Jon Foro
Jon Foro
Jon has spent over 25 years in the book business--and over 16 years at—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 Nonfiction of the Year So Far

A look at a few of our favorite true stories from the first half of 2018, including a bird-brained heist caper, the dirty secrets behind massive fraud in Silicon Valley, the mysterious disappearances of two explorers in the Borneo wilderness, and more.

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The Best Biographies and Memoirs of June

This month, our picks include an inspirational first-personal journey through the challenges of early-onset Alzheimer's Disease, the memoirs of one of our most celebrated (and controversial) journalists, the latest collection from master self-deprecator David Sedaris, and an ingenious biography of director David Lynch.

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"Go West, Young Man, and Take Something"

Maxim Loskutoff grew up among the disenfranchised and angry rebels of the American West's "Sagebrush Rebellion," and his his short story collection, Come West and See, is filled with them. He talks with us about the past, present, and future of "our national release valve"—and what might happen if we choose not to reckon with our growing divide.

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Publish and Perish: Cosmologist Brian Keating on "Losing the Nobel Prize"

What's it like to think you were about to change the world and then find out you didn't? It might be good to know that you weren't the first. Keating reflects on other cases where expedience trumped peer-review—featuring one very famous astronomer—revealing both the consequences and limits of over-examination. 

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The Best Nonfiction Books of June

Our picks for the best true tales of the month, including: our complicated relationship with an apex predator; the not-so-inevitable fates written in your genes; and the brave new intersection of technology, data, and advertising.

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Weekend Reading

Did Memorial Day weekend sneak up on you like it snuck (sneaked?) up on us? Doesn't matter: We'll always take an extra day to catch up on some reading. Our picks this week include the latest novel from Pulitzer Prize-winner Anne Tyler, an uprising of fascist robots, and the story of how punk rock in Berlin helped tear down that wall.

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Feets of Strength

Employers beware: The World Cup is coming, and productivity is about to drop. Get up to speed on everything soccer, from its greatest players to its greatest teams to its greatest haircuts.

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Tales of Fateful Trips

They say that these are the two best days of boat ownership: The day you buy your boat, and the day you sell your boat. Sometimes, the ocean decides you only get the first. Here are five books about calamity on the open ocean, from the triumphant and inspirational to the mysterious and tragic. 

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A Guide to "Roughing It" for Hipsters and Other Artisanal Types

Forget rubberized covers: There's a new aesthetic for books about camping and the outdoors, and it's young and classy. Here's a selection of books that will look bomber on your bookshelf, even if you never read them.

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The Best Biographies and Memoirs of May

What happens when you actually run away and join the circus? Find out in this month's picks, along with a monumental biography of a monumental actor/comedian, an ambivalent story about the ambivalence of parenting, and more.

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For Those Who Have Already Rocked

Twilight of the Gods salutes you. We spoke with author Steven Hyden about the "end of classic rock" as many of its stars embark on their farewell tours—its lasting influence, bad records that are secretly good records, and whether or not rock is really dead.

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The Best Nonfiction of May

A bird-brained heist, dirty dealings at a Silicon Valley start-up, and the science of psychedelics are just three of our selections for the top true tales of the month.

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The Lure of the Gurus

The riveting six-part documentary series Wild Wild Country recounts the weird, dark tale of "the Bhagwan," his thousands of maroon-clad acolytes, and their takeover of a tiny Oregon town. How did this happen, and why are people drawn to megalomaniacs, over and over again? Here are four books exploring cults of personality, from family-size to village-scale, with endings ranging from uplifting to disastrous. 

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The Best Nonfiction of April

Misadventures sardonically told, the wisdom of natural disasters, and the wacky world of animal depravity highlight our picks for the best fact-based writing of the month.

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A History of Violence

Based on a novella by Jonathan Ames, You Were Never Really Here is a gritty new thriller from Amazon Studios starring Joaquin Phoenix. We spoke with the writer about the origins of the story, New York's "ugly beauty," and how a certain French sensibility made the movie possible.

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