The Animal Dialogues: Uncommon Encounters in the Wild

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Little, Brown, Dec 12, 2007 - Nature - 300 pages
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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

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User Review  - MsMixte - LibraryThing

Although the author has just a couple of moments where he wanders off 'my page' so to speak, the book overall is a wonderful look at the psychology of animal encounters in the wild. The piece on the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Anna - Goodreads

Good animal encounter stories. Lots of natural history. It's the kind of book you and pick up any time. Each chapter is like a short story. Read full review

About the author (2007)

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.

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