PositiveThe Pittsburgh Post-GazetteKeeping it real is a big part of Almost Everything. She is (and she assumes her readers are) in despair about the public figure who will not be named, although, not surprisingly, she names him. The book is not only, or even mostly, about Donald Trump, but like her 2005 Bush-era Plan B some may find it a bit too whiny about her political frustrations ... Ms. Lamott is often very witty, and her clever lines keep coming ... Although there are some great sections on joy—she’s like a funky, flower-power lady channeling C. S. Lewis about being designed for joy, making a sly argument from design for ultimate meaning—and plenty of upbeat stories; she is sincerely worried about the damages to our soul when we hate ... Many are deeply blessed by Ms. Lamott’s down-to-Earth spirituality, her cleverness, her ability to tell a story with a moral, or at least with a sensible point.
RavePittsburgh Post-GazetteAmity and Prosperity tells with vivid detail the contours of daily life in Washington and Greene counties ... The book’s subtitle, \'One Family and the Fracturing of America,\' is a significant play on words as well as this riveting book is very much about the contested practice of industrial fracking ... Ms. Griswold’s descriptions are spot on and clearly recognizable ... Although the story is a page-turner exposing corporate injustices, dishonesty and public malfeasance...it is still appealing to read about places one knows ... Ms. Griswold is an energetic writer, and the characters she writes about are themselves colorful, raw and dogged ... not only a glimpse into postindustrial small towns and the environmental consequences of fracking but also a legal thriller worthy of any novel by John Grisham.