Jessica Grose

Jessica Ebenstein Grose[1] is an American journalist, editor, and novelist. She is the author of the 2012 novel Sad Desk Salad, the co-author of 2009's LOVE, MOM: Poignant, Goofy, Brilliant Messages from Home, and 2016's Soulmates: A Novel. Grose is the editor-in-chief of Lenny Letter, a position she has held since June 2015.[2]

Jessica Grose
Jessica Grose in 2010
United States
EducationBrown University
Years active2009–present

Early life

Grose was born in New York City and is the daughter of psychiatrist and photographer Dr. Judith Ebenstein Grose and cardiologist Dr. Richard M. Grose.[1][3]

In 2004, Grose graduated from Brown University.[4]


Grose began her journalism career as associate editor of Jezebel, a blog owned by Gawker Media.[5] Soon after, Grose and author Doree Shafrir began a popular blog titled Postcards From Yo Momma, which became the basis for a book published by Hyperion Books in March 2009 titled LOVE, MOM: Poignant, Goofy, Brilliant Messages from Home.[6][7][8][9]

Grose was named managing editor of Slate's women's site DoubleX in 2009, and co-hosted its "DoubleX Gabfest" podcast alongside Hanna Rosin and Noreen Malone.[10]

In 2012, Grose published her debut novel Sad Desk Salad through William Morrow Paperbacks / Harper Collins. It was billed "The Devil Wears Prada for the blogger age" and praised for its wit and accurate portrayal of the media by its reviewers and authors Jennifer Weiner and Amy Sohn.[11][12][13][14] The novel chronicles writer Alex Lyons and satirizes the frenetic pace and moral traps of high-traffic blogging. The story is inspired by Grose's own early media career editing popular websites, including Slate and Jezebel.[15][16][17]

Grose was deputy editor of Vulture, the culture blog of New York magazine.[18][19]

Grose covers women's issues, parenting, and contemporary culture. She is a regular contributor to Fast Company, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Slate magazines. Her essays and featured reporting appear in The New York Times, Glamour, New York, Elle, The New Republic, Spin and The Village Voice.

In June 2015, Grose became editor-in-chief of Lenny Letter, a feminist newsletter and online publication co-founded by Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner.[2]

Personal life

In 2010, Grose married Michael Winton.[1] They live in Brooklyn, New York, with their two daughters.[20]

Works and publications

  • Shafrir, Doree; Grose, Jessica (2009). LOVE, MOM: Poignant, Goofy, Brilliant Messages from Home. New York: Hyperion. ISBN 978-1-401-32342-4. OCLC 232978087.
  • Grose, Jessica (2012). Sad Desk Salad. New York: William Morrow Paperbacks. ISBN 978-0-062-18834-2. OCLC 777623143.
  • Grose, Jessica (2016). Soulmates: A Novel. New York: William Morrow. ISBN 978-0-062-39157-5. OCLC 958933366.
Selected articles


  1. "Weddings/Celebrations: Jessica Grose, Michael Winton". The New York Times. 11 June 2010.
  2. "About Us". Lenny Letter. 22 October 2015.
  3. "Judith Ebenstein Wed to Richard Grose". The New York Times. 27 November 1972.
  4. Grose, Jessica (May 2010). "A Sweet Decision". Brown Alumni Magazine. Brown University.
  6. "Postcards From Yo Momma".
  7. Moore, Jina (2009-05-04). "Book Review: Love, Mom: Poignant, Goofy, Brilliant Messages from Home". Christian Science Monitor.
  8. La Force, Thessaly (2009-04-06). "Love, Mom". The New Yorker.
  9. Schillinger, Liesl (2009-04-02). "Your Mother Should Know". The New York Times.
  10. "Jessica Grose Becomes Managing Editor at DoubleX". Media Life Magazine. 2009-01-09.
  11. Doll, Jen (2012-10-03). "Fictionalizing Blogging Life". The Wire.
  12. Fischer, Molly (2012-11-30). "Chick Lit Has a New Heroine". The New Republic.
  13. "Kirkus Review: Sad Desk Salad". Kirkus Reviews. 2012-02-22.
  14. Angelo, Megan (2012-11-01). "Poll: Whatcha Reading These Days? (Plus 3 Books I'm Obsessed With)". Glamour.
  15. Tenore, Mallary Jean (2013-02-04). "How bloggers became the new chick lit heroines". Poynter.
  16. "Fiction Book Review: Sad Desk Salad by Jessica Grose". Publishers Weekly. 2012-10-01.
  17. Salario, Alizah (2012-11-30). "Alizah Salario on Sad Desk Salad: Is the Internet the Novel's Saving Grace?". Los Angeles Review of Books.
  18. Meltzer, Marisa Meltzer (2012-03-13). "Vulture snags Slate's Jessica Grose, 'Time' mag's Gilbert Cruz as editors". Capital.
  19. Stoeffel, Kat (2012-03-13). "Jessica Grose and Gilbert Cruz Named Editors at". New York Observer.
  20. Grose, Jessica (29 September 2016). "I Love My Kids, I Just Don't Feel Bad About Leaving Them to Work". ELLE.
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