Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America

Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America

Prize-winning poet and journalist Eliza Griswold's Amity and Prosperity is an expose on how fracking shattered a rural Pennsylvania town, and how one lifelong resident brought the story into the national spotlight. This is an incredible true account of investigative journalism and a devastating indictment of energy politics in America. Stacey Haney, a lifelong resident of A Prize-winning poet and journalist Eliza Griswold's Amity and Prosperity is an expose on how fracking shattered a rura...

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Title:Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America
Author:Eliza Griswold
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0374103119
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America Reviews

  • Laura
    Jul 07, 2018

    This scientific and legal drama recounts the harrowing ordeal of several families suffering terribly from toxic chemicals leaching from storage pools of fracking waste into their drinking water and into the air in western Pennsylvania. New Yorker staff writer and journalist Eliza Gris...

    There were other impacts from the fracking boom and the Haneys were feeling them. Over the course of eight years, as Eliza Griswold tracks this family in this powerful book, they lose their health, their animals, their house, and their trust in just about everyone except a pair of crus...

    My rating may be somewhat skewed because I was engrossed by the story of how a new extraction industry impacted the people I went to middle and high school with. Some of the non-sequiturs in the story telling annoyed me, but the writing captures what I know to be true about the people ...

    If you live around Pittsburgh, you need to read this book. It reads like a novel, following one family who "lost" - a sacrifice for extractive industries. The book lays out how daily hardships, even small ones, can add up to destroy a home. Lots of Pittsburgh content in this one, with...

    A powerful, revealing look at how fracking shattered a rural Pennsylvania town, and how one of its lifelong residents brought national attention to the story. ...

    I don't even know where to start. It is shocking to me that this kind of systematic failure by Government to protect its own citizens is taking place in America. This is the kind of thing that happens in third world countries, not here in our own backyard. While I fully realize Ami...

    This was probably more of a 4.5. Great book, sad/frustrating story but well told. ...

    A very well written book . I learned a lot about fracking. Certainly not as harmless as we are led to believe. The author did not beat us over the head with "science." Some of course, but the main focus of the book was about the personal struggles of those involved with this ecological...

    Natural gas was supposed to be a gateway to clean energy; a move toward making the United States less dependent on foreign oil. Many of the people who live in southwestern Pennsylvania atop the rich Marcellus Shale, saw fracking for natural gas as an economic life line. The coal indust...

    Similar story to Erin Brockovich, you know who the good and bad guys are right from the start of the book. This is a true story of the plight and the fight of one family in particular in a small farming community in southwestern Pennsylvania to which the "big money of fracking" has com...

    Why do people live and vote outside their own best interests? Because, reality is always complex...even the reality of those who see things as black and white. ...

    A fast read. Would be very accessible for undergraduates. Focuses almost exclusively on the legal case that embroiled these families. I would have liked a bit more attention to the scientific battles around the health and ecological impacts of fracking. Most of what we get on that fron...

  • Erok
    Jul 13, 2018

    This scientific and legal drama recounts the harrowing ordeal of several families suffering terribly from toxic chemicals leaching from storage pools of fracking waste into their drinking water and into the air in western Pennsylvania. New Yorker staff writer and journalist Eliza Gris...

    There were other impacts from the fracking boom and the Haneys were feeling them. Over the course of eight years, as Eliza Griswold tracks this family in this powerful book, they lose their health, their animals, their house, and their trust in just about everyone except a pair of crus...

    My rating may be somewhat skewed because I was engrossed by the story of how a new extraction industry impacted the people I went to middle and high school with. Some of the non-sequiturs in the story telling annoyed me, but the writing captures what I know to be true about the people ...

    If you live around Pittsburgh, you need to read this book. It reads like a novel, following one family who "lost" - a sacrifice for extractive industries. The book lays out how daily hardships, even small ones, can add up to destroy a home. Lots of Pittsburgh content in this one, with...

  • Florence
    Sep 23, 2018

    This scientific and legal drama recounts the harrowing ordeal of several families suffering terribly from toxic chemicals leaching from storage pools of fracking waste into their drinking water and into the air in western Pennsylvania. New Yorker staff writer and journalist Eliza Gris...

    There were other impacts from the fracking boom and the Haneys were feeling them. Over the course of eight years, as Eliza Griswold tracks this family in this powerful book, they lose their health, their animals, their house, and their trust in just about everyone except a pair of crus...

    My rating may be somewhat skewed because I was engrossed by the story of how a new extraction industry impacted the people I went to middle and high school with. Some of the non-sequiturs in the story telling annoyed me, but the writing captures what I know to be true about the people ...

    If you live around Pittsburgh, you need to read this book. It reads like a novel, following one family who "lost" - a sacrifice for extractive industries. The book lays out how daily hardships, even small ones, can add up to destroy a home. Lots of Pittsburgh content in this one, with...

    A powerful, revealing look at how fracking shattered a rural Pennsylvania town, and how one of its lifelong residents brought national attention to the story. ...

    I don't even know where to start. It is shocking to me that this kind of systematic failure by Government to protect its own citizens is taking place in America. This is the kind of thing that happens in third world countries, not here in our own backyard. While I fully realize Ami...

    This was probably more of a 4.5. Great book, sad/frustrating story but well told. ...

    A very well written book . I learned a lot about fracking. Certainly not as harmless as we are led to believe. The author did not beat us over the head with "science." Some of course, but the main focus of the book was about the personal struggles of those involved with this ecological...

    Natural gas was supposed to be a gateway to clean energy; a move toward making the United States less dependent on foreign oil. Many of the people who live in southwestern Pennsylvania atop the rich Marcellus Shale, saw fracking for natural gas as an economic life line. The coal indust...

  • Trish
    Sep 09, 2018

    This scientific and legal drama recounts the harrowing ordeal of several families suffering terribly from toxic chemicals leaching from storage pools of fracking waste into their drinking water and into the air in western Pennsylvania. New Yorker staff writer and journalist Eliza Gris...

  • Catherine
    Oct 06, 2018

    This scientific and legal drama recounts the harrowing ordeal of several families suffering terribly from toxic chemicals leaching from storage pools of fracking waste into their drinking water and into the air in western Pennsylvania. New Yorker staff writer and journalist Eliza Gris...

    There were other impacts from the fracking boom and the Haneys were feeling them. Over the course of eight years, as Eliza Griswold tracks this family in this powerful book, they lose their health, their animals, their house, and their trust in just about everyone except a pair of crus...

    My rating may be somewhat skewed because I was engrossed by the story of how a new extraction industry impacted the people I went to middle and high school with. Some of the non-sequiturs in the story telling annoyed me, but the writing captures what I know to be true about the people ...

    If you live around Pittsburgh, you need to read this book. It reads like a novel, following one family who "lost" - a sacrifice for extractive industries. The book lays out how daily hardships, even small ones, can add up to destroy a home. Lots of Pittsburgh content in this one, with...

    A powerful, revealing look at how fracking shattered a rural Pennsylvania town, and how one of its lifelong residents brought national attention to the story. ...

    I don't even know where to start. It is shocking to me that this kind of systematic failure by Government to protect its own citizens is taking place in America. This is the kind of thing that happens in third world countries, not here in our own backyard. While I fully realize Ami...

    This was probably more of a 4.5. Great book, sad/frustrating story but well told. ...

    A very well written book . I learned a lot about fracking. Certainly not as harmless as we are led to believe. The author did not beat us over the head with "science." Some of course, but the main focus of the book was about the personal struggles of those involved with this ecological...

    Natural gas was supposed to be a gateway to clean energy; a move toward making the United States less dependent on foreign oil. Many of the people who live in southwestern Pennsylvania atop the rich Marcellus Shale, saw fracking for natural gas as an economic life line. The coal indust...

    Similar story to Erin Brockovich, you know who the good and bad guys are right from the start of the book. This is a true story of the plight and the fight of one family in particular in a small farming community in southwestern Pennsylvania to which the "big money of fracking" has com...

    Why do people live and vote outside their own best interests? Because, reality is always complex...even the reality of those who see things as black and white. ...

    A fast read. Would be very accessible for undergraduates. Focuses almost exclusively on the legal case that embroiled these families. I would have liked a bit more attention to the scientific battles around the health and ecological impacts of fracking. Most of what we get on that fron...

    My sister recommended this and since I grew up in Prosperity - and many family members still live there - I decided to read it. Also because it deals with fracking and this is happening on our family farm where my dad still lives. When I started the book, I was skeptical. It seemed t...

    A great look at what is actually "Trump country." (Fuck you, "Hillbilly Elegy.") The poor puppies :( ...

    One of the dirty little secrets in America is that most of us are willing to look the other way and not think too much about how we get the electricity that powers our homes and phones, or about the effect on the health and lives of those who live in the shadow of extractive industry. ...

    The ruthlessness of the extraction industry is not exactly news, but fracking created a special kind of hell for the rural Pennsylvania families living atop the Marcellus shale. The technique itself was completely unlike anything that preceded it, and the companies managed to label the...

    This is non-fiction which reads like a page-turning thriller. I read 'Amity and Prosperity' to learn about fracking and that I did; I didn't expect to become so involved in an upsetting story about the health and environmental consequences of fracking in rural southwestern Pennsylvania...

    I love long form journalism, especially the books and articles for which the author has embedded him or herself with the subjects. Books like Nomadland and The Stranger in the Woods are among my favorites. As with those books, I learned about Amity and Prosperity from NPR. Unlike those...

    Yes, the title sounds like this might be about a duo of Puritan sisters, but Amity and Prosperity are actually small towns in rural Pennsylvania, long caught in the boom-bust cycle of mining and energy production. Well-written but extremely frustrating to read, the author covers Stacey...

  • Marvel
    Jul 23, 2018

    This scientific and legal drama recounts the harrowing ordeal of several families suffering terribly from toxic chemicals leaching from storage pools of fracking waste into their drinking water and into the air in western Pennsylvania. New Yorker staff writer and journalist Eliza Gris...

    There were other impacts from the fracking boom and the Haneys were feeling them. Over the course of eight years, as Eliza Griswold tracks this family in this powerful book, they lose their health, their animals, their house, and their trust in just about everyone except a pair of crus...

    My rating may be somewhat skewed because I was engrossed by the story of how a new extraction industry impacted the people I went to middle and high school with. Some of the non-sequiturs in the story telling annoyed me, but the writing captures what I know to be true about the people ...

    If you live around Pittsburgh, you need to read this book. It reads like a novel, following one family who "lost" - a sacrifice for extractive industries. The book lays out how daily hardships, even small ones, can add up to destroy a home. Lots of Pittsburgh content in this one, with...

    A powerful, revealing look at how fracking shattered a rural Pennsylvania town, and how one of its lifelong residents brought national attention to the story. ...

    I don't even know where to start. It is shocking to me that this kind of systematic failure by Government to protect its own citizens is taking place in America. This is the kind of thing that happens in third world countries, not here in our own backyard. While I fully realize Ami...

    This was probably more of a 4.5. Great book, sad/frustrating story but well told. ...

    A very well written book . I learned a lot about fracking. Certainly not as harmless as we are led to believe. The author did not beat us over the head with "science." Some of course, but the main focus of the book was about the personal struggles of those involved with this ecological...

    Natural gas was supposed to be a gateway to clean energy; a move toward making the United States less dependent on foreign oil. Many of the people who live in southwestern Pennsylvania atop the rich Marcellus Shale, saw fracking for natural gas as an economic life line. The coal indust...

    Similar story to Erin Brockovich, you know who the good and bad guys are right from the start of the book. This is a true story of the plight and the fight of one family in particular in a small farming community in southwestern Pennsylvania to which the "big money of fracking" has com...

    Why do people live and vote outside their own best interests? Because, reality is always complex...even the reality of those who see things as black and white. ...

