Virga & bone Essays from dry places

Craig Childs, 1967-

Book - 2019

"[A] deeply felt essay collection focusing upon a vivid series of desert icons--a sheet of virga over Monument Valley, white seashells in a dry desert sand, boulders impossibly balanced. Writer and adventurer Craig Childs delves into the primacy of our starkest landscapes and the profound nature of the more-than-human."-- Back cover.

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Subjects
Genres
Essays
Creative nonfiction
Published
Salt Lake City, Utah : Torrey House Press [2019]
Edition
First Torrey House Press edition
Language
English
Item Description
"October 2019"--Title page verso.
Physical Description
122 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm
ISBN
9781948814188
1948814188
Main Author
Craig Childs, 1967- (author)
Other Authors
Claire Taylor, 1984- (illustrator)
  • Virga
  • Springs
  • Exposure
  • Balanced rocks
  • Badlands
  • Landlines
  • Shell
  • Bones.
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Few writers can better express the strange vitality of desert landscapes than Childs (Atlas of a Lost World), as this brief but memorable trek through the American Southwest proves. The book's eight essays reveal the desert as at once solid and ephemeral, a place where one can see "the planet falling into pieces over and over" through the effects of wind and "a circus of erosion." Childs makes surprising, even paradoxical, observations throughout. Death Valley, he notes, soaks up every bit of water that falls, making it "ironically, a reservoir." In a small plane, Childs pursues virga, downpours from rain clouds that evaporate before hitting the desert floor. When he flies through one, he learns that it is "as velveteen as it looks... I could have stayed inside its rain and barely gotten wet." In an essay about the time he and a friend tried to sneak into Burning Man, he describes that, even while trying to hide in the desert's immense expanse, "there is no invisibility here." The Southwestern panorama unfolding over the course of this beautiful book will stay with readers long after they close the pages. (Oct.) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"It's impossible to imagine another writer in America who is better than Craig Childs at elegizing the fearsome and confounding appeal of our most austere landscapes."—KEVIN FEDARKO, author of The Emerald MileFrom the author of The Secret Knowledge of Water and Atlas of a Lost World comes a deeply felt essay collection focusing upon a vivid series of desert icons—a sheet of virga over Monument Valley, white seashells in dry desert sand, boulders impossibly balanced. Craig Childs delves into the primacy of the land and the profound nature of the more–than–human.CRAIG CHILDS is the author of more than a dozen books on nature, adventure, and science, including The Secret Knowledge of Water and Atlas of a Lost World. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Outside. Recipient of the Ellen Meloy Desert Writers Award and the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award, he lives in Colorado.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Writer and adventurer Craig Childs dwells upon desert icons'human, animal, and otherwise'in these contemplative and visceral essays.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Writer and adventurer Craig Childs dwells upon desert icons—human, animal, and otherwise—in these contemplative and visceral essays.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

"It's impossible to imagine another writer in America who is better than Craig Childs at elegizing the fearsome and confounding appeal of our most austere landscapes.""KEVIN FEDARKO, author of The Emerald MileFrom the author of The Secret Knowledge of Water and Atlas of a Lost World comes a deeply felt essay collection focusing upon a vivid series of desert icons'a sheet of virga over Monument Valley, white seashells in dry desert sand, boulders impossibly balanced. Craig Childs delves into the primacy of the land and the profound nature of the more'than'human.CRAIG CHILDS is the author of more than a dozen books on nature, adventure, and science, including The Secret Knowledge of Water and Atlas of a Lost World. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Outside. Recipient of the Ellen Meloy Desert Writers Award and the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award, he lives in Colorado.