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


The Best Biographies and Memoirs of October

A few of our favorite biographies of the month, including the strange tale of a pair of brothers abducted into the circus, the life and adventures of a true-life Spaceman, and the American "second act" of a très famous French chef.

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I Came, I Saw, I Voted: Elections, Roman-Style

If we think this presidential election is unprecedented, we might just not be looking back far enough. Historian Adrian Goldsworthy--author of Pax Romana, Caesar, and How Rome Fell compares this season's circus to the political antics of ancient Rome.

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Nicholas Sparks: "I'm the luckiest guy on the planet"

For Nicholas Sparks, Two by Two marks 20 books and 20 years of best-sellers. Enjoy this exclusive essay celebrating the occasion, as well as our interview from Book Expo America 2016.

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Five Songs That Set Springsteen on Fire

The Boss has a new autobiography as big as his legend. Here are five songs cited as some his greatest influences in Born to Run, as well as a couple of images from the book, one more muscly than the other.

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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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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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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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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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