Screaming on the Inside: The Unsustainability of American Motherhood

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6.1 X 9.1 X 1.1 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Jessica Grose is an opinion writer at The New York Times who writes a popular newsletter on parenting. Jess was the founding editor of Lenny, the email newsletter and website. She also writes about women's health, culture, politics 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 parenting in the pandemic. She is the author of the novels Soulmates and Sad Desk Salad. 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.


"Fierce, timely, unflinching." -- New York Times Book Review

"If this book feels like it's sounding the alarm on the state of American motherhood, well, that's because it is." -- San Francisco Chronicle

"Eminently readable...It takes a succinct and accessible book to open a conversation with people who may not otherwise read a book 'about motherhood'.... Vindicates the frustration of American mothers, but is as crucial a read for those who have never changed a diaper in their lives." -- Boston Globe

"Journalist Grose weaves together history, memoir and interviews with hundreds of women to persuasively propose a saner future for all." -- People

"This is the rare book that is both important for how we think about policy solutions to serious social problems, and also incredibly relatable and hard to put down." -- Emily Oster, author of Expecting Better, Cribsheet and The Family Firm

"In the all-too-timely Screaming on the Inside, Jessica Grose is direct and bracing in her assessment of how horrifically the United States serves its mothers and, in turn, its children. Enraging and elucidating, it's also a pleasure to read." -- Rebecca Traister, author of Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger and writer-at-large for New York Magazine and The Cut

"This is the book I've been waiting for on contemporary motherhood: historically rooted, incisive, empathic, furious, while always asking how we actually move forward. If you think Screaming on the Inside is just a book for moms, you're very wrong." -- Anne Helen Petersen, author of Out of the Office and Can't Even and writer of Culture Study

"Grose's fiery compassion is matched by her profoundly complex understanding of the material and her trenchant, witty prose.... A deeply researched and highly relatable analysis of American motherhood, past and present."
-- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Like every mom, I, too, have screamed on the inside (and sometimes on the outside) while raising my four kids. I just want to do a good job--but that can feel like the impossible dream at times. Screaming on the Inside: The Unsustainability of American Motherhood helps us understand how mothers got to this place of outsized expectations from society and from ourselves. Jessica Grose has spent a career talking with experts and parents and has now mined her wealth of knowledge to write a book that is long overdue." -- Soledad O'Brien

"Stirring. ...Mothers struggling to keep their heads above water will find camaraderie in this empathetic outing." -- Publishers Weekly

"It's hard to imagine a mother (or other) who won't feel seen somewhere in Grose's accessible, empathetic, data-driven report." -- Booklist