The Zookeeper's Wife

Author: Diane Ackerman

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0755365046

Category: History

Page: 308

View: 8291

When Germany invades Poland, Luftwaffe bombers devastate Warsaw and the city's zoo along with it. With most of their animals killed, or stolen away to Berlin, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski begin smuggling Jews into the empty cages. More 'guests' hide inside the Zabinskis's villa, emerging after dark for dinner, socializing and, on rare occasions of calm, piano concerts. They call this refuge from the Nazi occupation 'The House Under a Crazy Star'. As the war escalates Jan becomes increasingly involved in the anti-Nazi resistance. Ammunition is buried in the elephant enclosure and explosives stored in the animal hospital. Plans are prepared for what will become the Warsaw uprising. Through the ever-present fear of discovery, Antonina must keep her unusual household afloat, caring for both its human and animal inhabitants - otters, a badger, hyena pups, lynxes - as Europe crumbles around them.

We Bought a Zoo

The Amazing True Story of a Young Family, a Broken Down Zoo, and the 200 Wild Animals That Change Their Lives Forever

Author: Benjamin Mee

Publisher: Anchor Canada

ISBN: 0307372472

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 9052

The remarkable true story of a family who move into a rundown zoo– already a BBC documentary miniseries and excerpted in The Guardian. In the market for a house and an adventure, Benjamin Mee moved his family to an unlikely new home: a dilapidated zoo in the English countryside. Mee had a dream to refurbish the zoo and run it as a family business. His friends and colleagues thought he was crazy. But in 2006, Mee and his wife with their two children, his brother, and his 76-year-old mother moved into the Dartmoor Wildlife Park. Their extended family now included: Solomon, an African lion and scourge of the local golf course; Zak, the rickety Alpha wolf, a broadly benevolent dictator clinging to power; Ronnie, a Brazilian tapir, easily capable of killing a man, but hopelessly soppy; and Sovereign, a jaguar and would-be ninja, who has devised a long term escape plan and implemented it. Nothing was easy, given the family’s lack of experience as zookeepers, and what follows is a magical exploration of the mysteries of the animal kingdom, the power of family, and the triumph of hope over tragedy. We Bought a Zoo is a profoundly moving portrait of an unforgettable family living in the most extraordinary circumstances. From the Hardcover edition.

The Zookeeper's Daughter

Author: Lori Space Day

Publisher: Publishamerica Incorporated

ISBN: 9781413732603

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 357

View: 7905

The Zookeeperas Daughter is the journal of Lori Space Day, a third generation zoologist. Growing up at Space Farms Zoo and Museum in New Jersey has given Lori a lifetime of unique stories about individual animals and many animal-related adventures. Her unusual lifestyle has enabled her to work with numerous different species from lions, tigers and bears to otters, opossums and squirrels. The Zookeeperas Daughter is an ongoing story of a working zookeeper. Stories of daily animal care, medical procedures and infant care are peppered with humor and full of information on many different species. Animals escape or get sick and, yes, tragically, some die. A privately owned, family-operated zoo, the Space Farms Zoo and family have dedicated their lives to the conservation of wildlife. Through this unique animal autobiography, Lori is able to give the reader a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes activities at the zoo.

The Zookeeper's Wife

Author: Diane Ackerman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780755365036

Category: Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)

Page: 368

View: 2988

When Germany invades Poland, Luftwaffe bombers devastate Warsaw and the city's zoo along with it. With most of their animals killed, or stolen away to Berlin, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski begin smuggling Jews into the empty cages. As the war escalates Jan becomes increasingly involved in the anti-Nazi resistance. Ammunition is buried in the elephant enclosure and explosives stored in the animal hospital. Plans are prepared for what will become the Warsaw uprising. Through the ever-present fear of discovery, Antonina must keep her unusual household afloat, caring for both its human and animal inhabitants - otters, a badger, hyena pups, lynxes - as Europe crumbles around them. Written with the narrative drive and emotional punch of a novel, The Zookeeper's Wife is a remarkable true story. It shows us the human and personal impact of war - of life in the Warsaw Ghetto, of fighting in the anti-Nazi resistance. But more than anything it is a story of decency and sacrifice triumphing over terror and oppression. Jan and Antonina saved over 300 people from the death camps of the Holocaust. It has already been acclaimed by Jonathan Safran Foer: 'I can't imagine a better story or storyteller. The Zookeeper's Wife will touch every nerve you have.'

