Brittany J. Thurman
Brittany J. Thurman

more about me:


My grandmother (center), great-aunts, and great-uncle.

My grandmother (center), great-aunts, and great-uncle.

Where am i from?

I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, soon after, my mom and I moved to Germany- I don't remember a thing about living there. After moving back to the U.S., I lived in Kentucky until 3rd grade. Then, it was off 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 of Undergrad.

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. 

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 I loved reading about innovative things kids could do to earn money. 

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 

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