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Hyper Text Magazine

Hypertext Interview With Jillian Lauren
Interview by Christine Rice, posted June 19, 2015

largehearted boy

Book Notes - Jillian Lauren "Everything You Ever Wanted"
by David posted June 19, 2015

Hello Giggles

17 new books worthy of your summer reading list
by Gina Vaynshteyn posted June 19, 2015

89.3 KPCC: The Frame

Weezer's tour life: Rocking out while changing diapers at the after-party
by James Kim posted June 16, 2015


The Cost of Telling Your Truth, Publicly
by Sari Botton , June 8 2015

The Washington Post

A surgeon confesses his mistakes, and other best memoirs for May
By Nora Krug, published May 26, 2015


Brilliant and Brainy Books to Take to the Beach This Summer
Posted May 21, 2015

LA Times

Review: Jillian Lauren's new memoir captures the joys and sorrows of adoption
By Jennifer Gilmore, posted May 21, 2015

The Nervous Breakdown

Jillian Lauren: The Nervous Breakdown Interview
By Andrea Arnold, posted May 13, 2015

For Crying Out Loud

Jillian Lauren Returns
(podcast) with Lynette Carolla and Stefanie Wilder-Taylor. Posted May 11, 2015

The Boston Globe

‘Everything You Ever Wanted’ by Jillian Lauren
by Meredith Maran, posted May 08, 2015


(NY Times Parenting blog)
Shelf, iPad, Bed Table: Reading, April 2015
by KJ Dell'Antonia, posted May 7, 2015

Hip Mama

Love Song To The Ever After
by Ariel Gore, posted May 5, 2015

Women Crush Wednesday: Jillian Lauren on Motherhood, Adoption, and Surviving the Hard Parts
by Kelle, Posted May 6, 2015

Chat with Author, Adoptive Parent & Adoptee Jillian Lauren About New Book, Everything You Ever Wanted
by Julie Corby, posted May 5, 2015

Kirkus Review

Exploring how we see identity through the process of adoption.
Posted February 24, 2015


18 Of May 2015's Best Books To Either Read By Yourself Or Share With Your Mom This Month
Posted May 1, 2015, By Caroline Goldstein

No Bohn’s About It

Posted April 15, 2015, by Erin

blog talk radio

Everything you ever wanted - Jillian Lauren
Posted June 24, 2015


Everything You Ever Wanted is wonderful... broad reaching and introspective

—The NY Times

While she skewers the celebrity-driven and consumerist Southern California culture she indulges in, Lauren also writes darkly and beautifully... Lauren cracked me — cracked me up and cracked me open... Part of the many joys and sorrows of reading “Everything You Ever Wanted” is this generous and funny and intelligent writer knows that, despite the many hardships, it is in fact she who is the lucky one.

—LA Times

In her beautiful, heart-wrenching, brilliant, and profoundly human second memoir, we meet Lauren a decade later in a strikingly different milieu. She’s stepping over lines in stages again, but now moving toward things she’s always dreamed of: becoming a good wife, a good mother, a tattooed, pierced, upstanding member of the PTA.

—Boston Globe

If there is a message in this wry and honest parenting memoir, it’s to toss unrealistic hopes, to stop parenting with such intention, or, as Lauren puts it: “Sometimes, you have to be content.”

—Washington Post

Lauren again demonstrates her keen ability to transform unusual experiences into brave writerly fodder.

—Publisher’s Weekly

Everything You Ever Wanted is a transformative, unflinching account of the creation of an adoptive family. Jillian and Scott and their son Tariku show us, painful, frustrating and joyful step by step how to attach, heal, listen, trust and then let go. A testament to the fierce and fallible journey of any mother. Reads like a novel, moves you like any great story of survival would, to tears of joy and triumph.

—Jamie Lee Curtis

Everything You Ever Wanted is an irreverent, deeply honest love letter from a fascinating mother to an exceptional, inspiring child.