    A fast read. Would be very accessible for undergraduates. Focuses almost exclusively on the legal case that embroiled these families. I would have liked a bit more attention to the scientific battles around the health and ecological impacts of fracking. Most of what we get on that fron...

    My sister recommended this and since I grew up in Prosperity - and many family members still live there - I decided to read it. Also because it deals with fracking and this is happening on our family farm where my dad still lives. When I started the book, I was skeptical. It seemed t...

  • Edward Sullivan
    Aug 30, 2018

    This scientific and legal drama recounts the harrowing ordeal of several families suffering terribly from toxic chemicals leaching from storage pools of fracking waste into their drinking water and into the air in western Pennsylvania. New Yorker staff writer and journalist Eliza Gris...

    There were other impacts from the fracking boom and the Haneys were feeling them. Over the course of eight years, as Eliza Griswold tracks this family in this powerful book, they lose their health, their animals, their house, and their trust in just about everyone except a pair of crus...

    My rating may be somewhat skewed because I was engrossed by the story of how a new extraction industry impacted the people I went to middle and high school with. Some of the non-sequiturs in the story telling annoyed me, but the writing captures what I know to be true about the people ...

    If you live around Pittsburgh, you need to read this book. It reads like a novel, following one family who "lost" - a sacrifice for extractive industries. The book lays out how daily hardships, even small ones, can add up to destroy a home. Lots of Pittsburgh content in this one, with...

    A powerful, revealing look at how fracking shattered a rural Pennsylvania town, and how one of its lifelong residents brought national attention to the story. ...

  • Sandra
    Oct 17, 2018

    This scientific and legal drama recounts the harrowing ordeal of several families suffering terribly from toxic chemicals leaching from storage pools of fracking waste into their drinking water and into the air in western Pennsylvania. New Yorker staff writer and journalist Eliza Gris...

    There were other impacts from the fracking boom and the Haneys were feeling them. Over the course of eight years, as Eliza Griswold tracks this family in this powerful book, they lose their health, their animals, their house, and their trust in just about everyone except a pair of crus...

    My rating may be somewhat skewed because I was engrossed by the story of how a new extraction industry impacted the people I went to middle and high school with. Some of the non-sequiturs in the story telling annoyed me, but the writing captures what I know to be true about the people ...

    If you live around Pittsburgh, you need to read this book. It reads like a novel, following one family who "lost" - a sacrifice for extractive industries. The book lays out how daily hardships, even small ones, can add up to destroy a home. Lots of Pittsburgh content in this one, with...

    A powerful, revealing look at how fracking shattered a rural Pennsylvania town, and how one of its lifelong residents brought national attention to the story. ...

    I don't even know where to start. It is shocking to me that this kind of systematic failure by Government to protect its own citizens is taking place in America. This is the kind of thing that happens in third world countries, not here in our own backyard. While I fully realize Ami...

    This was probably more of a 4.5. Great book, sad/frustrating story but well told. ...

    A very well written book . I learned a lot about fracking. Certainly not as harmless as we are led to believe. The author did not beat us over the head with "science." Some of course, but the main focus of the book was about the personal struggles of those involved with this ecological...

    Natural gas was supposed to be a gateway to clean energy; a move toward making the United States less dependent on foreign oil. Many of the people who live in southwestern Pennsylvania atop the rich Marcellus Shale, saw fracking for natural gas as an economic life line. The coal indust...

    Similar story to Erin Brockovich, you know who the good and bad guys are right from the start of the book. This is a true story of the plight and the fight of one family in particular in a small farming community in southwestern Pennsylvania to which the "big money of fracking" has com...

    Why do people live and vote outside their own best interests? Because, reality is always complex...even the reality of those who see things as black and white. ...

    A fast read. Would be very accessible for undergraduates. Focuses almost exclusively on the legal case that embroiled these families. I would have liked a bit more attention to the scientific battles around the health and ecological impacts of fracking. Most of what we get on that fron...

    My sister recommended this and since I grew up in Prosperity - and many family members still live there - I decided to read it. Also because it deals with fracking and this is happening on our family farm where my dad still lives. When I started the book, I was skeptical. It seemed t...

    A great look at what is actually "Trump country." (Fuck you, "Hillbilly Elegy.") The poor puppies :( ...

    One of the dirty little secrets in America is that most of us are willing to look the other way and not think too much about how we get the electricity that powers our homes and phones, or about the effect on the health and lives of those who live in the shadow of extractive industry. ...

    The ruthlessness of the extraction industry is not exactly news, but fracking created a special kind of hell for the rural Pennsylvania families living atop the Marcellus shale. The technique itself was completely unlike anything that preceded it, and the companies managed to label the...

    This is non-fiction which reads like a page-turning thriller. I read 'Amity and Prosperity' to learn about fracking and that I did; I didn't expect to become so involved in an upsetting story about the health and environmental consequences of fracking in rural southwestern Pennsylvania...

    I love long form journalism, especially the books and articles for which the author has embedded him or herself with the subjects. Books like Nomadland and The Stranger in the Woods are among my favorites. As with those books, I learned about Amity and Prosperity from NPR. Unlike those...

    Yes, the title sounds like this might be about a duo of Puritan sisters, but Amity and Prosperity are actually small towns in rural Pennsylvania, long caught in the boom-bust cycle of mining and energy production. Well-written but extremely frustrating to read, the author covers Stacey...

    I knew very little, if anything, about fracking before I read this book. But having heard things here and there in the news, I was curious to see how it impacted real people, and this book took us to a small town in Pennsylvania to introduce us to neighbors Stacey, Beth, and their fami...

    For seven years, Ms. Griswold follows the nurse and single mom, Stacey Haney, and her family during the worst abuses of the fracking industry in Pennsylvania over the Marcellus Shale deposits. In many ways this is just a heart-breaker, for ultimately, no one wins - just corporate gr...

  • Kay
    Oct 08, 2018

    This scientific and legal drama recounts the harrowing ordeal of several families suffering terribly from toxic chemicals leaching from storage pools of fracking waste into their drinking water and into the air in western Pennsylvania. New Yorker staff writer and journalist Eliza Gris...

    There were other impacts from the fracking boom and the Haneys were feeling them. Over the course of eight years, as Eliza Griswold tracks this family in this powerful book, they lose their health, their animals, their house, and their trust in just about everyone except a pair of crus...

    My rating may be somewhat skewed because I was engrossed by the story of how a new extraction industry impacted the people I went to middle and high school with. Some of the non-sequiturs in the story telling annoyed me, but the writing captures what I know to be true about the people ...

    If you live around Pittsburgh, you need to read this book. It reads like a novel, following one family who "lost" - a sacrifice for extractive industries. The book lays out how daily hardships, even small ones, can add up to destroy a home. Lots of Pittsburgh content in this one, with...

    A powerful, revealing look at how fracking shattered a rural Pennsylvania town, and how one of its lifelong residents brought national attention to the story. ...

    I don't even know where to start. It is shocking to me that this kind of systematic failure by Government to protect its own citizens is taking place in America. This is the kind of thing that happens in third world countries, not here in our own backyard. While I fully realize Ami...

    This was probably more of a 4.5. Great book, sad/frustrating story but well told. ...

    A very well written book . I learned a lot about fracking. Certainly not as harmless as we are led to believe. The author did not beat us over the head with "science." Some of course, but the main focus of the book was about the personal struggles of those involved with this ecological...

    Natural gas was supposed to be a gateway to clean energy; a move toward making the United States less dependent on foreign oil. Many of the people who live in southwestern Pennsylvania atop the rich Marcellus Shale, saw fracking for natural gas as an economic life line. The coal indust...

    Similar story to Erin Brockovich, you know who the good and bad guys are right from the start of the book. This is a true story of the plight and the fight of one family in particular in a small farming community in southwestern Pennsylvania to which the "big money of fracking" has com...

    Why do people live and vote outside their own best interests? Because, reality is always complex...even the reality of those who see things as black and white. ...

    A fast read. Would be very accessible for undergraduates. Focuses almost exclusively on the legal case that embroiled these families. I would have liked a bit more attention to the scientific battles around the health and ecological impacts of fracking. Most of what we get on that fron...

    My sister recommended this and since I grew up in Prosperity - and many family members still live there - I decided to read it. Also because it deals with fracking and this is happening on our family farm where my dad still lives. When I started the book, I was skeptical. It seemed t...

    A great look at what is actually "Trump country." (Fuck you, "Hillbilly Elegy.") The poor puppies :( ...

    One of the dirty little secrets in America is that most of us are willing to look the other way and not think too much about how we get the electricity that powers our homes and phones, or about the effect on the health and lives of those who live in the shadow of extractive industry. ...

    The ruthlessness of the extraction industry is not exactly news, but fracking created a special kind of hell for the rural Pennsylvania families living atop the Marcellus shale. The technique itself was completely unlike anything that preceded it, and the companies managed to label the...

  • Sarah Carr
    Sep 29, 2018

    This scientific and legal drama recounts the harrowing ordeal of several families suffering terribly from toxic chemicals leaching from storage pools of fracking waste into their drinking water and into the air in western Pennsylvania. New Yorker staff writer and journalist Eliza Gris...

    There were other impacts from the fracking boom and the Haneys were feeling them. Over the course of eight years, as Eliza Griswold tracks this family in this powerful book, they lose their health, their animals, their house, and their trust in just about everyone except a pair of crus...

    My rating may be somewhat skewed because I was engrossed by the story of how a new extraction industry impacted the people I went to middle and high school with. Some of the non-sequiturs in the story telling annoyed me, but the writing captures what I know to be true about the people ...

    If you live around Pittsburgh, you need to read this book. It reads like a novel, following one family who "lost" - a sacrifice for extractive industries. The book lays out how daily hardships, even small ones, can add up to destroy a home. Lots of Pittsburgh content in this one, with...

    A powerful, revealing look at how fracking shattered a rural Pennsylvania town, and how one of its lifelong residents brought national attention to the story. ...

    I don't even know where to start. It is shocking to me that this kind of systematic failure by Government to protect its own citizens is taking place in America. This is the kind of thing that happens in third world countries, not here in our own backyard. While I fully realize Ami...

    This was probably more of a 4.5. Great book, sad/frustrating story but well told. ...

    A very well written book . I learned a lot about fracking. Certainly not as harmless as we are led to believe. The author did not beat us over the head with "science." Some of course, but the main focus of the book was about the personal struggles of those involved with this ecological...

    Natural gas was supposed to be a gateway to clean energy; a move toward making the United States less dependent on foreign oil. Many of the people who live in southwestern Pennsylvania atop the rich Marcellus Shale, saw fracking for natural gas as an economic life line. The coal indust...

    Similar story to Erin Brockovich, you know who the good and bad guys are right from the start of the book. This is a true story of the plight and the fight of one family in particular in a small farming community in southwestern Pennsylvania to which the "big money of fracking" has com...

    Why do people live and vote outside their own best interests? Because, reality is always complex...even the reality of those who see things as black and white. ...

    A fast read. Would be very accessible for undergraduates. Focuses almost exclusively on the legal case that embroiled these families. I would have liked a bit more attention to the scientific battles around the health and ecological impacts of fracking. Most of what we get on that fron...

    My sister recommended this and since I grew up in Prosperity - and many family members still live there - I decided to read it. Also because it deals with fracking and this is happening on our family farm where my dad still lives. When I started the book, I was skeptical. It seemed t...

    A great look at what is actually "Trump country." (Fuck you, "Hillbilly Elegy.") The poor puppies :( ...

    One of the dirty little secrets in America is that most of us are willing to look the other way and not think too much about how we get the electricity that powers our homes and phones, or about the effect on the health and lives of those who live in the shadow of extractive industry. ...

    The ruthlessness of the extraction industry is not exactly news, but fracking created a special kind of hell for the rural Pennsylvania families living atop the Marcellus shale. The technique itself was completely unlike anything that preceded it, and the companies managed to label the...

