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: Anna Faris's Favorite Reads of 2017

Anna Faris isn't afraid to take chances, and neither is her new memoir, Unqualified. Find out which books inspired this fearless, funny actor this year.

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Best Books of the Year: Science and Nature

A few of our selections for the best science and nature titles of 2017, including the thrilling tale of the first manned mission to the Moon, an examination of the brave new world of family engineering, and the dark secrets behind that drumstick on your plate.

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Celebrity Picks: Ken Follett's Favorite Reads of 2017

What does a master of thrilling historical fiction like to read for fun and inspiration?

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Best Books of the Year: Humor & Entertainment

The Devil's music, evil northeastern beaches, and paperbacks from Hell, all in our best humor and entertainment of 2017. Also basketball.

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Celebrity Picks: Lawrence O'Donnell's Favorite Reads of 2017

The host of "The Last Word" and author of "Playing with Fire" (an analysis of perhaps our nation's most contentious election, but not the one you think) shares the highlights from his year in reading.

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Quest for Megafire

"Firestorm" author Edward Struzik takes us on a tour of North America's most devastating - and impactful - wildfires. 

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Celebrity Picks: Celeste Ng's Favorite Reads of 2017

The author of "Little Fires Everywhere" can't seem to stay off our Best Books of the Year lists. But which books inspire Ng to write such great fiction?

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Best Books of the Year: Biographies & Memoirs

An "astonishing graphic memoir," the bizarre story of an infamous cult leader, and the complex relationship between an acclaimed writer and his mother are a just a few of our selections for the best biographies of 2017.

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Celebrity Picks: Patrick Rothfuss's Favorite Reads of 2017

The author of the mesmerizing Kingkiller Chronicles reveals his favorite books of the year.

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Celebrity Picks: Ivanka Trump's Favorite Reads of 2017

The author of "Women Who Work" and DAUGHTER OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES shares a reading list filled with advice for balancing a career (and maybe a little bit of chaos) with a fulfilling personal life. 

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Celebrity Picks: Alec Baldwin's Favorite Reads of 2017

Do you like impressions? If you haven't heard, Alec Baldwin has one of President Trump. Learn about that and more in his memoir, "Nevertheless," and also find out what's been on his reading list this year.

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The Best Books of the Year: "Beartown"

We've placed Frederik Backman's novel about the hopes of a small town and its junior ice hockey team at number three in our list for the best books of 2017. Read our interview with the author, first published in September 2017.

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Weird Science: South Pole Edition

What strange experiments are going on in Antarctica? Find out with these five things you should know about the IceCube Observatory from The Telescope in the Ice author Mark Bowen.

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Best Books of the Year: Nonfiction

I scream, you scream, we all scream for nonfiction. Here are a few of our selections for the best true stories of 2017, along with some thoughts about why we liked them.

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Our Pick for the Best Book of the Year: "Killers of the Flower Moon"

David Grann's true-if-largely-unknown tale of big oil and serial murder on the Osage Indian Reservation in the 1920s is a master class in nonfiction. Read our interview with the author from April, 2017.

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