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.”

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

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 “A remarkable book.”

Read the full (starred) review by Booklist


“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.”   

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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