June 2010

Desert Solitaire, by Edward Abbey

Desert Solitaire is one of the greatest books about living out in nature and “roughing it” that there is. I place it next to things like Walden and Sand County Almanac for the sheer obsessive passion and detailed storytelling that only comes along once in a while. Essentially it is a first-person narrative of Abbey working a summer in Arches National Park. As he says, “Why I went there no longer matters; what I found there is the subject of this book.”

The Red Pyramid

After the immense success of his Percy Jackson series, Rick Riordan didn’t wait long before creating another mythological masterpiece for us fans. The Kane Chronicles is a new series by the bestselling author, with The Red Pyramid featured as its debut novel. Only published a month ago, it’s just as fast-paced, god-filled, and adventurous as the Percy Jackson novels we’ve come to know and love, though much lengthier. (Some spoilers ahead.)