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Diane Ackerman - Author

About the Author

Diane Ackerman has been the finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Non-fiction in addition to many other awards and recognitions for her work, which include the international bestsellers The Zookeeper's Wife and A Natural History of the Senses. She lives with her husband Paul West in Ithaca, New York.

Featured books by Diane Ackerman

The Human Age The World Shaped by Us

The Human Age The World Shaped by Us

Author: Diane Ackerman Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/09/2015

'Our relationship with nature has changed ...radically, irreversibly, but by no means all for the bad. Our new epoch is laced with invention. Our mistakes are legion, but our talent is immeasurable.' In The Human Age award-winning nature writer Diane Ackerman confronts the fact that the human race is now the single dominant force of change on the planet. Humans have 'subdued 75 per cent of the land surface, concocted a wizardry of industrial and medical marvels, strung lights all across the darkness'. We now collect the DNA of vanishing species in a 'frozen ark', equip orang-utans with iPads, create wearable technologies and synthetic species that might one day outsmart us. Ackerman takes us on an exciting journey to understand this bewildering new reality, introducing us to many of the people and ideas now creating - perhaps saving - the future. The Human Age is a surprising, optimistic engagement with the dramatic transformations that have shaped, and continue to alter, our world, our relationship with nature and our prospects for the future. Diane Ackerman is one of our most lyrical, insightful and compelling writers on the natural world and The Human Age is a landmark book.

The Human Age

The Human Age

Author: Diane Ackerman Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/09/2014

  In The Human Age award-winning nature writer Diane Ackerman confronts the fact that the human race is now the single dominant force of change on the planet. Humans have 'subdued 75 per cent of the land surface, concocted a wizardry of industrial and medical marvels, strung lights all across the darkness'. We now collect the DNA of vanishing species in a 'frozen ark', equip orang-utans with iPads, create wearable technologies and synthetic species that might one day outsmart us. Ackerman takes us on an exciting journey to understand this bewildering new reality, introducing us to many of the people and ideas now creating - perhaps saving - the future. The Human Age is a surprising, optimistic engagement with the dramatic transformations that have shaped, and continue to alter, our world, our relationship with nature and our prospects for the future. Diane Ackerman is one of our most lyrical, insightful and compelling writers on the natural world and The Human Age is a landmark book.

Other books by Diane Ackerman

The Zookeeper's Wife

The Zookeeper's Wife

Author: Diane Ackerman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2019

Natural History Of Love

Natural History Of Love

Author: Diane Ackerman Format: eBook Release Date: 26/06/2018

Rasskazyvaya o tom, kak menyalis' predstavleniya o lyubvi v istorii, soedinyaya punktirom ehpohi Drevnego Egipta, Drevnej Grecii i Drevnego Rima, Srednevekov'e, ehpohu Vozrozhdeniya i sovremennost', amerikanskij publicist i poeht Diana Akerman priglashaet nas postich' "e;velikoe nepostizhimoe"e; - lyubov' vo vsem mnogoobrazii ee aspektov. Izyskanno napisannaya i osnovannaya na potryasayushchej informirovannosti, ehta kniga - podlinnyj gimn lyubvi. "e;Kak voznikaet lyubov'? Kak ee mozhno ponyat' v kontekste ehvolyucii? CHto takoe psihologiya lyubvi? EHroticheskaya i neehroticheskaya lyubov' - po suti odno li i to zhe? Kto po svoej prirode lyubit bol'she - muzhchina ili zhenshchina? CHto takoe materinskaya lyubov'? Kak lyubov' vliyaet na nashe zdorov'e? Mozhno li skazat', chto u muzhchin i zhenshchin raznye seksual'nye programmy? Kak svyazany mezhdu soboj otsutstvie lyubvi i prestupnost'? CHto takoe himiya lyubvi? Monogamny li my po prirode ili rozhdeny, chtoby obmanyvat' svoego partnera? Kak menyalos' predstavlenie o lyubvi ot ehpohi k ehpohe? Dejstvitel'no li sushchestvuyut afrodiziaki? Ispytyvayut li lyubov' zhivotnye? Kakovy obychai i prichudy lyubvi? Nam ochen' povezlo, chto my zhivem na planete, izobiluyushchej chelovecheskimi sushchestvami, rasteniyami i zhivotnymi, i chasto menya izumlyaet, kakie strannye zadachi stavit pered nimi ehvolyuciya. No iz vsej zhiznennoj krugoverti, iz vsekh tajn, kotorye nas zacharovyvayut, ya predpochitayu lyubov'"e;. Diana Akerman

