Jessica
New York Times Opinion Writer
Fiction & Nonfiction Author
Travels from: New York, NY

“Funny, compelling, delicious and satisfying.” — Lena Dunham

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.”

Forthcoming Books:

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Soulmates: A Novel

William Morrow |
Fiction

“For anyone who has ever suspected something sinister lurking behind the craze of new-age spirituality, Jessica Grose has crafted just the tale for you. With the delicious bite of satire and the page-turning satisfaction of a thriller, Soulmates is a deeply compelling, funny and sharply observed look at just how far we will go to achieve inner peace.”—Lena Dunham

A clever, timely novel about a marriage, and infidelity, the meaning of true spirituality, perception and reality from the author of Sad Desk Salad, in which a scorned ex-wife tries to puzzle out the pieces of her husband’s mysterious death at a yoga retreat and their life together.

It’s been two years since the divorce, and Dana has moved on. She’s killing it at her law firm, she’s never looked better, thanks to all those healthy meals she cooks, and she’s thrown away Ethan’s ratty old plaid recliner. She hardly thinks about her husband—ex-husband—anymore, or about how the man she’d known since college ran away to the Southwest with a yoga instructor, spouting spiritual claptrap that Dana still can’t comprehend.

But when she sees Ethan’s picture splashed across the front page of the New York Post—”Nama-Slay: Yoga Couple Found Dead in New Mexico Cave”—Dana discovers she hasn’t fully let go of Ethan or the past. The article implies that it was a murder-suicide, and Ethan’s to blame. How could the man she once loved so deeply be a killer? Restless to find answers that might help her finally to let go, Dana begins to dig into the mystery surrounding Ethan’s death. Sifting through the clues of his life, Dana finds herself back in the last years of their marriage . . . and discovers that their relationship—like Ethan’s death—wasn’t what it appeared to be.

A novel of marriage, meditation, and all the spaces in between, Soulmates is a page-turning mystery, a delicious satire of our feel-good spiritual culture, and a nuanced look at contemporary relationships by one of the sharpest writers working today.

Sad Desk Salad: A Novel

William Morrow Paperbacks |
Fiction

As a former editor for popular websites, including Slate and Jezebel, Jessica Grose intimately understands the realities of life in the blogosphere–and she employs this knowledge to hilarious effect in her edgy and timely debut novel, Sad Desk Salad. Grose’s story of a savvy blogger who stumbles upon an irresistible scoop–one that could cause irreparable damage to a young woman’s life and reputation–and must reconcile her true values with the ruthless demands of a gossip- and reality-obsessed culture is a stinging and wildly funny indictment of America’s obsession with celebrity dirt. This fictional behind-the-scenes look at a booming online industry is smart and sharp contemporary women’s fiction, a The Devil Wears Prada for the twenty-teens.

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Why America Makes it so Hard to Be a Mother // Why America's Moms Are Screaming on the Inside

Why is it more difficult to be a parent in the United States than it is in our other peer nations? This talk goes into some of the history behind why things are the way they are in America today, and what we can do to fix what’s broken.

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How to Fix Working Motherhood

What moms say they want, what the United States makes so difficult about maintaining a career, and what experts say can help retain the female workforce.

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How to Let Go of Mom Guilt And Find Your Own Values

When I was reporting Screaming on the Inside, the most common emotion that mothers expressed to me was guilt. No matter their background, they felt bad about some part of their parenting, and they also felt bad about feeling bad. This talk explores the contradictory ideals pressed on American moms, how to identify them, and how to find what really matters to you.

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What Just Happened?

A review of pandemic parenting, how it made clear many problems with American motherhood, and how we can fix those cracks in our systems.

Enough is Enough: Chasing the Impossible Standards for American Moms

Angela Garbes: Essential Labor with Jessica Grose

Greenlight Books welcomes Keith Gessen to our Fort Greene events program in conversation with author and journalist Jessica Grose for an evening exploring how raising a child can show us what it means to invent the world anew.

Jessica’s New York Times Writing

Jessica Grose On Parenting | New York Times Newsletter

Jessica’s Hometown Bookstore | Signed Books

Honors, Awards & Recognition

Opinion Writer and Lead Parenting Editor | New York Times
Founding Editor | Lenny
The Next Wave: Top Professionals 35 & Under | LinkedIn
Named a Glamour “Game Changer”

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