The College of Charleston has chosen Hope Jahren’s The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here for its 2021 The College Reads! book. Hope Jahren is an award-winning scientist, teacher and bestselling author of Lab Girl. In her latest book, The Story of More, she illuminates the link between human habits and resulting negative effects on the planet.

the story of more book coverThe book grew out of a class Jahren was teaching on climate change, and a desire to translate data about the consequences of our population growth on the planet. In concise, highly readable chapters, she takes us through the science behind key inventions from electric power to large-scale farming to automobiles that release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. She explains the consequences of global warming from superstorms to rising sea levels and the actions that we all can take to fight back. The Story of More is an essential primer on climate change and the mechanisms that drive it.

The College Reads! is the College of Charleston’s campus-wide common reading program designed to connect students, faculty and staff around a single book. All incoming students and roster faculty receive a copy of the book (alternate formats are available). Additional copies are made available for borrowing and sharing widely across campus. All faculty and incoming students are encouraged to read this selection as it will be connected to the academic curriculum and campus activities throughout the year. Jahren will participate in a virtual visit to campus will on Oct. 25-26, 2021. A public talk will be livestreamed into the Sottile Theater on Monday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A. Jahren will virtually visit classes on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021.