Creative Writing and Literary Arts
Craig Childs is a writer who focuses on the relationship between humans and the landscape, often told from mind-blowing journeys in the wilderness. He is a commentator for National Public Radio's Morning Edition and his work has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Men's Journal, Outside, and Orion. His subjects range from pre-Columbian archaeology to US border issues to the last free-flowing rivers of Tibet and Patagonia.
| ||The Secret Knowledge of Water|
Deserts are environments that can be inhospitable even to seasoned explorers. Craig Childs has spent years in the deserts of the American West, and his treks through arid lands in search of water reveal the natural world at its most extreme.
| ||Soul of Nowhere|
Childs answers the call of fierce places; the more desolate the landscape, the more passionately he is drawn to it. For Childs, these are the types of terrain that sharpen the senses, and demand a physicality the modern civilized world no longer requires. Includes black-and-white photos and pen-and-ink drawings by the author.
| ||The Elements: Earth, Air, Fire & Water|
Art Wolfe's sensitivity to his subject and his craft of photography are once again showcased in this stunning color collection of images for nature and photography lovers. Focusing his camera on the many shapes and forms of the elements; earth, air, fire, ad water. Through his emotive lens readers get a deep appreciation for and education in both the environment and photography. The reader's experience is further impassioned by Craig Childs' four essays on the elements.
| ||The Animal Dialogues: Uncommon Encounters in the Wild|
This book tells 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 Way Out|
Craig Childs is lost. In a labyrinth of canyons in the American Southwest where virtually nothing else is alive--barely any vegetation, few signs of wildlife, scant trace of any human precursors in this landscape--Childs and his friend Dirk undertake a fortnight's journey. With as much food and gear as they can carry, and little else but their wiles to help them traverse the inhospitable, unmappable terrain, the two men assume the life-or-death challenge of exploring this land-and then find a way out. The Way Out is a transcendent book, a work destined to earn lasting place in the literature of extremes.
| ||House of Rain: Tracking a Vanished Civilization Across the American Southwest|
The various tribes that made up the Anasazi people converged on Chaco Canyon (New Mexico) during the 11th century to create a civilization hailed as "The Las Vegas of its day," a flourishing cultural center that attracted pilgrims from far and wide, and a vital crossroads of the prehistoric world. By the 13th century, however, Chaco's vibrant community has disappeared without a trace.
| ||Finders Keepers: A Tale of Archaeological Plunder and Obsession|
To whom does the past belong? Is the archaeologist who discovers a lost tomb a sort of hero--a villain? If someone steals a relic from a museum and returns it to the ruin it came from, is she a thief? Written in his trademark lyrical style, Childs' riveting new book is a ghost story--an intense, impassioned investigation into the nature of the past and the things we leave behind.
| ||Apocalyptic Planet: A Field Guide to the Future of the Earth|
Ours is not a stable planet. It is prone to sudden, violent natural
disasters and extremes of climate. In this exhilarating exploration of
our globe, Craig Childs goes to where the apocalypse can be seen now.
From the driest deserts of Chile, through the genetic wasteland of
central Iowa, to the site of the drowned land bridge of the Bering Sea,
he uncovers cataclysms that tell us what could be next: forthcoming ice
ages, super volcanoes, and the conclusion of planetary life cycles.
Childs delivers a sensual feast in his descriptions of the natural
world, and undeniable science that reveals both the earth's strengths