Confessions of an Accidental Zoo Curator garners positive reviews:
“…a remarkable story, fascinating and unique…with a deft blend of personal insight and eloquent story-telling, Berkovits takes us from a remote village in Kyrgyzstan to the Bronx Zoo… from neophyte to international leader in her field.”
—William Conway, former President of the Wildlife Conservation Society and Director of the Bronx Zoo
“Berkovits’s humor, passion for her work, and wealth of interesting anecdotes make for a book that is a pleasure to read… Berkovits is a wonderful storyteller …She isn’t afraid to laugh at herself or share her fears… There are also acknowledgments of the complicated and personal nature of taking a stance on animal conservation…A lively and thoughtful memoir that will appeal to a wide audience.”
—Foreword Clarion Review by Christine Canfield; a Five Star Review
Annette Libeskind Berkovits spoke at the Jewish Museum in New York on April 24, 2017. Learn more
Read Annette’s list of 8 Powerful Reads About World War II and the Holocaust G. Elizabeth Kretchmer’s blog.
- Kirkus Reviews
- Clarion Foreword Review
- Midwest Book Review: “In the Unlikeliest of Places… is an extraordinary and compelling biography that is a simply riveting read from first page to last.”
- What’s Nonfiction?
The Yiddish Book Center’s Oral History Project has recorded an interview with Annette.
Click here to watch the interview.
In the Unlikeliest of Places and Annette Libeskind Berkovits were featured in the following articles:
Forward, October 2016
“Berkovits’s book about her father, “In the Unlikeliest of Places,” recently rereleased in paperback, is hard to characterize. It is a biography, but also a memoir that draws heavily on conversations, family correspondence and, above all, tape recordings he made, in Yiddish and English, before his death, in 2001, at 92.”
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Miami New Times, September 2016
“Three years after her father’s death, Annette Libeskind Berkovits could still barely surmount the grief. She kept avoiding the inevitable task of going through his clothes and belongings, instead keeping them out of sight, if never out of mind. When she finally decided to venture into his old room and navigate the depths of his closet, however, Berkovits found a relic that changed her life.”
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In the Unlikeliest of Places was released in paperback on September 5, 2016!