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Jillian is the author of the new memoir, EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED, the New York Times bestselling memoir, SOME GIRLS: My Life in a Harem, and the novel, PRETTY, all from Plume/Penguin. SOME GIRLS, which chronicles her time spent in the harem of the Prince of Brunei, has been translated into eighteen languages.EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED is the story of Jillian's most radical act - learning the steadying power of love when she and her rock star husband adopt an Ethiopian child with special needs. Jillian has an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. Her writing has appeared in The Paris Review, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Magazine, Elle, Flaunt Magazine, The Rumpus, The Nervous Breakdown, Salon, and many other publications. Her work has been widely anthologized, including in The Moth Anthology and True Tales of Lust and Love.Jillian is a regular storyteller with The Moth and performs at spoken word and storytelling events across the country. She did a Tedx talk at Chapman University in 2014. She has been interviewed on The View, Good Morning America and Howard Stern, to name a few.She blogs at Today Moms on MSNBC, The Huffington Post and, which was named a top 100 mom blog of 2012 by Babble Magazine.Jillian is married to Scott Shriner, the bass player for Weezer. They live in Los Angeles with their son.
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The Moth
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Get ready to be spellbound by fifty incredible true stories, drawn from over 10,000 personal tales shared on The Moth archive. From a former Clinton press secretary's wild night in Moscow to a poker champion's two-million-dollar hand, this book features captivating stories that are both hilarious and heartbreaking. With contributions from a variety of beloved storytellers, this collection is a must-read for fans of The Moth Radio Hour and anyone who loves a good story.
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Everything You Ever Wanted
A Memoir
Jillian Lauren - 2015-05-05
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A riveting memoir of reinvention and love, author Jillian Lauren takes readers on a journey from her days as an international concubine to adopting a child with special needs with her rock star husband. Everything You Ever Wanted explores complex ideas of identity and the power of love, making it a must-read for anyone who has ever hoped for a second act in life. A "punk rock Scheherazade" (Margaret Cho) shares her zigzagging path to finding a sense of home in the world.
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California Prose Directory 2016
New Writing from The Golden State
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Discover a collection of short fiction and non-fiction from 24 acclaimed authors in the California Prose Directory 2016. Edited by Sarah LaBrie, this anthology features captivating works by authors such as Meghan Daum, Vanessa Hua, and Jay Caspian Kang. Explore the diverse perspectives and writing styles in this must-read compilation.
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Some Girls
My Life in a Harem
Jillian Lauren - 2010-04-27
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A young woman drops out of NYU and ends up in the harem of an Asian prince, where she spends 18 months among backstabbing beauties and rugs laced with gold. This captivating memoir is not just about sex and luxury in an exotic land. It's also about self-discovery, courage, and adoption.
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A Novel
Jillian Lauren - 2011-08-30
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A compelling and raw novel by a New York Times bestselling author, exploring the struggles and redemption of an ex-stripper, Christian, drug addict, and once-pretty girl after a car accident that left her scarred and shaken. With a quirky group of friends and facing multiple challenges in Los Angeles, Bebe seeks something to hold onto before her past and bad choices derail her once more.