A graduate of Yale and Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, Nina Barrett previously published three books with Simon & Schuster: I Wish Someone Had Told Me: A Realistic Guide to Early Motherhood; The Playgroup: Three Women Contend With the Myths of Motherhood; and The Girls: A True Story of Lifelong Friendship. In 2009 she curated an exhibit at Northwestern University called “The Murder That Wouldn’t Die,” which inspired her 2018 book from Agate Publishing, The Leopold and Loeb Files: An Intimate Look at One of America’s Most Infamous Crimes. Her articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, the Chicago Tribune, and many other publications. She also trained as a professional chef, and her food reporting for Chicago’s NPR station WBEZ earned her the James Beard Award for Best Radio Show two years running, 2012 and 2013. Intermittently, she serves as a judge for the James Beard Cookbook Awards. In 2014, she founded Bookends & Beginnings, an independent bookstore in Evanston, Illinois.
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