Books by Jean Zimmerman

Jean Zimmerman is the author of four books, including Made from Scratch: Reclaiming the Pleasures of the American Hearth. She lives just north of Philipse Manor Hall in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.

SAVAGE GIRL by Jean Zimmerman
Released: March 6, 2014

"Zimmerman's dark comedy of manners is an obvious homage to Edith Wharton, a rip-roaring murder mystery more Robert Louis Stevenson than Arthur Conan Doyle and a wonderfully detailed portrait of the political, economic and philosophical issues driving post-Civil War America."
A formal, measured tempo only heightens the tension in Zimmerman's second historical fiction-cum-thriller (The Orphanmaster, 2012), this one set in the 1870s and concerning a serial killer whose rampage ranges from a rough mining community in Nevada to upper-class Manhattan. Read full book review >
THE ORPHANMASTER by Jean Zimmerman
Released: June 19, 2012

"A disturbing, often creepy melodrama, thick with historically accurate detail."
Historian Zimmerman (Love, Fiercely, 2012, etc.) debuts as a novelist with a gruesome murder mystery concerning a serial killer in the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam on the island of Manhattan. Read full book review >
LOVE, FIERCELY by Jean Zimmerman
Released: March 13, 2012

"Zimmerman tells an intriguing history from the available evidence, but Sargent's subjects ultimately remain out of reach."
Zimmerman (The Women of the House: How a Colonial She-Merchant Built a Mansion, a Fortune, and a Dynasty, 2006, etc.) examines the mysterious couple in John Singer Sargent's famous painting Mr. and Mrs. I.N. Phelps Stokes. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"An hor d'oeuvre of a book: By the end, your appetite is whetted, but you're nowhere near satisfied."
The history of Hudson Valley's Philipse Manor Hall, told through the lives of four women who lived in it during the 17th and 18th centuries. Read full book review >
Released: May 5, 2003

"Exasperating and thoughtful in equal portions."
A confused tribute to women's traditional roles. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2001

"Sensible and sensitive: a must read for every new mother."
A reassuringly frank look at childbirth and motherhood by a writer and mother who persuasively suggests that, despite current conventional wisdom, having a baby does radically change a woman's body and her life. Read full book review >