Brittany J. Thurman
Brittany J. Thurman
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more about me:

I have an obsession with candy, which probably isn't all that great for my teeth. BUT, it tastes soooo good! I also have an obsession with books, if you haven't already noticed...

 
 
My great-aunt and cousins from way before I was born...

My great-aunt and cousins from way before I was born...

Where are i from?

I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and lived there off and on up until 3rd grade. Before I could walk, my mom and I moved to Germany- I don't remember a thing about living there, but I always bring it up in conversation. When I was in 3rd grade, we moved to North Carolina, luckily, I went to a year round school, so during my breaks I would go back to Kentucky to stay with my grandmother. I also lived in London, England for four years. When someones asks, "Where are you from?" Louisville, Kentucky is always the answer, but all of these places have become a part of me, even where I live now. 


Most influential person:

Hands down, my grandmother. Her strength, beauty, and outlook on life keeps me trucking along. My grandmother was born in the 40's, grew up before and during the civil rights era. I wonder if I could have made it through such a turbulent time with as much grace as she possesses. 

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Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri

Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri

Favorite Books:

How can I narrow this down?! I guess I'll start with the books I gravitated towards when I was a kid. I loved Wayside School is Falling Down, so Louis Sacher quickly became a favorite. I also had a book called Better than a Lemonade Stand, about small business ideas for kids. I don't think I ever implemented any of these ideas, but when I read the book I thought about things I could do if I wanted to. 

Some of my top favorites have come in the past few years.

- Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi. - The entire March series by John Lewis. - Day of Tears by Julius Lester/

- The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak. - Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement.

- Sold by Patricia McCormick - A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park - The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe 

- Thunder Boy, Jr. by Sherman Alexie - A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini 

- Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri