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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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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Best Books of the Month: Nonfiction

A few of our favorite factual books of March, including a collection of spectacular images from our Solar System, a perfect book for word nerds (like us), and one that might make you want to put down your phone - but not before you read this.

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Trust No One: Privacy 101 from "The Art of Invisibility"

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you.

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Best Books of the Month: Nonfiction

A few of our selections for the best nonfiction of February, including a thought-provoking look at several of humanity's potential fates, the science behind making blockbusters, and the dark story lurking behind a Hollywood classic.

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Out of This World

Explore the Solar System - as no one ever has before - through the spectacular photographs of Otherworlds.

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Everyday Horror: John Darnielle on "Universal Harvester"

The National Book Award-nominee answers three questions about his unnerving, ambitious new novel.

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"Like a Mix of Don Draper and Rasputin"

Peter Pomerantsev's award-winning Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible documents the movers and shakers of Putin's post-Soviet regime. This is not your father’s Russia, and yet it kind of is.

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The Best Books of the Month: Biographies & Memoirs

Some of our favorites from January, including an insightful look at the life of the creator of Goodnight Moon, and a card-counter's rise from the blackjack tables of Vegas to Wall Street success.

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