Review: History Magazine - January 1, 2009
"In a lively, engaging style, Mitchell shows how the changing urban landscape and local legends have shaped this historic city."
Review: Boston Globe - December 7, 2008
"John Hanson Mitchell's The Paradise of All These Parts sees the 'city upon a hill,' Boston, as a place of constant discovery, even today . . . a worthy guide to the city's natural spaces, but he is at his best in making his readers think anew about a place they think they already know."
Review: Yankee Magazine - November 1, 2008
"One of my favorite New England writers is John Hanson Mitchell . . . [h]is new book . . . [is] an intriguing blend of geology, biology, political science, and personal anecdotes."
Review: Natural History - November 1, 2008
“[A]n uncommon and exemplary book, a guide of sorts to the natural history of one great city, Boston, Massachusetts…. You don’t have to know Boston to appreciate the stories Mitchell is relating, for despite his local slant, his approach has global implications.”
Review: Lowell Sun - October 14, 2008
"Littleton author John Hanson Mitchell explores Boston's natural history and explores a variety of habitats in his 10th work of nonfiction, The Paradise of All These Parts. He ranges outward from the core, the peninsula where the Pilgrims first settled to the ancient rim of the Boston Basin, where the modern city now lies. Mitchell will speak in Lowell at Pollard Memorial Library on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m., and festival organizer Rob Mitchell says he'll delve into all the natural parts that remain in urban landscapes and Lowell's in particular. 'He has a nice sense of humor and will tie the book into Lowell's natural history in an interesting way,' said Rob Mitchell."
Review by: Michael Kenney, Boston Globe - September 21, 2008
“…this may well be the finest book about the town as a place, highly personal and at the same time keenly descriptive.”
Review by: Alex Beam, Boston Globe - September 9, 2008
"[H]e is a smart guy, walking around, paying attention. I'd name his genre nostalgic realism; Mitchell certainly knows where this city and its many peculiar institutions come from, and he understands modernity as well. [T]his book will take its place next to Walter Muir Whitehill's 'Boston,' with engravings by Rudolph Ruzicka, as one of the treasured Hub tomes of our time."