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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The Card Catalog Is Dead. Long Live the Card Catalog.

Who here remembers these cabinets of narrow wooden drawers that served as the nerve center for every library? Thumb through images from The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures, a celebration of artifacts from the Library of Congress - and the people who knew where they were filed.

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"Well, it's like rock and roll. You get it or you don't. You can't really explain it."

In an interview with the Amazon Book Review, John Doe - of the legendary Los Angeles punk band, X - talks about the music, the era, the place, and his collaborative memoir, Under the Big Black Sun. Also the Doors.

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What Is James Franco Doing Now?

Franco's latest endeavor - THE THING Postcard Book: James Franco - offers a collection of 30 covers from classic books - all important to the actor - with himself inserted into the jacket. Is it art? I have no idea. Funny? Often. Absurd? Absolutely.

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A Survivalist's Literary Survival List

Writer/adventurer Brendan Leonard (The Great Outdoors: A User's Guide) provides an illustrated Cocktail Party Primer for some of the greatest adventure narratives, both fiction and nonfiction.

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"The Devil Was Standing Right There": The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

Author of David Grann stopped by our offices to discuss Killers of the Flower Moon and The Lost City of Z - now an acclaimed motion picture from Amazon Studios.

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Missing Links: Claire Cameron on Researching "The Last Neanderthal"

Claire Cameron's novels specialize in imaginative leaps in order to make them real, but how did she get inside the head of one of our extinct human ancestors?

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A Filth Elder's Life Lessons for Entitled Brats and Damaged Students

John Waters - the notorious director of Hairspray and Pink Flamingos - talks about his commencement speech for graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design, now a book titled Make Trouble.

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The Gifted Demagogue

Jeff Guinn - the author of books on Charles Manson and Bonnie and Clyde - answers our questions about his latest walk on the wild side, The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple.

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"Getting radical is something done with immediacy"

My Rules collects hundreds of iconic - and often iconoclastic - images by Glen E. Friedman, the photographer the Washington Post called "one of the greats of his generation."

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Get Ready for Dystopian Nonfiction

It sounds a little like something you'd hear about on the Home Shopping Network, or maybe a 30-minute infomercial on your local cable sports network in that dead zone between football and baseball seasons: "CRISPR: An easy and cost-effective way to manipulate... your genes"? But it's not science fiction, or...

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