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.

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Celebrity Picks: Mark Bittman's Favorite Reads of 2016

If you can't cook, but you need to cook, Mark Bittman is the place to start. When he published How to Cook Everything in 1998, he reinvented the all-in-one cookbook with an encyclopedic offering over 2,000 recipes ranging from the very basics (how to boil an egg) to advanced techniques....

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Celebrity Picks: Carli Lloyd's Favorite Reads of 2016

Carli Lloyd's hat-trick that drove the United States to victory in the 2015 Women's World Cup - a feat spanning 16 minutes and capped by a stunning shot from midfield - has been called the greatest performance in a World Cup final, any World Cup final. It was the high...

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The Best Books of the Year: Nonfiction

A few of our selections for the Nonfiction of 2016, along with some thoughts about why we liked them.

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Celebrity Picks: Rachel Renee Russell's Favorite Reads of 2016

Across 11 bestselling books, Rachel Renée Russell's Dork Diaries series has chronicled the adventures (and misadventures) of Nikki Maxwell, a typical 14-year-old navigating the unknown and sometimes rough waters of middle school. Published in November, Tales from a Not-So-Friendly Frenemy is the latest installment in the entertaining, funny, and inspirational...

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Great Gifts for 21st Century Gearheads

If you ever wondered what's under the hood of the the Millennium Falcon, a Saturn V rocket, or NASA's Mars rovers, it turns out a Haynes Owner's Workshop Manual is still helpful.

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The Best Books of the Year, for Those About to Rock

Since Keith Richards’s Life appeared in 2010 (and set the standard for rock books, by the way), a torrent of biographies, memoirs, and retrospectives have followed in its wake. 2016 was another banner year, with nine of the 20 titles in our Best of the Year picks in Humor &...

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Celebrity Picks: Bryan Cranston's Favorite Reads of 2016

The versatile star of Breaking Bad and The Infiltrator - and author of the new memoir, A Life in Parts - lists his favorite books of 2016.

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Celebrity Picks: Steve Young's Favorite Reads of 2016

Steve Young is regarded as one of the greatest college and pro football players of all time. Across a pro career spanning more than 15 years, the left-handed quarterback earned numerous achievements and accolades, including a victory in Super Bowl XXIX (where he was named Most Valuable Player for his...

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The Best Biographies & Memoirs of the Year

A few of our selections for the Best Biographies and Memoirs of 2016, along with some thoughts about why we liked them.

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Celebrity Picks: Penn Jillette's Favorite Reads of 2016

Penn Jillette has enjoyed a long career an Emmy-winning entertainer, notably with his "silent partner" Teller (just Teller) and their often shocking and satiric magic show. But he's also a bestselling author of nine books, including his latest, Presto!: How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales....

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