My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More
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New York Times Bestseller • Winner of the 2015 WOMEN'S WAY Book Prize • Goodreads Best of 2014 Semi-Finalist • Books for a Better Life Award Finalist • Lambda Literary Award Finalist • Time Magazine “30 Most Influential People on the Internet” • American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book
In her profound and courageous New York Times bestseller, Janet Mock establishes herself as a resounding and inspirational voice for the transgender community—and anyone fighting to define themselves on their own terms.
With unflinching honesty and moving prose, Janet Mock relays her experiences of growing up young, multiracial, poor, and trans in America, offering readers accessible language while imparting vital insight about the unique challenges and vulnerabilities of a marginalized and misunderstood population. Though undoubtedly an account of one woman’s quest for self at all costs, Redefining Realness is a powerful vision of possibility and self-realization, pushing us all toward greater acceptance of one another—and of ourselves—showing as never before how to be unapologetic and real.
Thoughtful, inspiring, powerful... Janet Mock's RedefiningRealness is EVERYTHING!
I first learned of Janet Mock via Twitter and was immediately drawn to her ability to discuss incredibly complex and personal issues with ease and elegance. If you are equally in awe of Janet's tweets... just wait until you read her book!
From gender to race, sexual orientation to sex, and identity to disclosure; Janet shares thoughts on a myriad of topics as we follow along her personal journey to womanhood.
As a cisgender queer male, I found myself both relating to aspects of Janet's journey and questioning my own assumptions about others experiences. But most importantly, to me, was how Redefining Realness has inspired me to be more authentic.
Thank you, Janet, for sharing your stories and your strength. You are an inspiration for us all.
Couldn’t put it down
Through her own story, Janet is telling the story of many who have taken the journey to wholeness. This book is the culmination of introspection, but is not grandiose or self-serving in its delivery. It is intimate and informative. As Janet’s eyes open to the world, as she experiences abuse and isolation, as she moves into womanhood, you are at her side. Sometimes with your eyes closed, sometimes holding your breath. Janet makes a large contribution to what it means as individuals to own our lives and our stories by courageously sharing her triumphs as well as the burden of decisions she made to survive. Her brutally honest and tenderly soft portrayal of the people (my fave Wendi) and events that shaped her provide a lens in which the reader can learn to frame their own story and find direction towards their own sense of wholeness.
Lessons in Self Determination and Courage
Janet’s story "Redefining Realness" removes the shame from an all too common story for many trans women of color. Janet intimately recounts moments from her life, her words vividly painting a picture of an unbridled spirit being forged through trauma and adversity. So many times throughout the book I paused to hug the book, to hug this young woman for being so strong and so brave. I am not someone who cries, but reading Janet’s story broke me open as a wave of affirmation and forgiveness, of healing and liberation washed over me. I am a grown trans woman who has lived identifying as female for over 14 years, and I have never had a more catharticly empowering experience as reading Redefining Realness.
I loved the book so much that I had my organization purchase 15 copies so that I can facilitate a book club for trans women of color to read and discuss. My hope is that as many trans women as possible will find motivation to redefine realness in their own lives and find their own path to womanhood, Identity, Love, and so much more.