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

Celebrity Picks: DeRay Mckesson's Favorite Reads of 2018

The activist, speaker, podcast host, and author of  On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope shares the books that have made the biggest impact on him in the last year.

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Celebrity Picks: Tana French's Favorite Reads of 2018

The award-winning author of the bestselling thrillers  In the Woods, Broken Harbor, and The Witch Elm shares the books that have thrilled her this year. 

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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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Take Off to the Great White North!

Part adventure, some history, and a little bit Studs Terkel,  Northland—Porter Fox's exploration of 4,000 miles of the U.S./Canadian divide—is filled with encounters with people as diverse as the landscape. Here are some of his can't-miss destinations along "America's Forgotten Border." 

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No Sympathy for the Devil

Fright-meister Grady Hendrix—author of Paperbacks from Hell and the new novel, We Sold Our Souls—examines the long-running relationship between heavy metal music and horror, with all of the pulp, camp, and histrionics that surround it.

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The Best Books of the Month: Nonfiction

September marks the advent of the high season for publishing, a cavalcade of noteworthy and much-anticipated books hitting the shelves, as well as our reading lists. Here are 14 of our favorite true tales of the month, including the latest from Doris Kearns Goodwin, Jill Lepore, and Noah Yuval Harari.

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The National Book Awards Longlist for Fiction

Young People's Literature and Nonfiction are great, but there's a reason the National Book Foundation releases their Fiction list last. And this year's selections don't disappoint.

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Books About Books Are the Best Kind of Books

And  Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany is all about books. Take a peek inside with samples from this "Illustrated Miscellany" by artist Jane Mount.

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Get Up, Stand Up: The Story of Jamaica in One "Marvellous" Novel

The Marvellous Equations of the Dread is Marcia Douglas's ode to Jamaica's tumultuous history, Rastafarianism, reggae music, and its resilient people. It also features a reincarnated Bob Marley. Douglas discusses the book, Marley's legacy, and what it means to write "A Novel in Bass Riddim."

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A Crash Course in This Brave New World

Yuval Noah Harari's  21 Lessons for the 21st Century addresses urgent, shape-shifting topics that will impact our present and near future—in other words, everything you're not supposed to talk about at Thanksgiving. Here are brief descriptions for five of his theses, and they're not reassuring. 

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The Most Anticipated Books of Fall

The end is nigh! As summer turns to fall, get a jump on your TBR pile with the biggest and best books coming out through the end of the year.

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Get Your Kicks... Your Strange, Strange Kicks

From infamous gangsters and ghostly hitchhikers to something called  Giganticus Headicus, Michael Karl Witzel's Strange 66: Myth, Mystery, Mayhem, and Other Weirdness on Route 66 collects the weird, fun, and occasionally spooky tales and attractions spread across 2,448 miles of iconic American blacktop.

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Sonic Boom: Author Sam Anderson on OKC's Wild & Weird Movers & Shakers

If Oklahoma City didn’t strike me as a place that would make a particularly interesting subject of a 400-page “biography,” I probably wouldn’t be alone. Apologies to every Oklahoman: We’d all be wrong.

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Weekend Reading

A masterful spy story from John le Carré's nonfiction counterpart, a middle grade fish-out-of-water story, the latest from Michael Connelly, and a memoir from the daughter of Steve Jobs... 

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Books. Cats. Life Is Good.

Behind every great writer there's a great cat—Willis, Crazy Alice, Tobimaru, Smucky, and Fred the Black Cat are just a few.  Writers and Their Cats presents 45 celebrated authors, their mewling muses, and the inspirational roles they play in the world of arts and letters—even if that means just being cute.

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