(COMING JULY 2023)
Behold The Monster
A powerful and terrifying window into the psyche of a serial killer . . .
New York Times best-selling author Jillian Lauren’s personal, haunting account of confronting serial killer Samuel Little and her determination to lift up the voices of his victims for the first time.
"Wildly original blend of narrative nonfiction and true crime reporting... a unique and disturbing thrill ride."
"Fearless and fierce ... a story that transcends a crime story to be a story that threatens social order."
—Michael Connelly, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"A bewitching blend of empathy and brio, deep imagination and cold curiosity ... a tale of horror that is also humane and self-aware"
—Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer prize-winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad
Everything You Ever Wanted
JILLIAN LAUREN SHARES THE ZIGZAGGING PATH THAT TOOK HER FROM HAREM MEMBER TO PTA MEMBER…
In her younger years, Jillian Lauren was a college dropout, a drug addict, and an international concubine in the Prince of Brunei’s harem, an experience she immortalized in her best-selling memoir, Some Girls. In her thirties, Jillian’s most radical act was learning the steadying power of love when she and her rock star husband adopt an Ethiopian child with special needs. After Jillian loses a close friend to drugs, she herself is saved by her fierce, bold love for her son as she fights to make him—and herself—feel safe and at home in the world.
Exploring complex ideas of identity and reinvention, Everything You Ever Wanted is a must-read for every mother and everyone who has ever hoped for a second act in life.
"Everything You Ever Wanted is wonderful… broad reaching and introspective."
—The NY Times
The New York Times
"Lauren again demonstrates her keen ability to transform unusual experiences into brave writerly fodder."
"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.”"
Pretty: A Novel
BEBE BAKER IS AN EX-EVERYTHING: EX-STRIPPER, EX-CHRISTIAN, EX-DRUG ADDICT, EX-PRETTY GIRL
It’s been one year since the car accident that killed her boyfriend left her scarred and shaken. Flanked by an eccentric posse of friends, she is serving out a self-imposed sentence at a halfway house, while trying to finish cosmetology school. Amid the rampant diagnoses, over-medication, compulsive eating, and acrylic nails of Los Angeles, Bebe looks for something to believe in before something–her past, the dangerously magnetic men in her life, her own bad choices–knocks her off course again.
"…this hard-edged coming-of-age tale will find an audience on both sides of the adult-YA divide."
"Lauren’s novel is well-crafted, quick, and absorbing…"
"Jillian Lauren writes with stunning, furious authenticity about self-destruction and the bitter road toward redemption. Pretty will knock the breath right out of you."
—Janelle Brown, author of This is Where We Live
A SECRET XANADU. A CHARMING PRINCE. ADD DECADENCE, EXCESS, AND A REBELLIOUS TEENAGER AND YOU HAVE AN UNFORGETTABLE AND TWISTED MODERN FAIRY TALE
At eighteen, Jillian Lauren was an NYU theater school dropout with a tip about an upcoming audition. The “casting director” told her that a rich businessman in Singapore would pay pretty American girls $20,000 if they stayed for two weeks to spice up his parties. Soon, Jillian found herself on a plane to Borneo, where she would spend the next eighteen months in the harem of Prince Jefri Bolkiah, youngest brother of the Sultan of Brunei. Leaving behind her gritty East Village apartment for an opulent palace where she walked on rugs laced with gold, Jillian traded her band of artist friends for a coterie of backstabbing beauties.
More than just a sexy read set in an exotic land, Some Girls is also the story of how a rebellious teen found herself—and the courage to meet her birth mother and eventually adopt a baby boy.
"Incredibly Engaging. Lauren is a gifted writer - full of ease, humor, and grace."
"[Jillian Lauren is] a gifted writer. Compelling."
"While the surprising and exotic subject matter is sure to pique interest, Lauren’s graceful, introspective prose lifts her unusual memoir far above the level of mere titillation."
—Kristine Huntley, written for The Booklist