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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

  • I Wish Someone Had Told Me, Simon & Schuster, 1990
  • The Playgroup, Simon & Schuster, 1994
  • The Girls, Simon & Schuster, 1998
  • Deering Library: An Illustrated History, Northwestern University Press, 2008

Selected Titles At Your Library

I wish someone had told me :
ISBN: 0897334426. OCLC Number:

Academy Chicago Publishers,. Chicago :. 1997.

The playgroup /
ISBN: 067174710X. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster,. New York :. ©1994.

In her highly acclaimed first book, I Wish Someone Had Told Me, Nina Barrett explained what pregnancy and new maternity are really like, from the point of view of mothers rather than so-called experts. Now she moves on to the highly conflicted emotional and philosophical terrain of motherhood. Without sentimentality, she traces the lives of three young mothers, herself among them, over the two years during which their toddlers were in a playgroup together.

The girls :
ISBN: 068481370X. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster,. New York :. ©1998.

Deering Library :
ISBN: 0810125021. OCLC Number:

Northwestern University Press,. Evanston, Ill. :. ©2008.



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