Lulu’s Holiday Gift Guide: Staff Picks

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Our Gift Guide wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t include our personal favorites. These are the books that make us smile, that we keep a copy of on our desks, and that we recommend to friends while explaining to them what self-publishing is all about.

Get ready to get inspired. These are the books we love because they’re awesome, they’re memorable, and they remind us why we love being self-publishers. If you’ve got someone on your holiday list who love to read and you’re not sure what to get them, this list is for you.

From Fatherless to Fatherhood

By Omar Epps

Author and world renowned actor Omar Epps chronicles his journey from humble beginnings in Brooklyn, New York, to the bright lights of Hollywood. Having grown up without his biological father, then becoming a father himself, Epps shares his story of pain and triumph in a uniquely visceral way. It’s an intimate, unapologetic, and emotional conversation about childhood, manhood, and parenting.

The Coffee Table Book of Rejected Coffee Table Books

By Athol Birtley

A book of rejected book ideas, in hardcover format. Author Athol Birtley submitted a new coffee table book proposal to publishers every fortnight for twelve months. All were rejected. He then submitted a coffee table book proposal for a compilation of rejected coffee table books. That too was rejected. But thanks to vanity publishing and the internet, his work is now available for the public to officially ignore.

Note: Unlike the Seinfeld episode, this book does not transform into a table.

Pub Rules of the Eighties

By Rob Brown

Pub Rules of the Eighties is a joyfully shameless celebration of British humour, Eighties pop culture and swearing. Follow Chris, a young English bloke, as he navigates the perilous waters of life, love and crap jobs.

Note. Please be aware this book contains a lot of swearing. Adorable, charming, funny, sarcastic British swearing though, not harsh swearing. You know, the nice swearing.

If this book were a box of chocolates it would be a little bit nutty, a little bit fruity but mostly boozy.

Slice Slice Baby

By Rachelle Abellar

Do you consider yourself a pizza aficionado? Do you love pizza more than Michelangelo? Do you worship at the altar of the almighty slice?

This zine is for you! “Slice Slice Baby” is an ode to the glorious pizza and is chock full of stories, recipes, photography, selfies, illustrations, and more!

Sanctuary Dogs

By Konings

Sanctuary Dogs is a book of drawings of dogs from the Society for Abandoned Animals. The SAA is a small charity who care for and re-home unwanted dogs, cats and rabbits based in Manchester, UK. The project is a collaboration between the SAA and the artist Konings. The book illustrates the huge variety of dogs that, largely through no fault of their own, end up in rescue environments. We hope that we have managed to reflect the characters of the dogs in our drawings. Each dog is unique and we have fallen in love with every one of them. We hope that this book will inspire you to think about rescue and if you are in a position to give a dog a home to think about giving a rescue dog a second chance of a happy life.

21st Century Garden Cities of To-morrow

By Yves Cabannes & Philip Ross

This book draws on the history of the garden city movement and the experiences of Letchworth – the first Garden City – and combines these with contemporary international experiences and good practices to propose a manifesto for future garden cities. It defines a Garden City as a place that brings together the best elements of town and country through the implementation of 12 core principles.

Sammie & Budgie

By Scott Semegran

Sammie & Budgie is an illustrated novel brought to you from the quirky mind of writer and cartoonist Scott Semegran. The novel explores the bond between a caring father and his children, one affected by his own thorny relationship with his surly father, and the connection he has with his sweet son is thicker than blood, going to the place where dreams are conceived and realized.

You Got Into Where?

By Joi Wade

“You Got Into Where?” is the first college admissions guide written by a student who is fresh out of the college admissions process. Learn how I was admitted to schools like the University of Southern California and New York University with full tuition scholarships.

The guide features copies of my admissions essay, writing supplement, and activities resume that I used to apply to college the fall of my senior year. Get advice on all the secrets of the admissions process from start to finish.

An Atlas of Dinosaur Anatomy

By Rushelle Kucala

Dive into the prehistoric world by studying the anatomy of dinosaurs! This 66 page book is filled with 17 fully illustrated dinosaurs (PLUS Odontoceti Whales) with separate images for bones, muscles, and outer skin along with labels for the bones and muscles.

One Little Wise Kiwi

By Stephanie MacDonald

One Little Wise Kiwi is a journey through the self, to discover who you really are. It is a collection of philosophies so that you may determine and redefine what you believe, what you stand for, and what matters to you.

“It does not matter how you live. Challenge your environment, rebel against your current way of thinking and understand why you believe in what you do. Find what fits with the highest level of who you are and bring your power and energy back to yourself.”

That’s just a taste of the awesome books we love here at Lulu. If you need more, check out our Unique Books page:

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Or you could always make your own!


Check out our full Holiday Gift Guide for even more inspiration.

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