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Ackerman, Diane 1948-

Works: 223 works in 828 publications in 18 languages and 36,216 library holdings
Genres: History  Case studies  Biography  Biographies  Poetry  Creative nonfiction  Drama  Biographical films  Film adaptations  Historical films 
Roles: Author, Author of screenplay, Narrator, Editor, osp, Speaker, Bibliographic antecedent, Interviewee, Other
Classifications: D804.66.Z33, 940.5318350943841
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Diane Ackerman
The zookeeper's wife by Diane Ackerman( Book )

86 editions published between 2007 and 2018 in 13 languages and held by 5,656 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documents the true story of Warsaw Zoo keepers and resistance activists Jan and Antonina Zabinski, who in the aftermath of Germany's invasion of Poland saved the lives of hundreds of Jewish citizens by smuggling them into empty cages and their home villa
A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman( Book )

89 editions published between 1984 and 2018 in 14 languages and held by 3,294 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
The human age : the world shaped by us by Diane Ackerman( Book )

27 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in English and Chinese and held by 2,285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Humans have subdued 75 percent of the land surface, concocted a wizardry of industrial and medical marvels, strung lights all across the darkness. We tinker with nature at every opportunity; we garden the planet with our preferred species of plants and animals, many of them invasive; and we have even altered the climate, threatening our own extinction. Yet we reckon with our own destructive capabilities in extraordinary acts of hope-filled creativity ... Ackerman [explores] our new reality, introducing us to many of the people and ideas now creating--perhaps saving--our future and that of our fellow creatures"
A natural history of love by Diane Ackerman( Book )

30 editions published between 1994 and 2007 in 7 languages and held by 1,915 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."--Jacket
An alchemy of mind : the marvel and mystery of the brain by Diane Ackerman( Book )

10 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and French and held by 1,574 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 )

17 editions published between 1995 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 1,429 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 zookeeper's wife by Diane Ackerman( Recording )

49 editions published between 2007 and 2017 in English and held by 1,365 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
The moon by whale light : and other adventures among bats, penguins, crocodilians, and whales by Diane Ackerman( Book )

20 editions published between 1991 and 1996 in 5 languages and held by 1,284 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 )

8 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 1,095 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Experiences of an author who volunteers every week at a local crisis center
Deep play by Diane Ackerman( Book )

16 editions published between 1999 and 2017 in English and Chinese and held by 1,016 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
Dawn light : dancing with cranes and other ways to start the day by Diane Ackerman( Book )

5 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 983 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
Jaguar of sweet laughter : new & selected poems by Diane Ackerman( Book )

13 editions published between 1990 and 2011 in English and held by 856 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
Origami bridges : poems of psychoanalysis and fire by Diane Ackerman( Book )

3 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 670 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
Animal sense by Diane Ackerman( Book )

3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 665 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
I praise my destroyer : poems by Diane Ackerman( Book )

8 editions published between 1998 and 2011 in English and held by 652 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Diane Ackerman has gathered the poems into something that is more than the sum of its parts -- a rare event in poetry
Bats : shadows in the night by Diane Ackerman( Book )

4 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 617 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
Mystery of the senses : a Nova miniseries( Visual )

14 editions published between 1995 and 2007 in English and held by 614 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

(Producer) This documentary series explores the wonders of hearing, smell, taste, touch, and vision
The book of love( Book )

2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 543 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Culled from love letters, poetry, fiction, personal essays, and memories, this anthology celebrates humankind's grandest pastime and obsession: love. Here is a panorama of fine writing about love's many moods and majesties, from all the veils of flirtation, seduction, and marriage to the tempests of suspicions, jealousy, and heartache. Here is a treasury of more than two hundred selections - from Andrew Marvell's "To His Coy Mistress" to Elizabeth Barrett Browning's "How Do I Love Thee?" to poems by John Ashbery, Louise Gluck, and Jorie Graham. There are excerpts from Romeo and Juliet, Madame Bovary, The Odyssey, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, and Ironweed, as well as letters from Baudelaire to Sabatier, George Eliot to Herbert Spencer, and Henry Miller to Anais Nin. A delightful mix of the contemporary and the classic
Taste by Diane Ackerman( Visual )

23 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 528 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
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 362 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
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The zookeeper's wife
A Natural History of the SensesA natural history of loveAn alchemy of mind : the marvel and mystery of the brainThe rarest of the rare : vanishing animals, timeless worldsThe zookeeper's wifeThe moon by whale light : and other adventures among bats, penguins, crocodilians, and whalesA slender threadDeep play
Alternative Names
Ackerman, Diane

Ackerman, Jennifer G.

Aikeman, Dai'an

Akirmān, Diyān 1948-

Akkarmen̲, Ṭayan̲ 1948-

Diane Ackerman Amerikaans dichteres

Diane Ackerman amerikansk poet

Diane Ackerman amerykańska pisarka i poetka

Diane Ackerman écrivaine américaine

Diane Ackerman költő, író

Diane Ackerman US-amerikanische Schriftstellerin

Fink, Diane.

Fink, Diane 1948-

دایان آکرمن شاعر آمریکایی

다이앤 애커먼 미국의 시인, 박물학자

애커먼, 다이앤 1948-

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