Review by Antanas Sileika on CBC's The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers: "...a wonderful nonfiction book that combines the story of the restoration of a decrepit garden with reconciliation about Ukrainian family roots."

Listen to the full review by Antanas Sileika


AudioFile Earphones Award Winner:  "Hillary Huber's narration of this memoir of repairing an enormous run-down garden unexpectedly located in downtown Toronto is nothing short of marvelous..."

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The seeds of a memoir: In Alexandra Risen’s Unearthed, resurrecting a garden allows a family to bloom  

Read the full review by Philip Marchand at the National Post


"A generous, poignant memoir. Interspersed throughout with recipes for forager-style dishes and desserts, Risen’s book is as much a celebration of nature and family as it is feast for the heart and soul."   

Read the full review on Kirkus Reviews 


"As she restores the property and heals her long-troubled soul, Risen paints a vivid and exquisite portrait of nature and its profound significance."

Read the full review on Publishers Weekly


 "A remarkable book."

Read the full (starred) review on Booklist


"Readers who appreciate memoirs and prosaic reflections on gardening will relish this title."

Read the full review on Library Journal



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Olds Municipal Library   Olds, Alberta

Longwood Public Library   Middle Island, New York



Global News Earth Day Books with Janet Joy Wilson April 11, 2017: watch on Global News 


Midwinter picks from the book panel: OPL's Ann Archer and Ottawa International Writers Festival's Sean Wilson have 4 book picks for cold February nights, Feb 6, 2017: CBC news


iTunes Store: Top 25 Books in Biographies & Memoirs (Canada): 2017-01-29


Globe and Mail Canadian Non-fiction Best Seller List: Aug 13, Aug 20, Aug 27, Sep 3, 2016


Toronto Star Canadian Non-fiction Best Seller List: Aug 20, Sep 16, 2016


This Week in America with Ric Bratton: Oct 6, 2016

Listen to the interview on  This Week in America


Globe and Mail: Sep 23, 2016

Read  the review by Jade Colbert at The Globe and Mail


Reader's Digest: Force of Nature

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The Larry Meiller Show on Wisconsin Public Radio Ideas Network: Aug 31, 2016

Listen to the interview on  The Larry Meiller Show


Global's The Morning Show Interview with Jeff McArthur: Memoir Unearthed repairs the past

See the interview on  The Morning Show


Toronto author unearths abandoned garden and finds her past: "A writer could hardly find more fertile ground for a memoir than Alexandra Risen’s enchanted jungle of a garden...."

Read the full article at The Toronto Star


Toronto Life 18 must-read summer books: "Three addictive memoirs by fascinating women..."

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Alexandra in Wonderland: "Reading Alexandra Risen’s memoir, Unearthed, you can’t help but imagine her as Alice from Alice in Wonderland..."

Read the full article at S/ Style Magazine 


"Risen’s memoir is an appealing and satisfying journey..."

Read the full article at The Missourian