Jessica Grose, author of Sad Desk Salad, on tour October 2012

Posted By on August 16, 2012

About Sad Desk Salad

• Paperback: 304 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (October 2, 2012)

As a writer for Chick Habit, an increasingly popular women’s website, Alex Lyons gets paid to be a bitch. She’s churning out several posts a day, and she saves her juiciest ones for blog prime time, when working women eat their sad desk salads in their offices. Alex tells herself she’s fulfilling her dream of being a professional writer; so what if it means being glued to her couch and her laptop from six a.m. to six p.m., scouring the web in search of the next big celebrity scandal? Since Chick Habit’s parent company keeps close tabs on page views, Alex knows her job is always at risk.

So when an anonymous tipster sends her the year’s most salacious story—a politico’s squeaky-clean Ivy League daughter caught in a very R-rated activity—it’s a no-brainer. But is Alex really willing to ruin the girl’s life by igniting the next Internet feeding frenzy? And what she doesn’t yet realize is how this big scoop is about to send her own life spiraling out of control.

“A whip-smart, lacerating, laugh-out-loud look at what it’s like to be young, smart and trying to make it in the big city. Sad Desk Saladis a witty romp, a vivid snapshot of friendship and ambition, and a searing indictment of what women do to themselves — and each other — in their quest to get ahead.”
— Jennifer Weiner

Sad Desk Salad by Jessica Grose is The Devil Wears Prada for the blogger age. A laser focused snapshot of our time, the novel gives readers an insider’s perspective on the 24/7 grindhouse of celebrity-obsessed new media. Funny and heartfelt, a must-read.”
— Valerie Frankel, author of Four of a Kind

About Jessica Grose

Jessica Grose is a writer and editor. She was previously a senior editor at Slate and an editor at Jezebel. Her work has appeared in the New York TimesGlamourMarie ClaireSpin, and several other publications, and on She lives in Brooklyn with her husband.

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Jessica’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, October 2nd: A Bookworm’s World

Wednesday, October 3rd: No More Grumpy Bookseller

Thursday, October 4th: Book Journey

Tuesday, October 9th: My, My Book and the Couch

Wednesday, October 10th: It’s a Crazy, Beautiful Life

Thursday, October 11th: Seaside Book Nook

Friday, October 12th: Peppermint PhD

Monday, October 15th: Stephany Writes

Tuesday, October 16th: Chaos is a Friend of Mine

Wednesday, October 17th: Kahakai Kitchen

Friday, October 19th: StephTheBookworm

Wednesday, October 24th: Sweet Southern Home


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