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

Save the Whales. No, Really Save Them.

Some books about whales (and dolphins and porpoises), who could use a break.

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"Alexa, Make Me Cook Like a Celebrity Chef"

Need to liven up your dinner prep? Put yourself into the headspace of a celebrity chef with all the unfettered profanity, tattooed forearms, and uncompromising quest for culinary excellence. And you can do it hands-free!

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The Devil's Brood

Don't judge a book by its cover, they say. But that's exactly what these Devil in the White City lookalikes want you to do....

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The Profound Mystery: Kristine McKenna on David Lynch and "Room to Dream"

The co-author of Lynch's fascinating blend of biography and memoir talks to us about the book, working the the unconventional director, and other Lynchian things.

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It's Time to Beef Up Your Cyber

Are you scared yet? You should be. Here are three books—all reasonably paranoid—with plenty of practical advice that will help you batten down the digital hatches at home, work, and the spaces in between.  

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Let It Bleed

On December 6, 1969, 300,000 fans converged for "Woodstock West," a free concert at the Altamont Speedway outside of San Francisco, featuring Jefferson Airplane, the Rolling Stones, and more. The Hells Angels provided security—in exchange for free beer. Everything went wrong.

Just a Shot Away author Saul Austerlitz runs down the cast of characters involved in the event commonly described as "the death of the '60s."

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Misty Water-Colored Memories

If you're feeling wistful about the past, here's a list to wallow in.

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The Best Books of the Year So Far: Humor & Entertainment

Including a memento mori for a generation of music icons, the career and creative secrets of two pioneering artists, and the secret, debauched lives of panda bears.

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Weekend Reading

Here's what we're taking home with us, including a short story collection that charms you even as it strums on your pain with its fingers, the latest from an under-read nature writer, a tale of friendship amidst a drug war, and one book that might be really useful right about now.

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Who Was "Weegee the Famous"?

In this exclusive essay, Flash author Christopher Bonanos explores the world of photographer (and "human Ouija board") Arthur Fellig, presented alongside some of his gritty images of mid-century New York.

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The Best Biographies and Memoirs of the Year So Far

Including a weighty—and timely—document on one of our most divisive arguments, a fascinating behind-the-scenes peek at carnival life, and the journey of a magician that's wonderfully grounded in the real world.

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The Best Nonfiction of the Year So Far

A look at a few of our favorite true stories from the first half of 2018, including a bird-brained heist caper, the dirty secrets behind massive fraud in Silicon Valley, the mysterious disappearances of two explorers in the Borneo wilderness, and more.

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The Best Biographies and Memoirs of June

This month, our picks include an inspirational first-personal journey through the challenges of early-onset Alzheimer's Disease, the memoirs of one of our most celebrated (and controversial) journalists, the latest collection from master self-deprecator David Sedaris, and an ingenious biography of director David Lynch.

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"Go West, Young Man, and Take Something"

Maxim Loskutoff grew up among the disenfranchised and angry rebels of the American West's "Sagebrush Rebellion," and his his short story collection, Come West and See, is filled with them. He talks with us about the past, present, and future of "our national release valve"—and what might happen if we choose not to reckon with our growing divide.

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Publish and Perish: Cosmologist Brian Keating on "Losing the Nobel Prize"

What's it like to think you were about to change the world and then find out you didn't? It might be good to know that you weren't the first. Keating reflects on other cases where expedience trumped peer-review—featuring one very famous astronomer—revealing both the consequences and limits of over-examination. 

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