Hope Jahren is an award-winning scientist who has been pursuing independent research in paleobiology since 1996. Recognized by Time in 2016 as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, she is the recipient of three Fulbright Awards and served as a tenured professor at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu from 2008 to 2016, where she built the isotope geobiology laboratories. She currently holds the J. Tuzo Wilson professorship at the University of Oslo, Norway.
"[Hope Jahren] leads us on a journey across time and space,
outlining thoughts and beliefs from Mesopotamia to her tiny
Minnesota hometown. Along the way she discusses the impact of
everything from population growth to Norwegian fishing to nuclear
power. She takes this approach in order to present climate change
as a result of broader dysfunctions having to do with consumption
habits that, she says, don't even make us happy. . . . It's an
argument that contrasts with the recent spate of climate books,
which opt to pummel readers with facts and guilt. Jahren, who first
came to prominence with the best-selling memoir "Lab Girl," instead
writes delicately, like the whispery scrape of a skate tracing a
figure on the ice."
-The New York Times Book Review
"If there's one book all of us should read about the state of the environment, it's this one. . . . [Jahren] pulls off the feat of presenting climate change without emotional baggage through accessibility and humor."
-The Washington Independent Review of Books
"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, and-above all-essential."
-Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction
"A concise and personal yet universally applicable examination of a problem that affects everyone on planet Earth. . . . [Jahren] doesn't use scare tactics or shrill warnings. . . . She clearly shows how the amount of waste created by the privileged could provide plenty for those less privileged."
"Hope Jahren is an awesome writer and scientist. Her new book, The Story of More, is captivating and compelling. She urges readers to be courageous dealing with global environmental changes and human population growth."
-Dudley Herschbach, Nobel Prize-winning chemist
"The Story of More is a superb account of the deadly struggle between humanity and what may prove the only life-bearing planet within ten light years, written in a brilliantly sardonic and conversational style."
-E. O. Wilson