"[A] delicious character portrait of Glossier visionary Emily Weiss... The book bursts with expansive interviews, from ex-Glossier employees, fashion visionaries, and Weiss herself."
—Bustle, 35 Best New Books of Fall 2023
"A piquant, deeply reported history of the brand."
"A bombshell exposé and study of corporate feminism that reveals for the first time what exactly has gone down at Glossier under the leadership of Emily Weiss."
—The Millions, Most Anticipated 2023
"Meltzer's reporting is fantastic... I devoured this."
—Grace Atwood, The Stripe
“A striking attempt to capture the founder as a human in all her complexity, operating within a system that leaves little room for failure and is quick to criticize.”
—Emily Singer, Chips + Dips Substack
"Multi-tasks as highly readable brand memoir, founder manual and 21st century history of the business of beauty."
—Navaz Batliwalla, Disneyrollergirl
“Delivering behind-the-scenes intel… a beauty and fashion tell-all.”
"Lean-in–style feminists and fashionistas alike will revel in the rise of this woman-led business."
"Meltzer's book is replete with the refreshing sparkle you'd expect to find in one of Glossier's moisturizers. This is the portrait of a female CEO we've been sorely lacking."
—Tina Brown, New York Times bestselling author of The Palace Papers
"Marisa Meltzer knows the Glossier story better than any other journalist. This lively corporate tale illuminates the rise of a beauty business juggernaut and helps us understand an entire era—when a bit of hype and chutzpah could turn a simple idea into a billion-dollar business."
—Reeves Wiedeman, author of Billion Dollar Loser
"Marisa Meltzer crafts the delicious story of Glossier's extraordinary rise with the same rapid pace as its explosive growth—both as a company and a cultural force. Once you start this book, you will not be able to stop."
—Amy Odell, New York Times bestselling author of Anna
“A deeply reported, cinematic tale about an ambitious woman who navigated a treacherous business world to build a billion-dollar beauty empire. Marisa Meltzer has written this generation’s Devil Wears Prada—only it’s all true.”
—Jessica Pressler, journalist and author of the adapted features "How Anna Delvey Tricked New York's Party People" and "The Hustlers at Scores" (New York Magazine)
"I was always thirsty for an insidery exegesis of the ever-elusive Emily Weiss and her proverbially 'cool-girl' Glossier empire. What a treat that this vivid, first-of-its-kind account now actually exists. Meltzer is a sharp, intimate narrator who has penned a devourable story of ambition, beauty, gender, and capitalism—told with all the juiciness and sparkling clarity of (dare I say it) the titular brand's Balm Dot Com."
—Amanda Montell, bestselling author of Cultish
Praise for This Is Big
“In this memoir-nonfiction hybrid, Meltzer skillfully blends her own extensive dieting history with the life story of Jean Nidetch, the Queens housewife who founded Weight Watchers in 1963 and helped to create “diet culture” as we know it today.”
"A triumphant chronicle... Meltzer has created singular companionate text for those who know the agony of frustration surrounding weight as an issue, both personal and political. Acerbic, culturally astute and genuine, [Meltzer] makes exquisite company in the struggle."
—New York Times
"[This] brilliant book tells the story of thinness obsession through the lives of two women-Jean Nidetch, the founder of Weight Watchers, and Meltzer herself."
"Meltzer looks at her own pursuit of weight loss and uses it to illuminate our culture's relentless focus on thinness."
"This is Big...[finds] in Nidetch both a genuine pioneer - a woman who built a massive culture-defining business at a time when women couldn't even have their own credit cards - and a representative of many ideas about weight and health that are as destructive as they are enduring."
"Not a memoir of radical self-acceptance or saccharine inspiration, but a candid - at times dark - look at what it means to be an overweight woman in 2020."
—Los Angeles Times
"Meltzer writes movingly of her own struggles with having a body, but her experiment isn't the exclusive focus of the book: It also chronicles the life of Weight Watchers founder Jean Nidetch, whose vaudevillian comic timing, retrograde ideas about fat and happiness, and unconcealed desire for fame and connection make her a fascinating subject."
"If you've ever been critical of diets, diet companies, and diet culture in the past, you're going to love what Meltzer has to offer here."
"This heartfelt, incisive book layers the story of Weight Watchers founder Jean Nidetch with the author's own lifelong journey through various fad diets. What emerges is a surprising portrait of a remarkable but little-known life in business, as well as a thoughtful critique of America's obsession with thinness."