I’m a writer, storyteller, adoption advocate, 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. I write a lot of essays and articles, some of which have been in New York Magazine, 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. My next book EXIT SANDMAN: The True Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer is forthcoming from Dutton. Shredding Weezer bassist Scott Shriner and I live with our two pirate sons on the top of a hill in Eagle Rock.

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I WRITE BOOKS

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.
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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I ADVOCATE


The RaiseAChild #ReimagineFosterParents™ campaign is designed to update public perception of foster and fost/adopt families. The multi-media campaign features images and personal interviews with twelve sets of foster-to-adopt parents including celebrities and civic leaders from across Southern California.
Special thanks to RaiseAChild partner agency, Five Acres!


Alliance of Moms is a new generation of philanthropists whose mission it is to break the intergenerational cycle of babies born to teens in Foster Care. This May Campaign video features Kristen Bell and Jordan Brewster.

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