NATURAL HISTORY OF THE SENSES

NATURAL HISTORY OF THE SENSES

Author: Diane Ackerman Format: eBook Release Date: 16/03/2018

"e;Bol'shinstvo sklonno schitat', chto razum nahoditsya v golove. No novejshie otkrytiya fiziologov govoryat o tom, chto na samom dele on ne sosredotochen polnost'yu v mozge, a stranstvuet po vsemu telu s karavanami gormonov i fermentov, trudolyubivo osmyslyaya ves' tot splav chudes, kotorye my privykli nazyvat' "e;osyazaniem"e;, "e;vkusom"e;, "e;obonyaniem"e;, "e;sluhom"e; i "e;zreniem"e;. V ehtoj knige ya namerena issledovat' proiskhozhdenie i ehvolyuciyu oshchushchenij; razlichie ih soznatel'nogo vospriyatiya v neskhozhih kul'turah; rang kazhdogo iz nih v sisteme oshchushchenij; ih rol' i mesto v fol'klore i nauke; svyazannye s oshchushcheniyami idiomy, kotorye my ispol'zuem, rasskazyvaya o mire vokrug nas. EHta kniga navernyaka prineset lyudyam radost'"e;. Diana Akerman

THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE

THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE

Author: Diane Ackerman Format: eBook Release Date: 30/03/2017

V knige "e;ZHena smotritelya zooparka Diana Akerman s bleskom, yumorom i beskonechnym sochuvstviem k svoim geroyam voplotila podlinnuyu istoriyu vojny i velichiya chelovecheskogo duha. V nej rasskazyvaetsya o geroicheskoj chete ZHabinskih, vladel'cah Varshavskogo zooparka, kotorye vo vremya Vtoroj mirovoj vojny pryatali v razorennyh vol'erah lyudej iz evrejskogo getto i takim obrazom spasli okolo trekhsot zhiznej. EHto oshelomlyayushchij i trogatel'nyj rasskaz o lyudyah i zhivotnyh, o glubinnyh svyazyah mezhdu chelovekom i prirodoj; gimn krasote, tajne i neistrebimosti zhizni. V marte 2017 goda na vse mirovye ehkrany vyshel odnoimennyj fil'm s uchastiem Dzhessiki CHestejn i Daniehlya Bryulya.

The Human Age The World Shaped by Us

The Human Age The World Shaped by Us

Author: Diane Ackerman Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/09/2015

'Our relationship with nature has changed ...radically, irreversibly, but by no means all for the bad. Our new epoch is laced with invention. Our mistakes are legion, but our talent is immeasurable.' In The Human Age award-winning nature writer Diane Ackerman confronts the fact that the human race is now the single dominant force of change on the planet. Humans have 'subdued 75 per cent of the land surface, concocted a wizardry of industrial and medical marvels, strung lights all across the darkness'. We now collect the DNA of vanishing species in a 'frozen ark', equip orang-utans with iPads, create wearable technologies and synthetic species that might one day outsmart us. Ackerman takes us on an exciting journey to understand this bewildering new reality, introducing us to many of the people and ideas now creating - perhaps saving - the future. The Human Age is a surprising, optimistic engagement with the dramatic transformations that have shaped, and continue to alter, our world, our relationship with nature and our prospects for the future. Diane Ackerman is one of our most lyrical, insightful and compelling writers on the natural world and The Human Age is a landmark book.

The Human Age The World Shaped By Us

The Human Age The World Shaped By Us

Author: Diane Ackerman Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/09/2014

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 Zookeeper's Wife An unforgettable true story, now a major film

The Zookeeper's Wife An unforgettable true story, now a major film

Author: Diane Ackerman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/05/2013

Now a major motion picture, starring Jessica Chastain and Daniel Bruhl, based on a remarkable true story of bravery and sanctuary during World War II - out in Spring 2017. When Germany invades Poland, Luftwaffe bombers devastate Warsaw and the city's zoo along with it. With most of their animals killed, or stolen away to Berlin, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski begin smuggling Jews into the empty cages. As the war escalates Jan becomes increasingly involved in the anti-Nazi resistance. Ammunition is buried in the elephant enclosure and explosives stored in the animal hospital. Plans are prepared for what will become the Warsaw uprising. Through the ever-present fear of discovery, Antonina must keep her unusual household afloat, caring for both its human and animal inhabitants - otters, a badger, hyena pups, lynxes - as Europe crumbles around them. Written with the narrative drive and emotional punch of a novel, The Zookeeper's Wife is a remarkable true story. It shows us the human and personal impact of war - of life in the Warsaw Ghetto, of fighting in the anti-Nazi resistance. But more than anything it is a story of decency and sacrifice triumphing over terror and oppression. Jan and Antonina saved over 300 people from the death camps of the Holocaust. It has already been acclaimed by Jonathan Safran Foer: 'I can't imagine a better story or storyteller. The Zookeeper's Wife will touch every nerve you have.'

