What Casey Brown Is Reading Right Now

From 'The Suble Art of Not Giving a F*ck' to 'Sapiens,' this professional mountain biker doesn't mess around when it comes to reading good books

Casey Brown in the 2011 New Zealand Mountain Bike National Championships in Dunedin (Phil Walter/Getty Images)
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When Casey Brown isn’t rewriting the rules of mountain biking or tackling freeride lines, you’ll often find her deep in a book. These are four of her current favorites.

Sapiens, by Yuval Noah Harari

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(Courtesy Harper Perennial)

“A brief history on humankind, I took my time with this one, rereading chapters to fully understand how we ended up where we are today. There’s a lot of information, so be ready to get your gears turning. It’s a must-read. I’m excited to dive into the next one: Homo Deus: A Brief History on Tomorrow.”

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The Fear Project, by Jaimal Yogis

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(Courtesy Rodale Books)

“Yogis dives into the human brain, from personal stories and experiences with scientific proof of his findings. I really enjoyed reading this book. It’s a good one for anyone who’s interested in being in control of how they react to fear, not just in sports but in everyday life.”

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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, by Mark Manson

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(Courtesy Harper)

“I saw this book in an airport, picked it up, flicked through a couple pages, and had to buy it. It’s written in a blunt, to-the-point way, which I enjoyed. Manson includes a lot from the teachings of Buddha and how it relates to our modern-day selves. It’s a good one for the shelf, so you can pick it up from time to time and remember what you should be giving a f—ck about.”

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The Golden Spruce, by John Vaillant

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(Courtesy W. W. Norton and Company)

“This is a story of a man who saw both sides of the logging industry in British Columbia and protested in a heartbreaking way. It includes stories from the indigenous people and their battles with the newcomers. It’s a good way to educate yourself on the history of the area and how logging has shaped and destroyed this province. It’s the only book I’ve ever had a hard time putting down.”

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