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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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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"The Devil Was Standing Right There": The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

Author of David Grann stopped by our offices to discuss Killers of the Flower Moon and The Lost City of Z - now an acclaimed motion picture from Amazon Studios.

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Missing Links: Claire Cameron on Researching "The Last Neanderthal"

Claire Cameron's novels specialize in imaginative leaps in order to make them real, but how did she get inside the head of one of our extinct human ancestors?

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A Filth Elder's Life Lessons for Entitled Brats and Damaged Students

John Waters - the notorious director of Hairspray and Pink Flamingos - talks about his commencement speech for graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design, now a book titled Make Trouble.

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The Gifted Demagogue

Jeff Guinn - the author of books on Charles Manson and Bonnie and Clyde - answers our questions about his latest walk on the wild side, The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple.

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"Getting radical is something done with immediacy"

My Rules collects hundreds of iconic - and often iconoclastic - images by Glen E. Friedman, the photographer the Washington Post called "one of the greats of his generation."

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Get Ready for Dystopian Nonfiction

It sounds a little like something you'd hear about on the Home Shopping Network, or maybe a 30-minute infomercial on your local cable sports network in that dead zone between football and baseball seasons: "CRISPR: An easy and cost-effective way to manipulate... your genes"? But it's not science fiction, or...

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Because He's There.

Following in your father's footsteps is one thing. It's quite another when they point up the slopes of the world's highest peak. Leif Whittaker talks about My Old Man and the Mountain and what it's like to grow up as the son of a world-class mountaineer.

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What Do You Get When You Cross Herman Melville with Cormac McCarthy?

You get The North Water, Ian McGuire's dark and violent - yet brilliant - thriller set aboard an arctic whaling ship. We asked him a few questions about the book, a selection for our best books of 2016.

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Wouldn't You Like to Get Away?

In 1986, Christopher Knight stepped into the Maine woods and stayed there for 27 years, never speaking to another soul. So what makes him - and other hermits - tick? The Stranger in the Woods author Michael Finkel breaks down the common experiences shared by all recluses.

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