Search Results: "Diane Ackerman"


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Released: Sept. 28, 2009

"A lovely, learned invitation to 'the ancient thrill of impending sunlight.'"
Ackerman (An Alchemy of Mind: The Marvel and Mystery of the Brain, 2004, etc.) luxuriates in the break of day. Read full book review >

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I PRAISE MY DESTROYER by Diane Ackerman
Released: April 1, 1998

"Despite some writing-school-style formal exercises (a pyrrhic, a ghasel, and some credible imitations of James Wright and Auden), Ackerman is at her best in artful poems that embody the sensuality of nature, luxuriating in a lyric vocabulary all her own."
Long before she became well-known as a prose writer (A Natural History of the Senses, 1990, etc.), Ackerman had published volumes of verse that reflected her keen interest in science and the natural world. Read full book review >

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DEEP PLAY by Diane Ackerman
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1999

"Words may never do it justice, and likely Ackerman's come as close as they ever will, but there is no mistaking deep play—or flow state or runner's high or what-have-you—where something startling takes place that won't be forgotten."
Explorations into the world of deep play—untethered, exalted states of immersion and transcendence—from the ever-dulcet Ackerman (A Slender Thread: The Changing Seasons of a Naturalist and Crisis Counseling, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 7, 1976

"The cumulative effect is that of a small, beautifully arranged museum of solar artifacts, where everything tells and more than a few things instruct and delight."
This—Diane Ackerman's first book of poetry—is composed of twelve sections, each devoted to the choreography of a planet or the conjuration of a celestial event. Read full book review >

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WIFE OF LIGHT by Diane Ackerman
Released: April 26, 1978

"Unless her virtuosity overwhelms her vision, Ackerman—who made an auspicious debut with The Planets (1976)—should become a poet to be reckoned with."
The basic strength of this book lies in the author's astute ear for language, and the obvious intelligence with which she employs her talent. Read full book review >

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A NATURAL HISTORY OF LOVE by Diane Ackerman
Released: June 1, 1994

"Ackerman's essentialist notions of love will insult individuals who critically question traditional (and 'natural') ways of anything, especially loving."
Beginning with a somewhat interesting history of ancient mythological love, Ackerman's (The Moon by Whalelight, 1991) book quickly degenerates into a regurgitation of stereotypes about differences between men and women. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2011

"Ackerman's book is important for the guidance and hope it offers to stroke victims and their families, and it's also a satisfying, tender and humane celebration of love between two literary elites."
From prolific poet and essayist Ackerman (Dawn Light: Dancing with Cranes and Other Ways to Start the Day, 2009, etc.), a sensitive memoir about how her relationship with her husband, novelist Paul West, evolved in the aftermath of his stroke. Read full book review >

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Released: April 15, 1980

"The western terrain—especially the description of work—is engrossing, but the poet's little condescending sayings and doings are more tedious than any prairie."
Poet Ackerman (The Planets: A Cosmic Pastoral) spent a few weeks, on and off, on the Tesquesquite, a vast New Mexican cattle ranch, in search of the vanishing cowboy, and came up with this self-absorbed account. Read full book review >

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Released: June 1, 1990

"Though her enthusiasm does occasionally exceed reasonable bounds ('Symbolic of life, hair bolts from our head') and her emotionality can veer toward the maudlin (inhaling the scene of a eucalyptus branch, she bursts into tears), Ackerman's intentions are honorable—and her passion for the world around her is contagious."
Ackerman, a poet, New Yorker writer, and author of On Extended Wings (1985), offers a luscious tribute to the joys of corporeality. Read full book review >

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ANIMAL SENSE by Diane Ackerman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 11, 2003

"Good poetry, fine illustration, a bit of natural history gently rendered and more than occasionally funny—what child could ask for anything more than this exquisite little gem? (Poetry. 7-12)"
Poet and naturalist Ackerman (The Night Crossing, 1994, etc.) examines the five senses by way of the animal kingdom. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Smart and polished and totally entertaining, Ackerman is a pure pleasure."
Intimate, savory portraits of imperiled animals and environments, by the author of A Natural History of Love (1994), etc. Extinction is a natural part of evolution, often "unmalicious, intentionless, random." Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"One could do a lot worse than to find Ackerman at the end of the line when feeling those desperately slippery moments of despair, the rush into the unknown."
From Ackerman (Rarest of the Rare, 1995, etc.) come these graceful, canny reflections on her hours spent fielding calls at a suicide prevention center. Read full book review >