—Ayelet Waldman, Nationally bestselling author of
Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities and Occasional Moments of Grace

As a foster child, I related so deeply to this story. Jillian Lauren is giving her son the greatest gift any child can have: to be wanted and loved unconditionally. This is a book about belonging. It's a book about parenting as a spiritual practice -- of learning how to love another human being right where they are, right where you are. A really beautiful story of family.

—Tracy McMillan, bestselling author of Why You're Not Married...Yet

In this ferociously brave, funny, and heartwarming memoir, Jillian Lauren parses the challenges and rewards of motherhood with true grace and humility. No other parenting book has ever made me feel so validated about the big, messy, beautiful picture of what it means to care for another human being. I closed the cover in awe of both the author, and of parenthood itself.

— Claire Bidwell Smith, author of The Rules of Inheritance and After This

Jillian Lauren’s writing will take your breath away. Writing with heartbreaking clarity, she deftly unrfurls a story of becoming an adoptive mother and coming terms with her own childhood with a wining candor and grace.

— Annabelle Gurwitch, NY Times bestselling author of I See You Made an Effort

Lauren’s writing is brave and honest, and she calls out hypocrisy wherever she sees it…

—Kirkus Reviews

With astonishing candor and grace, Jillian chronicles how her first difficult years as a mother allowed her to shine a more empathetic and compassionate light on her relationship her own estranged father. She is the most relatable of narrators, even though as the former lover of a prince, now married to a real life rock star, she has lived a life about which most women only fantasize. In Everything you Ever Wanted, Jillian Lauren proves once again that she is above all else a master storyteller.

— Catherine Burns, Artistic Director, The Moth

Candid, hilarious, searing, and poetic, Jillian Lauren is Everything You Ever Wanted in a memoirist.

—Sandra Tsing Loh, author of The Madwoman in the Volvo

With humor and poignancy, Jillian interweaves her struggle to become a mother with her own story of being adopted as an infant. It's a love story - between Jillian and her rockstar husband, and also between a couple and their new son. Like all great love stories, the beauty is in the struggle.

— Kristen Howerton, founder of Rage Against the Minivan

Advance Praise:


The Because Show

Episode 11: Fast Times in Brunei, December 10, 2011
Author Interview with Jillian Lauren
with Jerilyn Deaver

Other People Podcast

Interview with Jillian Lauren, November 6, 2011
with Brad Listi

WHBF Radio

With Meredith Myers: Featuring Jillian Lauren, September 30, 2011

This American Wife

Episode 8, with special guests Justine Bateman and Jillian Lauren, July 27, 2010
with Eric Martin

Oprah Radio

Dating a Prince, June 22, 2010
with Dr. Laura Berman

Rumpus Radio

Rumpus Radio episode 3, featuring Po Bronson and Jillian Lauren, June 14, 2010
with Stephen Elliott and Issac Fitzgerald

Howard Stern

THE PRINCE'S #2 GIRL, May 25, 2010
with Howard Stern

NPR: Airtalk with Larry Mantle

May 18, 2010

In Bed with Susie Bright 438: Harem Girl Secrets: One Man, Forty Women, 2010
with Susie Bright

Drinks with Tony Podcast

with Tony DuShane


The Anti Room

Not Just Some Girl, June 2, 2011
by Clare Kleinedler

The Rumpus

Conversations With Writers Braver Than Me #6: Jillian Lauren, December 10, 2010
by Sari Botton

Book Fetish

Some Girls: My Life in a Harem: Jillian Lauren, July 29, 2010
by Renee C. Fountain

Drinking Diaries

Interview with Jillian Lauren, author of the memoir "Some Girls: My Life in a Harem," July 21, 2010
by Leah


Interview: Jillian Lauren, author of Some Girls: My Life in a Harem, July 13, 2010
by Twanna A. Hines


Elle's Lettres: June, Our Readers' Nonfiction Picks for the Month, June, 2010


Some Girls: My Life in a Harem, June 2010
by Emma Kat Richardson

Miami Herald

Review — Some Girls: Former harem girl for a prince tells all, June 7, 2010
by Christine Thomas

