With unflinching honesty and moving prose, Janet Mock relays her experiences of growing up young, multiracial, poor, and trans in America, offering listeners 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.
©2014 Janet Mock (P)2015 Tantor
"[I]ntelligent and educational." (Library Journal)
I found so much depth and honesty in this story. I wish I knew Janet in person. Her strength and realness was a gift and her mellifluous voice was a blessing. She guided the reader (as if holding your hand like a big sister would) as she described such challenging realities. Thank you Janet, and thank you for this next generation of kids who face their own challenges.
I've been meaning to read this memoir for a long while and when I saw it was on audible, narrated by Janet Mock herself I couldn't pass it up.
The core of this book is Janet describing her coming of age, a journey she takes us through with gorgeous prose and a refreshingly honest depiction of what her life was like from the time she was a young girl gradually becoming more and more comfortable with herself and doing whatever she could to be true to herself.
It's a great read, Janet's life story one that deserves and begs to be heard, one that gives insight into an experience we don't often see told.
Now in regards to the audiobook itself I couldn't have been happier. Janet has a voice that's wonderful to listen to and an enthusiasm and emotional truth to the way she not only writes but speaks as well.
I couldn't have chosen a better book to start 2016 with and I can't wait to see what's in store for the future of Janet's writing career. And in the meantime I know this will be a book I'll want to come back to and experience for years and years to come.
Thank you so much Janet for sharing your journey!
ALR-Acceptance, Love, & Respect
Beautifully written journey spoken in Janet's own voice! This book helped me get closer to myself, and to heal past wounds and judgments I still carried on my path to womanhood. Janet has given voice to many women like us or "#GirlsLikeUs" and by telling her story we now know how to unapologetically tell our own.
Janet Mocks story speaks to me personally as a trans woman. Her story depicts the unbelievable issues in the LGBT community and reassures the readers (or in this case, listeners) that it gets better.
5 stars for this beautiful and inspiring piece
Her story is powerful. Her reading of it is eloquent. I cried and yelled back at her younger self often throughout. I couldn't recommend this any higher, weather to find some connection as a woman, Cis or Trans, or to broaden your experience as anyone else.
Her writing is melodic and moving... Raw yet so fluid. Even if I disagreed with most of what she said, her story itself and the narration were captivating and passionate. I wouldn't read it again but I would definitely recommend it. It's a story that elicits discourse and social thought... One that leaves the reader/listener changed. And that's the true definition of a good book, is it not?
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