The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman
A War Story

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...amid the book’s errant anecdotes and baroque metaphors, the moral force of the central story is lost. The Zabinskis’ work must have required sustained courage, careful strategy and difficult decisions. None of these are given proper weight.
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The New York Times bestseller: a true story in which the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved hundreds of people from Nazi hands.


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.
 

About Diane Ackerman

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Diane Ackerman is the best-selling author of The Zookeeper's Wife, A Natural History of the Senses, and many other books.
 
Published September 17, 2008 by W. W. Norton & Company. 384 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Eva Hoffman on May 23 2008

...amid the book’s errant anecdotes and baroque metaphors, the moral force of the central story is lost. The Zabinskis’ work must have required sustained courage, careful strategy and difficult decisions. None of these are given proper weight.

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