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.

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

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

Publication Order of Collections

The Planets: A Cosmic Pastoral[Poems] (1976)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Wife of Light (1978)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Lady Faustus (1983)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Reverse Thunder: A Dramatic Poem (1988)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Jaguar of Sweet Laughter: New and Selected Poems (1991)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
I Praise My Destroyer: Poems (1998)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Origami Bridges: Poems of Psychoanalysis and Fire (2000)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Senses of Animals: Poems (2000)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Animal Sense (With: Peter Sís) (2003)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Anthologies

A Convergence of Birds(2001)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Wonder and Other Survival Skills(2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

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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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