I am so glad that this book has been selected. It is wonderful. In all the reading I have done, I never thought about what would have happened to the animals during the destruction of WWII. While nothing should take away from the human life and families that were destroyed, it did give me pause to think about the animals. This one is worth the time!
Sounds like an inspiring book about the helping and rescuing of Jews during that terrible time in history -
As I checked my library website for this author and book, I found more books by her that I also would like to read - "A Natural History of My Garden" and "A Slender Thread" - an autobiographical type book -
I have read this book. The power of this woman in taking care of the animals and the people of Warsaw is amazing. This book will give you different view of World War II. After reading this book I now wish I had visited this zoo during one of my trips to Poland.
Diane Ackerman is one of my favorite authors and I await the availability of a few of her latest books at the Library... including Zookeeper's Wife which holds particular interest for me. I was so glad Suzanne included it in our nonfiction club. I think FIRST of the effect on animals when world events are reported... and pray for the safety of all living things involved. I am not an environment/conservation activist but I do support operations that seek to relieve the discomforts of plants and animals when their habitat is under seige of natural/imposed harm. Diane has a book on Roses that I'm anxious to cultivate a conscience about... for that seems to be how she affects me. I was looking for Roses when my cousin's 35 yr old son-in-law jumped from the Golden Gate in June 2006. Diane's account as a suicide prevention volunteer in Slender Thread was her only book in our Library, so providential as I searched for books to help my cousin, her daughter and in-laws thru that time. Thanks to Diane and Suzanne for Z'sW, Nina