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 >