The Portland Mercury

I Dream of Jillian: Life in an Asian Harem as Seen by a New Jersey Teen, May 20, 2010
by Courtney Ferguson


Tales of Sex and Insight: How a Smart Girl From the 'Burbs Ended Up in a Harem in Faraway, Wealth Brunei, May 17, 2010y
by Don Hazen


Exclusive Interview: Jillian Lauren's Harem Life in "Some Girls," May 10, 2010
by Violet Blue

Glo: MSN

True Life: I Lived in a Harem, May 9, 2010
by Natasha Burton

Marie Claire

My Life In A Harem, an interview with Jillian Lauren, April, 2010
by Anna Maltby

INsite Magazine

Book Review: Some Girls: My Life in a Harem, April 29, 2010


True Tales from a Former Harem Girl, April 27, 2010
by Lisa Johnson Mandell

Los Angeles Times

Sunday Conversation: Jillian Lauren, April 25, 2010

Los Angeles Times

LA Times Review of Some Girls, April 25, 2010
by Susan Salter Reynolds,0,6024749.story

LA Weekly

Been There. Done What?!, April 15, 2010
by Gendy Alimurung

Library Journal

Short Takes: 24 Spring Memoirs, January 21, 2010
by Tania Barnes, Elizabeth Brinkley, Lauren Gilbert & Lynne Maxwell

New York Post

My Nights at the Harem
by Susannah Cahalan, December 27, 2009.


The Rumpus

The Rumpus Interview with Jillian Lauren, November 16, 2011
by Tony DuShane

BookRoom Reviews

An Interview With Jillian Lauren: Author of Pretty, October 27, 2011
by Christina Zawadiwsky

Portland Book Review

Jillian Lauren Interview October 22, 2011
by Diane Prokop,

The Austin American-Statesman

Writer Moves from Memoir to Fiction for 'Pretty' October 19, 2011
by Kathy Blackwell

BookRoom Reviews

Pretty Book Review, October 10, 2011
by Christina Zawadiwsky


Book Review of Pretty
by Michael Cart, Pg. 23(1) Vol. 107 No. 22

Huffington Post

From Pretty Harem Girl to Bestselling Author, September 18, 2011
by Jeff Rivera

MSN Lifestyle

Gotta Have It – 9/8: The Dark Side, September 8, 2011

New York Journal of Books

Pretty, A Novel, August 30, 2011
by Carol Brill

Book Fetish

Review of Pretty, by Jillian Lauren, August 16, 2011
by Renee C. Fountain

The Nervous Breakdown

Review of Pretty, by Jillian Lauren, August 3, 2011
by Leah Tallon

Los Angeles Magazine

Author Spotlight, August 2011
by Amy Wallace

Other Press:

89.3 KPCC: The Frame

Weezer's tour life: Rocking out while changing diapers at the after-party
by James Kim posted June 16, 2015

Jillian Lauren on great books and creating a literary community
by Carolyn Kellogg, April 11, 2014

The New York Times 6th Floor Blog

The Greatest Stories Ever Told Can Now Be Read, Too (The Moth Anthology)
by David Vecsey, September 3, 2013

The Chicago Tribune

Editor’s Choice (The Moth Anthology)
by Elizabeth Taylor

New York Times: Sunday Book Review

‘The Cool School,’ ‘XO Orpheus’ and ‘The Moth’


Authors Who Happen To Be Mothers Talk That 'Selfish' Writing Life In Time For Mother's Day, May 11, 2013
by Koa Beck

Lunch Ticket

Interview: Jillian Lauren, Author and Memoirist
by Lise Quintana

The New York Times Sunday Book Review

Writing From America’s Hip Underground

Edited by Glenn O’Brien

The New York Times: The 6th Floor

The Greatest Stories Ever Told Can Now Be Read Too
By David Vecsey

Chicago Tribune: Lifestyles

Editor's Choice
By Elizabeth Taylor

The Moth

The Moth - 50 True Stories
A List of Press for the Book

Motherhood Later

Meet Later Mom: Jillian Lauren