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Back of Beyond Books
83 N. Main Street
Moab, UT
435-259-5154; 800-700-2859

I don’t get there nearly often enough, but Back of Beyond Books remains one of my favorite bookstores. While Back of Beyond should be revered for its impressive selection of regional titles, its celebration of Edward Abbey, one of the first writers to help me understand our connection with place, increases my affection for this unique bookstore.

The name of the store was drawn from one of Edward Abbey’s most well-known fiction titles, ‘The Monkey Wrench Gang.’ His character Seldom Seen Smith was an outfitter, and the name of his company — and hideout — was ‘Back of Beyond.’ — from Back of Beyond Books Website