Wednesday, March 13, 2013

April 2013

The first meeting of the non-fiction book discussion group will be held on 
Tuesday April 9th @ 6:30 pm 

The book for discussion at this meeting is 
"The Zookeeper's Wife" by Diane Ackerman - a true story in which 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 Zabinski began smuggling Jews into 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—otters, a badger, hyena pups, lynxes.
With her exuberant prose and exquisite sensitivity to the natural world, Diane Ackerman engages us viscerally in the lives of the zoo animals, their keepers, and their hidden visitors". 

The book can be requested here.

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