Jillian Lauren is the New York Times bestselling author of the memoirs Everything You Ever Wanted and Some Girls: My Life in a Harem, and the novel, Pretty, all published by Plume/Penguin. Some Girls has been translated into seventeen different languages.

I write essays and articles, some of which have been in The New York Times, The Paris Review, Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Magazine, Elle and Salon, among others. I speak and tell live stories, often with The Moth. Howard Stern interviewed me once and he was actually really nice! I’m married to the musician Scott Shriner, and together we adopted our son Tariku from Ethiopia in 2009. We’ve slept a total of seven hours since.

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Making Space / August 18, 2015

  For those of you who don’t know, we’re in the process of getting certified by Los Angeles County to adopt a child through the foster care system. That’s a picture of our CPR/first aid training (if you’re looking to do it, we highly recommend Ron Calloway). Whenever I post about some new phase of […]

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Real Life and Its Skunks / July 21, 2015

I’m sitting at the very far corner of the coffee shop this morning, because I still smell vaguely of the skunk that sprayed our dog for the fourth time in a month. We’re calling the movie of our life right now, Skunkageddon: Revenge of the Rodents. We hired a company to humanely trap the skunks […]

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The Moth

Family Roots December 9, 2014
A woman finds an unexpected new family when she adopts a son, a bad soldier learns to write from personal loss, and a man is working at a nuclear power plant when disaster strikes.
http://themoth.org/posts/episodes/1425

The Prince and I, April 23, 2013
A woman boards a plane for Brunei in search of a modern day fairy tale.
http://themoth.org/posts/stories/the-prince-and-i

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