The true story of the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, who, with extraordinary courage, compassion, and calm under pressure, managed to save hundreds of people from Nazi hands.
Diane Ackerman is the author of several works of nonfiction including, most recently, An Alchemy of Mind, a poetics of the brain based on the latest neuroscience; Cultivating Delight: A Natural History of My Garden; Deep Play, which considers play, creativity, and our need for transcendence; A Slender Thread, about her work as a crisis line counselor; The Rarest of the Rare and The Moon by Whale Light, in which she explores the plight and fascination of endangered animals; A Natural History of Love; On Extended Wings, her memoir of flying; and the bestseller A Natural History of the Senses. Her poetry has been published in leading literary journals and various anthologies. She also writes nature books for children: Animal Sense; Monk Seal Hideaway; and Bats: Shadows in the Night. She is co-editor of a Norton anthology, The Book of Love. Ms. Ackerman has received many prizes and awards and she also has the rare distinction of having a molecule named after her --dianeackerone.
Louise Steinman is a writer and literary curator. She is the author of The Knowing Body: The Artist as Storyteller in Contemporary Performance and the award-winning memoir The Souvenir: A Daughter Discovers Her Father's War, recently published in a new paperback edition. She is Co-Director of The Los Angeles Institute for Humanities at USC.
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