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Some Girls by Jillian Lauren
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Sep 10, 10

Read in August, 2010

Some Girls: My Life In a Harem is a riveting memoir about an 18-year-old NYU theater school dropout-cum-stripper who is lured by the promise of a $20,000 paycheck to party in Southeast Asia for a couple of weeks. On the day of her father's surgery, Jillian Lauren lies to her adoptive parents, claiming she's booked an acting job on an independent film in Singapore, and leaves her boyfriend and crummy East Village apartment behind. Under a cloak of secrecy, Jillian lands in Borneo, where she and a handful of other beautiful women are driven to the Sultan of Brunei's brother's remote palace. Every night all 40 women, who reside in guest houses on the palace grounds, get dressed up and wait for Prince Jefri Bolkiah to arrive, then they turn on their smiles and party until he leaves. When Jillian is chosen to spend time with the Prince, she wields her feminine charms and is rewarded with jewelry. Swept up by the extravagant lifestyle, Jillian spends the next 18-months jockeying for the Prince's favor in a contemporary harem filled with backstabbing intrigue. Except for a luxurious shopping trip and a ride on a yacht, Jillian is sequestered in a velvet prison where the rugs are laced with gold, and she is instructed to wear her bikini by the pool. When home beckons, Jillian returns to New York with boxes of cash, a six figure wardrobe, and flashy baubles, but can she remain there? Will the tug of royal life lure her back, or will she finally make peace with her past? Once you start reading this modern twist on Scheherazade, you won't want to stop.
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