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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Life

100 Biographies & Memoirs to Read in a Lifetime

We're a quixotic lot, we Amazon Books editors. I mean, we knew it was an impossible task to boil down literature to 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime, but we gave it a shot. Then we did it again...

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"The Jaguar's Children" and John Vaillant's Mexico

"One sunny October day in my early twenties, I swam across the Rio Grande. The current was strong, the water cool and thick with silt. I made the far bank in a couple of minutes and, once there, stood naked beneath a cliff with river mud oozing between my toes."

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The Dear Director: Essential North Korean Cinema

North Korea has a complex relationship with the movies. Most people with access to TV, internet, or ears are familiar with The Interview and the recent kerfuffle that the assassination comedy caused when the DPRK apparat took notice, and then offense. But the story goes much farther back than that.

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No Chimps in Heaven: Mankind's Journey of Imagination

Yuval Noah Harari has some questions. Among the biggest: How did Homo sapiens evolve from an unexceptional savannah-dwelling primate to become the dominant force on the planet, emerging as the lone survivor out of six distinct hominid species? He also has some answers, and they’re not always what you’d expect.

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Blondie, 1970s New York, and Chris Stein's Heart of Glass

In the early 1970s, Chris Stein was a student at the School of Visual Arts in New York, spending his off-hours photographing the pre-Giuliani Big Apple of garbage strikes, murder, muggings, and a Midtown more S&M than M&M...

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Wild at Heart: The Dark Center of Tim Johnston's "Descent"

2015 may be young, but Tim Johnston's Descent has positioned itself as an early frontrunner for year-end best-of lists. The surprise bestseller's plot is straight-up thriller: On the eve of daughter Caitlin's departure for college, the Courtlands drive into the...

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Like Minds: Stephen Pinker Reviews "The Moral Arc"

Is the world becoming a better place? Michael Shermer, editor in chief of Skeptic magazine, thinks so, and he thinks it's all about the science. His new book, The Moral Arc, outlines his hypothesis: As humankind gains greater understanding of...

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Pharos Editions: The Art of Small-Batch Publishing

Who doesn't like finding treasure? Who doesn't like cool books? (Nobody here, hopefully.) Pharos Editions does. For just over two years, Pharos has dedicated themselves to "bringing to light out-of-print, lost or rare books of distinction." Their strategy is simple...

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The Wilderness Within: Author Diane Cook on "Man V. Nature"

Claire Cameron and I have something in common: we both like books about the struggle between humans and the natural world, especially when nature has the upper hand (see her list of "The Best Books About Getting Eaten" as proof)....

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Danny Clinch & the Majesty of Rock

If you love music, you've probably seen Danny Clinch's work. Over decades of work, he has photographed the likes of Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Tupac, Tom Waits, Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Iggy Pop, Jay-Z, and... the list goes on. His...

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