Jon Foro
Jon Foro
Jon has spent over 25 years in the book business--and over 16 years at Amazon.com—buying, selling, and writing about books. He enjoys narrative nonfiction, literary fiction, and adventure and nature writing, especially books about bears.

Recent posts by Jon

The Best Books of October: Nonfiction

This month: An outstanding debut collection of unusual and original essays; an exploration of courage and curiosity from bestselling author Brené Brown; a deep-dive into the disaster that ended the era of supersonic air travel; and two books about books, including the latest from The Orchid Thief author Susan Orlean. 

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Let Fury Have the Hour

If the Clash and the Sex Pistols were considered rebels for infusing rock with sharp political commentary, imagine the guts it took to do it under the eye of the Stasi. Tim Mohr talks about the East German secret police, psychological terror, and  Burning Down the Haus, his chronicle of punk rock and the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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The Best Books of the Month: Biographies & Memoirs

The Amazon Books Editors' selections for the best new biographies and memoirs of October include an informative look into the life and work of Frederick Douglass, an emotional (and uplifting?) story of a family that will "destroy each other... destroy themselves," and  The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, as told by two people who absolutely believe it. 

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Strange Bedfellows: Neil deGrasse Tyson on "Accessory to War"

The bestselling author talks to the Amazon Book Review about his latest book and the centuries-old, symbiotic, and sometimes uneasy relationship between astrophysics and the military.

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Weekend Reading

In this edition, Amazon Books editors take a raucous, stream-of-consciousness trip through three decades of the Beastie Boys, buckle up for a confrontational memoir from a controversial and groundbreaking artist, and settle in for "a coming-of-age story that will lodge in your heart."

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Five Ghost Stories That Go Boo-yond the Haunted House

Why settle for spooking around one home when you can set up shop in a hotel, country inn, or a furniture store?

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Don't Look Down. Or Up. Maybe Just Don't Look.

If you're afraid of heights, Free Solo—the new documentary about climbing superstar Alex Honnold and his ropeless ascent of Yosemite's El Capitan—might be impossible to watch. It's also impossible to look away. Check out the trailer, or if that's too much, read an excerpt from his newly updated autobiography, Alone on the Wall.

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Best Books of the Month: Biographies & Memoirs

It's September, and the reading is getting serious. This month, the Amazon Editors' selections for the best biographies and memoirs include the latest from a top-notch nature writer, an impressive debut from the daughter of one of our most successful and driven innovators; and the latest from Ben Macintyre, a master of the true spy tale.

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Take Off to the Great White North!

Part adventure, some history, and a little bit Studs Terkel,  Northland—Porter Fox's exploration of 4,000 miles of the U.S./Canadian divide—is filled with encounters with people as diverse as the landscape. Here are some of his can't-miss destinations along "America's Forgotten Border." 

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No Sympathy for the Devil

Fright-meister Grady Hendrix—author of Paperbacks from Hell and the new novel, We Sold Our Souls—examines the long-running relationship between heavy metal music and horror, with all of the pulp, camp, and histrionics that surround it.

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The Best Books of the Month: Nonfiction

September marks the advent of the high season for publishing, a cavalcade of noteworthy and much-anticipated books hitting the shelves, as well as our reading lists. Here are 14 of our favorite true tales of the month, including the latest from Doris Kearns Goodwin, Jill Lepore, and Noah Yuval Harari.

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The National Book Awards Longlist for Fiction

Young People's Literature and Nonfiction are great, but there's a reason the National Book Foundation releases their Fiction list last. And this year's selections don't disappoint.

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Books About Books Are the Best Kind of Books

And  Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany is all about books. Take a peek inside with samples from this "Illustrated Miscellany" by artist Jane Mount.

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Get Up, Stand Up: The Story of Jamaica in One "Marvellous" Novel

The Marvellous Equations of the Dread is Marcia Douglas's ode to Jamaica's tumultuous history, Rastafarianism, reggae music, and its resilient people. It also features a reincarnated Bob Marley. Douglas discusses the book, Marley's legacy, and what it means to write "A Novel in Bass Riddim."

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A Crash Course in This Brave New World

Yuval Noah Harari's  21 Lessons for the 21st Century addresses urgent, shape-shifting topics that will impact our present and near future—in other words, everything you're not supposed to talk about at Thanksgiving. Here are brief descriptions for five of his theses, and they're not reassuring. 

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