Jessica Grose is an opinion writer at The New York Times, where she writes a newsletter on parenting.
Jess was the founding editor of Lenny, the email newsletter and website. She also writes about women’s health, culture, and grizzly bears. She was named one of LinkedIn’s Next Wave top professionals 35 and under in 2016 and a Glamour “Game Changer” in 2020 for her coverage of the pandemic.
Her second novel, Soulmates, was published in 2016. It’s about a broken marriage, a spiritual awakening, and a murder at a yoga retreat. Soulmates is “delightfully sly” according to Elle, “a killer read” per Cosmopolitan, and “compelling, funny, painful and wry,” says the Globe and Mail.
Her debut novel, Sad Desk Salad, came out in 2012. It takes place at a women’s website and Jess refers to it as “the devil wears sweatpants.” Glamour called it “Dishy, zingy, hilarious.”
She was formerly a senior editor at Slate, and an editor at Jezebel. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, New York, the Washington Post, Businessweek, Elle, Cosmopolitan, and many other publications. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughters.
In her newest book, Screaming on the Inside, Grose explains in thoughtful and revelatory chapters about pregnancy, identity, work, social media, and the crisis of the Covid-19 pandemic; untangling how we got to this moment, why the current state of expectations on mothers is wholly unsustainable, and how we can move towards something better. Kirkus gave Screaming on the Inside a starred review, noting, “Grose’s fiery compassion is matched by her profoundly complex understanding of the material and her trenchant, witty prose.” Publisher’s Weekly called it a “stirring account” and added: “Mothers struggling to keep their heads above water will find camaraderie in this empathetic outing.”