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

Space: The fur-ball frontier

Before any human slipped the surly leash of gravity, there were the Soviet Space Dogs. Meet these unsung—and unwilling—pioneers in the quest to land on the Moon.

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The best nonfiction of 2019 so far

Just 20 slots for the year's best nonfiction? Impossible! We tried, anyway.

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Weekend Reading

Ah, summer. That means beaches, barbeque, and... beastly little bloodsuckers. Check out the Amazon Books editors' picks for the weekend, including Timothy Winegard's The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator.

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Monks and tigers and murders, oh my!

What if you had over a thousand books, magazines, and comics at your fingertips, ready to read — for free — at a moment’s notice? Here are nine current Prime Reading page-turners that will give your wrist a workout from flipping pages so quickly.

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The best biographies & memoirs of 2019 so far

We had 20 slots to fill, and it wasn't enough. 

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The Amazon Book Review Podcast: Can't-miss book club picks, and an interview with Robert Macfarlane

The Amazon Books editors sit down to talk about what makes a good book club book (and offer a few suggestions), plus a journey into the depths of the Earth with the author of Underland.

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The best humor & entertainment books of 2019 so far

Are these books funny and entertaining? Or are they about funny and entertaining things? All of that, of course!

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The worst-laid plans: capers, heists, and crimes

This collection of books about ill-gotten gains—some downright bizarre—will give duffel bags a bad name.

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The best books of the month: nonfiction

Sure, we announced our picks for the best books of the year so far earlier this week, but we would be remiss if we passed up an opportunity to talk about the true stories of June before month-end.

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Still illin' after all these years

Everyone agrees: Beastie Boys Book is awesome. To mark the 25th anniversary of Ill Communication—their sprawling, eclectic, and mostly explicit epic—we have some pictures.

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Amazon Book Review Podcast: Tales from BookExpo, and an interview with Delia Owens

In our latest episode, we talk to the author of Where the Crawdads Sing, and we betray ourselves as star-struck fans with stories of celebrity encounters from BookExpo, the annual convergence of publishers, booksellers, and authors in New York City.

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Weekend reading

A deeply disturbing deep-dive into the murky, subversive world of propaganda and disinformation ; an unconventional romance, even by the most unconventional standards ; a mysterious story set in an ancient Catskills hotel ; and a rule-bending treatise on the notorious and controversial... semicolon.

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The best books of the month: biographies and memoirs

Summer is right around the corner, and you know what that means: Time to sink into a good biography, autobiography, or memoir. Or all three!

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Amazon Book Review Podcast: Looking forward to summer reading, and an interview with Ruth Reichl

Seira Wilson sits down with the legend of food writing, and we discuss the books we're they looking forward to the most this summer—including  the latest from Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert and a return (of sorts) to Sex in the City.

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Get lost. It's good for you.

GPS means we never have to stop and ask for directions again. But is it bad for your brain? Wayfinding author M.R. O'Connor explores the damage our phones might be wreaking on our cognitive health.

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