Not only is Jennifer Nelson a Cape Coral City Council member, but she’s also the executive director of the nonprofit Uncommon Friends, a dedicated community volunteer and a devoted mom. While she might not have tons of free time to read as much as she would like, she kindly shared some of her favorite books.


The Help by Kathryn Stockett
This book has everything: history, mystery, drama and comedy. There is a little Minnie and Skeeter in all of us.

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
This is a timeless classic that encourages the idea of unconditional love.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
-This was given to me by my mother-in-law when I turned 30. It’s all about life’s successes and challenges that still ring so true at 48!

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
A contradiction of what you would think a genius at 30 years old should be doing versus what he is actually doing, living with his mother and looking for work in the French Quarter. I love the experiences and characters that depict the quirkiness of the people you find in New Orleans.