Some Girls by Jillian Lauren
My Life in a Harem

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A jaw-dropping story of how a girl from the suburbs ends up in a prince's harem, and emerges from the secret Xanadu both richer and wiser

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 was 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 a palace with rugs laced with gold and trading 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.

About Jillian Lauren

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JILLIAN LAUREN is a writer and performer who grew up in suburban New Jersey. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Weezer bass player, Scott Shriner, and their son, Tariku.
Published April 27, 2010 by Plume. 336 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Together with “Destiny,” another girl chosen from the interviews, Lauren arrived at a high-walled palace, was stripped of her passport and embarked on a life of endless late-night parties populated by beautiful, multicultural and highly competitive women.

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Some readers will want to judge Lauren, to find reasons why this could never happen to their daughters, but the charm of this book is how natural and rational many of Lauren's choices start to seem.

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That combination of her drive and barometer for cool – calmly asking herself what would Patti Smith do when faced with tough decisions – convinced her to take a path most of us would politely refuse, yet always wonder “what if?” Lauren’s memoir Some Girls is a glimpse behind the gold-plated cu...

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