Meet us at Tapped Crafthouse in Red Mill Commons to discuss this month’s selected title: The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman. Book club copies are available for check-out at the Princess Anne information desk. Adults. Registration required.
Book Description: The true story of how 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 Zabin?ski began smuggling Jews into empty cages. Another dozen "guests" hid inside the Zabin?skis' 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--and keeping alive an atmosphere of play and innocence even as Europe crumbled around her.--From publisher description. With extensive quotations from Antonina's diaries and books.
Next Month's Title: The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney