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The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green
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The Anthropocene Reviewed

by John Green

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In this witty collection of essays filled with insightful ideas, John Green reviews the faults—and merits—in ourselves.

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Why I love it

Rachael Burlette
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In his latest book, The Anthropocene Reviewed, beloved author John Green leaves the world of fiction behind for his first nonfiction work. While we’ve come to love characters like Hazel and Alaska, this time we get to experience John Green’s own thoughts and stories through a collection of essays. It may be different than we’re used to, but it is a classic John Green book that explores the things that make us human.

The Anthropocene is described as the current geological age, in which humans are shaping the world and its biodiversity. Originally a podcast, John Green’s newest book reviews the Anthropocene in thoughtful short essays where he rates things ranging from Canadian Geese and Diet Dr. Pepper to Halley’s Comet and Velociraptors, all on a five-star scale. Written during the pandemic, this book is as much about observing the world as it is about living in it and finding hope in difficult times.

John Green is known for drawing readers in with his storytelling, and his new book does not disappoint. Using details, facts, and anecdotes from his own life, he has created essays that will help you reflect on the world and your place in it. This book is full of hope and wonder which can be hard to find with everything going on in the world.

And now in the spirit of The Anthropocene Reviewed, I give this book five stars.

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Synopsis

The Anthropocene is the current geological age, in which human activity has profoundly shaped the planet and its biodiversity. In this remarkable symphony of essays adapted and expanded from his ground-breaking, critically acclaimed podcast, John Green reviews different facets of the human-centered planet—from the QWERTY keyboard and Halley's Comet to Penguins of Madagascar—on a five-star scale.

Complex and rich with detail, the Anthropocene's reviews have been praised as “observations that double as exercises in memoiristic empathy,” with over 10 million lifetime downloads. John Green's gift for storytelling shines throughout this artfully curated collection about the shared human experience; it includes beloved essays along with six all-new pieces exclusive to the book.

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