The Animal Dialogues

Uncommon Encounters in the Wild
By Craig Childs (Trade Paperback, 2009)
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.

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.

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.
  • "Gritty and riveting....Childs's fearlessness is infectious." (Portland Oregonian).

  • "Told in spare, powerful prose, this is a dark tale but one with patches of brilliant sunshine." (Conde Nast Traveller).

  • "The Way Out reads like a thriller." (Salt Lake Tribune).

  • "Magical....A book about redemption and triumph of humankind's good nature." (Los Angeles Times Book Review).

  • "These stories invoke all that we are missing: the space, the sky, the awe at witnessing animals in their element; the wonder, the pure heart-stopping fear."  (Seattle Post-Intelligencer).

  • "Craig Childs walks because he knows that everything in the backcountry has a story. He writes these stories and turns them into books, wonderful books that capture the essence of the Southwest." (Arizona Republic).

  • "I love this book. . . .  Childs has a gift for weaving fascinating scientific fact into compelling narrative. His book is not just an adrenaline rush; it is also an education." (Los Angeles Times).

  • "Childs is a poetic writer; every word feels seeped in his love and respect for wild creatures and their homes."
    (Associated Press).

  • "A powerful book. . . . Childs's writing is a superb adventure, as well as a manifesto on our relationship with all things and places wild." (Rocky Mountain News).

  • "Powerful....An adventure tale that will haunt readers." (Midwest Book Review).

  • (Publishers Weekly).

Product Details

The Animal Dialogues
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $14.99 US/$16.99 CAN
  • Pages: 352
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/2" x 8-1/4"
  • Audio Run Time: 0
  • ISBN-13: 9780316066471
  • On Sale Date: 03/11/2009
The Animal Dialogues