Berlin Syndrome

Author: Melanie Joosten

Publisher: Scribe Publications

ISBN: 9781921942051

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 9340

WINNER OF THE 2012 KATHLEEN MITCHELL AWARD FOR YOUNG WRITERS Now a major film, distributed by Artificial Eye. Berlin. The once-divided city still holds its share of secrets. One afternoon, near the site of the Berlin Wall, backpacker Clare meets charismatic local Andi. There is an instant attraction, and when Andi invites her to stay, Clare thinks she may finally have found somewhere to call home. But when Clare wakes up in Andi’s apartment, she discovers that the door is locked. And it soon becomes clear that he has no intention of letting her go. Clare begins to wonder if it’s really love that Andi is searching for — or something else altogether. Berlin Syndrome is a closely observed and gripping psychological thriller that shifts between Andi’s and Clare’s perspectives, revealing the power of obsession, the fluidity of truth, and the kaleidoscopic nature of human relationships. PRAISE FOR MELANIE JOOSTEN ‘A gripping, well-written, undisputedly strong novel.’ The Saturday Age ‘A psychological thriller of the highest order, this is a strong first showing. More, please.’ Sunday Herald Sun

The Good Doctor of Warsaw

A novel of hope in the dark, for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz

Author: Elisabeth Gifford

Publisher: Atlantic Books

ISBN: 1786492474

Category: Fiction

Page: 196

View: 8340

'You do not leave a sick child alone to face the dark and you do not leave a child at a time like this.' Deeply in love and about to marry, students Misha and Sophia flee a Warsaw under Nazi occupation for a chance at freedom. Forced to return to the Warsaw ghetto, they help Misha's mentor, Dr Janusz Korczak, care for the two hundred children in his orphanage. As Korczak struggles to uphold the rights of even the smallest child in the face of unimaginable conditions, he becomes a beacon of hope for the thousands who live behind the walls. As the noose tightens around the ghetto Misha and Sophia are torn from one another, forcing them to face their worst fears alone. They can only hope to find each other again one day... Meanwhile, refusing to leave the children unprotected, Korczak must confront a terrible darkness. Half a million people lived in the Warsaw ghetto. Less than one percent survived to tell their story. This novel is based on the true accounts of Misha and Sophia, and on the life of one of Poland's greatest men, Dr Janusz Korczak.

Rescuing Riley, Saving Myself

A Man and His Dog's Struggle to Find Salvation

Author: Zachary Anderegg,Pete Nelson

Publisher: Skyhorse

ISBN: 1628735309

Category: Nature

Page: 193

View: 7162

While hiking on a solo vacation in a remote, uninhabitable region of Arizona, Zachary Anderegg happened upon Riley, an emaciated puppy clinging to life, at the bottom of a 350-foot canyon. In a daring act of humanity that trumped the deliberate savagery behind Riley’s presence in such a place, Zak single-handedly orchestrated a delicate rescue. What didn’t come out in the initial burst of publicity this story received is that Zak and Riley’s destinies were intertwined long before they improbably found each other. For much of Zak’s childhood, he was at the bottom of a veritable canyon himself—a canyon whose imprisoning depth and darkness was created by bullies who just wouldn’t quit and parents who weren’t capable of love. From the age of five, Zak was everyone’s favorite target. When Zak came upon Riley, the puppy’s condition bespoke his abusers’ handiwork—three shotgun pellets embedded beneath his skin, teeth turned permanently black from malnutrition. The meeting was one of a man and a dog singularly suited to save each other. As a former US Marine sergeant, Zak was one of only a few people with the mettle and physical wherewithal to get Riley out. And in rescuing him, Zak was also attempting to save himself, conquering the currents of cruelty that swelled beneath his early life and always threatened to drown him.

The Keeper’S Wife

Author: John Hatch

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1524536857

Category: Fiction

Page: 412

View: 7180

Johnny Monsons old friend Belinda Pappos has spent over thirty years as a clinical psychologist, working at a local clinic near Jacksonville, Florida. As a youngster, shed spent much of her free time during the beautiful summer of 1976 with Johnny, who lived on his sailboat at a city marina in St. Augustine, Florida. As an aspiring writer he relishes in the peaceful solitude offered by a life close to the sea yet, by its very nature, such solitude also brings with it time for introspection, maybe too much time? Life being life, Monson grows older, and he ruminants over a woman hed fallen in love with those long years agothinking, fantasizing, and searching his troubled soul for answers to questions that no one could answer. He turns back to his long-time friend for help. The therapist launches John Monson into a strange cerebral journey as he recalls the summer day when he first met a female student in St. Augustine. There was something anomalous about the woman, a mysterious quality that has befuddled him for almost forty years. Sailing, witchcraft, rough dialogue, a story that will keep the reader thinking, and a wealth of colorful charactersthose off-the-grid people who live, or are at least more noticed, in many of Americas small towns. These are hard-working, blue-collar folks who possess a very substantive yet illusory quality. Cuddle up in a blanket when its cold and rainy outside, pour yourself a warm cup of coffee, and read The Keepers Wife. The Keepers Wife is fun, thought-provoking and, at the same time, an easy read. The book will become legendary for its pure, psychological appeal.

