The Secret Knowledge of Water: There Are Two Easy Ways to Die in the Desert: Thirst and Drowning

Written by:
Craig Childs
Narrated by:
Craig Childs

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
May 2019
7 hours 52 minutes
Naturalist Craig Childs's "utterly memorable and fantastic" study of the desert's dangerous beauty is based on years of adventures in the deserts of the American West (Washington Post). 

Like the highest mountain peaks, deserts are environments that can be inhospitable even to the most seasoned explorers. Craig Childs, who has spent years in the deserts of the American West as an adventurer, a river guide, and a field instructor in natural history, has developed a keen appreciation for these forbidding landscapes: their beauty, their wonder, and especially their paradoxes. His extraordinary treks through arid lands in search of water are an astonishing revelation of the natural world at its most extreme. 

"Utterly memorable and fantastic...Certainly no reader will ever see the desert in the same way again." —Suzannah Lessard, Washington Post
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I loved this book. Read it as research in preparation for a class I'm going to teach on literature of the desert southwest. I found Childs' voice utterly fascinating. His sentences are delicious, sometimes astounding. The accounts of his research, hikes and explorations are consistently interesting and I came away from the book feeling as if I'd learned much. I'm excited to share it with my students.

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