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The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here

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From the bestselling author of Lab Girl comes a slim, urgent missive on the defining issue of our time: here is Hope Jahren on climate change, our timeless pursuit of more, and how the same human ambition that got us here can also be our salvation.

Hope Jahren is an award-winning geobiologist, a brilliant writer, and one of the seven billion people with whom we share
Paperback, First Canadian Edition, 224 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Vintage Books Canada
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One-sixth of the global population uses of the worlds energy and half the worlds electricity. Theyre responsible for of the worlds carbon dioxide emissions, of the worlds meat consumption, and of the worlds sugar consumption. Its statistics and data like this that Jahren breaks down for readers in a book thats meant not to terrify readers about the overwhelming scope of global warming and climate change but instead, to instill hope that indeed, small changes add up over time.

Having hope
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A beautiful (yet terrible) little book, well worth reading ... and sharing. A sobering yet accessible and empathetic introduction ... a gentle yet jarring dipping of one's toe into the water ... on climate change. And (during the era of coronavirus social distancing, as opposed to, say, the holiday season ... as you do your best to support your local independent bookstore), potentially, an excellent gift for a relative, friend, or neighbor open to learning something new and doing some hard ...more
David Wineberg
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down is a concise description of The Story of More. Hope Jahren has written a passionate, direct and searing indictment of what Man has made of this planet in just her lifetime (She repeats at least 20 times she was born in 1969). And yet, every chapter (there are 19) begins with a nostalgic look at her childhood in Minnesota, her parents, family rituals, and life at that time. She had a pet chunk of ice she named Covington that she kicked all the way to ...more
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an early release copy of The Story of More by Hope Jahren.

In her latest book, The Story of More, Hope Jahren provides all the warning sirens people paying attention would expect in a book on climate change, and she does it with equal amounts of careful research and human experiences. The book is broken into four sections with an appendix that provides resources readers of the first three will want to explore.

As a human, and especially as a parent, I came to this book looking for
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
thoroughly impressed by Jahrens work. I appreciate the time she put in to define climate science research, provide resources, and make those connections to a drastically changing world in her lifetime. I also applaud the tone of the book. It doesnt yell at the reader that they might not be making conservation-minded choices; rather she presents facts, encourages small steps over giant leaps, and never fails to remind the reader that hope requires courage ...more
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This probably should be five stars, but its so disturbing I dont want to dwell on its many topics. I have read similar books this last month and every time I ponder this it breaks my heart, especially the animal industry. She has a wonderful message, sharing the resources, it sounds so simple... her parents aptly named her. ...more
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not only is Jahren's work well-researched, it is also beautifully written. She explains scientific principles in language that is easily understandable. Best of all, I appreciated that it wasn't simply a diatribe about climate change and how we've ruined the earth, but she also provided suggestions for steps that we, as individuals, can take to lessen our own impact.
Terry McGlynn
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The promises are high when one of the best writers about climate science, Elizabeth Kolbert, blurbs the book, Hope Jahren asks the central question of our time: how can we learn to live on a finite planet? The Story of More is thoughtful, informative, andabove allessential. I think the book lived up to the praise.

Its a first-person narrative, illuminated by Jahrens own life story, and these stories are as moving and entertaining as you would expect if you read Lab Girl. Though it says where to
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Story of More by Hope Jahren (award-winning author of Lab Girl) is a unique account of humanitys increased production and consumption across the last 50 years of industrialization. Jahren tells this story through the lens of her own life, growing up in Americas heartland in a town best known for slaughtering hogs, to paint a vivid photorealist painting of increasing global excess, especially by the few most developed countries of the world.

Jahren also provides an undeniably perfect, lucid
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Informative but never dull chapters. Easy to understand and the delivery is really different from most books in this category.
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book did something I did not think was possible: it made me realize I need to change my behavior.
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Story of More is a well-researched, well-written, conversation about how the world has changed in Dr. Jahren's short time on this Earth. It's a conversation about how the Earth has changed in the million or so years for which we have ice cores. It's a conversation about how the Earth has changed between...pick a time...and now.

I say, "conversation," because like much of what Dr. Jahren writes, this book welcomes you into a comfortable space, virtually offers you a cup of tea, and provides
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This much can be said unequivocally: The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here by Hope Jahren should be required reading for all politicians and policy makers who govern decisions and actions related to how we treat our planet. In particular, it should be mandated reading for individuals among that group who are grossly ignorant and uninformed on the subject, or, worse still, have the science of climate change presented to them, and criminally choose to deny its ...more
Nora Ray
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a terrific book. Hope Jahren takes us through the ways the basics of our lives have changed over the past few decades and how that has affected our world. Many of the changes involve things most of us wouldn't even consider priorities, such as crop yields or fish farming in Scandinavia, but when linked together the total effect on our earth becomes obvious.

