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

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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Celebrity Picks: Jeff Tweedy's Favorite Reads of 2018

The Wilco frontman and author of Let's Go (So We Can Get Back)—a genuinely disarming, personal, and entertaining memoir spanning a lifetime of music—shares his favorite books of the year.

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Celebrity Picks: Dessa's Favorite Reads of 2018

What does the musician and author of the stunning memoir, My Own Devices: True Stories from the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love, read on the way to the next gig? 

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Celebrity Picks: Curious George's Favorite Reads of 2018

Monkeys read, especially the curious ones.

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Celebrity Picks: Michael Ovitz's Favorite Reads of 2018

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Celebrity Picks: Gisele Bundchen's Favorite Reads of 2018

The supermodel, philanthropist, and author of Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life shares the books that have inspired her the most this year.

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Celebrity Picks: Anne Lamott's Favorite Reads of 2018

The bestselling author of Almost Everything: Notes on Hope shares the books that have given her hope (or at least a diversion) over the last year.

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Celebrity Picks: Jacqueline Woodson's Favorite Reads of 2018

Jacqueline Woodson won the 2014 National Book Award and was finalist in 2016, so when she recommends a book, you should pay attention. You know it's going to be good.

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