Wow, I’ve read 30 books this year! As if we didn’t already know I’m an obsessed bibliophile.

The Zookeeper’s Wife, by Diane Ackerman

I read this book having no idea what to expect other than more World War II and the Holocaust (and so soon after reading The Book Thief). This book is a nonfiction historical piece, but it tells a story as it incorporates extensive research and real quotes from diaries, letters, friends and family. The zookeeper (of Poland’s Warsaw zoo) and his wife used their demolished zoo to help hundreds of Jewish people flee Poland. This book contains so much interesting information (which keeps it from being the sort of book you get sucked into but does make it much more fascinating) about Poland and the underground resistance, yet it still manages to focus on one woman who is immensely powerful in her own way.

If you are interested in World War II, I highly recommend this book. Even if you are not a nonfiction war-book fan, The Zookeeper’s Wife is interesting and beautiful in its own way, and it is worth reading simply to learn more about the main character, Antonina Zabinski. I love reading about buried heroes and the everyday people that make positive differences in the world.

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