The Mountain Between Us

Author: Charles Martin

Publisher: Broadway Books

ISBN: 9780307592491

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 2344

Now a major motion picture starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba. An atmospheric, suspenseful and gripping story of two people finding love while fighting to survive. When a blizzard strands them in Salt Lake City, two strangers agree to charter a plane together, hoping to return home; Ben Payne is a gifted surgeon returning from a conference, and Ashley Knox, a magazine writer, is en route to her wedding. But when unthinkable tragedy strikes, the pair find themselves stranded in Utah’s most remote wilderness in the dead of winter, badly injured and miles from civilization. Without food or shelter, and only Ben’s mountain climbing gear to protect themselves, Ashley and Ben’s chances for survival look bleak, but their reliance on each other sparks an immediate connection, which soon evolves into something more. Days in the mountains become weeks, as their hope for rescue dwindles. How will they make it out of the wilderness and if they do, how will this experience change them forever? Heart-wrenching and unputdownable, The Mountain Between Us will reaffirm your belief in the power of love to sustain us.

Isaac's Army

A Story of Courage and Survival in Nazi-occupied Poland

Author: Matthew Brzezinski

Publisher: Random House Incorporated

ISBN: 0553807277

Category: History

Page: 472

View: 8428

Describes the formation of one of the most daring underground movements of World War II under the leadership of twenty-four-year-old Isaac Zuckerman and the group's collective efforts to gather information, build an arms cache, participate in uprisings, and organize escape systems.

Heading Out to Wonderful

Author: Robert Goolrick

Publisher: Algonquin Books

ISBN: 1616202726

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 6835

It is the summer of 1948 when a handsome, charismatic stranger, Charlie Beale, recently back from the war in Europe, shows up in the town of Brownsburg, a sleepy village nestled in the Valley of Virginia. All he has with him are two suitcases: one contains his few possessions, including a fine set of butcher knives; the other is full of money. A lot of money. Heading Out to Wonderful is a haunting, heart-stopping novel of love gone terribly wrong in a place where once upon a time such things could happen.

Life in a Jar

The Irena Sendler Project

Author: Jack Mayer

Publisher: Long Trail Press

ISBN: 098411131X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 382

View: 2577

During World War II, Irena Sendler, a Polish Catholic social worker, organized a rescue network of fellow social workers to save 2,500 Jewish children from certain death in the Warsaw ghetto. After the war her heroism was suppressed by communist Poland and remained virtually unknown for 60 years-- until three high school girls from an economically depressed rural school district in southeast Kansas stumbled upon a tantalizing reference to Sendler's rescues, which they fashioned into a history project.

The Day the Nazis Came Here

The Astonishing True Story of a Childhood Journey from Nazi-Occupied Guernsey to the Dark Heart of a German Prison Camp

Author: Stephen Matthews

Publisher: John Blake

ISBN: 9781786061287

Category:

Page: 352

View: 2482

By the time he was six, Stephen had been bombarded by the Luftwaffe and deported from occupied Guernsey, along with his family, to a prison camp in the heart of the Third Reich. He had seen men die in front of him, walked with Jews straight off the cattle-trucks from Bergen-Belsen, and had his hand broken by a German guard for attempting to feed Russian prisoners. After three and a half years of imprisonment, they were eventually returned to a Guernsey which had been stricken to the core by Nazi occupation. Told through Steven Matthews' own extraordinary experiences, as well as writing from his mother's diaries and previously unpublished photos of historical significance, this is an utterly unique memoir. Depicting the world of Nazi prison camps through the eyes of a child, it tells not just of the prisoners' desperate plight, but provides a reminder that human kindness may flower in the unlikeliest of places.

Suzanne's Children

A Daring Rescue in Nazi Paris

Author: Anne Nelson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501105345

Category: History

Page: 336

View: 3226

One of the untold stories of the Holocaust—the nail-biting drama of Suzanne Spaak, who risked and gave her life to save hundreds of Jewish children from deportation from Nazi Paris to Auschwitz “vividly dramatizes the stakes of acting morally in a time of brutality” (The Wall Street Journal). Suzanne Spaak was born into the Belgian Catholic elite and married into the country’s leading political family. Her brother-in-law was the Foreign Minister and her husband Claude was a playwright and patron of the painter Renée Magritte. In Paris in the late 1930s her friendship with a Polish Jewish refugee led her to her life’s purpose. When France fell and the Nazis occupied Paris, she joined the Resistance. She used her fortune and social status to enlist allies among wealthy Parisians and church groups. Then, under the eyes of the Gestapo, Suzanne and women from the Jewish and Christian resistance groups “kidnapped” hundreds of Jewish children to save them from the gas chambers. Suzanne’s Children is the “dogged…page-turning account” (Kirkus Reviews) of this incredible story of courage in the face of evil. “Anne Nelson is superb at showing the upheavals in Europe since WWI through vivid, illuminating details…and she also masterfully describes the incremental changes in the Jews’ plight under the Occupation” (Booklist). It was during the final year of the Occupation when Suzanne was caught in the Gestapo dragnet that was pursuing a Soviet agent she had aided. She was executed shortly before the liberation of Paris. Suzanne Spaak is honored in Israel as one of the Righteous Among Nations. Nelson’s “heartfelt story is almost a model for how popular history should be written; it will satisfy lovers of history, Jewish history in particular” (Library Journal).

