This fascinating memoir of a Christian Polish family’s struggles during WWII in Warsaw reads like a novel. Naturalist writer Diane Ackerman, draws on the diary of Antonina Zabinski, the zookeeper’s wife and a woman who finds herself not only caring for all the animals of the famed Warsaw Zoo but also hundreds of refugee Jews. The Warsaw Zoo becomes a hiding place for Resistance activists and escaping families after the zoo and it’s family of animals is desecrated. The glimpses of what life was like in an occupied city for Christians and Jews alike was startling. Ms. Ackerman manages to weave historical fact and the images painted by Antonina into a story like no other I’ve read.