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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Gene

Best Books of the Month: Nonfiction

A selection of some of our favorite nonfiction picks for May, including a "biography" of the gene, a meditation on tribal culture--across all cultures--from Sebastian Junger, and a story of modern China as told through the lens of a single Shanghai street.

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Walking-Himalayas

Not Just Another Walk in the Woods

Spectacular images from Walking the Himalayas, the latest of two epic accounts of travel and adventure on foot by Levison Wood.

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Goat-Man

All the Goaty Details

1. Ask yourself, "Wouldn't it be nice to be an animal for a bit?"
2. Build a goat exoskeleton
3. Go to the Alps, live with the goats
4. Write a book called GoatMan: How I Took a Holiday from Being Human

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Pool-Party

This Book Won't Make You a Better Person

Can't wrangle an invitation to the most celebrity-studded, continuous shindig on the Côte d’Azur? Pool Party has got you covered.

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Sun-Moon-Rolling-Stones

It's Only Rock & Roll, But He Likes It

Rich Cohen--author of The Sun & the Moon & the Rolling Stones, a selection for Amazon's Best Books of May-- talks about his history with the band, the story behind the title, and his work on HBO's hit series, Vinyl.

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Kill-Em

The Best Books of April: Biographies & Memoirs

A look at a few of our favorite biographies and memoirs of April, including a journey into the Godfather of Soul's world by National Book Award-winner James McBride, the latest from Augusten Burroughs, and a stupendously good book about... plants.

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Burglars

Cops and Robbers and Architects: A Burglar's Guide to the City

What compels a burglar to burgle? Geoff Manaugh 's A Burglar's Guide to the City--an Amazon Best Book of April--examines the relationship between crime and architecture from the perspective of the bad guys.

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Geography-Madness

Tales of Travel, Madness, and Despair

Feel a case of Wild Man Syndrome coming on? Or how about Nangiarnek, more commonly known as Kayak Angst? For The Geography of Madness Frank Bures traveled the world in search of bizarre, inexplicable, and all-too-human maladies.

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Your-Song

The Song That Changed Carrie Brownstein's Life

Is there a unforgettable song that changed your life? That's the question Bob Boilen (NPR’s All Songs Considered and Tiny Desk Concerts) put to almost three dozen musicians, including Carrie Brownstein. Find out if her answer was Afternoon Delight.

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Old-Records

Old Records Never Die, Nor Irrational Dreams

One man's obsessive quest through the dusty bins and backrooms of the used vinyl trade in order to reclaim the essential albums--and some of the feeling--of his youth.

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