The Zookeeper s Wife Book
Score: 3.5
From 121 Ratings

The Zookeeper s Wife


  • Author : Diane Ackerman
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2008-08-26
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 369
  • ISBN 10 : 9780393333060

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The Zookeeper s Wife Excerpt :

Documents the heroic true story of Warsaw Zoo keepers and resistance activists Jan and Antonina Zabinski who, in the aftermath of Germany's invasion of Poland, saved the lives of hundreds of Jewish citizens by smuggling them into empty cages and their home villa. Reprint. 70,000 first printing.

The Zookeeper s Wife  A War Story Book
Score: 3.5
From 122 Ratings

The Zookeeper s Wife A War Story


  • Author : Diane Ackerman
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2008-09-17
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 0393069354

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The Zookeeper s Wife A War Story Excerpt :

The New York Times bestseller now a major motion picture starring Jessica Chastain. A true story in which the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved hundreds of people from Nazi hands. After their zoo was bombed, Polish zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski managed to save over three hundred people from the Nazis by hiding refugees in the empty animal cages. With animal names for these "guests," and human names for the animals, it's no wonder that the zoo's code name became "The House Under a Crazy Star." Best-selling naturalist and acclaimed storyteller Diane Ackerman combines extensive research and an exuberant writing style to re-create this fascinating, true-life story—sharing Antonina's life as "the zookeeper's wife," while examining the disturbing obsessions at the core of Nazism. Winner of the 2008 Orion Award.

The Zookeeper s Wife Book
Score: 3.5
From 136 Ratings

The Zookeeper s Wife


  • Author : Diane Ackerman
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2007
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 0393061728

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The Zookeeper s Wife Excerpt :

Documents the heroic true story of Warsaw Zoo keepers and resistance activists Jan and Antonina Zabinski, who in the aftermath of Germany's invasion of Poland saved the lives of hundreds of Jewish citizens by smuggling them into empty cages and their home villa. 70,000 first printing.

The Human Age Book

The Human Age


  • Author : Diane Ackerman
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2014-09-09
  • Genre: Nature
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781443423014

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The Human Age Excerpt :

A New York Times Bestseller Diane Ackerman is justly celebrated for her unique insight into the natural world and our place in it. In this landmark book, she confronts the unprecedented reality that one prodigiously intelligent and meddlesome creature, Homo sapiens, is now the dominant force shaping the future of planet Earth. Humans have “subdued 75 percent of the land surface, concocted a wizardry of industrial and medical marvels, strung lights all across the darkness.” We tinker with nature at every opportunity; we garden the planet with our preferred species of plants and animals, many of them invasive; and we have even altered the climate, threatening our own extinction. Yet we reckon with our own destructive capabilities in extraordinary acts of hope-filled creativity: we collect the DNA of vanishing species in a “frozen ark,” equip orangutans with iPads and create wearable technologies and synthetic species that might one day outsmart us. With her distinctive gift for making scientific discovery intelligible to the layperson, Ackerman takes us on an exhilarating journey through our new reality, introducing us to many of the people and ideas now creating—perhaps saving—our future and that of our fellow creatures. A beguiling, optimistic engagement with the changes affecting every part of our lives, The Human Age is a wise and beautiful book that will astound, delight and inform intelligent life for a long time to come. “The Human Age is a dazzling achievement: immensely readable, lively, polymathic, audacious.” —THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

An Alchemy of Mind Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

An Alchemy of Mind


  • Author : Diane Ackerman
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2012-10-30
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781439125083

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An Alchemy of Mind Excerpt :

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Zookeeper's Wife, an ambitious and enlightening work that combines an artist's eye with a scientist's erudition to illuminate, as never before, the magic and mysteries of the human mind. Long treasured by literary readers for her uncommon ability to bridge the gap between art and science, celebrated scholar-artist Diane Ackerman returns with the book she was born to write. Her dazzling new work, An Alchemy of Mind, offers an unprecedented exploration and celebration of the mental fantasia in which we spend our days—and does for the human mind what the bestselling A Natural History of the Senses did for the physical senses. Bringing a valuable female perspective to the topic, Diane Ackerman discusses the science of the brain as only she can: with gorgeous, immediate language and imagery that paint an unusually lucid and vibrant picture for the reader. And in addition to explaining memory, thought, emotion, dreams, and language acquisition, she reports on the latest discoveries in neuroscience and addresses controversial subjects like the effects of trauma and male versus female brains. In prose that is not simply accessible but also beautiful and electric, Ackerman distills the hard, objective truths of science in order to yield vivid, heavily anecdotal explanations about a range of existential questions regarding consciousness, human thought, memory, and the nature of identity.

Good Night  Gorilla Book
Score: 4
From 56 Ratings

Good Night Gorilla


  • Author : Peggy Rathmann
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 1994-04-13
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 40
  • ISBN 10 : 9780698152236

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Good Night Gorilla Excerpt :

A must have classic for all baby bedtimes and gifting opportunities. Good night, Gorilla. . . Good night, Elephant. . . It's bedtime at the zoo, and all the animals are going to sleep. Or are they? Who's that short, furry guy with the keys in his hand and the mischievous grin? Sneak along behind the zookeeper's back and see who gets the last laugh in this riotous good-night romp. The new generous trim size of every toddler's favorite book is even easier to share. With a warm, funny author's note highlighting how much this book has meant to kids and families since it was first published and some clever new details hidden in the illustrations, Good Night, Gorilla is the perfect gift for new babies as well as fans young and old. Look for Peggy Rathmann's other lively favorites 10 Minutes Till Bedtime and The Day the Babies Crawled Away.

