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The Zookeeper's Wife A War Story

by Diane Ackerman

The Zookeeper's Wife A War Story Synopsis

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 A War Story Press Reviews

It is no stretch to say that this is the book Ackerman was meant to write. -- Los Angeles Times Diane Ackerman has surpassed even herself in her latest book, which is alternatingly funny, moving, and terrifying. This powerful thriller would be a great novel--except that it is true. -- Jared Diamond

Book Information

ISBN: 9780393333060
Publication date: 28th July 2008
Author: Diane Ackerman
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 384 pages
Categories: European history,

About Diane Ackerman

Diane Ackerman has been the finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction in addition to many other awards and recognitions for her work, which include the best-selling The Zookeeper's Wife and A Natural History of the Senses. She lives in Ithaca, New York.

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