Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey. Abbey's account of two summers spent in southeastern Utah's canyonlands is surely one of the most enduring works of contemporary American nature writing. In it he tells of his stint as a park ranger at Arches National Monument, of his love for the natural beauty that surrounded him, and of his distaste for the modernizing improvements designed to increase visitation to the park. "This book may well seem like a ride on a bucking bronco-- it is rough, tough, and combative. The author is a rebel and an eloquent loner. His is a passionately felt, deeply poetic book. It has philosophy.It has humor. It has its own share of nerve-tingling adventures...set down in a lean, racing prose, in a close-knit style of power and beauty" (New York Times Book Review). Ballantine Books. 4 1/8" x 6 7/8" softcover. 337 pages. 1968.