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

The Best Nonfiction of October

This month, our featured picks include a successful futurist's guide to the future, a worldwide quest for a better way of death, and an exploration of humankind's family tree that's fit for the layperson. Also an ironically timed celebration of the Chicago Cubs' 2016 World Series triumph.

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A Happy Little Piece About Bob Ross and The Joy of Painting

A look back at the strangely soothing landscapes of Bob Ross and their unlikely geographies, uncommon colors, and "happy little trees."

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"Waiting for the punch, in general, is what we're all doing."

Marc Maron - the comedian, actor, and creator of the popular WTF podcast - talks to us about the origin of the show, his unusual interview technique, and his new book, Waiting for the Punch.

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The Best Biographies & Memoirs of October

This month's selections include the true tales of a spaceman, a GOAT, and a pair of iconic writers.

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Family Portraits - from Beyond the Grave!

Images from The Apparitionists, Peter Manseau's weird tale of "spirit photographer" William Mumler, his ghostly images, and those who dearly wanted to believe him.

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Space Age Love Song

Get a extraterrestrial's look at Planet Earth with spectacular images from View From Above: An Astronaut Photographs the World.

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The Best Biographies & Memoirs of September

The word of the month is determination. Or is it perseverance? Dedication? Whichever, September's picks are overflowing with it.

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Abandon All Taste, Ye Who Enter Here

Revisit a bygone, not exactly innocent era of publishing with jackets from Paperbacks from Hell, Grady Hendrix's ode to the "classic" horror fiction of the '70s and '80s.

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Keep Calm and Purr On

Meet Fletcher Pickles, Daryl Hall, and the rest of the Distillery Cats, a collection of 30 of the best mousers keeping breweries, bars, and wineries free of vermin in the cutest possible way.

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Best Books of the Month: Nonfiction

Including the story behind a bizarre, (almost) inexplicable heist, the ghosts of the United States' grandest mansion, and the dirty secrets at the bottom of that big bucket of chicken.

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The Best Nonfiction of August

A few of our favorite true stories of the month, including a brotherly tale of race horses and drug money, and scandalous, high-society "affair" in the City of Lights involving Nazis and a 40-billion-dollar fortune.

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A TEOTWAWKI State of Mind

Is it the end of the world as we know it? If all the news is getting you down, here's a list of all the other ways the world might end. Do you feel fine?

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Inside North Korea, Last Week's Looming Threat

Like the internet says, life comes at you fast. The Hermit Kingdom was the big story when we started putting this list of books together, but - fortunately for this list, unfortunately for us - something tells me this one will come back around.

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The Best Biographies & Memoirs of August

Oh, the humanity. This month's picks are overflowing with it.

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Pangs of New York

A short list of recent books celebrating, lamenting, and occasionally decrying the changes in the Big Apple over the past three decades.

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