News & Reviews


November 6, 2018 - Paperback publication date.

July 28, 2018 - new fundraising site for Gladys's garden project! Please visit for info, updates, and messages from Gladys. 

May 1, 2018 - Honored to announce that the Nautilus Book Awards named Garden of the Lost and Abandoned the 2017 Gold Winner in the category of Women! Gratitude to Gladys Kalibbala for her trust and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for its support.

April 22, 2018 - an in-depth interview in The Woman's Eye, the online magazine and radio show which features "women who are in the news or who are making their own headlines as they follow their instincts to improve their lives and the lives of others."

September 18, 2017 - Garden of the Lost and Abandoned included in The Hollywood Reporter's "Must-Read Fall Books for Hollywood"

September 25, 2017 - Kirkus review of Garden: "Stunning... An eloquent affirmation of the vast capacity of the human heart."

November 2, 2017 - Apple iBooks favorite: "A gripping portrait of one woman who refuses to be a mere witness, and a moving account of the lost and abandoned young people who are given new hope."

November 3, 2017 - Amazon "Best Books of the Month" pick

November 4, 2017 - Writer's Bone interview

November 10, 2017 - Garden excerpt published in Lit Hub 

November 10, 2017 - Signature Reads review: "Garden of the Lost and Abandoned is a joyful book… Gladys Kalibbala is a force of righteousness."

November 10, 2017 - Garden named one of Writer’s Bone’s Books That Should Be On Your Radar in November 2017: "An extraordinary story... You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll get angry, but you’ll never lose hope while reading this book."

December 1, 2017 - Interview and review in Shelf Awareness: "Garden of the Lost and Abandoned is a gorgeously uplifting antidote to the ugly proliferation of greed, apathy and hate."

December 4, 2017 - Excerpt in Read it Forward:  "In Jessica Yu's stunning work of narrative nonfiction, we meet Gladys, a journalist in Uganda's capital, and one of the many children she's determined to save."

December 12, 2017 - Booklist review: "A compelling, page-turning read... This is a powerful and inspiring tale of how one woman can make a tremendous difference in her community."

December 17, 2017 - The National Review of Books includes Garden on its "5 Hot Books" list.

January 7, 2017 - LA Times lists Garden as one of five books in "One final push for nonfiction gems of 2017."

January 8, 2017 - interview on Writer's Voice, along with a book excerpt.