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

The Best Biographies and Memoirs of April

Come sail away with this month's picks, including a courageous and ongoing voyage in search of self and surf.

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A Field Guide to Rough Beasts

Do you know what to do when a black widow spider lurks on the underside of the toilet seat, or raccoons are coming through the cat door? Rachel Levin's Look Big has survival tips for encounters with 50 creatures on the scale from man-eating to merely irritating.

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"They are people, flawed like the rest of us."

If you're riding a bus, watch out: Jonathan Evison might be watching you. The Lawn Boy author discusses creating—and inhabiting—the characters at the heart of his fiction.

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Giants in the Earth

In the Spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of Sasquatches, skunk apes, yowies, and yetis.

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For Those About to Yacht Rock

Greg Prato, author of The Yacht Rock Book: The Oral History of the Soft, Smooth Sounds of the 70s and 80s, presents his Top 10 Y.R. Album Covers of All-Time.

READER ADVISORY: Get ready for some bare chests, feathered hair, and stylized ampersands.

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Deep (State) Thoughts

It's a dangerous world out there, folks. Former CIA officer and Survive Like a Spy author Jason Hanson shares one essential skill to help you become the best Jason Bourne you can be.

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Best Books of the Month: Nonfiction

In this month's selection of true grit, we go in search of headhunters, positive vibes, and fresh takes on hippie history.

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Best Books of the Month: Biographies & Memoirs

This month's picks include an unexpectedly tragic true-crime story, the women who pioneered some of the Internet's most crucial technologies, and a recreation of a historic voyage that explores the present as much as the past.

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A Hero Passes: Author Neal Bascomb on Roger Bannister and the "The Perfect Mile"

Sir Roger Bannister, the first human to be recorded running a mile in under four minutes, died on March 3 at the age of 88. Neal Bascomb, author of The Perfect Mile: Three Athletes, One Goal, and Less Than Four Minutes to Achieve It, reflects on Bannister's triumph.

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The Modern Loners

You have to hand it to today's hermits. Despite the challenges of escaping today's noisy world, these dedicated recluses found a way.

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Weekend Reading

The Return of the King! A gang of no-good anarchists! Acerbic ruminations on failed relationships! The Amazon editors battle the creeping tentacles of cabin fever. Happy reading!

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Fool Me Once, Shame on You

Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me again and again, maybe it's because I like it. If this list of hoaxes and hucksters teaches us anything, it's that we don't seem to mind the shame one bit.

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Looking for the Next "Hamilton"

Digging deep to find material for a Broadway phenomenon can lead to some unlikely and unexpected places, especially if your judgment is bad.

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Best Books of the Month: Nonfiction

A worthy successor to In Cold Blood? Don't laugh. Also, some other titles that won't make you despair.

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"It was just a thing that I was supposed to do": Jim Herrington on "The Climbers"

Why did a successful rock and roll photographer go in search of some of the 20th century's most celebrated mountaineers? Because they're (still) there.

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