    This is non-fiction which reads like a page-turning thriller. I read 'Amity and Prosperity' to learn about fracking and that I did; I didn't expect to become so involved in an upsetting story about the health and environmental consequences of fracking in rural southwestern Pennsylvania...

    I love long form journalism, especially the books and articles for which the author has embedded him or herself with the subjects. Books like Nomadland and The Stranger in the Woods are among my favorites. As with those books, I learned about Amity and Prosperity from NPR. Unlike those...

    Yes, the title sounds like this might be about a duo of Puritan sisters, but Amity and Prosperity are actually small towns in rural Pennsylvania, long caught in the boom-bust cycle of mining and energy production. Well-written but extremely frustrating to read, the author covers Stacey...

    I knew very little, if anything, about fracking before I read this book. But having heard things here and there in the news, I was curious to see how it impacted real people, and this book took us to a small town in Pennsylvania to introduce us to neighbors Stacey, Beth, and their fami...

  • Michael
    Jul 15, 2018

    This scientific and legal drama recounts the harrowing ordeal of several families suffering terribly from toxic chemicals leaching from storage pools of fracking waste into their drinking water and into the air in western Pennsylvania. New Yorker staff writer and journalist Eliza Gris...

    There were other impacts from the fracking boom and the Haneys were feeling them. Over the course of eight years, as Eliza Griswold tracks this family in this powerful book, they lose their health, their animals, their house, and their trust in just about everyone except a pair of crus...

    My rating may be somewhat skewed because I was engrossed by the story of how a new extraction industry impacted the people I went to middle and high school with. Some of the non-sequiturs in the story telling annoyed me, but the writing captures what I know to be true about the people ...

    If you live around Pittsburgh, you need to read this book. It reads like a novel, following one family who "lost" - a sacrifice for extractive industries. The book lays out how daily hardships, even small ones, can add up to destroy a home. Lots of Pittsburgh content in this one, with...

    A powerful, revealing look at how fracking shattered a rural Pennsylvania town, and how one of its lifelong residents brought national attention to the story. ...

    I don't even know where to start. It is shocking to me that this kind of systematic failure by Government to protect its own citizens is taking place in America. This is the kind of thing that happens in third world countries, not here in our own backyard. While I fully realize Ami...

    This was probably more of a 4.5. Great book, sad/frustrating story but well told. ...

    A very well written book . I learned a lot about fracking. Certainly not as harmless as we are led to believe. The author did not beat us over the head with "science." Some of course, but the main focus of the book was about the personal struggles of those involved with this ecological...

    Natural gas was supposed to be a gateway to clean energy; a move toward making the United States less dependent on foreign oil. Many of the people who live in southwestern Pennsylvania atop the rich Marcellus Shale, saw fracking for natural gas as an economic life line. The coal indust...

    Similar story to Erin Brockovich, you know who the good and bad guys are right from the start of the book. This is a true story of the plight and the fight of one family in particular in a small farming community in southwestern Pennsylvania to which the "big money of fracking" has com...

    Why do people live and vote outside their own best interests? Because, reality is always complex...even the reality of those who see things as black and white. ...

    A fast read. Would be very accessible for undergraduates. Focuses almost exclusively on the legal case that embroiled these families. I would have liked a bit more attention to the scientific battles around the health and ecological impacts of fracking. Most of what we get on that fron...

    My sister recommended this and since I grew up in Prosperity - and many family members still live there - I decided to read it. Also because it deals with fracking and this is happening on our family farm where my dad still lives. When I started the book, I was skeptical. It seemed t...

    A great look at what is actually "Trump country." (Fuck you, "Hillbilly Elegy.") The poor puppies :( ...

    One of the dirty little secrets in America is that most of us are willing to look the other way and not think too much about how we get the electricity that powers our homes and phones, or about the effect on the health and lives of those who live in the shadow of extractive industry. ...

  • Christina Mitchell
    Jul 07, 2018

    This scientific and legal drama recounts the harrowing ordeal of several families suffering terribly from toxic chemicals leaching from storage pools of fracking waste into their drinking water and into the air in western Pennsylvania. New Yorker staff writer and journalist Eliza Gris...

    There were other impacts from the fracking boom and the Haneys were feeling them. Over the course of eight years, as Eliza Griswold tracks this family in this powerful book, they lose their health, their animals, their house, and their trust in just about everyone except a pair of crus...

    My rating may be somewhat skewed because I was engrossed by the story of how a new extraction industry impacted the people I went to middle and high school with. Some of the non-sequiturs in the story telling annoyed me, but the writing captures what I know to be true about the people ...

    If you live around Pittsburgh, you need to read this book. It reads like a novel, following one family who "lost" - a sacrifice for extractive industries. The book lays out how daily hardships, even small ones, can add up to destroy a home. Lots of Pittsburgh content in this one, with...

    A powerful, revealing look at how fracking shattered a rural Pennsylvania town, and how one of its lifelong residents brought national attention to the story. ...

    I don't even know where to start. It is shocking to me that this kind of systematic failure by Government to protect its own citizens is taking place in America. This is the kind of thing that happens in third world countries, not here in our own backyard. While I fully realize Ami...

    This was probably more of a 4.5. Great book, sad/frustrating story but well told. ...

    A very well written book . I learned a lot about fracking. Certainly not as harmless as we are led to believe. The author did not beat us over the head with "science." Some of course, but the main focus of the book was about the personal struggles of those involved with this ecological...

    Natural gas was supposed to be a gateway to clean energy; a move toward making the United States less dependent on foreign oil. Many of the people who live in southwestern Pennsylvania atop the rich Marcellus Shale, saw fracking for natural gas as an economic life line. The coal indust...

    Similar story to Erin Brockovich, you know who the good and bad guys are right from the start of the book. This is a true story of the plight and the fight of one family in particular in a small farming community in southwestern Pennsylvania to which the "big money of fracking" has com...

    Why do people live and vote outside their own best interests? Because, reality is always complex...even the reality of those who see things as black and white. ...

  • Joe Bolin
    Jul 16, 2018

    This scientific and legal drama recounts the harrowing ordeal of several families suffering terribly from toxic chemicals leaching from storage pools of fracking waste into their drinking water and into the air in western Pennsylvania. New Yorker staff writer and journalist Eliza Gris...

    There were other impacts from the fracking boom and the Haneys were feeling them. Over the course of eight years, as Eliza Griswold tracks this family in this powerful book, they lose their health, their animals, their house, and their trust in just about everyone except a pair of crus...

    My rating may be somewhat skewed because I was engrossed by the story of how a new extraction industry impacted the people I went to middle and high school with. Some of the non-sequiturs in the story telling annoyed me, but the writing captures what I know to be true about the people ...

    If you live around Pittsburgh, you need to read this book. It reads like a novel, following one family who "lost" - a sacrifice for extractive industries. The book lays out how daily hardships, even small ones, can add up to destroy a home. Lots of Pittsburgh content in this one, with...

    A powerful, revealing look at how fracking shattered a rural Pennsylvania town, and how one of its lifelong residents brought national attention to the story. ...

    I don't even know where to start. It is shocking to me that this kind of systematic failure by Government to protect its own citizens is taking place in America. This is the kind of thing that happens in third world countries, not here in our own backyard. While I fully realize Ami...

    This was probably more of a 4.5. Great book, sad/frustrating story but well told. ...

    A very well written book . I learned a lot about fracking. Certainly not as harmless as we are led to believe. The author did not beat us over the head with "science." Some of course, but the main focus of the book was about the personal struggles of those involved with this ecological...

    Natural gas was supposed to be a gateway to clean energy; a move toward making the United States less dependent on foreign oil. Many of the people who live in southwestern Pennsylvania atop the rich Marcellus Shale, saw fracking for natural gas as an economic life line. The coal indust...

    Similar story to Erin Brockovich, you know who the good and bad guys are right from the start of the book. This is a true story of the plight and the fight of one family in particular in a small farming community in southwestern Pennsylvania to which the "big money of fracking" has com...

    Why do people live and vote outside their own best interests? Because, reality is always complex...even the reality of those who see things as black and white. ...

    A fast read. Would be very accessible for undergraduates. Focuses almost exclusively on the legal case that embroiled these families. I would have liked a bit more attention to the scientific battles around the health and ecological impacts of fracking. Most of what we get on that fron...

    My sister recommended this and since I grew up in Prosperity - and many family members still live there - I decided to read it. Also because it deals with fracking and this is happening on our family farm where my dad still lives. When I started the book, I was skeptical. It seemed t...

    A great look at what is actually "Trump country." (Fuck you, "Hillbilly Elegy.") The poor puppies :( ...

    One of the dirty little secrets in America is that most of us are willing to look the other way and not think too much about how we get the electricity that powers our homes and phones, or about the effect on the health and lives of those who live in the shadow of extractive industry. ...

    The ruthlessness of the extraction industry is not exactly news, but fracking created a special kind of hell for the rural Pennsylvania families living atop the Marcellus shale. The technique itself was completely unlike anything that preceded it, and the companies managed to label the...

    This is non-fiction which reads like a page-turning thriller. I read 'Amity and Prosperity' to learn about fracking and that I did; I didn't expect to become so involved in an upsetting story about the health and environmental consequences of fracking in rural southwestern Pennsylvania...

    I love long form journalism, especially the books and articles for which the author has embedded him or herself with the subjects. Books like Nomadland and The Stranger in the Woods are among my favorites. As with those books, I learned about Amity and Prosperity from NPR. Unlike those...

  • Siobhan
    Aug 21, 2018

    This scientific and legal drama recounts the harrowing ordeal of several families suffering terribly from toxic chemicals leaching from storage pools of fracking waste into their drinking water and into the air in western Pennsylvania. New Yorker staff writer and journalist Eliza Gris...

    There were other impacts from the fracking boom and the Haneys were feeling them. Over the course of eight years, as Eliza Griswold tracks this family in this powerful book, they lose their health, their animals, their house, and their trust in just about everyone except a pair of crus...

    My rating may be somewhat skewed because I was engrossed by the story of how a new extraction industry impacted the people I went to middle and high school with. Some of the non-sequiturs in the story telling annoyed me, but the writing captures what I know to be true about the people ...

    If you live around Pittsburgh, you need to read this book. It reads like a novel, following one family who "lost" - a sacrifice for extractive industries. The book lays out how daily hardships, even small ones, can add up to destroy a home. Lots of Pittsburgh content in this one, with...

    A powerful, revealing look at how fracking shattered a rural Pennsylvania town, and how one of its lifelong residents brought national attention to the story. ...

    I don't even know where to start. It is shocking to me that this kind of systematic failure by Government to protect its own citizens is taking place in America. This is the kind of thing that happens in third world countries, not here in our own backyard. While I fully realize Ami...

    This was probably more of a 4.5. Great book, sad/frustrating story but well told. ...

    A very well written book . I learned a lot about fracking. Certainly not as harmless as we are led to believe. The author did not beat us over the head with "science." Some of course, but the main focus of the book was about the personal struggles of those involved with this ecological...

    Natural gas was supposed to be a gateway to clean energy; a move toward making the United States less dependent on foreign oil. Many of the people who live in southwestern Pennsylvania atop the rich Marcellus Shale, saw fracking for natural gas as an economic life line. The coal indust...

    Similar story to Erin Brockovich, you know who the good and bad guys are right from the start of the book. This is a true story of the plight and the fight of one family in particular in a small farming community in southwestern Pennsylvania to which the "big money of fracking" has com...

    Why do people live and vote outside their own best interests? Because, reality is always complex...even the reality of those who see things as black and white. ...

    A fast read. Would be very accessible for undergraduates. Focuses almost exclusively on the legal case that embroiled these families. I would have liked a bit more attention to the scientific battles around the health and ecological impacts of fracking. Most of what we get on that fron...

