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Happy Hour #60 is with Jillian Lauren. Jillian is a writer, storyteller, mom, rock-wife, and Los Angeleno, by way of Jersey. Jillian is 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 and is currently being adapted for TV. Jillian is married to the musician Scott Shriner, and together they adopted their son Tariku from Ethiopia in 2009.

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On today’s show we discuss her books Some Girls and Everything You Ever Wanted, how our husbands are both musicians. We discuss memoirs and how they are a powerful way to tell a story. Jillian shares about her journey in writing memoirs about such hard times in her life (working in a harem, and adopting a child from Ethiopia). Jillian and her husband are in the midst of adopting from the foster care system and so we talked about that new journey for her. We chat a lot about how motherhood surprised us and how our kids from hard places challenged us in our early years of parenting.

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Links from the Show

Jillian’s books on Amazon: Some Girls, Everything You Ever Wanted, Pretty

Help One Now

Jillian blogging about Help One Now

Sole Hope – the organization that I traveled to Uganda with this Spring

What Jillian is loving: Jerusalem cookbook, MAC lipstick SYRUP, No Drama Discipline

Connect with Jillian

Blog // Twitter // Facebook // Instagram // Youtube

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