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
From one of the finest nature writers at work in America today-a lyrical, dramatic, illuminating tour of the hidden domain of wild animals.
Whether recalling the experience of being chased through the Grand Canyon by a bighorn sheep, swimming with sharks off the coast of British Columbia, watching a peregrine falcon perform acrobatic stunts at 200 miles per hour, or engaging in a tense face-off with a mountain lion near a desert waterhole, Craig Childs captures the moment so vividly that he puts the reader in his boots.
Each of the forty brief, compelling narratives in The Animal Dialogs focuses on the author's own encounter with a particular species and is replete with astonishing facts about the species' behavior, habitat, breeding, and lifespan. But the glory of each essay lies in Childs's ability to portray the sometimes brutal beauty of the wilderness, to capture the individual essence of wild creatures, to transport the reader beyond the human realm and deep inside the animal kingdom
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.