98 pages 3 hours read

John Green

The Anthropocene Reviewed: Essays on a Human-Centered Planet

Nonfiction | Essay Collection | Adult | Published in 2021

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The Anthropocene Reviewed: Essays on a Human-Centered Planet

  • Genre: Nonfiction; cultural anthropology essay collection
  • Originally Published: 2021
  • Reading Level/Interest: College/adult
  • Structure/Length: Introduction, 44 essays, and postscript; approx. 432 pages; approx. 10 hours on audio
  • Central Concern: With humor and curiosity, the short essays in this collection explore a wide range of human activities and their effects on planet Earth. The author expresses both alarm at the human capacity for destruction and wonder at people’s ability to care.
  • Potential Sensitivity Issues: Depression and other mental health issues

John Green, Author

  • Bio: Born in 1977 in Indiana; grew up in Florida; graduated from Kenyon College with a double major in English and religious studies; writes fiction and nonfiction; works with his brother Hank on various projects, including the YouTube educational channel Crash Course; developed the essays in The Anthropocene Reviewed based on his podcast of the same name; won the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award for his first novel, Looking for Alaska 2006), and the 2009 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery for Paper Towns
  • Other Works: Looking for Alaska (2005); An Abundance of Katherines (2006); Paper Towns (2008); Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with David Levithan; 2010); The Fault in Our Stars (2012); Turtles All the Way Down (2017)
  • Awards: Goodreads Choice Award for Best Nonfiction (2021); Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction (longlisted; 2022)