book review: The Zookeeper’s Wife (Diane Ackerman)

Wow, what a great read!

McCullough-style biography: details, details, details. Like when reading McCullough’s work, I learned a lot while reading Ackerman’s book about how to bring in additional information about weather, people’s appearances etc. from external sources rather than trying to depend on scant details from the individual. She really brought Antonia’s story to life, while providing a fresh perspective on what it was like to live in Warsaw in WWII, on the other side (outside) of the ghetto walls. So besides being a great learning tool for a non-fiction writer, it was just such an interesting read in itself. Bravo!


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