Synopses & Reviews
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.
"...a riveting, emotional, crisply written testimony. I couldn't put it down. I aspire to be as unflinchingly brave! Janet Mock's story simultaneously embodies, complicates, and subverts the concept of American exceptionalism and self-creation." Laverne Cox, actress, advocate, and star of Orange Is the New Black
"...a classic American autobiography. Like Richard Wright and Maya Angelou, Janet Mock brings us into a world we may not know and with breathtaking insight, courage, and masterful craft makes her story universal." Barbara Smith, author of the Truth That Never Hurts: Writings on Race, Gender, and Freedom, co-founder of Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press
"Mock’s clear, lucid prose will open hearts and minds, and further the goals of equality and justice — not just for trans people, but for everyone. Redefining Realness is loving, searing, and true." Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of She’s Not There and Stuck in the Middle With You
"Courageous! Told with a spirit of raw honesty that moves beyond confession to redemptive revelation, this book is a life map for transformation — for changing minds. A heart-rending autobiography of love, longing, and fulfillment." bell hooks, feminist, social activist, and author of All About Love
"Janet does what only great writers of autobiography accomplish — she tells a story of the self, which turns out to be a reflection of all humanity. You will be changed by this book." Melissa Harris-Perry, Wake Forest University Professor and host of MSNBC's "Melissa Harris-Perry"
About the Author
Janet Mock is a writer, TV host, and advocate tackling stigma through storytelling. With a Master’s in journalism from New York University, the Honolulu native began her career as an editor at People.com and went on to write cover stories for Marie Claire, Interview, and The Advocate as well as essays for The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Lenny. She produced HBO’s The Trans List, hosts the podcast Never Before, and serves as a columnist for Allure. Called a "fearless new voice" and "trailblazing leader" who "changed my way of thinking" by Oprah Winfrey, Janet was a featured speaker at the historic Women’s March on Washington. She is the author of Surpassing Certainty and the New York Times bestseller Redefining Realness.