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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FifthHouse

On the (Un)Natural History of Vampires

Vampires come in all shapes and sizes. Some are handsome and popular, their skin sparkling beguilingly under the fluorescent lights of a crowded high school hallway. Others, hideous revenants with cauliflower ears and talon-like fingers, linger with the rats for...

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"Fiction at Its Finest": The 2015 Man Booker Prize Longlist

The longlist for the 2015 Man Book Prize has been announced. This "Man Booker dozen" of 13 books is the first step in selecting the prestigious award for literary fiction; the shortlist will be announced September 15, and the winner...

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Get Behind the Mule: New Adventures on the Oregon Trail

Well into middle-age, Rinker Buck found himself divorced, at the edge of bankruptcy, and growing blunt through the twin demons of ennui and alcohol. This was not a state he was accustomed to; instilled by his father with a sense...

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Coates

Best Books of the Month in Nonfiction

Poor Nonfiction. Unlike the glamor categories, Nonfiction is defined by what it is not. It's Non-Mystery, Non-Romance, Non-Literature. You might as well call it Non-Fun. (At least it's not called Unfiction.) But don't despair for Nonfiction. As part of our...

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Put This in Your Pipe and Surf It

I recently wrote that fly-fishing is really hard. Well, fly-fishing ain't got nothing on surfing. Last year, I visited Dave Callanan, a friend and former editor here, at his home in Santa Barbara. I'd never surfed, so he and his...

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Hisforhawk

The Best Books of the Year So Far

We like Best Of lists. We like Best Of lists so much that it's too much to ask of us to hold off on Best of 2015 selections until the end of 2015, so this morning we're happy to announce...

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Not That Superbad After All: Judd Apatow on "Allen Klein"

If you know who Allen Klein is, you probably know him as the manager who broke up the Beatles and bilked the Stones. Music writer Fred Goodman's new biography of Klein aims to soften that image a bit, making its...

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SevenGoodYears

Excerpt: Etgar Keret's "The Seven Good Years: A Memoir"

Etgar Keret is not your usual memoirist. For his first foray into the genre—he is the author of several lauded short story collections—Keret chose the titular Seven Good Years between the birth of his son and the death of his...

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Oligarchs

The Moscow Rules: Vlad Putin and the Rise of the Russian Oligarchs

With his knack for turning narrative nonfiction into stories worthy of the best thriller fiction, Ben Mezrich is one of our favorite writers. 2002's Bringing Down the House was a breathless account of how six card-counting M.I.T. students outsmarted millions...

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Draw Your Own Maps: Jeremy Collins and the Art of Adventure

Following the death of a close friend in an avalanche, Jeremy Collins set out on a series of adventures radiating out from his Kansas City home in the four cardinal directions. Drawn: The Art of Ascent is the result: a one-of-a-kind adventure book that's equal parts art, inspiration, and personal exploration.

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Lost at Sea: A Survivor's Tale

What do you get when you combine The Perfect Storm with Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage? Last Man Off, Matt Lewis's tense, first-person account about surviving a shipwreck in the Antarctic seas.

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