I’m a writer, storyteller, mom, rock-wife, and Los Angeleno, by way of Jersey. I’m the New York Times bestselling author of the memoirs Everything You Ever Wanted, Some Girls: My Life in a Harem and the novel Pretty. Some Girls has been translated into 18 different languages and is currently being adapted for TV. I write a lot of essays and articles, some of which have been in The New York Times, The Paris Review, Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Magazine, Elle, The Daily Beast 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 did a Tedx talk about identity and adoption, in 2014 at Chapman University. Shredding musician Scott Shriner and I live with our two pirate sons on the top of a hill in Silverlake. Together we battle hipsters to reach the Intelligentsia counter.

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A Tale of Two Inaugurations / February 6, 2017

Tariku and I attended the Women’s March Los Angeles, on January 21, 2017. We could barely move, gridlocked in a sea of bodies. We were all there to be counted. To say we did not consent to this new world order of fear and scapegoating and hate and rabid nationalism. I held Tariku’s hand, now […]

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A Letter to Jovi Starshine on his Gotcha Day / December 19, 2016

To my Starshine on his Gotcha Day A year ago you showed up here in your red-and-black sweatsuit, with pleather stars in a semicircle across the chest. You didn’t know what they were called yet, but you loved those stars. When it came time to pick your middle name, your brother suggested Star. You picked […]

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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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