A Natural History of the Senses Book
Score: 3.5
From 16 Ratings

A Natural History of the Senses


  • Author : Diane Ackerman
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2011-12-07
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307763310

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A Natural History of the Senses Excerpt :

Diane Ackerman's lusciously written grand tour of the realm of the senses includes conversations with an iceberg in Antarctica and a professional nose in New York, along with dissertations on kisses and tattoos, sadistic cuisine and the music played by the planet Earth. “Delightful . . . gives the reader the richest possible feeling of the worlds the senses take in.” —The New York Times

And Tango Makes Three Book
Score: 4
From 129 Ratings

And Tango Makes Three


  • Author : Justin Richardson
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2015-06-02
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 40
  • ISBN 10 : 9781481460958

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And Tango Makes Three Excerpt :

The heartwarming true story of two penguins who create a nontraditional family. At the penguin house at the Central Park Zoo, two penguins named Roy and Silo were a little bit different from the others. But their desire for a family was the same. And with the help of a kindly zookeeper, Roy and Silo got the chance to welcome a baby penguin of their very own.

What Do You Do If You Work at the Zoo  Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

What Do You Do If You Work at the Zoo


  • Author : Steve Jenkins
  • Publisher : HMH Books For Young Readers
  • Release Date : 2020
  • Genre: Zoo keepers
  • Pages : 43
  • ISBN 10 : 9780544387591

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What Do You Do If You Work at the Zoo Excerpt :

From Caldecott Honor-winning team Steve Jenkins and Robin Page comes an early introduction to one of young readers' favorite places: the zoo! Going to the zoo is so exciting! You might see penguins swimming underwater, snakes sunning in the reptile house, or giraffes eating leaves out of high trees. You might even see people at the zoo, ones just like you! But what do those people do? Caldecott Honor-winning team Steve Jenkins and Robin Page introduce young readers to the people who keep zoo animals safe, healthy, and happy, even though they aren't in the wild habitats they've evolved for. From cuddling a baby kangaroo to trimming elephant toenails to playing soccer with a rhino, zookeepers work hard and do some pretty wacky things to take care of the incredible animals we see. So, what would you do if you were in the zookeeper's shoes? Turn the page and find out!

Wife of Light Book

Wife of Light


  • Author : Diane Ackerman
  • Publisher : William Morrow
  • Release Date : 1978
  • Genre: American poetry
  • Pages : 72
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015002983370

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Reverse Thunder Book

Reverse Thunder


  • Author : Diane Ackerman
  • Publisher : Lumen
  • Release Date : 1988
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Pages : 118
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015053659085

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Reverse Thunder Excerpt :

A dramatization of the passion of Sor Juana In�s de la Cruz, a Mexican nun regarded as one of her country's greatest poets.

The Whale Rider Book
Score: 3.5
From 36 Ratings

The Whale Rider


  • Author : Witi Ihimaera
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 2003
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 172
  • ISBN 10 : 0152050167

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The Whale Rider Excerpt :

As her beloved grandfather, chief of the Maori tribe of Whangara, New Zealand, struggles to lead in difficult times and to find a male successor, young Kahu is developing a mysterious relationship with whales, particularly the ancient bull whale whose leg

A Natural History of Love Book
Score: 2.5
From 6 Ratings

A Natural History of Love


  • Author : Diane Ackerman
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2011-06-01
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307763327

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A Natural History of Love Excerpt :

The bestselling author of A Natural History of the Senses now explores the allure of adultery, the appeal of aphrodisiacs, and the cult of the kiss. Enchantingly written and stunningly informed, this "audaciously brilliant romp through the world of romantic love" (Washington Post Book World) is the next best thing to love itself.

The Zookeeper s War Book
Score: 3.5
From 3 Ratings

The Zookeeper s War


  • Author : Steven Conte
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release Date : 2012-11-22
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9781849169912

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The Zookeeper s War Excerpt :

It is 1943 and each night in a bomb shelter beneath the Berlin Zoo an Australian woman, Vera, shelters with her German husband, Axel, the zoo's director. Together, they struggle to look after the animals through the air raids and food shortages. When the zoo's staff is drafted into the army, forced labourers are sent in as replacements. At first, Vera finds the idea abhorrent, but gradually she realizes that the new workers are the zoo's only hope, and forms an unlikely bond with one of them. This is a city where a foreign accent is a constant source of suspicion, where busybodies report the names of neighbours' dinner guests to the Gestapo. As tensions mount in the closing days of the war, nothing and no one, it seems, can be trusted. The Zookeeper's War is a powerful novel of a marriage, and of a city collapsing. It confronts not only the brutality of war but the possibility of heroism - and delivers an ending that is both shocking and deeply moving.

Hidden Jews in the Warsaw Zoo Book

Hidden Jews in the Warsaw Zoo


  • Author : Amanda Leslie
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2015-08
  • Genre: Holocaust survivors
  • Pages : 22
  • ISBN 10 : 0996257624

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Hidden Jews in the Warsaw Zoo Excerpt :

"The Holocaust Series started in the Quad Cities in 2003 with three women named Esther: Esther Avruch, Esther Katz, and Esther Schiff. Without them, there wouldn't be a book series inspiring young readers and young authors. This series includes stories of Holocaust survivors, soldiers who were eye-witnesses to the concentration camps, and Righteous Gentiles, non-Jews who risked their lives to help others"--