Diane Ackerman

Diane Ackerman

Diane Ackerman is the author of two dozen highly acclaimed works of nonfiction and poetry, including her most recent book, One Hundred Names for Love, and the best-selling A Natural History of the Senses.

Humans might luxuriate in the idea of being “in” nature, but Ackerman has taught generations that we are nature—for “no facet of nature is as unlikely as we, the tiny bipeds with the giant dreams.” Ackerman uses rich and evocative prose to urge readers to live in the moment, and to wake up to nature’s everyday miracles.

One Hundred Names for Love was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Books for a Better Life Award. It tells the story of Ackerman’s work to bring her husband back from the depths of aphasia after he suffered a terrible stroke, and was described by the Washington Post as “an ode to playfulness and the brain’s plasticity...a testament to the power of creativity in language, life—and love.”

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