Maryland Blogger: Book from Gayle Rich-Boxman: Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey

Book from Gayle Rich-Boxman: Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey

Book from Gayle Rich-Boxman: Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey


One of the books that was sitting in my stack of books to read for several months is Desert Solitaire (1968) by Edward Abbey. This book was a gift from my blogger friend Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905 with her comment: "This memoir is an adventure, taking place in Utah with a solitary fellow sharing his life experiences and deep thoughts as he attends to nature and humans as a forest ranger." 

My thanks to Gayle for sharing this interesting book. Click on the links to learn more about the author and his writings.


About Edward Abbey, his life and books - Wikipedia


Goodreads Review of Desert Solitaire

When Desert Solitaire was first published in 1968, it became the focus of a nationwide cult. Rude and sensitive. Thought-provoking and mystical. Angry and loving. Both Abbey and this book are all of these and more. Here, the legendary author of The Monkey Wrench Gang, Abbey's Road and many other critically acclaimed books vividly captures the essence of his life during three seasons as a park ranger in southeastern Utah. This is a rare view of a quest to experience nature in its purest form -- the silence, the struggle, the overwhelming beauty. But this is also the gripping, anguished cry of a man of character who challenges the growing exploitation of the wilderness by oil and mining interests, as well as by the tourist industry.

Abbey's observations and challenges remain as relevant now as the day he wrote them. Today, Desert Solitaire asks if any of our incalculable natural treasures can be saved before the bulldozers strike again.



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Comment balloon 18 commentsRoy Kelley • October 15 2015 04:47PM


Roy, my wife thinks I am an avid reader going through a book every week or two. Seems like you go through one everyday or two. Enjoy your day! 

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) over 4 years ago

How thughtful of Gayle to share a book she knew you would enjoy.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 4 years ago

Roy, Thank you for the book review. Have a good week.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 4 years ago

What a nice thought and gift for you from Gayle.  I am happy to hear you enjoyed the book.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 4 years ago

Thank you very much for your comments. Enjoy a good book or two this week.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 4 years ago

Good morning Roy, I'm always interested in good books.

Posted by Cindy Edwards, CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677 (RE/MAX Checkmate) over 4 years ago

Roy, bless you for bringing attention to this "cult" classic! Dick Greenberg, another friend I sent this to had read many of his books way back in the sixties. It'd been so long that he felt it was like reading it for the first time. 

This will be one that I will read again. 

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) over 4 years ago

Thanks so much for stopping by. It is always good to hear from you.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 4 years ago

Good Monday morning Ms. Dolores and Roy Kelley -  You just can't beat having a friend such as Realtor Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905.

Posted by John McCormack, CRS, Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me! (Albuquerque Homes Realty) over 4 years ago

So sweet of Gayle to send this book to you, and thanks for the book review, Roy.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) over 4 years ago


 Gayle is so sweet not a surprise that she sent you a book as she kows you love to read!

Posted by Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert over 4 years ago

Thanks, again, for your comments and for your continued support.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 4 years ago

 Roy it sounds like a book I want to read -thank you for sharing this- I am going to get it as I also am an avid reader.Thank you.

Posted by Gail Petrowsky, House flipper and life coach (Gail Petrowsky, Inc) over 4 years ago

Now Edward Abbey I am familar with. I have read several of his books including Desert Solitaire. I'm glad you enjoyed this one, Roy.

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) over 4 years ago

You read so many good books and then take the time to share!  Thank you! 

Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) over 4 years ago

It is always good to receive your feedback. Have an outstanding week.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 4 years ago

That has an interesting story line. It is good of Gayle to share and you to share your thoughts too.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 4 years ago

Read a good book or two for your personal enjoyment this week.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 4 years ago