Dancing with Cranes and Other Ways to Start the Day
Publication Date: September 2009
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Celebrated storyteller-poet-naturalist Diane Ackerman, author of the bestseller The Zookeeper's Wife, explores a year of dawns in her most personal book to date.
Diane Ackerman is the bestselling author of many nonfiction books, including A Natural History of the Senses, An Alchemy of Mind, Cultivating Delight, A Natural History of Love, and The Zookeeper's Wife, winner of the 2008 Orion Book Award. In addition, she has had her poetry published in leading literary journals and in the books Origami Bridges, I Praise My Destroyer, Jaguar of Sweet Laughter, and others. Diane has received many prizes and awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a John Burroughs Nature Award. She has taught at a variety of universities, including Columbia, the University of Richmond, and Cornell. Her essays about nature and human nature have appeared in the New York Times, the Smithsonian, Parade, the New Yorker, and National Geographic, and she hosted a five-hour PBS television series inspired by A Natural History of the Senses. Laural Merlington has recorded well over one hundred audiobooks, including works by Margaret Atwood and Alice Hoffman, and is the recipient of several AudioFile Earphones Awards. An Audie Award nominee, she has also directed over one hundred audiobooks. She has performed and directed for thirty years in theaters throughout the country. In addition to her extensive theater and voice-over work, Laural teaches college in her home state of Michigan.
"It's easy to live in the moment when you're immersed in Ackerman's glorious prose, studded with arresting phrases and breathtakingly beautiful images." ---The Washington Post