The Animal Dialogues by Craig Childs
Uncommon Encounters in the Wild

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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 DIALOGUES 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 Craig Childs

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Craig Childs is a commentator for NPR's Morning Edition, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Men's Journal, Outside, The Sun, and Orion. Awards he has won include the Ellen Meloy Desert Writers Award, the Rowell Award for the Art of Adventure, the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award, and, for his body of work, the 2003 Spirit of the West Award.

Author Residence: Crawford, Colorado
Published December 12, 2007 by Little, Brown and Company. 337 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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a raccoon that doesn’t appreciate Child’s efforts to rescue him becomes a 12-pound package of fury, snapping jaws.

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For those of not familiar with the author, Craig Childs, you are missing some very good stories.

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Craig Childs’s book of essays, The Animal Dialogues: Uncommon Encounters in the Wild (Back Bay Books, 2009) opens up horizons that we can imagine, even if we’ve never been in the wilds Childs describes for us.

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