Holiday Gift Guide - Staff Picks

Lulu’s Holiday Gift Guide: Staff Picks

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

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.

From Fatherless to Fatherhood By Omar Epps

The Coffee Table Book of Rejected Coffee Table Books

From “Alternative Uses for Alternative Medicine” to “Voodoos and Voodon’ts”, there is something in here for everyone. Unless of course there isn’t, as over 200 publishing industry representatives have considered these pages and decided they are not worth printing. Note: Unlike the Seinfeld episode, this book does not transform into a table.

The Coffee Table Book of Rejected Coffee Table Books By Athol Birtley

Pub Rules of the Eighties

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.

Pub Rules of the Eighties BY Rob Brown

Slice Slice Baby

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!

Slice Slice Baby By Rachelle Abellar

Sanctuary Dogs

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.

Sanctuary Dogs By Konings

21st Century Garden Cities of To-morrow. A manifesto

What is a Garden City? How do you become one? 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.

21st Century Garden Cities of To-morrow. A manifesto By Yves Cabannes & Philip Ross

Sammie & Budgie

From bestselling writer and cartoonist Scott Semegran, Sammie & Budgie is a quirky, mystical tale of a self-doubting IT nerd and his young son, who possesses the gift of foresight. The boy’s special ability propels his family on a road trip to visit his ailing grandfather, a prickly man who left an indelible stamp on the father and son. 

Sammie & Budgie By Scott Semegran

You Got Into Where?

“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.

You Got Into Where?: How I Received Admission and Scholarships to the Nation's Top Universities

An Atlas of Dinosaur Anatomy

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.

An Atlas of Dinosaur Anatomy By Rushelle Kucala

That’s just a taste of the awesome books we love here at Lulu!

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