Friday, February 27, 2009

The Animal Dialogues, a Second Look.

Uncommon Encounters in the Wild
By Craig Childs
322 pp. Little, Brown and Company $24.99

In the wide, wild, open terrain of literature, somewhere along the shadowy edge of the great forests of nonfiction, an avid explorer might stumble upon—not a new species, no—but rather a trophy specimen among the familiar herd of writers.
... so began my review of Childs' remarkable book in the December 2007 issue of The Internet Review of Books.

I recently heard from Hachette (of which Little, Brown) and the representative asked me to provide a promo line to add to the web page for the the trade paperback edition of Dialogues, which has now been issued. I was honored. The book is well worth reading, especially if you're a fan of introspective, thoughtful, intelligent creative nonfiction.
"Childs leads readers down the same wild trails blazed by Barry Lopez, Edward Abbey, and John McPhee. Reading Childs' interpretations of encounters with bear, coyote, and jaguar, I realized I had found a writer capable of art."

(see the Hachette page here)
Find a place for Dialogues on your bookshelf.

1 comment:

sc morgan said...

You gave me this book when you finished your review of it, Gary, and I loved it too.

If you want to read another great book by Childs, read: The Secret Knowledge of Water: Discovering the Essence of the American Desert.

An amazing book all about water in the desert regions of the United States. Remarkable writer and reseacher.