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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Nina Barrett  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: New York City

-- Nina Barrett on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Barrett is an Illinois Resident.

Biographical and Professional Information

Nina Barrett is a journalist and author who lives in the Chicago area. She earned a degree in Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts from the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago (CHIC) and has worked in several Chicago restaurant kitchens. Her food adventure stories for Eight Forty-Eight earned Currently, she contributes food feature stories to Chicago Public Radio/WBEZ’s magazine show “Eight Forty-Eight,” earning the show a nomination for a James Beard Foundation award in 2010. Her articles and reviews have appeared in The Nation, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Publishers Weekly, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and many other publications, and is the author/editor of four books.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

I Wish Someone Had Told Me: A Realistic Guide to Early Motherhood
ISBN: 0897334426

Chicago Review Press. 2005

There's no shortage of "expert" advice for the new mother: books, doctors, and well-meaning grandmothers liberally give opinions on what you should be doing and how you should be feeling. But I Wish Someone Had Told Me is not a book of shoulds: it is a book about how women really handle the joys, the challenges, and the problems of being a mother. During the course of her interviews with more than sixty new moms, Nina Barrett made an important discovery. No one knows the secret: we are all putting our motherhood together from scratch. This collection of tales from the front addresses universal topics from labor (yes, it hurts), to marriage (babies may create a strain rather than a bond), to daycare (there is no Mary Poppins), to everyday life with a baby (what exactly does a newborn do all day?). This book by mothers for mothers will instill confidence in all new mothers who fear that every other mother knows something that they do not.

The Playgroup
ISBN: 067174710X

Simon & Schuster. 1994

An insightful and unsentimental look at the world of motherhood focuses on three young mothers whose children play together, exploring the tensions and conflicts faced by modern women over such issues as careers, autonomy, and sexuality. 20,000 first printing.

ISBN: 068481370X

Simon & Schuster. 1998

The author of The Playgroup shows both affection and admiration for the seven women, including herself, who have traveled through life together as friends for four decades, unraveling life's mysteries and exploring their possibilities as individuals and as friends. 20,000 first printing.

Deering Library: An Illustrated History
ISBN: 0810125021

Northwestern University Press. 2008

Published to commemorate the Deering Library’s 75th anniversary, this book explores the Deering and McCormick families, who funded the project the building’s distinctive Collegiate Gothic architecture its lore as a campus institution and its role in the evolution of Northwestern University Library into one of the country’s most prominent research libraries. Richly illustrated, it is both an authoritative account of a landmark library and a rich keepsake for Northwestern alumni.



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