Whether editor Petrulionis's new book will correct any misperceptions of Thoreau's life, his ideas and his works is anybody's guess. It didn't change my good opinion of Thoreau but it filled several gaps in my small store of knowledge about him and his circumstances. The only flaw I could find in the book (if it is a flaw) is that I feel it should have included Ralph Waldo Emerson's eulogy to Thoreau — maybe in an appendix — as a point of reference for readers. But that's a lack that's easily satisfied because Emerson's eulogy of Thoreau is available in several places on the Internet.
Solomon sez: Thoreau in His Own Time: A Biographical Chronicle of His Life, Drawn From Recollections, Interviews, and Memoirs by Family, Friends, and Associates (Iowa City, Iowa: University of Iowa Press; 239 pp., $27.50) is a warm, easy, informative read that I'll gladly recommend to anybody. Get it from the University of Iowa Press, from your local bookstore, or from the usual suspects online. Four of five stars for a good job and a good read, and thank you, Ms. Petrulionis.