    My sister recommended this and since I grew up in Prosperity - and many family members still live there - I decided to read it. Also because it deals with fracking and this is happening on our family farm where my dad still lives. When I started the book, I was skeptical. It seemed t...

    A great look at what is actually "Trump country." (Fuck you, "Hillbilly Elegy.") The poor puppies :( ...

    One of the dirty little secrets in America is that most of us are willing to look the other way and not think too much about how we get the electricity that powers our homes and phones, or about the effect on the health and lives of those who live in the shadow of extractive industry. ...

    The ruthlessness of the extraction industry is not exactly news, but fracking created a special kind of hell for the rural Pennsylvania families living atop the Marcellus shale. The technique itself was completely unlike anything that preceded it, and the companies managed to label the...

    This is non-fiction which reads like a page-turning thriller. I read 'Amity and Prosperity' to learn about fracking and that I did; I didn't expect to become so involved in an upsetting story about the health and environmental consequences of fracking in rural southwestern Pennsylvania...

    I love long form journalism, especially the books and articles for which the author has embedded him or herself with the subjects. Books like Nomadland and The Stranger in the Woods are among my favorites. As with those books, I learned about Amity and Prosperity from NPR. Unlike those...

    Yes, the title sounds like this might be about a duo of Puritan sisters, but Amity and Prosperity are actually small towns in rural Pennsylvania, long caught in the boom-bust cycle of mining and energy production. Well-written but extremely frustrating to read, the author covers Stacey...

    I knew very little, if anything, about fracking before I read this book. But having heard things here and there in the news, I was curious to see how it impacted real people, and this book took us to a small town in Pennsylvania to introduce us to neighbors Stacey, Beth, and their fami...

    For seven years, Ms. Griswold follows the nurse and single mom, Stacey Haney, and her family during the worst abuses of the fracking industry in Pennsylvania over the Marcellus Shale deposits. In many ways this is just a heart-breaker, for ultimately, no one wins - just corporate gr...

    This is an important investigation into the wreckage left from the fracking industry in two small towns in Pennsylvania.It?s a sensitive and compassionate depiction of innocent lives ruined by the contamination of water, air, and soil. In my urban insulation I was emotionally upended...

    Her book the Tenth Parallel is much better written and more detailed. This feels rushed, and somewhat formulaic (like it's trying to be A Civil Action for fracking). There is no happy ending for these families, and the final chapters feel maddeningly frustrating and drawn out, like the...

  • Melanie
    Sep 03, 2018

    This scientific and legal drama recounts the harrowing ordeal of several families suffering terribly from toxic chemicals leaching from storage pools of fracking waste into their drinking water and into the air in western Pennsylvania. New Yorker staff writer and journalist Eliza Gris...

    There were other impacts from the fracking boom and the Haneys were feeling them. Over the course of eight years, as Eliza Griswold tracks this family in this powerful book, they lose their health, their animals, their house, and their trust in just about everyone except a pair of crus...

    My rating may be somewhat skewed because I was engrossed by the story of how a new extraction industry impacted the people I went to middle and high school with. Some of the non-sequiturs in the story telling annoyed me, but the writing captures what I know to be true about the people ...

    If you live around Pittsburgh, you need to read this book. It reads like a novel, following one family who "lost" - a sacrifice for extractive industries. The book lays out how daily hardships, even small ones, can add up to destroy a home. Lots of Pittsburgh content in this one, with...

    A powerful, revealing look at how fracking shattered a rural Pennsylvania town, and how one of its lifelong residents brought national attention to the story. ...

    I don't even know where to start. It is shocking to me that this kind of systematic failure by Government to protect its own citizens is taking place in America. This is the kind of thing that happens in third world countries, not here in our own backyard. While I fully realize Ami...

    This was probably more of a 4.5. Great book, sad/frustrating story but well told. ...

    A very well written book . I learned a lot about fracking. Certainly not as harmless as we are led to believe. The author did not beat us over the head with "science." Some of course, but the main focus of the book was about the personal struggles of those involved with this ecological...

    Natural gas was supposed to be a gateway to clean energy; a move toward making the United States less dependent on foreign oil. Many of the people who live in southwestern Pennsylvania atop the rich Marcellus Shale, saw fracking for natural gas as an economic life line. The coal indust...

    Similar story to Erin Brockovich, you know who the good and bad guys are right from the start of the book. This is a true story of the plight and the fight of one family in particular in a small farming community in southwestern Pennsylvania to which the "big money of fracking" has com...

    Why do people live and vote outside their own best interests? Because, reality is always complex...even the reality of those who see things as black and white. ...

    A fast read. Would be very accessible for undergraduates. Focuses almost exclusively on the legal case that embroiled these families. I would have liked a bit more attention to the scientific battles around the health and ecological impacts of fracking. Most of what we get on that fron...

    My sister recommended this and since I grew up in Prosperity - and many family members still live there - I decided to read it. Also because it deals with fracking and this is happening on our family farm where my dad still lives. When I started the book, I was skeptical. It seemed t...

    A great look at what is actually "Trump country." (Fuck you, "Hillbilly Elegy.") The poor puppies :( ...

    One of the dirty little secrets in America is that most of us are willing to look the other way and not think too much about how we get the electricity that powers our homes and phones, or about the effect on the health and lives of those who live in the shadow of extractive industry. ...

    The ruthlessness of the extraction industry is not exactly news, but fracking created a special kind of hell for the rural Pennsylvania families living atop the Marcellus shale. The technique itself was completely unlike anything that preceded it, and the companies managed to label the...

    This is non-fiction which reads like a page-turning thriller. I read 'Amity and Prosperity' to learn about fracking and that I did; I didn't expect to become so involved in an upsetting story about the health and environmental consequences of fracking in rural southwestern Pennsylvania...

    I love long form journalism, especially the books and articles for which the author has embedded him or herself with the subjects. Books like Nomadland and The Stranger in the Woods are among my favorites. As with those books, I learned about Amity and Prosperity from NPR. Unlike those...

    Yes, the title sounds like this might be about a duo of Puritan sisters, but Amity and Prosperity are actually small towns in rural Pennsylvania, long caught in the boom-bust cycle of mining and energy production. Well-written but extremely frustrating to read, the author covers Stacey...

    I knew very little, if anything, about fracking before I read this book. But having heard things here and there in the news, I was curious to see how it impacted real people, and this book took us to a small town in Pennsylvania to introduce us to neighbors Stacey, Beth, and their fami...

    For seven years, Ms. Griswold follows the nurse and single mom, Stacey Haney, and her family during the worst abuses of the fracking industry in Pennsylvania over the Marcellus Shale deposits. In many ways this is just a heart-breaker, for ultimately, no one wins - just corporate gr...

    This is an important investigation into the wreckage left from the fracking industry in two small towns in Pennsylvania.It?s a sensitive and compassionate depiction of innocent lives ruined by the contamination of water, air, and soil. In my urban insulation I was emotionally upended...

    Her book the Tenth Parallel is much better written and more detailed. This feels rushed, and somewhat formulaic (like it's trying to be A Civil Action for fracking). There is no happy ending for these families, and the final chapters feel maddeningly frustrating and drawn out, like the...

    Along the lines of Toms River, this follows sympathetic people who are attempting to prove that their health problems are direct results of corporate malfeasance. Here as there, they run up against the impossibility of proving that correlation is causation. For me, the main takeaway...

    Terrifying! This story is something that could easily happen to any of us. That children are being killed by pollution right here in the United States and no one wants to do anything about it is appalling. What is wrong with our corporations, our government and the citizens who choose ...

  • Leigh
    Jul 26, 2018

    This scientific and legal drama recounts the harrowing ordeal of several families suffering terribly from toxic chemicals leaching from storage pools of fracking waste into their drinking water and into the air in western Pennsylvania. New Yorker staff writer and journalist Eliza Gris...

    There were other impacts from the fracking boom and the Haneys were feeling them. Over the course of eight years, as Eliza Griswold tracks this family in this powerful book, they lose their health, their animals, their house, and their trust in just about everyone except a pair of crus...

    My rating may be somewhat skewed because I was engrossed by the story of how a new extraction industry impacted the people I went to middle and high school with. Some of the non-sequiturs in the story telling annoyed me, but the writing captures what I know to be true about the people ...

    If you live around Pittsburgh, you need to read this book. It reads like a novel, following one family who "lost" - a sacrifice for extractive industries. The book lays out how daily hardships, even small ones, can add up to destroy a home. Lots of Pittsburgh content in this one, with...

    A powerful, revealing look at how fracking shattered a rural Pennsylvania town, and how one of its lifelong residents brought national attention to the story. ...

    I don't even know where to start. It is shocking to me that this kind of systematic failure by Government to protect its own citizens is taking place in America. This is the kind of thing that happens in third world countries, not here in our own backyard. While I fully realize Ami...

    This was probably more of a 4.5. Great book, sad/frustrating story but well told. ...

    A very well written book . I learned a lot about fracking. Certainly not as harmless as we are led to believe. The author did not beat us over the head with "science." Some of course, but the main focus of the book was about the personal struggles of those involved with this ecological...

    Natural gas was supposed to be a gateway to clean energy; a move toward making the United States less dependent on foreign oil. Many of the people who live in southwestern Pennsylvania atop the rich Marcellus Shale, saw fracking for natural gas as an economic life line. The coal indust...

    Similar story to Erin Brockovich, you know who the good and bad guys are right from the start of the book. This is a true story of the plight and the fight of one family in particular in a small farming community in southwestern Pennsylvania to which the "big money of fracking" has com...

    Why do people live and vote outside their own best interests? Because, reality is always complex...even the reality of those who see things as black and white. ...

    A fast read. Would be very accessible for undergraduates. Focuses almost exclusively on the legal case that embroiled these families. I would have liked a bit more attention to the scientific battles around the health and ecological impacts of fracking. Most of what we get on that fron...

    My sister recommended this and since I grew up in Prosperity - and many family members still live there - I decided to read it. Also because it deals with fracking and this is happening on our family farm where my dad still lives. When I started the book, I was skeptical. It seemed t...

    A great look at what is actually "Trump country." (Fuck you, "Hillbilly Elegy.") The poor puppies :( ...

    One of the dirty little secrets in America is that most of us are willing to look the other way and not think too much about how we get the electricity that powers our homes and phones, or about the effect on the health and lives of those who live in the shadow of extractive industry. ...

    The ruthlessness of the extraction industry is not exactly news, but fracking created a special kind of hell for the rural Pennsylvania families living atop the Marcellus shale. The technique itself was completely unlike anything that preceded it, and the companies managed to label the...

    This is non-fiction which reads like a page-turning thriller. I read 'Amity and Prosperity' to learn about fracking and that I did; I didn't expect to become so involved in an upsetting story about the health and environmental consequences of fracking in rural southwestern Pennsylvania...

    I love long form journalism, especially the books and articles for which the author has embedded him or herself with the subjects. Books like Nomadland and The Stranger in the Woods are among my favorites. As with those books, I learned about Amity and Prosperity from NPR. Unlike those...

    Yes, the title sounds like this might be about a duo of Puritan sisters, but Amity and Prosperity are actually small towns in rural Pennsylvania, long caught in the boom-bust cycle of mining and energy production. Well-written but extremely frustrating to read, the author covers Stacey...

    I knew very little, if anything, about fracking before I read this book. But having heard things here and there in the news, I was curious to see how it impacted real people, and this book took us to a small town in Pennsylvania to introduce us to neighbors Stacey, Beth, and their fami...

    For seven years, Ms. Griswold follows the nurse and single mom, Stacey Haney, and her family during the worst abuses of the fracking industry in Pennsylvania over the Marcellus Shale deposits. In many ways this is just a heart-breaker, for ultimately, no one wins - just corporate gr...

