UM Common Reading Experience 2022: The Anthropocene Reviewed

About the Author and Book

The 2022 UM Common Read is The Anthropocene Reviewed: Essays on a Human-Centered Planet by John Green. 

The J.D. Williams Library has two electronic copies of The Anthropocene Reviewed that students can read online by clicking on either the EBSCOhost link (2 seats) or Proquest Ebook Central link (2 seats). This means that 4 copies of the book can be read online at the same time. Students can also find these books by entering the book title into the One Search box on the library's homepage. Students use their Ole Miss WebID and password to log into library databases to view these ebooks. There are 2 copies of the book are available for one-day checkout at the Reserve Desk along with The A Game, and The Ole Miss Experience, under the instructor name: Melissa Dennis, Course: EDHE 105. There is one print copy of the book in the main stacks that students can check out using this call number: HM621.G735 2021. Finally, a copy of all Common Read titles are available in Archives & Special Collections (but these can only be viewed inside the library). If anyone needs help with finding books or finding other library materials for the Common Read, please email Melissa Dennis at

Goodreads Choice winner for Nonfiction 2021 and 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 an open-hearted exploration of the paths we forge and an unironic celebration of falling in love with the world.

The Anthropocene Reviewed, Reviewed by the Author

The Anthropocene Reviewed

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John Green

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