I’m a writer, storyteller, mom, rock-wife, and Los Angeleno, by way of Jersey. I’m the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Some Girls: My Life in a Harem, the novel Pretty, and the upcoming memoir Everything You Ever Wanted. (out May 5 from Plume/Penguin) 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 also 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, bass player for Weezer and total shredder. Together, we adopted our son Tariku from Ethiopia in 2009.

We’ve slept a total of seven hours since.


I Write Books

I Blog

The (not rock but still pretty cool) Tour! / May 24, 2015

Hello from Olympia, Washington! I’m about two-thirds of the way through my book tour and it’s been amazing, surprising, exhausting, exasperating, enlightening. A friend threw a beautiful party for me last night, and I literally showed up on her doorstep with a giant bag of laundry. Cuz glamour. T and Scott  were with me through […]


Everything You Ever Wanted Release Day! / May 6, 2015

Well, as of yesterday, my new memoir is finally released! Dropped, as they say. Birthed is more like it. Thanks for all your support along the way. Without this blog– where I first began to feel for my voice writing about parenting– the book wouldn’t have happened. I’ve treasured the support this space has offered […]


I Tell Stories

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.

The Prince and I, April 23, 2013
A woman boards a plane for Brunei in search of a modern day fairy tale.

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Upcoming Events

  1. How I Learned to Make the Grade

    May 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  2. Sunday Salon in Chicago

    May 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  3. Mixed Remixed Festival

    June 13 @ 4:00 pm - 4:50 pm