By: Edward Abbey
One doesn't read Desert Solitaire for the tales of Edward Abbey's experiences in the American Southwest (though riveting), but rather for the insights and ideas that stemmed from two years as a ranger in Arches National Park and his journeys throughout the harsh desert.
Among story, humor, and descriptive prose, veins of philosophy are often encountered and run deep throughout the book. If you seek profound wilderness experiences, enjoy questioning cultural assumptions, or share Abbey's rebellious distaste for the number-obsessed system, you'll relish in these pages the way I did.
I'm living just a mile outside of Yellowstone National Park as I write this and would love to hand copies out at the entrance gate to the millions of confused tourists trying to experience wilderness from the inside of car, gift shops, and camera of their phone.