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

Cowed

Would You Like Some Cow in That Lipstick?

Odds are, it's already there. Denis and Gail Boyer Hayes explore everything bovine--including everything you didn't want to know--in Cowed: The Hidden Impact of 93 Million Cows on America’s Health, Economy, Politics, Culture, and Environment. Plus some classic Earth Day reads, new and old.

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

Can you judge a book by its cover? All the Wild That Remains author David Gessner contrasts two icons of Western literature--Edward Abbey and Wallace Stegner--starting at the top with the most conspicuous, if superficial, difference: their chosen hairstyles.

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Curious

Curiosity Made the Cat

"I like the process of curiosity as a tool to build a bigger life for myself."

Film and television producer Brian Grazer (24, Apollo 13, Empire) talks to Amazon about his inquisitive nature, how "curiosity conversations" have contributed to his success, and how we all might benefit from asking a few thoughtful questions.

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Notes from the Legal Pot Underground

What happens when weed-skeptical journalist Bruce Barcott investigates the growers, sellers, and users of the brave new world of legalized marijuana? He emerges with changed opinions, a good book, and a bunch of really strange souvenirs.

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Epitaph

American Iliad: 30 Seconds in Tombstone

What really happened in Tombstone, Arizona on the fateful afternoon of October 26, 1881? Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral author Mary Doria Russell debunks five common myths, misconceptions, and misrepresentations of the iconic gunfight of the Wild West.

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ExplainWorld

Observation in Retrograde: Tracing the Origins of Modern Science

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Weinberg’s To Explain the World thoughtfully guides readers through the history of scientific process, with its centuries of trial and error, dead ends and successes, and, above all, the perseverance and curiosity that has shaped the ways that we observe and understand the world around us.

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FutureCrimes

Les Fleurs du Malware: Five Pitfalls of the Information Age

It won't surprise many people to read that computers, networks, and personal information are under constant attack. Most of us install a commonly available anti-virus program, mind our clicks (mostly), and hope for the best.

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GreatLeader

A Primer on the Existence and Seeming Nuttiness of North Korea

“Nukes and human rights atrocities are bad for business.” The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot author Blaine Harden on the inscrutable, ominous, and just plain strange Hermit Kingdom.

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Straight on Till Morning: Iconic Images from the Voyager Missions

I was too young to remember the moon missions. By the mid-1970s, the country had overcome its zeal for space exploration, leaving grainy tape of Apollo-Soyuz and Evel Knievel rocket bikes as sorry substitutes for a generation of Star Trek-addled brains yearning to go where no one had gone before.

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Gordon

Authentic Voices: New Memoirs from Kim Gordon and Robert Christgau

Unfortunately, sometimes great things just don't get along. Cats and dogs. Bacon and ice cream. Musicians and music critics. Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and renowned critic Robert Christgau offer their thoughts on their careers, their heroes, and the relationship between musician and reviewer.

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