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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jeannette Batz Cooperman  

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Genre: Fiction History Mystery Non-Fiction

Born: 1961 in St. Louis, MO

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Illinois Connection

I've lived in Waterloo, Illinois, for 11 years now, so happily. My mysteries (one published, one in manuscript) are set just across the river in St. Louis, where I grew up and now work.

Biographical and Professional Information

The author of five books (mystery, literary criticism, social history), she holds a Ph.D. in American studies and works as staff writer for St. Louis Magazine. She's interviewed murderers, artists, polo players, brain surgeons, and heroin addicts...and learned not to make assumptions. Cooperman was named to the 2017 FOLIO: 100 list of the best and brightest in the magazine industry nationwide, and her articles on social trends and injustices, interesting people, grisly crimes, and intense subcultures have won national awards. She has been published in O: The Oprah Winfrey Magazine, Glamour, Family Circle, Bark, and several anthologies and journalism textbooks. She and her husband, a historian, live with Louie, an overeager standard poodle, in a century-old farmhouse in Waterloo, Ill.


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

The St. Louis Woman's Exchange: 130 Years of the Gentle Art of Survival
ISBN: 1609491130

The History Press. 2012

On the surface, the Woman's Exchange of St. Louis is an exquisite gift shop with an adjacent tearoom--beloved, always packed, the chatter light and feminine, the salads and pies perfect. But the volunteers who run the Woman's Exchange have had enough grit to keep the place going through two world wars, a Great Depression, several recessions, the end of fine craftsmanship and the start of a new DIY movement. The "decayed gentlewomen" they set out to help in 1883 are now refugees from Afghanistan, battered wives and mothers of sons paralyzed in Iraq. Sample the radical changes they have made over the years, as well as the institutions they wisely left alone, like the iconic cherry dress that has charmed generations of women and mothers, including Jacqueline Kennedy and Gwyneth Paltrow.

The Broom Closet: Secret Meanings of Domesticity in Postfeminist Novels by Louise Erdrich, Mary Gordon, Toni Morrison, Marge Piercy, Jane Smiley, and Amy Tan (Writing About Women)
ISBN: 0820439533

Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers. 1999

The Broom Closet explores the sacred, psychological, erotic, and sometimes murderous power of housework, using surprising examples from postfeminist novels by Louise Erdrich. Mary Gordon, Toni Morrison, Marge Piercy, Jane Smiley, and Amy Tan. By juxtaposing the novels and their authors' lives with general social and historical context, the book outlines the many ways domestic ritual continues to shape women's consciousness - and either foil or reflect women's creativity.

Half Life: What We Give Up to Work
ISBN: 0963144839

Virginia Pub Corp. 1993

Book by Batz, Jeannette

A Child's Story: Recovering Through Creativity
ISBN: 096335552X

Cracom Corp. 1993

Book by Harris, Pat, Batz, Jeannette


Awards

-- Books: A Circumstance of Blood, Endeavour Press, 2016, digital only