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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Meet our Son / September 7, 2016

Yesterday, the four of us drove out to Lancaster and stood holding hands under the fluorescent lights of the juvenile court. The kindly Santa Claus of a judge spoke a few magic words and in an instant the world got brighter, our breathing easier, the burden on our shoulders lighter… Dearest friends, we are over […]

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An Open Letter to Parents of Well Behaved Children / August 10, 2016

Dear Parents of Well Behaved Children, I just spent the summer traveling around the country with two spirited children and I have met lots of you. You usually like the idea of us. You start out eager to chat with me at the pool or the park. You ask if my boys are adopted. You […]

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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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