Other books byDiane Ackerman
The Zookeeper's Wife
A War Story
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 "guests" 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.
Dawn Light: Dancing with Cranes and Other Ways to Start the Day
A celebrated storyteller-poet-naturalist explores a year of dawns in her most personal book to date.In an eye-opening sequence of personal meditations through the cycle of seasons, Diane Ackerman awakens us to the world at dawnâdrawing on sources as diverse as meteorology, world religion, etymology, art history, poetry, organic farming, and beekeeping. As a patient and learned observer of animal and human physiology and behavior, she introduces us to varieties of bird music and other signs of avian intelligence, while she herself âmigratesâ from winter in Florida to spring, summer, and fall in upstate New York. Humans might luxuriate in the idea of being âinâ nature, Ackerman points out, but we often forget that we are natureâfor âno facet of nature is as unlikely as we, the tiny bipeds with the giant dreams.â Joining scienceâs devotion to detail with religionâs appreciation of the sublime, Dawn Light is an impassioned celebration of the miracles of evolutionâespecially human consciousness of our numbered days on a turning earth.
A Natural History of the Senses
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. (Literature--Classics & Contemporary)
A Natural History of Love
Author of the National Bestseller A Natural...
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.