    This is an important investigation into the wreckage left from the fracking industry in two small towns in Pennsylvania.It?s a sensitive and compassionate depiction of innocent lives ruined by the contamination of water, air, and soil. In my urban insulation I was emotionally upended...

    Her book the Tenth Parallel is much better written and more detailed. This feels rushed, and somewhat formulaic (like it's trying to be A Civil Action for fracking). There is no happy ending for these families, and the final chapters feel maddeningly frustrating and drawn out, like the...

    Along the lines of Toms River, this follows sympathetic people who are attempting to prove that their health problems are direct results of corporate malfeasance. Here as there, they run up against the impossibility of proving that correlation is causation. For me, the main takeaway...

    Terrifying! This story is something that could easily happen to any of us. That children are being killed by pollution right here in the United States and no one wants to do anything about it is appalling. What is wrong with our corporations, our government and the citizens who choose ...

    This is a fine book about the consequences of fracking for natural gas in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Somewhat reminiscent of ?A Civil Action?. A very well written account of a difficult subject. It gives some real insights into the power of vested business interests to influence go...

    Eliza Grizwold shows fracking's toll on human health and the environment through one family's struggle. What "Mother Fracker" imagined happening to Rappahannock County, Va., in my cautionary and fictitious tale from 2013 happened in two small SW Pennsylvania towns for real in the s...

    We are amazingly adept at finding new and creative ways to destroy the earth. This book is about the human toll of fracking, but it?s also about the tragically human ways need and the promise of wealth can destroy communities and how short term gain trumps long term good every time. ...

  • Helen Baldwin
    Oct 18, 2018

    This scientific and legal drama recounts the harrowing ordeal of several families suffering terribly from toxic chemicals leaching from storage pools of fracking waste into their drinking water and into the air in western Pennsylvania. New Yorker staff writer and journalist Eliza Gris...

    There were other impacts from the fracking boom and the Haneys were feeling them. Over the course of eight years, as Eliza Griswold tracks this family in this powerful book, they lose their health, their animals, their house, and their trust in just about everyone except a pair of crus...

    My rating may be somewhat skewed because I was engrossed by the story of how a new extraction industry impacted the people I went to middle and high school with. Some of the non-sequiturs in the story telling annoyed me, but the writing captures what I know to be true about the people ...

    If you live around Pittsburgh, you need to read this book. It reads like a novel, following one family who "lost" - a sacrifice for extractive industries. The book lays out how daily hardships, even small ones, can add up to destroy a home. Lots of Pittsburgh content in this one, with...

    A powerful, revealing look at how fracking shattered a rural Pennsylvania town, and how one of its lifelong residents brought national attention to the story. ...

    I don't even know where to start. It is shocking to me that this kind of systematic failure by Government to protect its own citizens is taking place in America. This is the kind of thing that happens in third world countries, not here in our own backyard. While I fully realize Ami...

    This was probably more of a 4.5. Great book, sad/frustrating story but well told. ...

    A very well written book . I learned a lot about fracking. Certainly not as harmless as we are led to believe. The author did not beat us over the head with "science." Some of course, but the main focus of the book was about the personal struggles of those involved with this ecological...

    Natural gas was supposed to be a gateway to clean energy; a move toward making the United States less dependent on foreign oil. Many of the people who live in southwestern Pennsylvania atop the rich Marcellus Shale, saw fracking for natural gas as an economic life line. The coal indust...

    Similar story to Erin Brockovich, you know who the good and bad guys are right from the start of the book. This is a true story of the plight and the fight of one family in particular in a small farming community in southwestern Pennsylvania to which the "big money of fracking" has com...

    Why do people live and vote outside their own best interests? Because, reality is always complex...even the reality of those who see things as black and white. ...

    A fast read. Would be very accessible for undergraduates. Focuses almost exclusively on the legal case that embroiled these families. I would have liked a bit more attention to the scientific battles around the health and ecological impacts of fracking. Most of what we get on that fron...

    My sister recommended this and since I grew up in Prosperity - and many family members still live there - I decided to read it. Also because it deals with fracking and this is happening on our family farm where my dad still lives. When I started the book, I was skeptical. It seemed t...

    A great look at what is actually "Trump country." (Fuck you, "Hillbilly Elegy.") The poor puppies :( ...

    One of the dirty little secrets in America is that most of us are willing to look the other way and not think too much about how we get the electricity that powers our homes and phones, or about the effect on the health and lives of those who live in the shadow of extractive industry. ...

    The ruthlessness of the extraction industry is not exactly news, but fracking created a special kind of hell for the rural Pennsylvania families living atop the Marcellus shale. The technique itself was completely unlike anything that preceded it, and the companies managed to label the...

    This is non-fiction which reads like a page-turning thriller. I read 'Amity and Prosperity' to learn about fracking and that I did; I didn't expect to become so involved in an upsetting story about the health and environmental consequences of fracking in rural southwestern Pennsylvania...

  • Larry Meyer
    Sep 09, 2018

    This scientific and legal drama recounts the harrowing ordeal of several families suffering terribly from toxic chemicals leaching from storage pools of fracking waste into their drinking water and into the air in western Pennsylvania. New Yorker staff writer and journalist Eliza Gris...

    There were other impacts from the fracking boom and the Haneys were feeling them. Over the course of eight years, as Eliza Griswold tracks this family in this powerful book, they lose their health, their animals, their house, and their trust in just about everyone except a pair of crus...

    My rating may be somewhat skewed because I was engrossed by the story of how a new extraction industry impacted the people I went to middle and high school with. Some of the non-sequiturs in the story telling annoyed me, but the writing captures what I know to be true about the people ...

    If you live around Pittsburgh, you need to read this book. It reads like a novel, following one family who "lost" - a sacrifice for extractive industries. The book lays out how daily hardships, even small ones, can add up to destroy a home. Lots of Pittsburgh content in this one, with...

    A powerful, revealing look at how fracking shattered a rural Pennsylvania town, and how one of its lifelong residents brought national attention to the story. ...

    I don't even know where to start. It is shocking to me that this kind of systematic failure by Government to protect its own citizens is taking place in America. This is the kind of thing that happens in third world countries, not here in our own backyard. While I fully realize Ami...

    This was probably more of a 4.5. Great book, sad/frustrating story but well told. ...

    A very well written book . I learned a lot about fracking. Certainly not as harmless as we are led to believe. The author did not beat us over the head with "science." Some of course, but the main focus of the book was about the personal struggles of those involved with this ecological...

    Natural gas was supposed to be a gateway to clean energy; a move toward making the United States less dependent on foreign oil. Many of the people who live in southwestern Pennsylvania atop the rich Marcellus Shale, saw fracking for natural gas as an economic life line. The coal indust...

    Similar story to Erin Brockovich, you know who the good and bad guys are right from the start of the book. This is a true story of the plight and the fight of one family in particular in a small farming community in southwestern Pennsylvania to which the "big money of fracking" has com...

    Why do people live and vote outside their own best interests? Because, reality is always complex...even the reality of those who see things as black and white. ...

    A fast read. Would be very accessible for undergraduates. Focuses almost exclusively on the legal case that embroiled these families. I would have liked a bit more attention to the scientific battles around the health and ecological impacts of fracking. Most of what we get on that fron...

    My sister recommended this and since I grew up in Prosperity - and many family members still live there - I decided to read it. Also because it deals with fracking and this is happening on our family farm where my dad still lives. When I started the book, I was skeptical. It seemed t...

    A great look at what is actually "Trump country." (Fuck you, "Hillbilly Elegy.") The poor puppies :( ...

    One of the dirty little secrets in America is that most of us are willing to look the other way and not think too much about how we get the electricity that powers our homes and phones, or about the effect on the health and lives of those who live in the shadow of extractive industry. ...

    The ruthlessness of the extraction industry is not exactly news, but fracking created a special kind of hell for the rural Pennsylvania families living atop the Marcellus shale. The technique itself was completely unlike anything that preceded it, and the companies managed to label the...

    This is non-fiction which reads like a page-turning thriller. I read 'Amity and Prosperity' to learn about fracking and that I did; I didn't expect to become so involved in an upsetting story about the health and environmental consequences of fracking in rural southwestern Pennsylvania...

    I love long form journalism, especially the books and articles for which the author has embedded him or herself with the subjects. Books like Nomadland and The Stranger in the Woods are among my favorites. As with those books, I learned about Amity and Prosperity from NPR. Unlike those...

    Yes, the title sounds like this might be about a duo of Puritan sisters, but Amity and Prosperity are actually small towns in rural Pennsylvania, long caught in the boom-bust cycle of mining and energy production. Well-written but extremely frustrating to read, the author covers Stacey...

    I knew very little, if anything, about fracking before I read this book. But having heard things here and there in the news, I was curious to see how it impacted real people, and this book took us to a small town in Pennsylvania to introduce us to neighbors Stacey, Beth, and their fami...

    For seven years, Ms. Griswold follows the nurse and single mom, Stacey Haney, and her family during the worst abuses of the fracking industry in Pennsylvania over the Marcellus Shale deposits. In many ways this is just a heart-breaker, for ultimately, no one wins - just corporate gr...

    This is an important investigation into the wreckage left from the fracking industry in two small towns in Pennsylvania.It?s a sensitive and compassionate depiction of innocent lives ruined by the contamination of water, air, and soil. In my urban insulation I was emotionally upended...

    Her book the Tenth Parallel is much better written and more detailed. This feels rushed, and somewhat formulaic (like it's trying to be A Civil Action for fracking). There is no happy ending for these families, and the final chapters feel maddeningly frustrating and drawn out, like the...

    Along the lines of Toms River, this follows sympathetic people who are attempting to prove that their health problems are direct results of corporate malfeasance. Here as there, they run up against the impossibility of proving that correlation is causation. For me, the main takeaway...

    Terrifying! This story is something that could easily happen to any of us. That children are being killed by pollution right here in the United States and no one wants to do anything about it is appalling. What is wrong with our corporations, our government and the citizens who choose ...

    This is a fine book about the consequences of fracking for natural gas in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Somewhat reminiscent of ?A Civil Action?. A very well written account of a difficult subject. It gives some real insights into the power of vested business interests to influence go...

    Eliza Grizwold shows fracking's toll on human health and the environment through one family's struggle. What "Mother Fracker" imagined happening to Rappahannock County, Va., in my cautionary and fictitious tale from 2013 happened in two small SW Pennsylvania towns for real in the s...

  • Angie Dianetti
    Sep 21, 2018

    This scientific and legal drama recounts the harrowing ordeal of several families suffering terribly from toxic chemicals leaching from storage pools of fracking waste into their drinking water and into the air in western Pennsylvania. New Yorker staff writer and journalist Eliza Gris...

    There were other impacts from the fracking boom and the Haneys were feeling them. Over the course of eight years, as Eliza Griswold tracks this family in this powerful book, they lose their health, their animals, their house, and their trust in just about everyone except a pair of crus...

    My rating may be somewhat skewed because I was engrossed by the story of how a new extraction industry impacted the people I went to middle and high school with. Some of the non-sequiturs in the story telling annoyed me, but the writing captures what I know to be true about the people ...

    If you live around Pittsburgh, you need to read this book. It reads like a novel, following one family who "lost" - a sacrifice for extractive industries. The book lays out how daily hardships, even small ones, can add up to destroy a home. Lots of Pittsburgh content in this one, with...

    A powerful, revealing look at how fracking shattered a rural Pennsylvania town, and how one of its lifelong residents brought national attention to the story. ...

    I don't even know where to start. It is shocking to me that this kind of systematic failure by Government to protect its own citizens is taking place in America. This is the kind of thing that happens in third world countries, not here in our own backyard. While I fully realize Ami...

    This was probably more of a 4.5. Great book, sad/frustrating story but well told. ...

