A literary oasis in the desert since 1990, we are a little bookstore with a big selection of new, used, and rare titles. Inspired by the name of Seldom Seen Smith’s outfitting company and hideout spot in Edward Abbey’s The Monkey Wrench Gang, Back of Beyond Books keeps that spirit of exploration and discovery alive for locals and visitors alike.

We carry many titles from hard-to-find small press authors, with a focus on the geography, archeology, natural history, and guidebooks about the American Southwest and Colorado Plateau.

Back of Beyond is also home to a robust fiction section, a one-of-a-kind children’s room, and a carefully curated selection of YA and juvenile titles. You’ll also find indie bestsellers, games, and gifts throughout the store.

We love meeting book lovers from all over the world who come into our store to buy and sometimes sell to us too. We look forward to visiting with you!

Inside of Back of Beyond Books


9:00am – 9:00pm

83 N. Main St.
Moab, Utah





Love when authors stop by to see their book babies on our shelves 🥰

TWO CHEFS, ONE CATCH author, Bernard Guillas, came in and talked a bit of fishy cuisine this weekend and now we’re inspired! 

Come by the store any time between 9am and 9pm. who knows who you’ll meet ☺️

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Author Melissa L. Sevigny will be discussing her exciting new book, Brave the Wild River,at the moab_library tomorrow evening at 7pm! The event is free to the public, and we’re excited to hear Sevigny discuss her research into the first women who ran the Colorado.

To get ya prepped, here’s a review by Sophie:

Brave the Wild River: The Untold Story of Two Women Who Mapped the Botany of the Grand Canyon
By Melissa Sevigny 

“In the name of science, river running history was made.  In 1938, Dr. Elzada Clover and graduate student Lois Jotter were the first women to boat the entire length of the Grand Canyon and the first botanists to document its flora. The epic 43-day trip was envisioned by Clover and guided by pioneering Colorado River boatman, Norm Nevills. The botanical survey of Clover and Jotter is the only one to document the riparian species of the Grand Canyon before the Glen Canyon Dam was built. Through journal entries, letters and newspaper articles Melissa Sevigny has woven a top notch story about river running, women in science and the Colorado River.“

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Staff Pick this week is Shari’s! See what she has to say about this Indie Bestseller that was originally published in French in 2021 and has since been translated by Tina Kover for English-speaking readers.

The Postcard
By Anne Berest

“This is a beautifully crafted novel that takes readers on a journey through time and self-discovery. The story follows the Rabinovitch family: their flight from Russia following the revolution, their journey to Latvia, Palestine, and Paris. Interestingly, Berest has chosen the genre of fiction to interrogate her own family history, exploring themes of identity, belonging, and the significance of familial bonds. Berest adeptly examines how the past shapes the present and the ways in which our ancestors' experiences can influence our own lives. Anyone interested in either the City of Lights, history or calling up the past for a chance at reclaiming the present will love this novel as much as I did.”

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