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The Zookeeper’S Wife
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.
More books by Diane Ackerman
1. The Human Age: The World Shaped By Us
Winner of the National Outdoor Book Award and the PEN New England Henry David Thoreau Prize. A dazzling, inspiring tour through the ways that humans are working with nature to try to save the planet. With her celebrated blend of scientific insight, clarity, and curiosity, Diane Ackerman explores our human capacity both for destruction and for invention as we shape the future of the planet Earth. Ackerman takes us to the mind-expanding frontiers of science, exploring the fact that the “natural” and the “human” now inescapably depend on one another, drawing from “fields as diverse as evolutionary robotics…nanotechnology, 3-D printing and biomimicry” (New York Times Book Review), with probing intelligence, a clear eye, and an ever-hopeful heart.
2. An Alchemy of Mind
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.
3. One Hundred Names for Love: A Memoir
The author of The Zookeepers Wife describes her husband’s terrible stroke which resulted in aphasia, or loss of language, and how she used their love and scientific understanding of language to help him regain his use of words. Reprint.
4. 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
5. A Slender Thread
his astonishing book by the prizewinning, bestselling author of A Natural History of the Senses reveals Ackerman’s parallel lives as an observer of the wildlife in her garden and as a telephone crisis counselor. “(Ackerman) brings a luminous and illuminating combination of sensuality, science, and speculation to whatever she considers.”–San Francisco Examiner.
6. I Praise My Destroyer
Diane Ackerman’s poems reveal her intense response to the several worlds of nature, science, and society. Her lyricism fuses wit and sobriety, meditation and activism, and she confronts us with figures both real and fantastic. As always, her strong connection with the natural world, the realms of language and literature, myth and imagination, combines with her deep understanding of the sciences to offer her readers a singular American voice. This is not a voice crying in the wilderness, but one that gives forth songs of joy and wonder. Organized into seven sections, including “Timed Talk,” “By Atoms Moved,” and “Tender Mercies,” I Praise My Destroyer is less an assorted collection than an organically coherent whole, one that reveals Ackerman’s true calling as a twentieth-century metaphysical poet of the highest order.
7. Jaguar of Sweet Laughter
In A Natural History of the Senses Diane Ackerman revealed herself as a naturalist who writes with the sensuous immediately of a great poet. Now Jaguar of Sweet Laughter presents the work of a poet with the precise and wondering eye of a gifted naturalist. Ackermans’s Olympian vision records and transforms landscapes from Amazonia to Antarctica, while her imaginative empathy penetrates the otherness of hummingbirds, deer, and trilobites. But even as they draw readers into the wild heart of nature, Ackerman’s poems are indelible reminders of what it is to be a human being—the “jaguar of sweet laughter” that, according to Mayan mythology, astonished the world because it was the first animal to speak.
8. The Rarest of the Rare
The renowned author of A Natural History of the Senses takes readers in search of the “rarest of the rare, ” species likely to disappear before most of us have ever seen them. From Brazil to the Pacific to Japan, Ackerman shares her concern at the animals’ plight, rejoices at the chance to experience them, and cheers those who work to save these fantastic creatures.
9. A Natural History Of Love
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.
10. Deep Play
With A Natural History of the Senses, Diane Ackerman let her free-ranging intellect loose on the natural world. Now in Deep Play she tackles the realm of creativity, by exploring one of the most essential aspects of our characters: the abitlity to play. “Deep play” is that more intensified form of play that puts us in a rapturous mood and awakens the most creative, sentient, and joyful aspects of our inner selves. As Ackerman ranges over a panoply of artistic, spiritual, and athletic activities, from spiritual rapture through extreme sports, we gain a greater sense of what it means to be “in the moment” and totally, transcendentally human. Keenly perceived and written with poetic exuberance, Deep Play enlightens us by revealing the manifold ways we can enhance our lives.
11. Moon By Whale Light
In a rare blend of scientific fact and poetic truth, the acclaimed author of A Natural History of the Senses explores the activities of whales, penguins, bats, and crocodilians, plunging headlong into nature and coming up with highly entertaining treasures.
12. Dawn Light
Draws on a diverse range of sources from meteorology and religion to history and organic farming to introduce readers to bird music and other signs of avian intelligence, in a series of meditations that describe the author’s migration-copying travels between New York and Florida.
13. Within the Stone
Mac guru Bill Atkinson shoots pictures of cut and polished rock slabs, transmuting them into masterpieces of “found” art with his high-resolution scanning camera and innovative color management techniques. For “Within the Stone,” Atkinson picks 72 rock images for their evocative painterly qualities. Seven eminent poets and science writers, including Diane Ackerman and John Horgan, take turns responding to each image as a dream, landscape, seduction, or excogitative stimulus. In an appendix, three mineralogists describe each specimen’s provenience, geological setting, and mineral composition. “A beautiful work of art.” “Gems & Gemology.” “Abstract masterpieces.” “Popular Photography.” “Revelations of the inner beauty of rocks.” “PC Photo” “High tech meets timeless beauty.” “Lapidary Journal.” “Apple’s soft ware star turns his code into art.” “Macworld” Winner of 2004 Gold Ink Award, American Photo Best Photo Book of 2004
14. Origami Bridges
At the heart of Origami Bridges is the delicate relationship of trust between analyst and patient, a relationship that grows out of the emotional give-and-take of the psychoanalytic process. In this collection, Diane Ackerman, with astonishing candor, lays bare her desires, anger, jealousy, fears, and anxiety, as she probes not only her present emotional landscape but also her past. And what gradually rises to the surface is an understanding of how the poet uses verse to purge her demons, express her delight, or confess secret longing, and through this process come to a better understanding of the self.
15. Animal Sense
A collection of poems that tells how such animals as alligators, bats, penguins, bumble bees, and skunks use their different senses.
16. Cultivating Delight: A Natural History Of My Garden
In the mode of her bestseller A Natural History of the Senses, Diane Ackerman celebrates the sensory pleasures of her garden through the seasons. Whether she is deadheading flowers or glorying in the profusion of roses, offering sugar water to a hummingbird or studying the slug, she welcomes the unexpected drama and extravagance as well as the sanctuary her garden offers. Written in sensuous, lyrical prose, Cultivating Delight is a hymn to nature and to the pleasure we take in it.
17. Twilight of the Tenderfoot
A memoir that lets readers glimpse the backbreaking, soul-satisfying work of ranching.
18. Die Seele meines Gartens
19. Sandi Fellman
Flowers, or rather their delicate presences, are the subjects of Fellman’s sepia-toned photographs.
The author gets to see bats close up as she accompanies bat expert and founder of Bat Conservation International, Merlin Tuttle, on a trip to study these often misunderstood mammals.
21. Monk Seal Hideaway
Journeys to the last refuge of the most endangered seal species, the Hawaiian monk seal, and explores the biology, lives, and behavior of these rare mammals
22. Reverse Thunder
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.
23. On Extended Wings
The author explains why flying is so important to her, despite its dangers and the difficulties she faced learning to fly
24. Lady Faustus
Poems portray the author’s experiences and explore a variety of themes, including dreams, flight, music and sports
Last updated on Wednesday, November 9, 2022