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The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story

The Zookeeper's Wife - Diane Ackerman AuthorDiane Ackerman received her B.A. in English from Penn State and an M.F.A. and Ph.D. in English from Cornell University in 1978. Her dissertation advisor was Carl Sagan. From 1980 to 1983 she taught English at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has been married to novelist Paul West since 1970. She currently resides in Ithaca, New York. A collection of her manuscripts, writings and papers is housed at the Cornell University Library.Ackerman's awards and honors include: a Guggenheim Fellowship, the John Burroughs Nature Award, and the Lavan Poetry Prize. She was named a "Literary Lion" by the New York Public Library, and a molecule ("dianeackerone") has been named after her. ReviewI go the feeling I was reading the notes the author made to write a book called The Zookeeper's Wife. I would have thought that the situation surrounding the zoo would provide enough material to write an interesting piece on it. With all the extra's named in this book I got the feeling the book could have been another 100 pages down.There is hardly enough information to really get to know Jan and Antonina Zabinski or their son never mind getting some feeling for them. Furthermore the style in which it was written was not fo me either. Sentences where to long and I was not able to read this book in crowded places cause of distraction.