Diane Ackerman is an American naturalist, poet, and author of essay collections. She is known as an author for writing the books: The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story, The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us, The Moon by Whale Light, and A Natural History of the Senses. She has also published numerous poetry collections and children’s books.

Akerman attended Pennsylvania State University and earned her Bachelor of Arts in English. She then attended Cornell University where she received her Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, and her Ph.D. She would late go on to teach at Cornell University and Columbia. She has published numerous essays in a wide variety of publications, including The New York Times, Smithsonian, The New Yorker, and National Geographic. In 2015, Diane won the National Outdoor Book Award for The Human Age.

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Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

On Extended Wings (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Natural History of the Senses (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Moon by Whale Light and Other Adventures Among Bats, Penguins, Crocodilians and Whales (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Natural History of Love (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Curious Naturalist (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Rarest of the Rare: Vanishing Animals, Timeless Worlds (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Monk Seal Hideaway (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Slender Thread: Rediscovering Hope at the Heart of Crisis (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Bats: Shadows in the Night (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Book of Love (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Deep Play (With: Peter Sís) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Cultivating Delight: A Natural History of My Garden (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Twilight of the Tenderfoot: A Western Memoir (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
An Alchemy of Mind: The Marvel and Mystery of the Brain (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Zookeeper's Wife (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dawn Light: Dancing with Cranes and Other Ways to Start the Day (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
One Hundred Names for Love: A Memoir (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Human Age: The World Shaped By Us (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Collections

The Planets: A Cosmic Pastoral[Poems] (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Wife of Light (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Lady Faustus (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Reverse Thunder: A Dramatic Poem (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Jaguar of Sweet Laughter: New and Selected Poems (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
I Praise My Destroyer: Poems (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Origami Bridges: Poems of Psychoanalysis and Fire (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Senses of Animals: Poems (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Animal Sense (With: Peter Sís) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Anthologies

A Convergence of Birds(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
When The Wild Comes Leaping Up(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
In the Arms of Words: Poems for Disaster Relief(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Hope Beneath Our Feet(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Wonder and Other Survival Skills(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

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The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story follows two Polish zookeepers, Jan and Antonina, who go on to save hundreds of people from the Nazis after the bombing of their zoo. They would take the refugees and put them in empty animal cages, giving them animal names and calling animals by human names. The zoo came to be known as The House Under a Crazy Star. The story focuses on Antonina’s life as a zookeeper’s wife. The book was later made into a movie starring Jessica Chastain.

The Human Age: The World Shaped By Us is Ackerman’s exploration into our human capacity both for destruction and for invention, and the way these duel obsessions will shape the future of our planet. Ackerman explores ways in which the natural and the human world are now completely dependent on one another. She also draws from the scientific fields from nanotechnology to biomimicry.

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