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

That's some catch, that Catch-22

Tonight marks the premiere of George Clooney's six-part adaptation of Joseph Heller's Catch-22. We revisit the book, and look at six descendants (or cousins) of Heller's mad, mad, mad, mad masterpiece.

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Amazon Book Review Podcast: The best books of May, and an interview with Lori Gottlieb

The  psychotherapist and author of the bestselling Maybe You Should Talk to Someone stops by to talk shop, and we talk about a few of our favorite books of the month.

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Look, Ma, No Rope!

Mark Synnott talks to us about the climbing life and  The Impossible Climb, his bestselling eyewitness account of Alex Honnold's staggering free-climb of Yosemite's legendary El Capitan.

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The Best Biographies and Memoirs of May

When I look at these books together, I wonder if we're all okay. But despite their heaviness, there's rich reading here.

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Weekend Reading

Life! Heists! Hope! Paranoia! The weekend is finally here.

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Much More Than Just "Some Stories"

"I've found that I get a lot of creative satisfaction from breaking the rules in sport and business. Plus, it's a lot easier than conforming and, in the end, leads to better stories." Patagonia Inc. founder Yvon Chouinard's unconventional new collection of articles, reminiscences, letters, and photographs proves it.

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Make Like a Tree and Leaf (Through These Books)

A booklist about trees? Yes! Because trees are important, and there are a lot of great books about them. Here are a half-dozen titles—novels and nonfiction—that see the trees from the forest.


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Books That Go Beyond the Veil!

Is there a morbid trend in publishing with books contemplating death? We take a look at five relatively recent examples with points of view ranging from corporeal to cultural—and even one about housecleaning.

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The Best Nonfiction of April

In this month's picks for the best true tales: We catch up with the "comma queen" and her adventures in everything Greek; a gripping, decades-old cold case investigation; a thrilling look back at the Apollo Moon landings; a deep dive into our inherent biases; and a last collection from a beloved scientist and storyteller.

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The Amazon Book Review Podcast: An Interview with George R.R. Martin

The creator of A Song of Ice and Fire talked to us about his new graphic novel ( Starport), his rapidly expanding share-universe series ( Wild Cards), his decades-long writing career, and more. 

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The Man Booker International Prize Shortlist

Judges selected the final six from a list of 108 books written across 25 languages.

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The Best Biographies and Memoirs of April

What do you do when a friend hands you a book by a celebrated psychotherapist called Maybe You Should Talk to Someone and exclaims, "This is a book for you!”? You read it, obviously.

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Binge-Reading for Binge-Watching

Whether you're a first-time viewer or a fanatic from way back, here are four deep-diving companions to some of television's best, most iconic series from the last 20 years.

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Weekend Reading

A few of the things we're doing this weekend: tucking into the memoirs of a legendary culinary editor; traveling back in time to Charles Dickens's London; and pondering possible "post-human" identities. Also, we are going on a Bigfoot hunt.

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Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Have a thirst for adventure? Here are a few spring books to get you dreaming about late sunsets, dusty trails, and wide-open spaces.

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