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Staff Picks From Around the World: Barry from Canada

There's only one thing that readers love as much as reading: recommending books.

Working for Bookwitty, I've been lucky enough to have access to some amazing books, so when I was asked to offer some staff picks, I jumped at the chance.

They may not all be bestsellers, but I love reading, I love these books, and hopefully, you’ll love them too.

Rolling Nowhere

Ted Conover practices journalism in its purest form. The same writer who became a Corrections Officer for a year to expose the realities of the American penal system made his debut with this incredible book. In it, he recounts his time spent riding the rails with America’s traveling homeless, becoming immersed in their life, essentially becoming one of them. Empathetic and humane, Conover is infectiously curious about human nature and treats all his subjects with a rare dignity. Don't miss this groundbreaking book from the ultimate embedded reporter.

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I know what you’re thinking. A Godzilla comic book. Well, once you get past any preconceived notions you may have about the King of the Monsters, you'll see that this is a one-of-a-kind piece of work. Boasting incredibly detailed art from rising star James Stokoe along with an epic and surprisingly character-focused narrative, this story of one soldier's 50-year obsession with the titular monster is a rare beast indeed.

I'm Dying Up Here

With a television adaptation soon to debut on Showtime, get in on the ground floor with this look at the heyday of L.A. stand-up comedy. Filled with insider information, insights on the craft, along with cameos and anecdotes from people like Robin Williams, Jay Leno, and Richard Lewis, it's funny, fast-paced, and addictive. Whether or not you're interested in comedy, this behind the scenes chronicle offers a look at a bygone era, a heady time where anything was possible, everything was funny, and nothing was off limits.

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Picnic at Hanging Rock

Eerie and intriguing, this 1967 novel details the disappearance of a group of Australian boarding school students in 1900. Infused with a steadily mounting feeling of dread, you can just feel something sinister creeping around the margins of this book. I won't spoil any of its developments here, but suffice it to say this is one picnic you won't soon be forgetting.

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Award winning but largely underrated, this melancholic sci-fi fable tells the story of a man who dies at the age of 43, only to wake up 25 years in the past, in his 18-year-old body. He replays his life, and eventually repeats it, again and again, correcting some mistakes, but finding others inescapable. A precursor of Groundhog Day and Edge of Tomorrow, this bittersweet book will stay with you for days after you finish reading it. Good luck not replaying this one.

Book lover, movie buff. Marketing copywriter for Bookwitty. A cat-person, a dog-person, and a person-person.