This book got me. Part cultural critique, part personal reflection, John Green hits the spot in the satisfying manner of a Gladwell, Sedaris, or Klosterman. He writes with heart, humor and precision, balancing perfectly the contradictory experience of loving humanity and mourning for all that we've cost the world. Even more impressive in that he writes from the vantage point of 2020-21, and yet his reflections on the pandemic don't feel trite, dated or "too soon," but perfectly placed within his theme of exploring the era in which humans find themselves, poised at the precipice of an unknown future built by our own foolish excess. I give "The Anthropocene, Reviewed" 5 stars.
Dutton Books, May 2021. First Edition. Hardcover. New / New. Item #247627
Instant #1 bestseller! A deeply moving collection of personal essays from John Green, the author of The Fault in Our Stars and Turtles All the Way Down.
"The perfect book for right now." -People
"The Anthropocene Reviewed is essential to the human conversation." -Library Journal, starred review
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. This is a signed edition..
This is part of a batch of first printings signed by Green on a page specially bound in by the publisher