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


Botanist's Delight

Are you a plant lover, or is there one in your life? How about an art lover? Or a plant-art lover? If so, you owe it to yourself to take a look at Botanical Sketchbooks.

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Denis Johnson (1949 - 2017)

The award-winning poet, novelist, and playwright, whose works include Jesus' Son, Tree of Smoke, and Train Dreams, died Wednesday at the age of 67.

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Rolling Stone Is 50. How Does It Feel?

Images from 50 Years of Rolling Stone, a celebration of the magazine's groundbreaking journalism, iconic photographs, and legendary contributors.

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Chariot of Fire: Apollo 8's Daring Mission to the Moon

“The Saturn V engines had only one speed, which was full speed.” Apollo 8 author Jeffrey Kluger reflects on the first humans to orbit the Moon and his own history with the extraordinary "living machine" that made it possible.

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Best Books of the Month: Nonfiction

A few of our selections for the best nonfiction of May, including an exposé of the new Silk Road, a Dark Web site where everything from drugs and guns to passports can be bought and sold.

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A Fish to Die For

The Asian arowana is a fish so rare that a collector has paid $150,000 for one, while another has been killed for his. Meet the so-called Dragon Fish and the people who will go to any length to find it.

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The Card Catalog Is Dead. Long Live the Card Catalog.

Who here remembers these cabinets of narrow wooden drawers that served as the nerve center for every library? Thumb through images from The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures, a celebration of artifacts from the Library of Congress - and the people who knew where they were filed.

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"Well, it's like rock and roll. You get it or you don't. You can't really explain it."

In an interview with the Amazon Book Review, John Doe - of the legendary Los Angeles punk band, X - talks about the music, the era, the place, and his collaborative memoir, Under the Big Black Sun. Also the Doors.

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What Is James Franco Doing Now?

Franco's latest endeavor - THE THING Postcard Book: James Franco - offers a collection of 30 covers from classic books - all important to the actor - with himself inserted into the jacket. Is it art? I have no idea. Funny? Often. Absurd? Absolutely.

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A Survivalist's Literary Survival List

Writer/adventurer Brendan Leonard (The Great Outdoors: A User's Guide) provides an illustrated Cocktail Party Primer for some of the greatest adventure narratives, both fiction and nonfiction.

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