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

After-Yorktown

After Yorktown: The War Without End

How much do we really know about the American Revolution? After Yorktown goes beyond the iconic, highlight reel moments to explore the war from unexpected angles.

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Bestseller-Code

Your Guide to Hacking the Bestseller List

What do Fifty Shades of Grey, The Da Vinci Code, and Gone Girl have in common? Write your own blockbuster with the secrets of The Bestseller Code.

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Man-Booker

The 2016 Man Booker Prize Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2016 Man Booker Prize has been announced. Originally awarded in 1969, the prize endeavors "to encourage the widest possible readership for the best in literary fiction."

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Powerhouse

Farewell, August, and All of Your Best Books

One last chance to celebrate some of our favorite books of the month before we move on to the mother lode of September. Of course, you don't have to say goodbye....

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It's All in Your Mind. Really, All of It.

Want to know which demons lurk in the dank cellar of your skull, driving your moods and behavior? Go beyond the inkblot with Psychobook, an archive of the often bizarre history of psychological testing.

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Ghosts of the Chelsea Hotel

For over 150 years, the New York landmark has amassed as many tales and secrets as there are bricks in its Victorian Gothic facade. Here is a (by no means comprehensive) list of books celebrating the hotel, its misfits, and their art.

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"Death to the Fascist Insect": Patty Hearst, the SLA, and the Swinging 70s

We ask American Heiress author Jeffrey Toobin about one of the wildest, most sensational stories of our age: the 1974 kidnapping of Patricia Hearst.

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Bad-Dads

Bill Murray Is a Bad Father

Bad Dads presents the best work from Spoke Art Gallery's peculiar and particular collection: Art inspired by the films of Wes Anderson. As you might expect, Bill Murray features prominently. We have images and the foreword by Anderson.

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Stay-Hungry

Medal-Worthy Weird

If the Summer Olympics have stirred your passion for hammer-throwing and race-walking, you might enjoy this list of of obscure obsessions and their (occasionally unlikely) movie counterparts.

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Best Books of August: Biographies & Memoirs

A sampling of our favorite true-to-life stories from August, led by Nadja Spiegelman's I’m Supposed to Protect You from All This, a memoir of mothers and daughters, memory, and the invention of family narrative.

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STET: Terry McDonell and the Art of Editing

The legendary magazine editor and author of the new memoir, The Accidental Life shares his experiences working with the likes of Hunter S. Thompson, Jim Harrison, and Jimmy Buffett.

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