I admire scientists a lot but occasionally I will pick up a book written by a scientist and find early on that it is so dry and
Lady Brainsample
I really appreciate a book that can discuss Really Big Problems in an approachable way. Climate change is one of those Really Big Problems that is super overwhelming in scope. The author tackles this topic in a way that makes it easier to understand and easier to place in context. She does so with grace and humility, showing that while scientists have been wrong on the timing, they've mostly been right on the consequences. I also appreciate that she doesn't stoop to fear mongering about everyone ...more
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating, mind-blowing, thought provoking, inspiring!! Everyone needs to read this book. With easier to understand science, it was more enjoyable to read than her previous book Lab Girl (though I loved that one too!). Hope provides evidence of all the small things that make up alll the big things that are killing our planet. And how do we go from here? She helps outline practical things we can all do to help our planet breathe easier. At times I was scared, and then I became hopeful that we ...more
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hope Jahren has become one of my favorite authors. She writes beautifully and clearly about her field. I can not recommend her highly enough.

The Store of More paints a complete picture, beautifully stated, without hyperbole. She does a wonderful job at stating the facts of climate change, without the over-politicized dogma that sometimes surrounds this topic. She is poetically realistic in her assessment, and thorough in her research and in siting her sources.

Jahren's writing is proof that art
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For me, what sets Jahrens book apart is that she incorporates her own childhood as the control in her climate change discussion. How far have we come? So far, and that has consequences. Told in a very engaging format, this is one thats great for anyone, regardless of your comprehension of this issue.
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really love Hope Jahren's narrative style, how she narrates her own books, and her dry sense of humor. I also love when authors incorporate cross disciplinary research as she does.

This book is interesting, informative, disheartening, hopeful, sad, and a call to action. Reading this in the midst of the social distancing, and quarantining going on due to COVID-19 which is resulting in a significant reduction of "more" I feel like we as a society could use this as motivation for long term
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lots of statistics and data (and how to do your own research with sources), but no need to get truly bogged down with the details. The beautiful writing and lyric storytelling move this amazing tale of More along (and great suggestions for how to do/be/live Less). Should be required reading for every American considering the leading role we play in this narrative of More.
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the best climate change book I've read. It's short and readable, densely packed with ideas, and neither judgmental nor righteous.
Greg M. Johnson
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Probably one of the better climate change books out there, at least in terms of suggested actions for the concerned.
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love her succinct way of communicating science across various audience. Wonderful and timely book.
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THE STORY OF MORE is a concise explanation of what's going on in the world, and some ideas for what we need to do to fix/save this lovely little planet we all share. That is the point of this book.
We share this planet. Some of us use more resources and leave bigger messes. We have to do better, and soon.
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book looks at the climate change problem from a viewpoint that is different than most all other books about climate change: it is more about the factors that brought us to the current situation than it about predicting the future of the Earth. This gives a fresh perspective to the climate change story, one that I found really compelling to read because it is a story about the lives we all have been living over the past decades. The food that we eat, the cars that we drive, the way the ...more
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Story of More examines the infrastructure of consumption and makes visible the mechanics of civilization. This book clarifies how and why what we do impacts the planet. Jahren's meticulous research is presented in a clear, engaging voice. It's a humble, approachable, and enlightening read that changed how I see our world. This book is for everyone and every level of scientific understanding.

Connie Lindstrom
This review is based on an advance reader's copy of The Story of More.

This topic interests me as a layperson, so I have read a number of books on varying aspects of it. I am a financial analyst for the biofuels industry and have lived all my life in the Midwestern part of the United States, so I have a particular interest in farming and how agriculture affects and is affected by climate change. Other than those facts I know no more than anyone else on the subject, so I fall squarely into the
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Having hope requires courage.~from The Story of More by Hope Jahren

Succinct, well organized, and with a powerful narrative that is engrossing and accessible, The Story of More crunches down what I have read in numerous books into 224 pages.

Author Hope Jahren, author of the best-selling memoir Lab Girl, based the book on her climate change classes.

"All of this has convinced me that it's time to bring global change out of my classroom and into this book," Jahren writes in the introduction. "So
Apr 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
I really appreciated all of the data that was curated for this book. I do not agree with how the data was framed and the message offered to readers as an approach to address climate change however. Although I do agree that we can all aspire for less (energy use, consumption, etc.), I do not believe that individual changes are going to even come close to addressing the catastrophe of climate change. I can only remember one point about how fossil fuel industries wont like people consuming less but ...more
Pamela Wilbur
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Panthalassa Sea, Tethys Ocean and the Forest of Ruhr Ive never heard. "Not a fairy tale but the story of the Earth 200 million years ago. The plant and animal corpses of the Forest of Ruhr, the Tethys Ocean, and the Panthalassa Sea now constitute the coal deposits of Germany, the petroleum crude oil of Saudi Arabia, and natural gas deposits of North Dakota, respectively.

Americans are the worlds heaviest energy users, consuming a full 15 percent of the worlds energy production and almost 20
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HOPE JAHREN is an award-winning scientist who has been pursuing independent research in paleobiology since 1996, when she completed her PhD at UC Berkeley and began teaching and researching first at the Georgia Institute of Technology and then at Johns Hopkins University. She is the recipient of three Fulbright Awards and is one of four scientists, and the only woman, to have been awarded both of ...more

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