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


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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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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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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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 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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We're All Gonna Die! (Unless You Read This Post)

Pick your poison: Whether you think the end will come as Mass Extinction, Mass Surveillance, or Economic Collapse, this (not so) essential list of books to read before the stuff goes down will give you the skills to surf your own personal apocalypse.

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Jim Harrison (1937-2016)

The author of over thirty books including Legends of the Fall, died Saturday at the age of 78.

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Best Books of the Month: Deep Cuts

A look at some of the best books of March that, for one reason or another, didn't make the Top 10, though certainly could have.

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The National Book Critics Circle Award Winners

Announcing the winners of the National Book Critics Circle Awards, including prizes in fiction, nonfiction, biography, autobiography, and more.

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The Best Books of March: Biographies & Memoirs

A sampling of our favorite true-to-life stories from March, led by Lee Smith's Dimestore, a collection of autobiographical essays set in Appalachian Virginia.

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