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Ackerman, Diane 1948-

Overview
Works: 229 works in 561 publications in 3 languages and 34,319 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Popular works  Poetry  Juvenile works  Case studies  Miscellanea 
Roles: Author of screenplay
Classifications: PS3551.C48, 940.5318350943841
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Diane Ackerman
The zookeeper's wife by Diane Ackerman ( Book )
26 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 4,093 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The true story of how the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved hundreds of people from Nazi hands. When Germany invaded Poland, Stuka bombers devastated Warsaw--and the city's zoo along with it. With most of their animals dead, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Żabiński began smuggling Jews into empty cages. Another dozen "guests" hid inside the Żabińskis' villa, emerging after dark for dinner, socializing, and, during rare moments of calm, piano concerts. Jan, active in the Polish resistance, kept ammunition buried in the elephant enclosure and stashed explosives in the animal hospital. Meanwhile, Antonina kept her unusual household afloat, caring for both its human and its animal inhabitants--otters, a badger, hyena pups, lynxes--and keeping alive an atmosphere of play and innocence even as Europe crumbled around her
A natural history of the senses by Diane Ackerman ( Book )
34 editions published between 1984 and 2013 in English and held by 3,179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ackerman weaves together scientific fact with lore, history, and description to celebrate our ability to smell, taste, hear, touch, and see
A natural history of love by Diane Ackerman ( Book )
16 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in English and held by 1,937 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Following the triumphant success of her A Natural History of the Senses, Diane Ackerman has turned her formidable gifts to that greatest gift of all - the elusive, eternal, and endlessly interesting matter of love." "The result is pure Ackerman: a splendid, serious, scientific, poetic, playful, and lyrical "tour d'horizon" of love's many forms and faces." "Ackerman draws on a variety of sources, both classical and from her immediate experience. The historical, cultural, religious, and biological roots of love are all explored and illuminated. She gives a fresh new reading to Freud ("mapping the war zones of the heart"), Stendhal (love as fantasy), and Proust ("the erotics of waiting"), and draws lessons from lovers across time." "Her attention then moves to the physical - the chemistry, biology, and neurophysiology associated with love in the brain, mind, and body. She discusses the "evolution of the face," the cuddle, both as caress and as chemical, and the customs of marriage. There are astonishments everywhere. Her distinctive touch, aided by her personal adventures and explorations, enriches our understanding of women and horses, men and mermaids, sex and flying, and other equally enticing subjects." "The book begins: "Love is the great intangible." Diane Ackerman then proceeds to make it more tangible, traceable, breathable, and ... well, lovable."--BOOK JACKET
An alchemy of mind : the marvel and mystery of the brain by Diane Ackerman ( Book )
7 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 1,721 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The most ambitious and enlightening work to date from the bestselling author of A Natural History of the Senses, An Alchemy of Mind combines an artist's eye with a scientist's erudition to illuminate, as never before, the magic and mysteries of the human mind. Long treasured by literary readers for her uncommon ability to bridge the gap between art and science, celebrated scholar-artist Diane Ackerman returns with the book she was born to write. Her dazzling new work, An Alchemy of Mind, offers an unprecedented exploration and celebration of the mental fantasia in which we spend our days -- and does for the human mind what the bestselling A Natural History of the Senses did for the physical senses. Bringing a valuable female perspective to the topic, Diane Ackerman discusses the science of the brain as only she can: with gorgeous, immediate language and imagery that paint an unusually lucid and vibrant picture for the reader. And in addition to explaining memory, thought, emotion, dreams, and language acquisition, she reports on the latest discoveries in neuroscience and addresses controversial subjects like the effects of trauma and male versus female brains. In prose that is not simply accessible but also beautiful and electric, Ackerman distills the hard, objective truths of science in order to yield vivid, heavily anecdotal explanations about a range of existential questions regarding consciousness, human thought, memory, and the nature of identity
The rarest of the rare : vanishing animals, timeless worlds by Diane Ackerman ( Book )
8 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in English and held by 1,543 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Relates observations about the disappearance of rare, exotic, and endangered species and ecosystems. Discusses the habitats of monk seals, albatrosses, and migrating monarch butterflies
The moon by whale light : and other adventures among bats, penguins, crocodilians, and whales by Diane Ackerman ( Book )
15 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in English and held by 1,399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Study of bats, whales, crocodiles, alligators, and penguins offering new perspectives on these animals
A slender thread by Diane Ackerman ( Book )
7 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in English and held by 1,229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Experiences of an author who volunteers every week at a local crisis center
The zookeeper's wife by Diane Ackerman ( Recording )
15 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 1,069 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
