Jeannette Cooperman is the author of a murder mystery, A Circumstance of Blood, as well as several nonfiction books and a slew of award-winning articles (both narrative and investigative journalism). She earned a Ph.D. in American studies from Saint Louis University as well as a bachelor of arts in philosophy (equally good job prep). Her dissertation, later published as The Broom Closet, focused on domestic ritual in postfeminist literature—and gave her an excuse to avoid housework while she wrote it.
Currently a staff writer for St. Louis Magazine, she previously spent a decade as staff writer for The Riverfront Times, an alternative newsweekly, writing under her maiden name to avoid late-night phone calls from cranky or paranoid sources. For years she wrote a column for National Catholic Reporter, and her articles have also appeared in O: The Oprah Winfrey Magazine, The Bark, Utne Reader, the Boston Globe, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Glamour, and Seventeen.
Cooperman lives in a century-old house in Waterloo, Ill., with her husband, historian Andrew Cooperman, and an irrepressible standard poodle, Louie, whose gait more closely resembles a kangaroo's.