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Desert Southwest Literature - Some of our favorites

A selection of local and locally-focused titles from some of our favorite authors.

Edward Abbey
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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 th ... Read More about
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Terry Tempest Williams
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In this potent collage of stories, essays, and testimony, Williams makes a stirring case for the preservation of America’s Redrock Wilderness in the canyon country of southern Utah. As passionate as she is persuasive, Williams, the beloved author of Refuge,  is one of the country’s most eloquent ... Read More about
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In this abundant space and isolation, the energy lords extract their bounty of natural resources, and the curators of mass destruction once mined their egregious weapons and reckless acts. It is a land of absolutes, of passion and indifference, lush textures and inscrutable tensions. Here violence c ... Read More about
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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 expl ... Read More about
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Amy Irvine
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A grief-stricken, heart-hopeful, soul song to the American Desert. --PAM HOUSTON, author of Deep Creek As Ed Abbey's Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness turns fifty, its iconic author, who has inspired generations of rebel-rousing advocacy on behalf of the American West, is due for a trib ... Read More about
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Edward Abbey
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“A thing of beauty. . . . A wildly funny, infinitely wise, near to tragic tale of man against the bog god machine.” —Houston Chronicle Edward Abbey's classic comic gem of destructive mayhem and outrageous civil disobedience—the novel that sparked the environmental activism movement. Ex-Green Beret G ... Read More about
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From the “dean of Western writers” (The New York Times) and the Pulitzer Prize winning–author of Angle of Repose and Crossing to Safety, a fascinating look at the old American West and the man who prophetically warned against the dangers of settling it   In Beyond the Hundredth Meridian, Wallace Ste ... Read More about
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Terry Tempest Williams
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In the spring of 1983 Terry Tempest Williams learned that her mother was dying of cancer. That same season, The Great Salt Lake began to rise to record heights, threatening the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge and the herons, owls, and snowy egrets that Williams, a poet and naturalist, had come ... Read More about
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2023 Southwest Books of the Year winner, 2023 Reading the West Nonfiction Award winner, Foreword INDIES Silver Award winner, and Colorado Book Award finalist "Childs guides readers through a long lived in landscape and helps us see more clearly what's been drawn upon the ancient stones." --CAMILLE ... Read More about
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Brooke Williams
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Brooke Williams walked twice into Southern Utah's Mary Jane Wilderness: at the beginning of the Trump presidency, perhaps the most tumultuous and destructive in American History, and four-years later at its end. In Mary Jane Wild Brooke wanders into this magical place looking for answers to the ques ... Read More about
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