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.


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Our Experience with Foster Care/Adoption Training / March 4, 2015

Scott and I spent the last two weekends getting our foster care training certificate through a private agency called Five Acres. The Five Acres mission is to provide safety, well-being and permanency to children and families in crisis. We were inspired in part by the journey of our friends Shawna Kenney and Rich Dollinger (Shawna […]


Friday Faves 2/20 / February 20, 2015

1. Chicken with Cardamom Rice, from Jerusalem, by Yottam Ottolenghi and Sam Tamimi. This recipe will change your life. I’ve never met anyone who didn’t love it. It’s great for a last-minute dinner party. Once you get it down, you can bang it out in under a couple of hours and it’s both impressive and […]


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. SXSW 2015

    March 13 @ 5:00 pm - 5:20 pm
  2. Woodstock Writers Festival – Memoir A Go-Go

    March 22 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  3. L!VE TALKS, Los Angeles

    May 6 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm