Diane Ackerman

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Diane Ackerman

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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 bestsellers The Zookeeper’s Wife and A Natural History of the Senses.

The Zookeeper’s Wife, a little known true story of WWII, became a New York Times bestseller, and received the Orion Book Award, which honored it as, "a groundbreaking work of nonfiction." A movie of The Zookeeper’s Wife, starring Jessica Chastain and Daniel Brühl, releases in theaters March 31st, 2017 from Focus Features.

She lives with her husband Paul West in Ithaca, New York.

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Diane Ackerman While I was working on The Zookeeper’s Wife I didn’t typically have a writing day because I began writing the book right after my late husband had a…moreWhile I was working on The Zookeeper’s Wife I didn’t typically have a writing day because I began writing the book right after my late husband had a stroke, and I was his caregiver. I’m sure this had something to do with why I was drawn to the story of a caregiver like Antonina. Of course, I was only looking after one person, but she had the responsibility of looking after so many lives. She was my heroine. It also meant that I had to work in attention gulps and in fragments of time. However, if I had children that I was looking after the same thing would be true. So, I would have to find moments during the day when I wasn’t needed in looking after him where I could then announce, “I’m going to Poland,” and I would go down to my study room. In fact, working on the book became my sanctuary during that time and I did that regularly everyday. I would say during each day I worked on the book for around three or four hours, but not consecutively. Whereas, when I’m normally writing I begin when I get up first thing in the morning and work for five or six hours at a time. (less)
Diane Ackerman First of all, I loved attending the ALA screening also! I’ve spent a lot of my life in libraries and I love libraries, especially book mobiles. The…moreFirst of all, I loved attending the ALA screening also! I’ve spent a lot of my life in libraries and I love libraries, especially book mobiles. The book mobiles were my Aladdin’s cave when I was growing up. I am happy to report that I’ve met both of the children who are very much alive and thrilled to be able to celebrate what happened in their family, and to recognize their parents as rescuers. And, the zoo I’ve been to, at a time when most of Warsaw was destroyed and there were very small population left in Warsaw after the war, they rebuilt that zoo right away. The zoo is now a world-class zoo. As a result, the zoo recently turned the villa that the Żabiński’s lived in into a museum. They remodelled it to look the way it looked during the war and now it educates people about what happened there. (less)
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“I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I have just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.”
Diane Ackerman

“Look at your feet. You are standing in the sky. When we think of the sky, we tend to look up, but the sky actually begins at the earth. We walk through it, yell into it, rake leaves, wash the dog, and drive cars in it. We breathe it deep within us. With every breath, we inhale millions of molecules of sky, heat them briefly, and then exhale them back into the world.”
Diane Ackerman, A Natural History of the Senses

“When I set a glass prism on a windowsill and allow the sun to flood through it, a spectrum of colors dances on the floor. What we call "white" is a rainbow of colored rays packed into a small space. The prism sets them free. Love is the white light of emotion.”
Diane Ackerman, A Natural History of Love

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