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.

Recent posts by Jon

Bugged1-550

Centipede Butts: It's What's for Dinner

Are insects the future of haute cuisine? In Bugged, David MacNeal' imagines a time where we will be "requesting more flies in the soup."

Read more
Corona-by-Frank-Espenak

It's Not Dark Yet, But It's Getting There.

It's not quite a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but it's close. Here is a short list of books (and a couple of other necessary items) to make the most of the Great American Eclipse of 2017.

Read more
Gessner1

Cactus Ed vs. the Hippie-Hater: An Illustrated Tale of Two Haircuts

Author and occasional cartoonist David Gessner contrasts two giants of Western literature - Ed Abbey and Wallace Stegner - starting at the top with their most conspicuous, if superficial, difference: their chosen hairstyles.

Read more
Bill-Nye225

Celebrity Picks: Bill Nye

The mechanical engineer, crime-fighting speed-walker, and author of Everything All at Once shares the books he reads to sate his own curiosity. It's not all science for the Science Guy (but a lot of it is).

Read more
NF-Homo-Deus225

The Best Nonfiction of the Year So Far

Including a "brief history" of humanity's future, a book by a word-nerd for word-nerds, and a couple of explorations of the darker corners of the internet.

Read more
BOTYSF-Insomniac225

The Best Biographies & Memoirs of the Year So Far

In the olden days, you'd have to wait till November or December to find out which books were the year's best. Not anymore; here are the best biographies and memoirs of 2017... so far. (This list may change in November or December.)

Read more
Blitzed225

Just Say Nein: Hitler's Nation of Speed Freaks

A addiction epidemic consumes a nation while its outwardly abstemious leader escalates an ineffectual War on Drugs. Where are we again? Oh yeah, the Third Reich. Narcotics - cocaine, opiates, and especially methamphetamines - permeated every level of German society, from hausfraus to the military to the upper levels of...

Read more
FlyMe-Fierce

A Tale of Two Thrillers

At first glance, it doesn't seem that Daniel Riley's Fly Me and Gin Phillips's Fierce Kingdom have much in common. One is the story of a newly minted Vassar graduate who drifts into a career as a stewardess in 1972 L.A.; the other a real-time thriller about the lengths to which a mother will go to protect her child. But maybe there's more to it. Here Riley and Phillips discuss their approaches to their books, their characters, and the dilemmas they face.

Read more
HB-emblem

This Emblem Leads You to Adventure!

I recently revisited the first "real" book I ever read: The 53rd Hardy Boys mystery, The Clue of the Hissing Serpent. Here's what I learned.

Read more
Hunger225

The Best Biographies and Memoirs of June

Bad Feminist author Roxane Gay returns with brutally honest and brave memoir, a couple battles piranhas aboard a rickety raft for their honeymoon, and more in the best biographies of the month.

Read more

Lists + Reviews

Best Books Literature + Fiction Nonfiction Kids + Young Adult Mystery, Thriller + Suspense Science Fiction + Fantasy Comics + Graphic Novels Romance Eating + Drinking

Authors

Interviews Guest Essays Celebrity Picks

News + Features

News Features Awards

Editors

Omnivoracious, The Amazon Book Review

Feeds Facebook Twitter YouTube