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

Still illin' after all these years

Everyone agrees: Beastie Boys Book is awesome. To mark the 25th anniversary of Ill Communication—their sprawling, eclectic, and mostly explicit epic—we have some pictures.

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Amazon Book Review Podcast: Tales from BookExpo, and an interview with Delia Owens

In our latest episode, we talk to the author of Where the Crawdads Sing, and we betray ourselves as star-struck fans with stories of celebrity encounters from BookExpo, the annual convergence of publishers, booksellers, and authors in New York City.

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Weekend reading

A deeply disturbing deep-dive into the murky, subversive world of propaganda and disinformation ; an unconventional romance, even by the most unconventional standards ; a mysterious story set in an ancient Catskills hotel ; and a rule-bending treatise on the notorious and controversial... semicolon.

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The best books of the month: biographies and memoirs

Summer is right around the corner, and you know what that means: Time to sink into a good biography, autobiography, or memoir. Or all three!

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Amazon Book Review Podcast: Looking forward to summer reading, and an interview with Ruth Reichl

Seira Wilson sits down with the legend of food writing, and we discuss the books we're they looking forward to the most this summer—including  the latest from Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert and a return (of sorts) to Sex in the City.

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Get lost. It's good for you.

GPS means we never have to stop and ask for directions again. But is it bad for your brain? Wayfinding author M.R. O'Connor explores the damage our phones might be wreaking on our cognitive health.

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The best nonfiction of May

In Amazon's picks for the best nonfiction of the month: The long and notorious history of a "glamorous" Hollywood hot spot; a how-to guide for aspiring "makers" from  MythBuster Adam Savage; and the story of the murder trial that eventually inspired one of our most beloved novels.

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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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