    A very well written book . I learned a lot about fracking. Certainly not as harmless as we are led to believe. The author did not beat us over the head with "science." Some of course, but the main focus of the book was about the personal struggles of those involved with this ecological...

    Natural gas was supposed to be a gateway to clean energy; a move toward making the United States less dependent on foreign oil. Many of the people who live in southwestern Pennsylvania atop the rich Marcellus Shale, saw fracking for natural gas as an economic life line. The coal indust...

    Similar story to Erin Brockovich, you know who the good and bad guys are right from the start of the book. This is a true story of the plight and the fight of one family in particular in a small farming community in southwestern Pennsylvania to which the "big money of fracking" has com...

    Why do people live and vote outside their own best interests? Because, reality is always complex...even the reality of those who see things as black and white. ...

    A fast read. Would be very accessible for undergraduates. Focuses almost exclusively on the legal case that embroiled these families. I would have liked a bit more attention to the scientific battles around the health and ecological impacts of fracking. Most of what we get on that fron...

    My sister recommended this and since I grew up in Prosperity - and many family members still live there - I decided to read it. Also because it deals with fracking and this is happening on our family farm where my dad still lives. When I started the book, I was skeptical. It seemed t...

    A great look at what is actually "Trump country." (Fuck you, "Hillbilly Elegy.") The poor puppies :( ...

    One of the dirty little secrets in America is that most of us are willing to look the other way and not think too much about how we get the electricity that powers our homes and phones, or about the effect on the health and lives of those who live in the shadow of extractive industry. ...

    The ruthlessness of the extraction industry is not exactly news, but fracking created a special kind of hell for the rural Pennsylvania families living atop the Marcellus shale. The technique itself was completely unlike anything that preceded it, and the companies managed to label the...

    This is non-fiction which reads like a page-turning thriller. I read 'Amity and Prosperity' to learn about fracking and that I did; I didn't expect to become so involved in an upsetting story about the health and environmental consequences of fracking in rural southwestern Pennsylvania...

    I love long form journalism, especially the books and articles for which the author has embedded him or herself with the subjects. Books like Nomadland and The Stranger in the Woods are among my favorites. As with those books, I learned about Amity and Prosperity from NPR. Unlike those...

    Yes, the title sounds like this might be about a duo of Puritan sisters, but Amity and Prosperity are actually small towns in rural Pennsylvania, long caught in the boom-bust cycle of mining and energy production. Well-written but extremely frustrating to read, the author covers Stacey...

    I knew very little, if anything, about fracking before I read this book. But having heard things here and there in the news, I was curious to see how it impacted real people, and this book took us to a small town in Pennsylvania to introduce us to neighbors Stacey, Beth, and their fami...

    For seven years, Ms. Griswold follows the nurse and single mom, Stacey Haney, and her family during the worst abuses of the fracking industry in Pennsylvania over the Marcellus Shale deposits. In many ways this is just a heart-breaker, for ultimately, no one wins - just corporate gr...

    This is an important investigation into the wreckage left from the fracking industry in two small towns in Pennsylvania.It?s a sensitive and compassionate depiction of innocent lives ruined by the contamination of water, air, and soil. In my urban insulation I was emotionally upended...

    Her book the Tenth Parallel is much better written and more detailed. This feels rushed, and somewhat formulaic (like it's trying to be A Civil Action for fracking). There is no happy ending for these families, and the final chapters feel maddeningly frustrating and drawn out, like the...

    Along the lines of Toms River, this follows sympathetic people who are attempting to prove that their health problems are direct results of corporate malfeasance. Here as there, they run up against the impossibility of proving that correlation is causation. For me, the main takeaway...

    Terrifying! This story is something that could easily happen to any of us. That children are being killed by pollution right here in the United States and no one wants to do anything about it is appalling. What is wrong with our corporations, our government and the citizens who choose ...

    This is a fine book about the consequences of fracking for natural gas in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Somewhat reminiscent of ?A Civil Action?. A very well written account of a difficult subject. It gives some real insights into the power of vested business interests to influence go...

    Eliza Grizwold shows fracking's toll on human health and the environment through one family's struggle. What "Mother Fracker" imagined happening to Rappahannock County, Va., in my cautionary and fictitious tale from 2013 happened in two small SW Pennsylvania towns for real in the s...

    We are amazingly adept at finding new and creative ways to destroy the earth. This book is about the human toll of fracking, but it?s also about the tragically human ways need and the promise of wealth can destroy communities and how short term gain trumps long term good every time. ...

    This was a very involved and important book. The story of the fracking industry is crucial to making sure we don't allow this to happen in the future. It was very informative and enjoyable at the same time! ...

    Very one sided presentation ...

  • Denise
    Sep 26, 2018

    This scientific and legal drama recounts the harrowing ordeal of several families suffering terribly from toxic chemicals leaching from storage pools of fracking waste into their drinking water and into the air in western Pennsylvania. New Yorker staff writer and journalist Eliza Gris...

    There were other impacts from the fracking boom and the Haneys were feeling them. Over the course of eight years, as Eliza Griswold tracks this family in this powerful book, they lose their health, their animals, their house, and their trust in just about everyone except a pair of crus...

    My rating may be somewhat skewed because I was engrossed by the story of how a new extraction industry impacted the people I went to middle and high school with. Some of the non-sequiturs in the story telling annoyed me, but the writing captures what I know to be true about the people ...

    If you live around Pittsburgh, you need to read this book. It reads like a novel, following one family who "lost" - a sacrifice for extractive industries. The book lays out how daily hardships, even small ones, can add up to destroy a home. Lots of Pittsburgh content in this one, with...

    A powerful, revealing look at how fracking shattered a rural Pennsylvania town, and how one of its lifelong residents brought national attention to the story. ...

    I don't even know where to start. It is shocking to me that this kind of systematic failure by Government to protect its own citizens is taking place in America. This is the kind of thing that happens in third world countries, not here in our own backyard. While I fully realize Ami...

    This was probably more of a 4.5. Great book, sad/frustrating story but well told. ...

    A very well written book . I learned a lot about fracking. Certainly not as harmless as we are led to believe. The author did not beat us over the head with "science." Some of course, but the main focus of the book was about the personal struggles of those involved with this ecological...

    Natural gas was supposed to be a gateway to clean energy; a move toward making the United States less dependent on foreign oil. Many of the people who live in southwestern Pennsylvania atop the rich Marcellus Shale, saw fracking for natural gas as an economic life line. The coal indust...

    Similar story to Erin Brockovich, you know who the good and bad guys are right from the start of the book. This is a true story of the plight and the fight of one family in particular in a small farming community in southwestern Pennsylvania to which the "big money of fracking" has com...

    Why do people live and vote outside their own best interests? Because, reality is always complex...even the reality of those who see things as black and white. ...

    A fast read. Would be very accessible for undergraduates. Focuses almost exclusively on the legal case that embroiled these families. I would have liked a bit more attention to the scientific battles around the health and ecological impacts of fracking. Most of what we get on that fron...

    My sister recommended this and since I grew up in Prosperity - and many family members still live there - I decided to read it. Also because it deals with fracking and this is happening on our family farm where my dad still lives. When I started the book, I was skeptical. It seemed t...

    A great look at what is actually "Trump country." (Fuck you, "Hillbilly Elegy.") The poor puppies :( ...

    One of the dirty little secrets in America is that most of us are willing to look the other way and not think too much about how we get the electricity that powers our homes and phones, or about the effect on the health and lives of those who live in the shadow of extractive industry. ...

    The ruthlessness of the extraction industry is not exactly news, but fracking created a special kind of hell for the rural Pennsylvania families living atop the Marcellus shale. The technique itself was completely unlike anything that preceded it, and the companies managed to label the...

    This is non-fiction which reads like a page-turning thriller. I read 'Amity and Prosperity' to learn about fracking and that I did; I didn't expect to become so involved in an upsetting story about the health and environmental consequences of fracking in rural southwestern Pennsylvania...

    I love long form journalism, especially the books and articles for which the author has embedded him or herself with the subjects. Books like Nomadland and The Stranger in the Woods are among my favorites. As with those books, I learned about Amity and Prosperity from NPR. Unlike those...

    Yes, the title sounds like this might be about a duo of Puritan sisters, but Amity and Prosperity are actually small towns in rural Pennsylvania, long caught in the boom-bust cycle of mining and energy production. Well-written but extremely frustrating to read, the author covers Stacey...

    I knew very little, if anything, about fracking before I read this book. But having heard things here and there in the news, I was curious to see how it impacted real people, and this book took us to a small town in Pennsylvania to introduce us to neighbors Stacey, Beth, and their fami...

    For seven years, Ms. Griswold follows the nurse and single mom, Stacey Haney, and her family during the worst abuses of the fracking industry in Pennsylvania over the Marcellus Shale deposits. In many ways this is just a heart-breaker, for ultimately, no one wins - just corporate gr...

    This is an important investigation into the wreckage left from the fracking industry in two small towns in Pennsylvania.It?s a sensitive and compassionate depiction of innocent lives ruined by the contamination of water, air, and soil. In my urban insulation I was emotionally upended...

    Her book the Tenth Parallel is much better written and more detailed. This feels rushed, and somewhat formulaic (like it's trying to be A Civil Action for fracking). There is no happy ending for these families, and the final chapters feel maddeningly frustrating and drawn out, like the...

    Along the lines of Toms River, this follows sympathetic people who are attempting to prove that their health problems are direct results of corporate malfeasance. Here as there, they run up against the impossibility of proving that correlation is causation. For me, the main takeaway...

  • Pam Patterson
    Jun 29, 2018

    This scientific and legal drama recounts the harrowing ordeal of several families suffering terribly from toxic chemicals leaching from storage pools of fracking waste into their drinking water and into the air in western Pennsylvania. New Yorker staff writer and journalist Eliza Gris...

    There were other impacts from the fracking boom and the Haneys were feeling them. Over the course of eight years, as Eliza Griswold tracks this family in this powerful book, they lose their health, their animals, their house, and their trust in just about everyone except a pair of crus...

    My rating may be somewhat skewed because I was engrossed by the story of how a new extraction industry impacted the people I went to middle and high school with. Some of the non-sequiturs in the story telling annoyed me, but the writing captures what I know to be true about the people ...

  • Jeff
    Jun 27, 2018

    This scientific and legal drama recounts the harrowing ordeal of several families suffering terribly from toxic chemicals leaching from storage pools of fracking waste into their drinking water and into the air in western Pennsylvania. New Yorker staff writer and journalist Eliza Gris...

    There were other impacts from the fracking boom and the Haneys were feeling them. Over the course of eight years, as Eliza Griswold tracks this family in this powerful book, they lose their health, their animals, their house, and their trust in just about everyone except a pair of crus...

    My rating may be somewhat skewed because I was engrossed by the story of how a new extraction industry impacted the people I went to middle and high school with. Some of the non-sequiturs in the story telling annoyed me, but the writing captures what I know to be true about the people ...

    If you live around Pittsburgh, you need to read this book. It reads like a novel, following one family who "lost" - a sacrifice for extractive industries. The book lays out how daily hardships, even small ones, can add up to destroy a home. Lots of Pittsburgh content in this one, with...

    A powerful, revealing look at how fracking shattered a rural Pennsylvania town, and how one of its lifelong residents brought national attention to the story. ...

    I don't even know where to start. It is shocking to me that this kind of systematic failure by Government to protect its own citizens is taking place in America. This is the kind of thing that happens in third world countries, not here in our own backyard. While I fully realize Ami...

    This was probably more of a 4.5. Great book, sad/frustrating story but well told. ...

    A very well written book . I learned a lot about fracking. Certainly not as harmless as we are led to believe. The author did not beat us over the head with "science." Some of course, but the main focus of the book was about the personal struggles of those involved with this ecological...

