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

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"Nature Connection Is a Contact Sport": Raising a Wild Child

Any parent can relate: We live in an Xbox/Playstation/iPad world, and pulling your kids away from the Minecraft and pushing them out-of-doors can be a challenge--don't even mention getting them to like it. But Scott D. Sampson (Dinosaur Train!) knows a thing or two about connecting with kids, and in turn connecting kids with nature.

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NoPants

Laugh Your Pants Right off of Your Body

Face it, we've all lost our pants at some point, but what did you learn? Sarah Colonna lost hers in Vegas, and she learned a lot. Read her tips for surviving single living in your 30s, and the five things she wishes she could tell her twentysomething self.

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50Flies

Art Does Not Come Easy

Here's the problem with fly-fishing: Novels like Norman Maclean's A River Runs Through It and David James Duncan's The River Why have loaded so much hardscrabble spirituality into the sport that being bad at it feels like a failure of living. This is why countless folks obsess over it, especially many men of a certain age. It's like golf, but with a point, and much better scenery.

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Shamed

They Had It Coming: Social Media and the Age of Shame

"We’re tearing people apart for lesser and lesser crimes. It’s robbing us of our empathy." So You've Been Publicly Shamed author Jon Ronson shares his thoughts on the book and social media's role in modern degradation.

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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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