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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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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"Nature Connection Is a Contact Sport": Raising a Wild Child

Any parent can relate: We live in an Xbox/Playstation/iPad world, and pulling your kids away from the Minecraft and pushing them out-of-doors can be a challenge--don't even mention getting them to like it. But Scott D. Sampson (Dinosaur Train!) knows a thing or two about connecting with kids, and in turn connecting kids with nature.

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NoPants

Laugh Your Pants Right off of Your Body

Face it, we've all lost our pants at some point, but what did you learn? Sarah Colonna lost hers in Vegas, and she learned a lot. Read her tips for surviving single living in your 30s, and the five things she wishes she could tell her twentysomething self.

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50Flies

Art Does Not Come Easy

Here's the problem with fly-fishing: Novels like Norman Maclean's A River Runs Through It and David James Duncan's The River Why have loaded so much hardscrabble spirituality into the sport that being bad at it feels like a failure of living. This is why countless folks obsess over it, especially many men of a certain age. It's like golf, but with a point, and much better scenery.

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Shamed

They Had It Coming: Social Media and the Age of Shame

"We’re tearing people apart for lesser and lesser crimes. It’s robbing us of our empathy." So You've Been Publicly Shamed author Jon Ronson shares his thoughts on the book and social media's role in modern degradation.

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