Fiction Book Recommendations by The 21st published on 2019-07-01T18:53:02Z We’re hoping you have some downtime this summer to catch up on reading. This week on the show we’ll be offering some book recommendations, and who better to give us their picks than three writers. Later this week we’ll be talking nonfiction and young adult and children’s books, but today we’re starting with fiction. Nina Barrett is the author of "The Leopold and Loeb Files" and owner of Bookends and Beginnings, an independent bookstore in Evanston. Amy Hassinger is the author of the three novels. Her most recent is "After The Dam." She teaches creative writing at the University of Illinois. Nafissa Thompson Spires joined us in the studio. She’s a professor of creative writing at the University of Illinois and her book "The Heads of Colored People" made the long list for the National Book award last year.