When Germany invaded Poland, bombers devastated Warsaw--and the city's zoo along with it. With most of their animals dead, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski began smuggling Jews into the empty cages. Another dozen "guests" hid inside the Zabinskis' villa, emerging after dark for dinner, socializing and, during rare moments of calm, piano concerts. Jan, active in the Polish resistance, kept ammunition buried in the elephant enclosure and stashed explosives in the animal hospital. Meanwhile, Antonina kept her unusual household afloat, caring for both its human and its animal inhabitants and refusing to give in to the penetrating fear of discovery, even as Europe crumbled around her
Dawn light : dancing with cranes and other ways to start the day by Diane Ackerman ( Book )
3 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 1,058 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A celebrated storyteller-poet-naturalist explores a year of dawns, drawing on sources as diverse as meteorology, world religion, etymology, art history, poetry, organic farming, and beekeeping
Deep play by Diane Ackerman ( Book )
11 editions published between 1999 and 2013 in English and held by 1,035 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Deep play, a state of transcendence, is explored "in an array of activities, from the exotic to the domestic, from the artistic and the athletic to the spiritual."--Jacket
Jaguar of sweet laughter : new & selected poems by Diane Ackerman ( Book )
14 editions published between 1990 and 2013 in English and held by 936 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This collection of verse touches on such topics as a hospital vigil, the Amazon rain forest, and the icy Antarctic, and offers a selection from the author's dramatic poem about a Mexican nun and the Inquisition
Animal sense by Diane Ackerman ( Book )
2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 740 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A collection of poems that tells how such animals as alligators, bats, penguins, bumble bees, and skunks use their different senses
Bats : shadows in the night by Diane Ackerman ( Book )
4 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 731 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The author gets to see bats close up as she accompanies bat expert and founder of Bat Conservation International, Merlin Tuttle, on a trip to study these often misunderstood mammals
Origami bridges : poems of psychoanalysis and fire by Diane Ackerman ( Book )
3 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 694 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this collection, Diane Ackerman, with astonishing candor, lays bare her desires, anger, jealousy, fears, and anxiety as she probes not only her psychic landscape but also her past. And what gradually rises to the surface is an understanding of how the poet uses verse to purge her demons, express her delight, or confess secret longing, and through this process come to a better understanding of the self. The author of twenty celebrated books of poetry and nonfiction, Diane Ackerman offers a new collection of masterfully crafted poems with an unusual focus. At the heart of Origami Bridges is the delicate relationship of trust between analyst and patient, a relationship that grows out of the emotional give-and-take of the psychoanalytic process. Ackerman's energy and passion are everywhere in evidence, and "she makes the task of putting words to the wordless seem effortless" [Manchester Journal]. Exuberant, lyrical, these are deeply felt poems about life and one of its most important relationships. This collection is Diane Ackerman at the height of her powers as a poet
I praise my destroyer : poems by Diane Ackerman ( Book )
6 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and held by 684 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The last stanza of the title poem reads:
The book of love ( Book )
2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 605 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Antologi af breve, memoirer, essays, poesi og prosa fra klassisk litteratur til nutiden
Mystery of the senses hearing ( Visual )
11 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 554 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This documentary explores the wonders of smell with a blend of science and imagery, literature and folklore, history and personal adventure
Mystery of the senses a Nova miniseries ( Visual )
8 editions published between 1995 and 2007 in English and held by 541 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
(Producer) This documentary series explores the wonders of hearing, smell, taste, touch, and vision
Blue Planet Run : the race to provide safe drinking water to the world by Rick Smolan ( Book )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The Blue Planet Run volume represents two extraordinary projects. The first is the result of a worldwide search for images and stories to capture the human face of the global water crisis. For one month, 40 talented photojournalists crossed the globe taking photographs to show the extent of the problem. At the same time, a team of researchers contacted photographers on every continent to identify existing bodies of work focused on this crucial issue. Simultaneously, 20 runners representing 13 nationalities embarked on a 95-day nonstop relay race around the globe, serving as messengers to raise awareness of the severity of the water crisis." "The book also features original essays from an extraordinary range of noted writers, environmentalists, inventors and journalists including Diane Ackerman, Fred Pearce, Dean Kamen, Michael Malone, Bill McKibben Jeffrey Rothfeder, Michael Specter, Paul Hawken and Mike Cerre."--Jacket
The planets : a cosmic pastoral : [poems] by Diane Ackerman ( Book )
8 editions published between 1976 and 1979 in English and Undetermined and held by 370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Ackerman, Jennifer G.
Akirmān, Diyān 1948-
Akkarmen̲, Ṭayan̲ 1948-
Fink, Diane.
Fink, Diane 1948-
アッカーマン, ダイアン
Languages
English (246)
Chinese (4)
Korean (1)
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