The Animal Dialogues: Uncommon Encounters in the Wild (Paperback)

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Structured around visceral and poetic evocations of wildlife encounters ranging across the Americas from Mexico to Alaska, from the backyard to off-the-map, Animal Dialogues is filled with excitement. Stalked by a mountain lion at a water hole in Arizona; smelt fishing north of Seattle; flying with a bald eagle in a 1947 floatplane; surviving winter snows in a tipi but battling the mice; saved by the call of a great horned owl when skiing home from a Telluride bar in a blizzard; Childs’ boundless adventures yield unparalleled riches on the page. This is a book to treasure.

— Sara, Atlanta


THE ANIMAL DIALOGUES tells of Craig Childs' own chilling experiences among the grizzlies of the Arctic, sharks off the coast of British Columbia and in the turquoise waters of Central America, jaguars in the bush of northern Mexico, mountain lions, elk, Bighorn Sheep, and others. More than chilling, however, these stories are lyrical, enchanting, and reach beyond what one commonly assumes an "animal story" is or should be. THE ANIMAL DIALOGUES is a book about another world that exists alongside our own, an entire realm of languages and interactions that humans rarely get the chance to witness.

About the Author

Craig Childs -- naturalist, adventurer, desert ecologist, and frequent contributor to National Public Radio's Morning Edition -- lives in Crawford, Colorado. His previous books include House of Rain, The Way Out, The Secret Knowledge of Water and Soul of Nowhere.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780316066471
ISBN-10: 0316066478
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Publication Date: March 11th, 2009
Pages: 352
Language: English