  • Virginia
    Jul 10, 2018

    This scientific and legal drama recounts the harrowing ordeal of several families suffering terribly from toxic chemicals leaching from storage pools of fracking waste into their drinking water and into the air in western Pennsylvania. New Yorker staff writer and journalist Eliza Gris...

    There were other impacts from the fracking boom and the Haneys were feeling them. Over the course of eight years, as Eliza Griswold tracks this family in this powerful book, they lose their health, their animals, their house, and their trust in just about everyone except a pair of crus...

    My rating may be somewhat skewed because I was engrossed by the story of how a new extraction industry impacted the people I went to middle and high school with. Some of the non-sequiturs in the story telling annoyed me, but the writing captures what I know to be true about the people ...

    If you live around Pittsburgh, you need to read this book. It reads like a novel, following one family who "lost" - a sacrifice for extractive industries. The book lays out how daily hardships, even small ones, can add up to destroy a home. Lots of Pittsburgh content in this one, with...

    A powerful, revealing look at how fracking shattered a rural Pennsylvania town, and how one of its lifelong residents brought national attention to the story. ...

    I don't even know where to start. It is shocking to me that this kind of systematic failure by Government to protect its own citizens is taking place in America. This is the kind of thing that happens in third world countries, not here in our own backyard. While I fully realize Ami...

    This was probably more of a 4.5. Great book, sad/frustrating story but well told. ...

    A very well written book . I learned a lot about fracking. Certainly not as harmless as we are led to believe. The author did not beat us over the head with "science." Some of course, but the main focus of the book was about the personal struggles of those involved with this ecological...

    Natural gas was supposed to be a gateway to clean energy; a move toward making the United States less dependent on foreign oil. Many of the people who live in southwestern Pennsylvania atop the rich Marcellus Shale, saw fracking for natural gas as an economic life line. The coal indust...

    Similar story to Erin Brockovich, you know who the good and bad guys are right from the start of the book. This is a true story of the plight and the fight of one family in particular in a small farming community in southwestern Pennsylvania to which the "big money of fracking" has com...

    Why do people live and vote outside their own best interests? Because, reality is always complex...even the reality of those who see things as black and white. ...

    A fast read. Would be very accessible for undergraduates. Focuses almost exclusively on the legal case that embroiled these families. I would have liked a bit more attention to the scientific battles around the health and ecological impacts of fracking. Most of what we get on that fron...

    My sister recommended this and since I grew up in Prosperity - and many family members still live there - I decided to read it. Also because it deals with fracking and this is happening on our family farm where my dad still lives. When I started the book, I was skeptical. It seemed t...

    A great look at what is actually "Trump country." (Fuck you, "Hillbilly Elegy.") The poor puppies :( ...

    One of the dirty little secrets in America is that most of us are willing to look the other way and not think too much about how we get the electricity that powers our homes and phones, or about the effect on the health and lives of those who live in the shadow of extractive industry. ...

    The ruthlessness of the extraction industry is not exactly news, but fracking created a special kind of hell for the rural Pennsylvania families living atop the Marcellus shale. The technique itself was completely unlike anything that preceded it, and the companies managed to label the...

    This is non-fiction which reads like a page-turning thriller. I read 'Amity and Prosperity' to learn about fracking and that I did; I didn't expect to become so involved in an upsetting story about the health and environmental consequences of fracking in rural southwestern Pennsylvania...

    I love long form journalism, especially the books and articles for which the author has embedded him or herself with the subjects. Books like Nomadland and The Stranger in the Woods are among my favorites. As with those books, I learned about Amity and Prosperity from NPR. Unlike those...

    Yes, the title sounds like this might be about a duo of Puritan sisters, but Amity and Prosperity are actually small towns in rural Pennsylvania, long caught in the boom-bust cycle of mining and energy production. Well-written but extremely frustrating to read, the author covers Stacey...

    I knew very little, if anything, about fracking before I read this book. But having heard things here and there in the news, I was curious to see how it impacted real people, and this book took us to a small town in Pennsylvania to introduce us to neighbors Stacey, Beth, and their fami...

    For seven years, Ms. Griswold follows the nurse and single mom, Stacey Haney, and her family during the worst abuses of the fracking industry in Pennsylvania over the Marcellus Shale deposits. In many ways this is just a heart-breaker, for ultimately, no one wins - just corporate gr...

    This is an important investigation into the wreckage left from the fracking industry in two small towns in Pennsylvania.It?s a sensitive and compassionate depiction of innocent lives ruined by the contamination of water, air, and soil. In my urban insulation I was emotionally upended...

  • Elise Martin
    Jul 27, 2018

    This scientific and legal drama recounts the harrowing ordeal of several families suffering terribly from toxic chemicals leaching from storage pools of fracking waste into their drinking water and into the air in western Pennsylvania. New Yorker staff writer and journalist Eliza Gris...

    There were other impacts from the fracking boom and the Haneys were feeling them. Over the course of eight years, as Eliza Griswold tracks this family in this powerful book, they lose their health, their animals, their house, and their trust in just about everyone except a pair of crus...

    My rating may be somewhat skewed because I was engrossed by the story of how a new extraction industry impacted the people I went to middle and high school with. Some of the non-sequiturs in the story telling annoyed me, but the writing captures what I know to be true about the people ...

    If you live around Pittsburgh, you need to read this book. It reads like a novel, following one family who "lost" - a sacrifice for extractive industries. The book lays out how daily hardships, even small ones, can add up to destroy a home. Lots of Pittsburgh content in this one, with...

    A powerful, revealing look at how fracking shattered a rural Pennsylvania town, and how one of its lifelong residents brought national attention to the story. ...

    I don't even know where to start. It is shocking to me that this kind of systematic failure by Government to protect its own citizens is taking place in America. This is the kind of thing that happens in third world countries, not here in our own backyard. While I fully realize Ami...

    This was probably more of a 4.5. Great book, sad/frustrating story but well told. ...

    A very well written book . I learned a lot about fracking. Certainly not as harmless as we are led to believe. The author did not beat us over the head with "science." Some of course, but the main focus of the book was about the personal struggles of those involved with this ecological...

    Natural gas was supposed to be a gateway to clean energy; a move toward making the United States less dependent on foreign oil. Many of the people who live in southwestern Pennsylvania atop the rich Marcellus Shale, saw fracking for natural gas as an economic life line. The coal indust...

    Similar story to Erin Brockovich, you know who the good and bad guys are right from the start of the book. This is a true story of the plight and the fight of one family in particular in a small farming community in southwestern Pennsylvania to which the "big money of fracking" has com...

  • Barb
    Jul 30, 2018

    This scientific and legal drama recounts the harrowing ordeal of several families suffering terribly from toxic chemicals leaching from storage pools of fracking waste into their drinking water and into the air in western Pennsylvania. New Yorker staff writer and journalist Eliza Gris...

    There were other impacts from the fracking boom and the Haneys were feeling them. Over the course of eight years, as Eliza Griswold tracks this family in this powerful book, they lose their health, their animals, their house, and their trust in just about everyone except a pair of crus...

    My rating may be somewhat skewed because I was engrossed by the story of how a new extraction industry impacted the people I went to middle and high school with. Some of the non-sequiturs in the story telling annoyed me, but the writing captures what I know to be true about the people ...

    If you live around Pittsburgh, you need to read this book. It reads like a novel, following one family who "lost" - a sacrifice for extractive industries. The book lays out how daily hardships, even small ones, can add up to destroy a home. Lots of Pittsburgh content in this one, with...

    A powerful, revealing look at how fracking shattered a rural Pennsylvania town, and how one of its lifelong residents brought national attention to the story. ...

    I don't even know where to start. It is shocking to me that this kind of systematic failure by Government to protect its own citizens is taking place in America. This is the kind of thing that happens in third world countries, not here in our own backyard. While I fully realize Ami...

    This was probably more of a 4.5. Great book, sad/frustrating story but well told. ...

  • Steve Nolan
    Jul 16, 2018

    This scientific and legal drama recounts the harrowing ordeal of several families suffering terribly from toxic chemicals leaching from storage pools of fracking waste into their drinking water and into the air in western Pennsylvania. New Yorker staff writer and journalist Eliza Gris...

    There were other impacts from the fracking boom and the Haneys were feeling them. Over the course of eight years, as Eliza Griswold tracks this family in this powerful book, they lose their health, their animals, their house, and their trust in just about everyone except a pair of crus...

    My rating may be somewhat skewed because I was engrossed by the story of how a new extraction industry impacted the people I went to middle and high school with. Some of the non-sequiturs in the story telling annoyed me, but the writing captures what I know to be true about the people ...

    If you live around Pittsburgh, you need to read this book. It reads like a novel, following one family who "lost" - a sacrifice for extractive industries. The book lays out how daily hardships, even small ones, can add up to destroy a home. Lots of Pittsburgh content in this one, with...

    A powerful, revealing look at how fracking shattered a rural Pennsylvania town, and how one of its lifelong residents brought national attention to the story. ...

    I don't even know where to start. It is shocking to me that this kind of systematic failure by Government to protect its own citizens is taking place in America. This is the kind of thing that happens in third world countries, not here in our own backyard. While I fully realize Ami...

    This was probably more of a 4.5. Great book, sad/frustrating story but well told. ...

    A very well written book . I learned a lot about fracking. Certainly not as harmless as we are led to believe. The author did not beat us over the head with "science." Some of course, but the main focus of the book was about the personal struggles of those involved with this ecological...

    Natural gas was supposed to be a gateway to clean energy; a move toward making the United States less dependent on foreign oil. Many of the people who live in southwestern Pennsylvania atop the rich Marcellus Shale, saw fracking for natural gas as an economic life line. The coal indust...

    Similar story to Erin Brockovich, you know who the good and bad guys are right from the start of the book. This is a true story of the plight and the fight of one family in particular in a small farming community in southwestern Pennsylvania to which the "big money of fracking" has com...

    Why do people live and vote outside their own best interests? Because, reality is always complex...even the reality of those who see things as black and white. ...

    A fast read. Would be very accessible for undergraduates. Focuses almost exclusively on the legal case that embroiled these families. I would have liked a bit more attention to the scientific battles around the health and ecological impacts of fracking. Most of what we get on that fron...

    My sister recommended this and since I grew up in Prosperity - and many family members still live there - I decided to read it. Also because it deals with fracking and this is happening on our family farm where my dad still lives. When I started the book, I was skeptical. It seemed t...

    A great look at what is actually "Trump country." (Fuck you, "Hillbilly Elegy.") The poor puppies :( ...

  • Sarah
    Jul 23, 2018

    This scientific and legal drama recounts the harrowing ordeal of several families suffering terribly from toxic chemicals leaching from storage pools of fracking waste into their drinking water and into the air in western Pennsylvania. New Yorker staff writer and journalist Eliza Gris...

    There were other impacts from the fracking boom and the Haneys were feeling them. Over the course of eight years, as Eliza Griswold tracks this family in this powerful book, they lose their health, their animals, their house, and their trust in just about everyone except a pair of crus...

    My rating may be somewhat skewed because I was engrossed by the story of how a new extraction industry impacted the people I went to middle and high school with. Some of the non-sequiturs in the story telling annoyed me, but the writing captures what I know to be true about the people ...

    If you live around Pittsburgh, you need to read this book. It reads like a novel, following one family who "lost" - a sacrifice for extractive industries. The book lays out how daily hardships, even small ones, can add up to destroy a home. Lots of Pittsburgh content in this one, with...

    A powerful, revealing look at how fracking shattered a rural Pennsylvania town, and how one of its lifelong residents brought national attention to the story. ...

    I don't even know where to start. It is shocking to me that this kind of systematic failure by Government to protect its own citizens is taking place in America. This is the kind of thing that happens in third world countries, not here in our own backyard. While I fully realize Ami...

