Sad Desk Salad by Jessica Grose
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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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Jessica Grose is a senior editor at Slate, and she manages DoubleX, Slate's section for women. Before she landed at Slate, she was an editor at Jezebel. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Glamour, Marie Claire, Spin,, and several other publications. Jessica is the co-author, with Doree Shafrir, of Love, Mom: Poignant, Goofy, Brilliant Messages from Home, based on their blog, Postcards From Yo Momma. She lives in Brooklyn.
Published October 2, 2012 by William Morrow Paperbacks. 306 pages
Genres: Computers & Technology, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Before she has a nervous breakdown, Alex has to find the missing Becky, track the creator of BTCH, reconcile with a furious Peter and patch up her fading sense of self.

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She’s used to second-guessing her own decisions on posts, but the pressure is on to up her views, and Alex has found that it pays to “be a bitch.” When a tip comes in about a genius political writer’s daughter behaving badly, Alex leaps to be the first to leak the story.

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Grose was kind enough to take some time out of her publicity engagements to talk to the Pittsburgh Books Examiner about Sad Desk Salad, her writing style and her love of all things Today Show.

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After landing a crap job writing about bands (the only perk), Alex finds herself one of three writers for the women’s website Chick Habit.

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The phrase "sad desk salad" refers to the working woman’s lunch, eaten at her desk while catching up on the latest news and gossip via the internet.

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Chick Habit is a sponsored website where a group of women are paid to write what others refer to a "gossip" column, posting comments on contemporary social and cultural items of high interest throughout the entire day.

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Los Angeles Review of Books

IN CASE THIS IS the first article you’ve come across about the relationship between the internet, novels, and their authors, here’s a quick recap of the last few years: the internet is eroding attention spans and triggering the novel’s demise, click by deleterious click.

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