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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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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He's Your Man: Leonard Cohen on Tour

Being a Leonard Cohen fan is hard work, because there are so many Leonard Cohens. There's Sad Balladeer Leonard Cohen, the one who sings ruefully nostalgic love dirges about seedy hipster hotels. There's Dark Pop Leonard Cohen, the one who...

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These Are the STAR WARS Books You're Looking For

So did you hear that there's a new Star Wars movie on the way? Chances are you know someone who's a little excited about it, if you're not excited about it enough yourself (soccer droids notwithstanding). If you can't wait...

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The Art of Science: Gifts from Outer, Inner Space

So, are you an innie or an outtie? That is, are you fascinated by the wonders of earth, or is it outer space that churns your imagination? Either way, several new books will have you (or possibly a hard-to-shop-for giftee)...

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Little Humans, Big Humanity

Brandon Stanton is a big human. Aside from being just a literally big dude, he's big in spirit: genuinely friendly, enthusiastic, empathetic, and interested in people. All these characteristics made his Humans of New York blog and subsequent book both...

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Love Thy Neighbor: The Slightly Voyeuristic Photographs of Gail Albert Halaban

Admit it: There's a little bit of voyeur in everybody. For photographer Gail Albert Halaban, there might be a little bit more. In 2012, she published Out My Window, a collection of images that peered into the apartments--and the lives--of...

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Post-Photography: Re-Imagining Reality

From Stalin's vanishing commisars to airbrushed supermodels, photographers have been manipulating our perception of of reality--and even our ability to discern the actual from the virtual--as long as they've been taking pictures. The internet and rapidly evolving digital tools have...

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Punk Rock Girl

Viv Albertine's new memoir, Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. is a book is divided almost straight down the middle. Side One is the story of her upbringing in the north London suburb of Muswell Hill: It's...

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