Desert Solitaire (Paperback)

Staff Pick Badge
Desert Solitaire By Edward Abbey Cover Image
List Price: $17.99
Our Price: $17.00
(Save: $0.99 6%)
Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Fort Greene
1 on hand, as of Aug 12 11:05pm
Prospect L Gardens
1 on hand, as of Aug 12 11:05pm

Staff Reviews

A beautiful self-discovery book that pays utmost respect (reverence) to the natural world. I've often wondered whether this was a book you needed to read at a certain age or place in your life, but having a conversation with a friend recently I came to the conclusion that no. It's a book for all time.

— Rebecca

Beautiful, fierce, passionate. While I’ve read other nature writing books over the years that I’ve dearly loved, this one remains top of the category for me. Published in the 1960s, but just as relevant today as when it was written, it is the perfect blend of personal, introspective narrative, and observational writing with a keen naturalistic eye. So whether you’re an urban dweller, or an out of town rural visitor, treat your soul to this book – you won’t regret it.

— Rebecca


Hailed by The New York Times as “a passionately felt, deeply poetic book,” the moving autobiographical work of Edward Abbey, considered the Thoreau of the American West, and his passion for the southwestern wilderness.

Desert Solitaire is a collection of vignettes about life in the wilderness and the nature of the desert itself by park ranger and conservationist, Edward Abbey. The book details the unique adventures and conflicts the author faces, from dealing with the damage caused by development of the land or excessive tourism, to discovering a dead body. However Desert Solitaire is not just a collection of one man’s stories, the book is also a philosophical memoir, full of Abbey’s reflections on the desert as a paradox, at once beautiful and liberating, but also isolating and cruel. Often compared to Thoreau’s Walden, Desert Solitaire is a powerful discussion of life’s mysteries set against the stirring backdrop of the American southwestern wilderness.

About the Author

Edward Abbey was born in Home, Pennsylvania, in 1927. He was educated at the University of New Mexico and the University of Edinburgh. He died at his home in Oracle, Arizona, in 1989.

Praise For…

The New Yorker An American Masterpiece. A Forceful Encounter with a Man of Character and Courage.

The New York Times Book Review Like a ride on a bucking bronco...rough, tough, combative. The author is a rebel and an eloquent loner. His is a passionately felt, deeply poetic book...set down in a lean, racing prose, in a close-knit style of power and beauty.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780671695880
ISBN-10: 0671695886
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication Date: January 15th, 1990
Pages: 288
Language: English