Jon Foro
Jon Foro
Jon has spent over 25 years in the book business--and over 16 years at—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


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.

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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.

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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.

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Just Don't Call Him Dear "Old" Dad

Forget barbecue books. Here are Father's Day gifts for dads whose dreams are more sawdust than dust.

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Best Books of June: Nonfiction

A few of our selections for the best nonfiction of June, including a collection of essays both laugh-out-loud and poignant, and a quest for the hallucinogenic blood of the giant Greenland shark.

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Botanist's Delight

Are you a plant lover, or is there one in your life? How about an art lover? Or a plant-art lover? If so, you owe it to yourself to take a look at Botanical Sketchbooks.

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Denis Johnson (1949 - 2017)

The award-winning poet, novelist, and playwright, whose works include Jesus' Son, Tree of Smoke, and Train Dreams, died Wednesday at the age of 67.

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Rolling Stone Is 50. How Does It Feel?

Images from 50 Years of Rolling Stone, a celebration of the magazine's groundbreaking journalism, iconic photographs, and legendary contributors.

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Chariot of Fire: Apollo 8's Daring Mission to the Moon

“The Saturn V engines had only one speed, which was full speed.” Apollo 8 author Jeffrey Kluger reflects on the first humans to orbit the Moon and his own history with the extraordinary "living machine" that made it possible.

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Best Books of the Month: Nonfiction

A few of our selections for the best nonfiction of May, including an exposé of the new Silk Road, a Dark Web site where everything from drugs and guns to passports can be bought and sold.

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