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 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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Fly Me to a Moon

Humankind's next home might be Saturn's largest satellite, Titan. Charles Wohlforth and Amanda Hendrix, the authors of Beyond Earth, tell us a few things about life in the new neighborhood.

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Celebrity Picks: Anna Kendrick's Favorite Reads of 2016

As you can see from her top reading picks of the year, Anna Kendrick has excellent taste in books. (If a bit dark.)

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Leonard Cohen (1934 - 2016)

The legendary singer, songwriter, poet, and novelist has died at the age of 82. Any attempt at obituary or summation of such a singular life would be both under-informed and inadequate. In lieu of that, here's something we originally published in December 2014, which I hope conveys some fraction of...

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The Best Biographies and Memoirs of November

A few of our favorite biographies of the month, including an inspiring memoir of grief "humming with humanity, grace and intelligence," and the long, strange trips of two different underworld kingpins.

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The Red Web: A Hacker's History of Russia

If you hadn't noticed, "the cyber" has been in the news. In The Red Web, journalists Andrei Sodatov and Irina Borogan delve into the shadowy world of the Russian surveillance-state from the Soviet era to the present - and the online battles waged to erode its power.

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