  • Taylor Allison
    Jun 18, 2018

    This scientific and legal drama recounts the harrowing ordeal of several families suffering terribly from toxic chemicals leaching from storage pools of fracking waste into their drinking water and into the air in western Pennsylvania. New Yorker staff writer and journalist Eliza Gris...

    There were other impacts from the fracking boom and the Haneys were feeling them. Over the course of eight years, as Eliza Griswold tracks this family in this powerful book, they lose their health, their animals, their house, and their trust in just about everyone except a pair of crus...

    My rating may be somewhat skewed because I was engrossed by the story of how a new extraction industry impacted the people I went to middle and high school with. Some of the non-sequiturs in the story telling annoyed me, but the writing captures what I know to be true about the people ...

    If you live around Pittsburgh, you need to read this book. It reads like a novel, following one family who "lost" - a sacrifice for extractive industries. The book lays out how daily hardships, even small ones, can add up to destroy a home. Lots of Pittsburgh content in this one, with...

    A powerful, revealing look at how fracking shattered a rural Pennsylvania town, and how one of its lifelong residents brought national attention to the story. ...

    I don't even know where to start. It is shocking to me that this kind of systematic failure by Government to protect its own citizens is taking place in America. This is the kind of thing that happens in third world countries, not here in our own backyard. While I fully realize Ami...

    This was probably more of a 4.5. Great book, sad/frustrating story but well told. ...

    A very well written book . I learned a lot about fracking. Certainly not as harmless as we are led to believe. The author did not beat us over the head with "science." Some of course, but the main focus of the book was about the personal struggles of those involved with this ecological...

    Natural gas was supposed to be a gateway to clean energy; a move toward making the United States less dependent on foreign oil. Many of the people who live in southwestern Pennsylvania atop the rich Marcellus Shale, saw fracking for natural gas as an economic life line. The coal indust...

    Similar story to Erin Brockovich, you know who the good and bad guys are right from the start of the book. This is a true story of the plight and the fight of one family in particular in a small farming community in southwestern Pennsylvania to which the "big money of fracking" has com...

    Why do people live and vote outside their own best interests? Because, reality is always complex...even the reality of those who see things as black and white. ...

    A fast read. Would be very accessible for undergraduates. Focuses almost exclusively on the legal case that embroiled these families. I would have liked a bit more attention to the scientific battles around the health and ecological impacts of fracking. Most of what we get on that fron...

    My sister recommended this and since I grew up in Prosperity - and many family members still live there - I decided to read it. Also because it deals with fracking and this is happening on our family farm where my dad still lives. When I started the book, I was skeptical. It seemed t...

    A great look at what is actually "Trump country." (Fuck you, "Hillbilly Elegy.") The poor puppies :( ...

    One of the dirty little secrets in America is that most of us are willing to look the other way and not think too much about how we get the electricity that powers our homes and phones, or about the effect on the health and lives of those who live in the shadow of extractive industry. ...

    The ruthlessness of the extraction industry is not exactly news, but fracking created a special kind of hell for the rural Pennsylvania families living atop the Marcellus shale. The technique itself was completely unlike anything that preceded it, and the companies managed to label the...

    This is non-fiction which reads like a page-turning thriller. I read 'Amity and Prosperity' to learn about fracking and that I did; I didn't expect to become so involved in an upsetting story about the health and environmental consequences of fracking in rural southwestern Pennsylvania...

    I love long form journalism, especially the books and articles for which the author has embedded him or herself with the subjects. Books like Nomadland and The Stranger in the Woods are among my favorites. As with those books, I learned about Amity and Prosperity from NPR. Unlike those...

    Yes, the title sounds like this might be about a duo of Puritan sisters, but Amity and Prosperity are actually small towns in rural Pennsylvania, long caught in the boom-bust cycle of mining and energy production. Well-written but extremely frustrating to read, the author covers Stacey...

    I knew very little, if anything, about fracking before I read this book. But having heard things here and there in the news, I was curious to see how it impacted real people, and this book took us to a small town in Pennsylvania to introduce us to neighbors Stacey, Beth, and their fami...

    For seven years, Ms. Griswold follows the nurse and single mom, Stacey Haney, and her family during the worst abuses of the fracking industry in Pennsylvania over the Marcellus Shale deposits. In many ways this is just a heart-breaker, for ultimately, no one wins - just corporate gr...

    This is an important investigation into the wreckage left from the fracking industry in two small towns in Pennsylvania.It?s a sensitive and compassionate depiction of innocent lives ruined by the contamination of water, air, and soil. In my urban insulation I was emotionally upended...

    Her book the Tenth Parallel is much better written and more detailed. This feels rushed, and somewhat formulaic (like it's trying to be A Civil Action for fracking). There is no happy ending for these families, and the final chapters feel maddeningly frustrating and drawn out, like the...

    Along the lines of Toms River, this follows sympathetic people who are attempting to prove that their health problems are direct results of corporate malfeasance. Here as there, they run up against the impossibility of proving that correlation is causation. For me, the main takeaway...

    Terrifying! This story is something that could easily happen to any of us. That children are being killed by pollution right here in the United States and no one wants to do anything about it is appalling. What is wrong with our corporations, our government and the citizens who choose ...

    This is a fine book about the consequences of fracking for natural gas in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Somewhat reminiscent of ?A Civil Action?. A very well written account of a difficult subject. It gives some real insights into the power of vested business interests to influence go...

    Eliza Grizwold shows fracking's toll on human health and the environment through one family's struggle. What "Mother Fracker" imagined happening to Rappahannock County, Va., in my cautionary and fictitious tale from 2013 happened in two small SW Pennsylvania towns for real in the s...

    We are amazingly adept at finding new and creative ways to destroy the earth. This book is about the human toll of fracking, but it?s also about the tragically human ways need and the promise of wealth can destroy communities and how short term gain trumps long term good every time. ...

    This was a very involved and important book. The story of the fracking industry is crucial to making sure we don't allow this to happen in the future. It was very informative and enjoyable at the same time! ...

  • Alex Joyner
    Jul 01, 2018

    This scientific and legal drama recounts the harrowing ordeal of several families suffering terribly from toxic chemicals leaching from storage pools of fracking waste into their drinking water and into the air in western Pennsylvania. New Yorker staff writer and journalist Eliza Gris...

    There were other impacts from the fracking boom and the Haneys were feeling them. Over the course of eight years, as Eliza Griswold tracks this family in this powerful book, they lose their health, their animals, their house, and their trust in just about everyone except a pair of crus...

  • Dana Hiscock
    Aug 02, 2018

    This scientific and legal drama recounts the harrowing ordeal of several families suffering terribly from toxic chemicals leaching from storage pools of fracking waste into their drinking water and into the air in western Pennsylvania. New Yorker staff writer and journalist Eliza Gris...

    There were other impacts from the fracking boom and the Haneys were feeling them. Over the course of eight years, as Eliza Griswold tracks this family in this powerful book, they lose their health, their animals, their house, and their trust in just about everyone except a pair of crus...

    My rating may be somewhat skewed because I was engrossed by the story of how a new extraction industry impacted the people I went to middle and high school with. Some of the non-sequiturs in the story telling annoyed me, but the writing captures what I know to be true about the people ...

    If you live around Pittsburgh, you need to read this book. It reads like a novel, following one family who "lost" - a sacrifice for extractive industries. The book lays out how daily hardships, even small ones, can add up to destroy a home. Lots of Pittsburgh content in this one, with...

    A powerful, revealing look at how fracking shattered a rural Pennsylvania town, and how one of its lifelong residents brought national attention to the story. ...

    I don't even know where to start. It is shocking to me that this kind of systematic failure by Government to protect its own citizens is taking place in America. This is the kind of thing that happens in third world countries, not here in our own backyard. While I fully realize Ami...

    This was probably more of a 4.5. Great book, sad/frustrating story but well told. ...

    A very well written book . I learned a lot about fracking. Certainly not as harmless as we are led to believe. The author did not beat us over the head with "science." Some of course, but the main focus of the book was about the personal struggles of those involved with this ecological...

    Natural gas was supposed to be a gateway to clean energy; a move toward making the United States less dependent on foreign oil. Many of the people who live in southwestern Pennsylvania atop the rich Marcellus Shale, saw fracking for natural gas as an economic life line. The coal indust...

    Similar story to Erin Brockovich, you know who the good and bad guys are right from the start of the book. This is a true story of the plight and the fight of one family in particular in a small farming community in southwestern Pennsylvania to which the "big money of fracking" has com...

    Why do people live and vote outside their own best interests? Because, reality is always complex...even the reality of those who see things as black and white. ...

    A fast read. Would be very accessible for undergraduates. Focuses almost exclusively on the legal case that embroiled these families. I would have liked a bit more attention to the scientific battles around the health and ecological impacts of fracking. Most of what we get on that fron...

    My sister recommended this and since I grew up in Prosperity - and many family members still live there - I decided to read it. Also because it deals with fracking and this is happening on our family farm where my dad still lives. When I started the book, I was skeptical. It seemed t...

    A great look at what is actually "Trump country." (Fuck you, "Hillbilly Elegy.") The poor puppies :( ...

    One of the dirty little secrets in America is that most of us are willing to look the other way and not think too much about how we get the electricity that powers our homes and phones, or about the effect on the health and lives of those who live in the shadow of extractive industry. ...

    The ruthlessness of the extraction industry is not exactly news, but fracking created a special kind of hell for the rural Pennsylvania families living atop the Marcellus shale. The technique itself was completely unlike anything that preceded it, and the companies managed to label the...

    This is non-fiction which reads like a page-turning thriller. I read 'Amity and Prosperity' to learn about fracking and that I did; I didn't expect to become so involved in an upsetting story about the health and environmental consequences of fracking in rural southwestern Pennsylvania...

    I love long form journalism, especially the books and articles for which the author has embedded him or herself with the subjects. Books like Nomadland and The Stranger in the Woods are among my favorites. As with those books, I learned about Amity and Prosperity from NPR. Unlike those...

    Yes, the title sounds like this might be about a duo of Puritan sisters, but Amity and Prosperity are actually small towns in rural Pennsylvania, long caught in the boom-bust cycle of mining and energy production. Well-written but extremely frustrating to read, the author covers Stacey...

    I knew very little, if anything, about fracking before I read this book. But having heard things here and there in the news, I was curious to see how it impacted real people, and this book took us to a small town in Pennsylvania to introduce us to neighbors Stacey, Beth, and their fami...

    For seven years, Ms. Griswold follows the nurse and single mom, Stacey Haney, and her family during the worst abuses of the fracking industry in Pennsylvania over the Marcellus Shale deposits. In many ways this is just a heart-breaker, for ultimately, no one wins - just corporate gr...

    This is an important investigation into the wreckage left from the fracking industry in two small towns in Pennsylvania.It?s a sensitive and compassionate depiction of innocent lives ruined by the contamination of water, air, and soil. In my urban insulation I was emotionally upended...

    Her book the Tenth Parallel is much better written and more detailed. This feels rushed, and somewhat formulaic (like it's trying to be A Civil Action for fracking). There is no happy ending for these families, and the final chapters feel maddeningly frustrating and drawn out, like the...

    Along the lines of Toms River, this follows sympathetic people who are attempting to prove that their health problems are direct results of corporate malfeasance. Here as there, they run up against the impossibility of proving that correlation is causation. For me, the main takeaway...

    Terrifying! This story is something that could easily happen to any of us. That children are being killed by pollution right here in the United States and no one wants to do anything about it is appalling. What is wrong with our corporations, our government and the citizens who choose ...

    This is a fine book about the consequences of fracking for natural gas in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Somewhat reminiscent of ?A Civil Action?. A very well written account of a difficult subject. It gives some real insights into the power of vested business interests to influence go...