Book Love: Recommendations From Jessica Turner

I’m excited to share another round of book love (be sure to check out previous recommendations from Lindsey Mead and Lucrecer Braxton)!  Today’s recommendations come from the delightful and incredibly prolific Jessica Turner. Jessica is a mom of 3, works full-time as a communications program manager for Vanderbilt University Medical Center, is an incredibly prolific blogger (The Mom Creative) and author (The Fringe Hours), and a boss party planner! Jessica also is a voracious reader who shares her favorite reads at @booksnobbery on Instagram. Here are 5 of her favorite recent book picks:


Jessica Turner

Author of The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You. Inspiring women everywhere to pursue their passions & practice self-care. 

1. Castle of Water by Dane Huckelbridge

I don’t know why more people aren’t talking about Castle of Water! When a plane crashes in the South Pacific, a man and a woman are left to live on a dessert island. A story of loss, love and survival, this book left me completely undone. Read it immediately.

2. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

Set decades before the Civil War and written in alternating perspectives, The Kitchen House explores race, familial bonds, class, secrets and more. A captivating, must-read.

3. Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Fans of World War II fiction, Lilac Girls is for you. Inspired by actual people and events, this story about three women from very different places and the ways their lives intersect will split you wide open. I adored the audio version of this book.

4. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah’s memoir Born a Crime is unforgettably poignant, funny and full of insights about growing up in South Africa during apartheid. Please listen to the audio book because his accent is too delightful to miss out on.

5. This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

I think every parent should read This Is How It Always Is. A moving book about a family of five boys, including Claude, who wants to be a girl. Claude’s parents want to let Claude be whoever Claude wants to be, but they decide to keep this a family secret. The book’s exploration of parenting well, secrets and the ties that bond us is unforgettable.

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