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"UNEARTHED is a powerful read. Alexandra Risen’s stirring narrative offers a deeply personal testament to the healing powers of nature. As the secrets of her family’s troubled past are revealed, the shape-shifting garden becomes a metaphor for life, a source of recovery, growth, and insight. In Risen’s own words, 'The garden is a journey, and, like life, needs rest stops along the way, different vantage points to help our doubts morph into wisdom.'"Scott D. Sampson, author of How to Raise a Wild Child
"In this rich and rewarding memoir, Alexandra Risen reminds us that a garden is a place of transformation and discovery. As she brings an abandoned and overgrown plot of land to life, she uncovers not just the secrets of her garden, but of her own past. She finds truth and beauty in both foliage and family, and we're fortunate to be invited along for the journey."Amy Stewart, author of New York Times bestsellers: The Drunken Botanist, Wicked Bugs, Wicked Plants, and Flower Confidential
"As she restores the property and heals her long-troubled soul, Risen paints a vivid and exquisite portrait of nature and its profound significance."Publishers Weekly
"What does a hidden, neglected garden have to teach us about life in this crazy world? Plenty, it turns out. From the first pages, I was under Alexandra’s Risen’s spell. At a time when so much of life is spent in virtual worlds, UNEARTHED is a reminder that information is nice but wisdom is better, and it’s all around us waiting to be discovered."William Powers, author of New York Times bestseller Hamlet's BlackBerry
"Risen’s book is as much a celebration of nature and family as it is feast for the heart and soul. A generous, poignant memoir."Kirkus Reviews
"Readers who appreciate memoirs and prosaic reflections on gardening will relish this title."Library Journal Reviews
"A remarkable book."Booklist (starred) Review