The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story by Diane AckermanThe Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story by Diane Ackerman

The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story

byDiane Ackerman

Paperback | February 7, 2017

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1939: the Germans have invaded Poland. The keepers of the Warsaw zoo, Jan and Antonina Zabinski, survive the bombardment of the city, only to see the occupiers ruthlessly kill many of their animals. The Nazis then carry off the prized specimens to Berlin for their program to create the “purest” breeds, much as they saw themselves as the purest human race. Opposed to all the Nazis represented, the Zabinskis risked their lives by hiding Jews in the now-empty animal cages, saving as many as three hundred people from extermination. Acclaimed, best-selling author Diane Ackerman, fascinated both by the Zabinskis’ courage and by Antonina’s incredible sensitivity to all living beings, tells a moving and dramatic story of the power of empathy and the strength of love.

A Focus Features release, it is directed by Niki Caro, written by Angela Workman.

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 best-selling The Zookeeper's Wife and A Natural History of the Senses. She lives in Ithaca, New York.
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Title:The Zookeeper's Wife: A War StoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.2 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:February 7, 2017Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0393354253

ISBN - 13:9780393354256

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Essential reading! I became acquainted with Jan and Antonina Żabiński's story when I saw the film adaptation of the same name earlier this year, which led me to the book. While the movie does a decent job of portraying events, Diane Ackerman's book is far superior in providing historical context and background information. In it, she delves into several aspects of the war and paints a vivid picture of what life was like in German-occupied Poland, for Polish Jews and gentiles alike. In a time of unimaginable cruelty, the Warsaw Zoo was a beacon of hope for so many displaced Jews because of the Żabińskis' empathy and compassion. Such a heavy subject is not easy to cover, but Ackerman handles it with grace and sensitivity, even inspiring optimism in the reader. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not What I Expected This book was not at all what I was expecting it to be. I thought it would be more a story based on the events of Antonina, however it was more focused on the history which I did not mind at all. It was very moving and eye opening, something everyone should read.
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Enjoyed every moment of the book
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it A little hard to get into, a slow beginning, but an amazing story
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Zookeeper's Wife I was between a 4 and a 5 on this one. I absolutely love the story and meaning behind it and I always love historical fiction but this one was just not quite a 5 star for me. I felt like there could have been so much more depth into the main character, I was aching to find out more and more about her.
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Okay I had a really hard time getting into this book. The history is very interesting but I found some of the explanation lengthy and unneeded. The wordy-ness got in the way of a beautiful story.
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Great read, better than the movie!
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! such a good read! there is so much depth to this book. I'm excited to see the movie to compare.
Date published: 2017-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from TRULY CAPTIVATING A great read that shows the kindness of humankind. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting bit of history I really enjoyed reading about this bit of history I've never heard before. A lot of the information comes direct from Antonina's diary which helps bring the story to life.
Date published: 2017-05-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from okay read i like the history part of the novel. but i struggled to finish the book. it wasn't bad at all. just thought there are so much unnecessary stuff included
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read This book I couldn't put down. I highly recommend it if you enjoy history at all.
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a good read I enjoyed this book, it is right in my zone. WWII, historical facts and the characters are great.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Zookeeper's Wife 4/5 stars rounded up. I picked up this book thinking it was written as a story but I actually found it more of a memoir-ish sort of book. It was written by the author who also gives lots of historical facts throughout about the Polish life during WW2 so I learned a lot, which I am very grateful. I fell in love with the main characters and couldn't get enough of them, I didn't want it to end. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was wonderful Really loved this book! I loved the historical setting and the high tense environment. The characters, the plot line, the dialogue were developed with skill. . Highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Totally loved it, what a great book, a real eye opener. Really fantastic stuff in here. So happy we got it, even works as a gift. Definitely going into our library, in our permanent collection. What more can I say, we are are truly pleased.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent book Definitely worth the read. I would recommend this to a friend. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-09

Editorial Reviews

Here is a true story—of human empathy and its opposite—that is simultaneously grave and exuberant, wise and playful. Ackerman has a wonderful tale to tell, and she tells it wonderfully. — Washington Post Book WorldPoignant…This is an absorbing book. — New York Times Book ReviewI can’t imagine a better story or storyteller. The Zookeeper’s Wife will touch every nerve you have. — Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Everything is IlluminatedIt is no stretch to say that this is the book Ackerman was meant to write. — Los Angeles TimesDiane Ackerman has surpassed even herself in her latest book, which is alternatingly funny, moving, and terrifying. This powerful thriller would be a great novel—except that it is true. — Jared Diamond