Around the Lulu offices, you’ll hear the phrase “B Corp” often. It comes with a lot of meaning for us, but I fear it’s not always clear what we mean when we talk about it.Luckily, today we have December’s staff picks–two books that champion the B Corp Movement. You see, B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. Ever since we fully embraced our status as a B Corp, we’ve paid close attention to any author or business that creates books that benefit charitable causes, educate under-served populations, or promotes causes that seek to do good.
Alright, enough explaining. Let’s get to know a couple of awesome Lulu Authors!
Counter Culture Coffee
Written by Counter Culture employees Getu Bekele and Timothy Hill, Ethiopian Coffee Varieties is a reference guide to Ethiopian coffee. Designed for coffee farmers and roasters, the book is also an amazing testament to how coffee growing can enrich a people and culture.
A Reference Guide to Ethiopian Coffee Varieties
This book is a culmination of two years of hard work by numerous employees at Counter Culture Coffee and aims to bridge the knowledge gap that exists on Ethiopian coffee varieties in the industry. The guide will act as a tool that empowers farmers in their decision-making processes when choosing varieties for research, development, or investment. The right varieties in the right environments will ultimately improve productivity and quality on farms. We believe that the long-term effect of this reference guide on the specialty coffee industry will be significant.
Operating the first certified organic coffee roaster in North Carolina, Counter Culture is one of our favorites.
Watch our Facebook Live to hear our Q&A with Counter Culture:
If you want to test the Idido blend mentioned in the video, you can find it on their website – Idido Coffee by the Pound.
And here is the full transcript of our conversation with Counter Culture’s Content Manager, Katelin Resta:
Jessica Yinka Thomas
Next up we have Jessica Yinka Thomas and her novel How Not to Make Friends. Another North Carolina native, Jessica comes from an engineering background, but needed to explore her creativity with her writing. Pairing that creative endeavor with a desire to engage and improve society, and we have Jessica’s amazing novels.
How Not to Make Friends
“Thomas keeps you both TENSE AND ENTERTAINED in this thrilling adventure that combines futuristic fashion, global politics, social justice and corporate conspiracy.” — Michele Tracy Berger, author of REENU-YOU MAKE FRIENDS “We loved getting to know Remi, Izi, and Alex, and these amazing women who got together to save the world. We look forward to reading where Jessica Yinka Thomas takes them next.” — Ana Grilo & Thea James, Co-founders of THE BOOK SMUGGLERS “A FAST-PACED SUSPENSE NOVEL set in a world of high culture, high fashion and high-tech gadgetry with an intriguing, international cast of characters.” — Monica Gragg, author of CREATE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE “What’s not to love? Armed with BRAINS, BEAUTY, AND HIGH-TECH GADGETS that would make James Bond jealous, three friends jet-set on a mission to make the world a better place.” — Katie Kross, author of PROFESSION AND PURPOSE
Oh yes. The middle book in a trilogy (part one is How Not to Save the World) that focuses on social justice and female empowerment, we’ve got a perfect example of how literature can have a positive impact on the world.
Jessica described her characters as ‘Mother Teresa meets James Bond meets Robin Hood. In a gown.’ If that’s piquing your interest (and why wouldn’t it?) you can find all of her books on Jessica’s Author Page.
Watch our Facebook Live to learn more about Jessica Yinka Thomas and her newest book:
Keep Up With Jessica:
That’s it for Staff Picks in 2018. We hope everyone found something amazing to read. We loved these books and we want you to love them too!
We’ll be back in the new year with even more amazing authors and books to highlight!
Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday!
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Paul is the Senior Copywriter at Lulu, writing weekly blog posts and helping guide content for the company’s marketing. When he’s not deeply entrenched in the publishing and print-on-demand world, he likes to hike the scenic North Carolina landscape, read, sample the fanciest micro-brewed beer, and collect fountain pens. Paul is a dog person, but considers himself cat tolerant.