One Hundred Names for Love A Stroke, a Marriage, and the Language of Healing

One Hundred Names for Love A Stroke, a Marriage, and the Language of Healing

Author: Diane Ackerman Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/04/2011

Everyone who cherishes the gift of language will cherish Diane Ackerman's narrative masterpiece, an exquisitely written love story and medical miracle story, one that combines science, inspiration, wisdom, and heart. One day Ackerman's husband, Paul West, an exceptionally gifted wordsmith and intellectual, suffered a terrible stroke. When he regained awareness he was afflicted with aphasia-loss of language-and could utter only a single syllable: mem. The standard therapies yielded little result but frustration. Diane soon found, however, that by harnessing their deep knowledge of each other and her scientific understanding of language and the brain she could guide Paul back to the world of words. This triumphant book is both a humane and revealing addition to the medical literature on stroke and aphasia and an exquisitely written love story: a magnificent addition to literature, period.

Dawn Light Dancing with Cranes and Other Ways to Start the Day

Dawn Light Dancing with Cranes and Other Ways to Start the Day

Author: Diane Ackerman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2010

In an eye-opening sequence of personal meditations through the cycle of seasons, one of our most celebrated storyteller-poet-naturalists awakens us to the world at dawn. Diane Ackerman draws from sources as diverse as meteorology, world religion, etymology, art history, and poetry in order to celebrate that moment in which the deepest arcades of life and matter become visible. From spring in Ithaca, New York, to winter in Palm Beach, Florida, Dawn Light is an impassioned call to revel in our numbered days on a turning earth. A Los Angeles Times Favorite Book, Booklist Editors Choice Award, Library Corner Best of List, and San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2009.

The Zookeeper's Wife A War Story

The Zookeeper's Wife A War Story

Author: Diane Ackerman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/07/2008

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.

Zookeeper's Wife

Zookeeper's Wife

Author: Diane Ackerman Format: eBook Release Date: 12/05/2008

When Germany invaded Poland, bombers devastated Warsaw-and the city's zoo along with it. With most of their animals dead, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski began smuggling Jews into the empty cages. Another dozen "e;guests"e; hid inside the Zabinskis' villa, emerging after dark for dinner, socializing, and, during rare moments of calm, piano concerts. Jan, active in the Polish resistance, kept ammunition buried in the elephant enclosure and stashed explosives in the animal hospital. Meanwhile, Antonina kept her unusual household afloat, caring for both its human and its animal inhabitants and refusing to give in to the penetrating fear of discovery, even as Europe crumbled around her.

In Our Nature Stories of Wildness

In Our Nature Stories of Wildness

Author: Diane Ackerman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2002

Fourteen unforgettable short stories provoke, illuminate, and startle as they explore our perception of nature and the conflict between wildness and civilization within each of us. As we are recognizing the consequences of the destruction of forests and wetlands, the pillaging of the seas, and the toxicity of industry, we are experiencing profound uncertainty about our relationship with the earth. These stellar short stories by writers such as Barry Lopez, Rick Bass, Margaret Atwood, E. L. Doctorow, Chris Offutt, and others plumb the mystery - as only fiction can - of nature within us and the world of nature that surrounds us. We are nature, in spite of our machines, our plastics, and our artificial ingredients. Yet what do we make of our own nature? Our own wildness? And how do we explain the paradox of our urge to both exploit and protect wilderness? From E. L. Doctorow's shattering tale, Willi, in which a young boy witnesses adults transformed into animals by the frenzy of sexual lust, to Rick Bass's Swamp Boy, whose young hero is hounded by a pack of boys incensed by his solitary communion with the wild, to Margaret Atwood's wickedly funny story, My Life as a Bat, or Kent Meyers's soulful ballad of love regained, The Heart of the Sky, these memorable stories articulate our deep need for wilderness and the indelible role nature plays in our psychological and spiritual well-being.

Deep Play

Deep Play

Author: Diane Ackerman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/08/2000