The Rider’s Library

Embarking on a snowboard trip without packing a good book is a no-no. Who knows if you’ll get snowed in? Or worse. Here are ten books recommended by ten riders. Remember, literary taste is subjective, so use your discretion.

Aaron Bishop: Back To Eden by J.L. Kloss.

This book is a dictionary of food and health. Don’t want to get food poisoning.

Chris Engelsman: Walk Across America, by Peter Jenkins.

He’s a college grad, recently divorced, and down on America. Instead of going to Europe like most, he decides to truly discover America. So, he and his dog set out on foot to see this great country.

Lukas Huffman: Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse.

It’s my number-one favorite book, I read it at least once a year. I find it’s really relevant to life no matter what stage you’re in.

Karleen Jefferey: Mountaineering:Freedom Of The Hills by Don Graydon and Kurt Hanson.

It’s a complete encyclopedia of everything you’d need to know for backcountry. I carry it with me everywhere I go.

Emanuel Krebs: Tao te Ching translated by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English.

The wisest book ever written. Here’s a little bit of it: “My teachings are easy to understand and easy to put into practice. Yet your intellect will never grasp them, and if you try to practice them you will fail.”

Tyler Lepore: The Mole People, by Jennifer Toth.

This is a true story about the homeless people who live in the transit tunnels of New York City. It talks about the trials and tribulations of peoples lives–how they got there and how they survive.

Travis Parker: Johnny Got His Gun, by Dalton Trumbo.

It’s kind of depressing, but it was good. It made me feel lucky. It’s about a guy who was blown up in the trenches during World War I. He slowly finds out he has no arms, legs, sight, hearing, or speech, and it goes through his thought processes. It’s crazy stuff. I think Metallica wrote a song about it.

Megan Pischke: The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho.

It’s a story about a young man who’s on a life journey and has all sorts of travel adventures. It’s a short book with a big message.

Blaise Rosenthal: A Soldier Of The Great War, by Mark Halprin.

It’s the story of an Italian kid growing up in Italy during World War One. It describes the horrors of war and the beauties of life. One of the best books I’ve ever read.

Brad Scheuffele:The Nudist On The Late Shift by Po Bronson.

It’s a bunch of life stories from Silicon Valley. Inspiring success stories about millionaires in their mid twenties to early thirties. It makes you go, “I could have done that!”