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 am i from?

Before I could walk, my mom and I moved to Germany- I don't remember a thing about living there. I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and after moving back to the US I lived in Kentucky until 3rd grade. That's when my mom and I moved to North Carolina. While living in NC, I went to a year round school, (9 weeks of school, followed by 3 weeks off, all year round) so during my breaks I would go back to Kentucky. 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, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 


Most influential person:

My grandmother. She's my rock. Her strength, beauty, and outlook on life keeps me going. My grandmother was born in the 1940's, grew up during the civil rights era, and has endured more than I can imagine. If I can become half the woman she is, I know I've done well. Grace is what she possesses and grace is what I strive to obtain. 

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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