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Jillian Lauren

Why I Love Adoption

Jillian Lauren | Posted 11.17.2014 | Parents
Jillian Lauren

I am both an adult adoptee and an adoptive mother to a beautiful firebrand of a 6-year-old boy from Ethiopia. I love adoption. I love the whole messy, rich, textured, complex world it has given me. I do not love it because it is one long Disney happy ending.

Jillian Lauren: Why I'm Not Making Resolutions This Year

Jillian Lauren | Posted 03.01.2014 | Women
Jillian Lauren

I resent my body and its annoying needs, its troublesome memories and emotions, its alarming register of the passing years. But I have learned time and time again that it is my only way back to feeling grounded and present in the world.

The Trouble With Happiness

Jillian Lauren | Posted 01.27.2014 | Women
Jillian Lauren

I crossed the Seine one night on the Pont des Arts (laden with thousands of pad locks, inscribed with messages of love) while the full moon hung in a gauzy web of clouds above me, the water beneath shimmering under the amber streetlights. Gratitude broke over me like rain. And then just as quickly, I felt guilty.

Why I Cry In Public

Jillian Lauren | Posted 10.18.2012 | Women
Jillian Lauren

What do we travel for if not this -- to be lifted out of our ingrained identities and to experience our humanity?

Ghosts at Summerhall

Jillian Lauren | Posted 10.08.2012 | Home
Jillian Lauren

Summerhall is a terrifically cool space, with a fascinating community of international artists wandering in and out of its nearly 500 rooms, playing music, watching films, hanging from the ceiling fans, getting naked, and making art in all mediums.

From Pretty Harem Girl to Bestselling Author

Jeff Rivera | Posted 11.18.2011 | Books
Jeff Rivera

There's a reason she's been featured on Oprah Radio, Howard Stern, Vanity Fair and The View. It's not just her ravishing looks, nor her engaging story...

Salinger Taught Her To Be Trashy

The Paris Review | Jillian Lauren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

But it wasn't until age fourteen that I met Seymour Glass and fell in love. I read Nine Stories and read it again and found that it left me suffering ...

Jillian Lauren, Former Stripper, Talks About Being In Prince Of Brunei's Harem (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Jillian Lauren, an NYU-dropout from New Jersey, has written a book about her time in the Prince of Brunei's harem. Lauren's memoir "Some Girls: My Lif...