In the Introduction, best-selling author John Green explains that he used to be a book reviewer back in the pre-Internet days, when the content of the review--not a star rating system--was what mattered. Now, a star-rating system is ubiquitous...not just books but everything in our lives. So, with tongue in cheek, the author sets out here to provide star ratings on topics as far-ranging as Canada geese (2 stars), the Lascaux cave paintings (4 1/2 stars), Halley's Comet (4 1/2 stars), and Piggly Wiggly (2 1/2 stars). Along the way, we learn the fascinating history of a variety of topics, while simultaneously learning about the author's life. It's a good blend of nonfiction & memoir, and good for anyone who wants a fun, quick read that is easy to consume in chunks rather than one sitting.— Donna
A deeply moving and insightful collection of personal essays from #1 bestselling author John Green.
The Anthropocene is the current geologic age, in which humans have profoundly reshaped the planet and its biodiversity. In this remarkable symphony of essays adapted and expanded from his groundbreaking podcast, bestselling author John Green reviews different facets of the human-centered planet on a five-star scale—from the QWERTY keyboard and sunsets to Canada geese and Penguins of Madagascar.
Funny, complex, and rich with detail, the reviews chart the contradictions of contemporary humanity. As a species, we are both far too powerful and not nearly powerful enough, a paradox that came into sharp focus as we faced a global pandemic that both separated us and bound us together.
John Green’s gift for storytelling shines throughout this masterful collection. The Anthropocene Reviewed is a open-hearted exploration of the paths we forge and an unironic celebration of falling in love with the world.
About the Author
John Green is the award-winning, #1 bestselling author of books including Looking for Alaska, The Fault in Our Stars, and Turtles All the Way Down. His books have received many accolades, including a Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and an Edgar Award. John has twice been a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize and was selected by TIME magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. He is also the writer and host of the critically acclaimed podcast The Anthropocene Reviewed. With his brother, Hank, John has co-created many online video projects, including Vlogbrothers and the educational channel Crash Course. He lives with his family in Indianapolis, Indiana. You can visit John online at johngreenbooks.com.