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Diane Ackerman

Autor(a) de The Zookeeper's Wife

45+ Works 12,259 Membros 313 Reviews 42 Favorited

About the Author

Diane Ackerman was born on October 7, 1948 in Waukegan, Illinois. She received a B.A. in English from Pennsylvania State University and her M.A., M.F.A., and Ph.D. in English from Cornell University. Poet, author, educator, adventurer, and naturalist, she tries to bridge science and art in her mostrar mais writing, exploring questions of who we are, where we come from, and how we fit into the fabric of the world. She has written many books of poetry including The Planets: A Cosmic Pastoral; Wife of Light; Jaguar of Sweet Laughter: New and Selected Poems; Origami Bridges: Poems of Psychoanalysis and Fire; and I Praise My Destroyer. Her nonfiction works include A Natural History of the Senses; A Natural History of Love; The Moon by Whale Light: And Other Adventures Among Bats, Crocodilians, Penguins, and Whales; An Alchemy of Mind; and On Extended Wings. She also writes nature books for children including Animal Sense; Monk Seal Hideaway; and Bats: Shadows in the Night. She is coeditor of a Norton anthology, The Book of Love. Her essays about nature and human nature have appeared in Parade, National Geographic, The New York Times, and The New Yorker magazines. She hosted a five-hour PBS television series inspired by A Natural History of the Senses. She received the Orion Book Award for The Zookeepers Wife. Her other awards include the Abbie Copps Poetry Prize, Black Warrior Poetry Prize, Pushcart Prize, Peter I. B. Lavan award, and the Wordsmith award. She has taught at a variety of universities, including Columbia and Cornell. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras de Diane Ackerman

The Zookeeper's Wife (2007) 4,831 cópias
A Natural History of the Senses (1990) — Autor — 2,911 cópias
A Natural History Of Love (1994) 795 cópias
Deep Play (1999) 248 cópias
The Book of Love (1998) 143 cópias
I Praise My Destroyer: Poems (1998) 109 cópias
Animal Sense (2003) 63 cópias
Bats - Shadows In The Night (1997) 32 cópias
Monk Seal Hideaway (1995) 13 cópias
Wife of light: [poems] (1978) 7 cópias
Lady Faustus (1983) 7 cópias
NOVA: Mystery of the Senses: Hearing [1995 TV episode] (1995) — Narrator / Screenwriter — 6 cópias
NOVA: Mystery of the Senses: Vision [1995 TV episode] (1995) — Narrator / Screenwriter — 5 cópias
NOVA: Mystery of the Senses [1995 TV series] (1995) — Narrator / Screenwriter — 5 cópias
NOVA: Mystery of the Senses: Touch [1995 TV episode] (2007) — Narrator / Screenwriter — 4 cópias
Zoologico de Varsovia, O (2017) 4 cópias
NOVA: Mystery of the Senses: Taste [1995 TV episode] (2007) — Narrador — 3 cópias
NOVA: Mystery of the Senses: Smell [1995 TV episode] (2007) — Narrator / Screenwriter — 3 cópias
Azyl (Polish Edition) (2017) 1 exemplar(es)
Origami Bridges - poems 1 exemplar(es)
Ackerman, Diane Archive 1 exemplar(es)
Sandi Fellman: Open Secret (1999) 1 exemplar(es)
In Praise of Squirrels 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

The Future Dictionary of America (2004) — Contribuinte — 630 cópias
Sisters of the Earth: Women's Prose and Poetry About Nature (1991) — Contribuinte — 400 cópias
A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader (2018) — Contribuinte — 240 cópias
The Best American Essays 2001 (2001) — Contribuinte — 237 cópias
The Best American Science Writing 2005 (2005) — Contribuinte — 192 cópias
The Best American Science Writing 2004 (2004) — Contribuinte — 153 cópias
The Curious Naturalist (1980) — Contribuinte — 149 cópias
Intimate Nature: The Bond Between Women and Animals (1998) — Contribuinte — 123 cópias
By Nature's Design: An Exploratorium Book (1993) — Prefácio, algumas edições102 cópias
The Zookeeper's Wife [2017 film] (2017) — Original book — 87 cópias
60 Years of American Poetry (1996) — Contribuinte — 28 cópias
The Gardener's Bedside Reader (2008) — Contribuinte — 22 cópias
In Our Nature: Stories of Wildness (2000) — Prefácio — 18 cópias
Night: A Literary Companion (2009) — Contribuinte — 8 cópias
The Umbral Anthology of Science Fiction Poetry (1982) — Contribuinte — 8 cópias
Reader's Digest Today's Best Nonfiction 43 (1997) — Autor — 3 cópias


animals (191) anthology (177) anthropology (76) biography (153) biology (187) books about books (69) brain (60) essays (441) fiction (210) gardening (81) historical fiction (75) history (371) Holocaust (308) humor (88) Jews (91) literature (66) love (69) memoir (115) natural history (271) nature (350) nature writing (48) NF (54) non-fiction (1,263) own (51) philosophy (58) poetry (273) Poland (281) politics (52) psychology (183) read (100) reference (59) science (537) senses (116) to-read (733) unread (110) Warsaw (101) women (64) writing (114) WWII (464) zoo (141)