Lion (Movie Tie-In)

Author: Saroo Brierley

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0399587152

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 5529

First it was a media sensation. Then it became the #1 international bestseller A Long Way Home. Now it’s Lion, the major motion picture starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, and Rooney Mara—nominated for six Academy Awards! This is the miraculous and triumphant story of Saroo Brierley, a young man who used Google Earth to rediscover his childhood life and home in an incredible journey from India to Australia and back again... At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. Unable to read or write or recall the name of his hometown or even his own last name, he survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia. Despite his gratitude, Brierley always wondered about his origins. Eventually, with the advent of Google Earth, he had the opportunity to look for the needle in a haystack he once called home, and pore over satellite images for landmarks he might recognize or mathematical equations that might further narrow down the labyrinthine map of India. One day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for and set off to find his family. Lion is a moving, poignant, and inspirational true story of survival and triumph against incredible odds. It celebrates the importance of never letting go of what drives the human spirit: hope. Previously published as A Long Way Home

An Alchemy of Mind

The Marvel and Mystery of the Brain

Author: Diane Ackerman

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439125082

Category: Science

Page: 320

View: 6149

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Zookeeper's Wife, an ambitious and enlightening work that 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.

Colour Bar

The Triumph of Seretse Khama and His Nation

Author: Susan Williams

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 014190092X

Category: History

Page: 432

View: 7999

Sir Seretse Khama, the first President of Botswana and heir apparent to the kingship of the Bangwato people, brought independence and great prosperity to his nation after colonial rule. But for six long years from 1950, Seretse had been forced into exile in England, banned from his own country. His crime? To fall in love and marry a young, white English girl, Ruth Williams. Delving into newly released records, Susan Williams tells Seretse and Ruth's story - a shocking account of how the British Government conspired with apartheid South Africa to prevent the mixed-race royal couple returning home. But it is also an inspiring, triumphant tale of hope, courage and true love as with tenacity and great dignity Seretse and Ruth and the Bangwato people ovecome prejudice in their fight for justice.

Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith

Author: Gina B. Nahai

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0671042831

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 4687

An epic tale blending Persian and Jewish cultures travels from the Tehran's Jewish ghetto, through Turkish whorehouses, to Los Angeles as Lili, with the help of Aunt Miriam the Moon, searches for her magical mother Roxanna the Angel. By the author of Cry of the Peacock. Reprint.

Ingmar Bergman

Interviews

Author: Ingmar Bergman,Raphael Shargel

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781578062188

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 205

View: 7014

The critically acclaimed film director discusses various stages of his career and the many facets of his work in a collection of interviews that begins with a 1957 piece and ends in 2002 as he was preparing to direct his latest film, featuring conversations with James Baldwin, Michiko Kakutani, John Simon, and Vilgot Sjöman, among others. Simultaneous.

Not Even My Name

A True Story

Author: Thea Halo

Publisher: Picador

ISBN: 1429974761

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 1153

A riveting account of exile from Turkish genocide, brought to light for the first time ever in Sano Halo's personal story Not Even My Name exposes the genocide carried out during and after WW I in Turkey, which brought to a tragic end the 3000-year history of the Pontic Greeks (named for the Pontic Mountain range below the Black Sea). During this time, almost 2 million Pontic Greeks and Armenians were slaughtered and millions of others were exiled. Not Even My Name is the unforgettable story of Sano Halo's survival, as told to her daughter, Thea, and of their trip to Turkey in search of Sano's home 70 years after her exile. Sano Halo was a 10-year-old girl when she was torn from her ancient, pastoral way of life in the mountains and sent on a death march that annihilated her family. Stripped of everything she had ever held dear, even her name, Sano was sold by her surrogate family into marriage when still a child to a man three times her age. Not Even My Name follows Sano's marriage, the raising of her ten children in New York City, and her transformation as an innocent girl who was forced to move from a bucolic life to the 20th century in one bold stride. Written in haunting and eloquent prose, Not Even My Name weaves a seamless texture of individual and group memory, evoking all the suspense and drama of the best told tales.