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

Best Books of the Month: Biographies & Memoirs

The Amazon Books Editors' selections for the best new biographies include: an amiable book by a widely respected, amiable rock star (who almost certainly wouldn't call himself a rock star); the life and tragic death of an iconoclastic war correspondent; a rowdy love letter from the Beastie Boys to their fans; and the struggles of an Antarctic adventurer following in the footsteps of that continent’s most famous explorer.

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Weekend Reading

Halloween might be in the rear-view mirror, but judging by our choices in reading this weekend, the Amazon Books editors aren't quite ready to move on.

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City of Glass: Chris Stein on "Point of View"

Blondie's guitarist and co-founder talks to us about his new collection of photographs chronicling New York's influential music scene and the city's ever changing personality.

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"I Am Antarctica": A Tale of Obsession, Endurance, and "The White Darkness"

We talk to author David Grann about adventurer and Ernest Shackleton-acolyte Henry Worsley, and his a fascinating account of struggle and determination against the grimmest of odds.

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These Books Are Your Total BFFs

Re-enroll at Sweet Valley High, catch up with The Baby-Sitters Club, and move back to Fear Street with Gabrielle Moss's Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of '80s and '90s Teen Fiction.

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The New Masters of War

Were you looking for more reasons to worry about the future, or the present? LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media will fuel your nightmares. Authors P.W. Singer and Emerson T. Brooking share the events that led to the book, as well as the challenges of writing a topic that mutates by the hour.

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Game Night for Bookworms

Do you love books? How about games? Do you also find that you don't have as much time as you like for either? The Writers Game solves this ancient problem.

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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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