjamin is not yet 30 years old, but her writing and wisdom suggest that she has many more years of experience as a reader and a novelist than her age indicates. We asked her which authors had taught her the most about her craft, that this is what she told us.

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AJ Pearce: My Favorite Books About World War II

The author of "Dear Mrs. Bird" found inspiration in wartime diaries, women's magazines, and novels by Elizabeth Wein, Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.

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Five Ways to Make Your Summer Get-Togethers More Meaningful

Priya Parker, author of "The Art of Gathering," helps hosts set the stage for truly memorable conversations.

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"A Very English Scandal" Is Getting Rave Reviews. But Have You Read the Book?

The mini-series is a hit. But we readers know: the book is always better. We think you'll enjoy this excerpt from the brilliant, funny page-turner that started it all.

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In "An Excellent Choice," Emma Brockes Embraces Solo Parenting

"I can kid myself I have done something avant-garde by having a baby alone, but the fact is, I basically only did it because my mum told me to."

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All About Meghan: An Interview with Royal Biographer Andrew Morton

"I think Diana would have been thrilled to see her second son who was so lost and alone for so many years now have the light of love blazing from his eyes."

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Tatjana Soli Talks About Her New Novel, "The Removes"

Soli's dramatic historical novel imagines the very different lives of two young women of the Civil War era: Libbie Bacon Custer, intrepid wife of swashbuckling General George Armstrong Custer, and Anne Cummins, a pioneer girl who must fight to survive after she is captured by the Cheyenne during an attack on her family's homestead.

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Books for Your Swimming-Pool Library

A handful of books about swimming's sublime, soul-healing pleasures. Care to take a dip?

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Weekend Reading

Searching for a wonderful new novel, a family-friendly audiobook, or perhaps an inspiring essay collection? As we slide towards summer, the Amazon Books Editors look forward to a few days with their feet up and their heads in these great books. 

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