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Prominent YA author John Green’s latest book is not a coming-of-age story but a fascinating miscellany of essays, ranging handily from the playful to the profound as he seeks to encapsulate the essence of a human-centered planet. From the origin of the modern supermarket, to the opening of Penguins of Madagascar, to the relative merits of Canada Geese, this book took me on a wild and surprisingly educational ride, turning topics I’ve never once thought about into topics I just can’t stop thinking about. Buried in the five-star reviews, somewhere between the merry and the melancholy, is the reminder that there’s nothing on planet Earth that’s out of our grasping reach, for better or for worse. ~ Reviewed by Digby Baker-Porazinski