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.

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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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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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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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Oprah Picks Colson Whitehead's "The Underground Railroad"

This morning, Winfrey announced Colson Whitehead's inventive novel as the latest selection for Oprah's Book Club ®. It's a deserving choice, a brilliant book.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: "Now What Do We Do to Fix This Thing?"

On the heels of the Republican and Democratic conventions and a dispiriting escalation of racial tension and violence, the basketball great, thoughtful commentator, and author of Writings on the Wall shares his list of books for understanding our country's tumultuous history with race.

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High Exposure: Brendan Leonard on "Sixty Meters to Anywhere"

Brendan Leonard answers a few questions about his arresting new memoir of drinking, quitting, climbing, and the lure of stepping to "the very edge of catastrophe."

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Are You Not Entertained?

A few of our selections for the Best of the Year So Far in Humor & Entertainment, including the ultimate behind-the-scenes guide to the musical that even people who hate musicals want to see.

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It's Time to Go

Time is wasting, people. Here's a list to inspire adventures before the summer is over.

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