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 in Germany, but I like to pretend my foggy images of Freiburg are real. After moving back to the U.S., I lived in Kentucky until 3rd grade, then it was off to North Carolina. Ever had the pleasure of attending year round school? While living in NC, I went to school 9 weeks, followed by 3 weeks off, all year round. During my breaks I would go back to Kentucky. I also lived in London, England for four years of undergrad. There, I studied theatre at Kingston University and worked at Topshop in Oxford Circus.

When someones asks, Where are you from?, Louisville, Kentucky is always the answer, but each of these places have become a huge part of me. I currently live in Pittsburgh, PA.

Most influential person:

My is 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. 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