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 Biographies & Memoirs of August

Oh, the humanity. This month's picks are overflowing with it.

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Pangs of New York

A short list of recent books celebrating, lamenting, and occasionally decrying the changes in the Big Apple over the past three decades.

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Centipede Butts: It's What's for Dinner

Are insects the future of haute cuisine? In Bugged, David MacNeal' imagines a time where we will be "requesting more flies in the soup."

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It's Not Dark Yet, But It's Getting There.

It's not quite a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but it's close. Here is a short list of books (and a couple of other necessary items) to make the most of the Great American Eclipse of 2017.

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Cactus Ed vs. the Hippie-Hater: An Illustrated Tale of Two Haircuts

Author and occasional cartoonist David Gessner contrasts two giants of Western literature - Ed Abbey and Wallace Stegner - starting at the top with their most conspicuous, if superficial, difference: their chosen hairstyles.

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Celebrity Picks: Bill Nye

The mechanical engineer, crime-fighting speed-walker, and author of Everything All at Once shares the books he reads to sate his own curiosity. It's not all science for the Science Guy (but a lot of it is).

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The Best Nonfiction of the Year So Far

Including a "brief history" of humanity's future, a book by a word-nerd for word-nerds, and a couple of explorations of the darker corners of the internet.

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The Best Biographies & Memoirs of the Year So Far

In the olden days, you'd have to wait till November or December to find out which books were the year's best. Not anymore; here are the best biographies and memoirs of 2017... so far. (This list may change in November or December.)

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Just Say Nein: Hitler's Nation of Speed Freaks

A addiction epidemic consumes a nation while its outwardly abstemious leader escalates an ineffectual War on Drugs. Where are we again? Oh yeah, the Third Reich. Narcotics - cocaine, opiates, and especially methamphetamines - permeated every level of German society, from hausfraus to the military to the upper levels of...

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A Tale of Two Thrillers

At first glance, it doesn't seem that Daniel Riley's Fly Me and Gin Phillips's Fierce Kingdom have much in common. One is the story of a newly minted Vassar graduate who drifts into a career as a stewardess in 1972 L.A.; the other a real-time thriller about the lengths to which a mother will go to protect her child. But maybe there's more to it. Here Riley and Phillips discuss their approaches to their books, their characters, and the dilemmas they face.

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