Conhecimento Comum

Nome de batismo
Ackerman, Diane
Outros nomes
Ackermann, Diane
Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Waukegan, Illinois, USA
Locais de residência
Ithaca, New York, USA
Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
Pennsylvania State University (BA | 1970 - English)
Cornell University (MFA | 1973 | MA | 1976 | PhD | 1978 - English)
professor of English
West, Paul (husband) (1)
Sagan, Carl (doctoral advisor)
Authors Guild
Columbia University
Cornell University
The New Yorker
University of Pittsburgh
Guggenheim Fellowship
John Burroughs Nature Award
Lavan Poetry Prize
New York Public Library Literary Lion
Peter I. B. Lavan Younger Poets Award (1985)
Fellow, New York Institute for the Humanities (mostrar todas 7)
American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2016)
Suzanne Gluck (William Morris Agency)
Alison Granucci (Blue Flower Arts)
Pequena biografia
Diane Ackerman is the author of two dozen highly-acclaimed works of poetry and nonfiction, including the bestsellers "The Zookeeper's Wife" and "A Natural History of the Senses," and the Pulitzer Prize Finalist, "One Hundred Names for Love."

In her most recent book, "The Human Age: the World Shaped by Us," she confronts the unprecedented fact that the human race is now the single dominant force of change on the whole planet. Humans have "subdued 75 percent of the land surface, concocted a wizardry of industrial and medical marvels, strung lights all across the darkness." Ackerman takes us on an exciting journey to understand this bewildering new reality, introducing us to many of the inspiring people and ideas now creating, and perhaps saving, our future

A note from the author: "I find that writing each book becomes a mystery trip, one filled with mental (and sometimes physical) adventures. The world revealing itself, human nature revealing itself, is seductive and startling, and that's always been fascinating enough to send words down my spine. Please join me on my travels. I'd enjoy the company."

Contact me or follow my posts here: www.dianeackerman.com, @dianesackerman, www.facebook.com/dianeackerman.aut



I picked this up at a library book sale. I'd heard a lot about it, but (as I do) had resisted reading it when it was a bestseller and the topic of universal raves. I was also familiar with the author, but as a poet, not a historian.

The topic is interesting: On the eve of World War II, Antonina and Jan own and run the Warsaw Zoo. The zoo is bombed by the Nazis, many of the animals die, and the couple create a haven for Jews to hide in the empty buildings and maintenance tunnels beneath the zoo. As Jan works for the Polish underground, Antonina struggles to run the safe house, raise her children, feed all the people, and keep it all hidden from the patrolling Germans.

The story is dramatic and heroic, ordinary people doing extraordinary things in a time of immense danger and privation. Rings all my bells. But what disappointed me was the prose. It's very straightforward and matter of fact. Even stilted in some places. I expected more from a poet, honestly. I get that this is non-fiction, but that doesn't mean you can't have compelling prose.

Despite this issue, I still enjoyed the story and marveled anew at humanity's capacity for extremes of both brutality and grace. I also learned some things about zookeeping and exotic animal breeding.
… (mais)
TheGalaxyGirl | outras 197 resenhas | Jun 2, 2024 |
I have nothing untoward to say about this book, it was certainly well-written and incredibly well-researched, but it missed the mark for me. I believe it was a difficult subject, to write a book about an unpublished journal that isn’t yours, but I expected more. I wanted less detail - which is an odd thing to want in a book. If there is such a thing, I was inundated with too much minutia about everything. Praises for Ms. Ackerman, just not my style of book; the real and only reason for a lesser star review.… (mais)
LyndaWolters1 | outras 197 resenhas | Apr 3, 2024 |
I always enjoy Ackerman's book, and this one even more than many of her others. There was less of the author herself permeating the pages the characters and story were allowed to take center stage
cspiwak | outras 197 resenhas | Mar 6, 2024 |
enjoyable. For some reason I found the author's commentary on her own health more intrusive in this book then I have in some of her others
cspiwak | outras 9 resenhas | Mar 6, 2024 |



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