The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman on Bette’s Bookshelf

A true story in which the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved hundreds of people from Nazi hands.

After their zoo was bombed, Polish zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski managed to save over three hundred people from the Nazis by hiding refugees in the empty animal cages. With animal names for these “guests,” and human names for the animals, it’s no wonder that the zoo’s code name became “The House Under a Crazy Star.” Best-selling naturalist and acclaimed storyteller Diane Ackerman combines extensive research and an exuberant writing style to re-create this fascinating, true-life story—sharing Antonina’s life as “the zookeeper’s wife,” while examining the disturbing obsessions at the core of Nazism. Winner of the 2008 Orion Award.

The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman on Bette’s Bookshelf

This a true story in which the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved hundreds of people from the Nazi concentration camps. The author’s detailed descriptions are deep and often disturbing, but in spite of, or perhaps because of, the long and weighty details, I found this to be a very tedious read. Just keeping track of the myriad listing of Polish places, people, streets, foods, etc. took much of the joy out of reading this book. The underlying story is very meritorious, but sadly not worth the time and effort it took to read it. That of course, is just my opinion.

About Bette Lee Crosby

It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: The Royal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President’s Book Award Gold Medal, Reader’s Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer’s Choice Award.

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