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

Adrienne Celt Talks About Her New Novel, "Invitation to a Bonfire"

Adrienne Celt’s new novel, Invitation to a Bonfire, is one of our Best Books of the Month, and we can’t recommend it more highly to readers who enjoy ominous literary suspense with a dash of romance, history, and murder.

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Big Prizes for Two of Our Favorite Writers

In the past week, novelists Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Kamila Shamsie won big prizes in the United Kingdom. That’s an opportunity to celebrate their success and also to revisit their terrific work.

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Published Today: Rachel Cusk's Triumphant "Kudos"

The author's rare intelligence, sly wit, and innovative style make "Kudos," the final novel in Cusk's critically acclaimed trilogy, one of our Best Books of June.

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An Interview with Anthony Ray Hinton, Author of Oprah's New Book Club Pick

Hinton, freed after spending 28 years on death row for crimes he didn't commit, says, "I didn’t get to marry. I didn’t get to have children. I didn’t get to save for my retirement. The State of Alabama locked me up like an animal, threw my life away like garbage. I lost thirty years of my life. How do I spend my time now?  I live every minute like it’s my last."

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Michael Pollan Talks About His New Memoir, "How to Change Your Mind."

Researching psychedelics convinced Michael Pollan that they offer radically effective treatment for acutely ill, depressed, and addicted patients. Could they also be used for "the betterment of well people," like himself?

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An Excerpt from Michael Ondaatje's "Warlight."

The Amazon Book Editors chose  Warlight as one of the Best Books of the Month for May. Read on to see why we're so excited about this brilliant new novel from the author of The English Patient.

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Where I Wrote It: Jessica Knoll, author of "The Favorite Sister," on Making a New Home in L.A.

The author of the 2015 bestseller, "Luckiest Girl Alive" and a hotly-anticipated new thriller, "The Favorite Sister," talks about the difficulties she faced writing a new novel in a new city -- until a bulldog named Bea came to her rescue.

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Goodbye, Philip Roth: A Farewell to One of the 20th Century's Greatest Writers

Sometimes humorously, and sometimes tragically, Roth's novels addressed the enormous social upheavals of the post-war era. 

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Parenting Perils: An Interview with Neal Thompson, Author of "Kickflip Boys"

When Neal Thompson and his wife Mary welcomed their sons Leo and Sean into the world, they "wanted to raise them to explore, to take chances, to  live." But then the boys hit their teens, and faced with pot-smoking, skate-obsessed kids, Neal began to wonder whether he and Mary had made the right choices. Were the boys somehow "insufficient," or were they "beautiful, vital young men, finding their way"?

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An Excerpt from Zora Neale Hurston's "Barracoon"

In 1927, Zora Neale Hurston, who became one of the best-known writers of the Harlem Renaissance, traveled to Alabama to interview Oluale Kossula, the only living survivor of the last shipment of African slaves to the United States. Hurston, who studied anthropology at Barnard, compiled Kossula's tragic oral history into "Barracoon," published today for the first time.

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Remembering the Work of Alice Provensen, an "Illustrator's Illustrator."

Provensen's deceptively simple artwork struck a chord with kids and parents alike, and won the illustration world's top prizes.

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An All-Star Interview: Sheila Heti in Conversation With Sloane Crosley

Sheila Heti's new novel,  Motherhood, has everyone talking about her narrator's carefully, cleverly observed thoughts on whether or not to have a child. Here she talks to Sloane Crosley, author of Look Alive Out There, one of our Best Books of the Month, and it's a thrilling match. 

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Weekend Reading

Looking for a great new book? Here's what the Amazon Books Editors are excited about reading this weekend. 

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New in Paperback: Margot Singer's "Underground Fugue"

Underground Fugue, an uplifting story of love, parenthood, and letting go, is set in London during the summer of 2005, when terrorist bombs rocked the city.

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An Interview with Curtis Sittenfeld

The author of five hit novels, including  Prep, Eligible, and An American Wife, just published her first collection of short stories. It's a marvel, and, as you'll see in this interview, she's as funny and smart as they come.

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