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Riveting, rousing, and utterly real, Surpassing Certainty is a portrait of a young woman searching for her purpose and place in the world - without a road map to guide her.

The journey begins a few months before her 20th birthday. Janet Mock is adjusting to her days as a first-generation college student at the University of Hawaii and her nights as a dancer at a strip club. Finally content in her body, she vacillates between flaunting and concealing herself as she navigates dating and disclosure, sex and intimacy, and, most important, letting herself be truly seen.

Under the neon lights of Club Nu, Janet meets Troy, a yeoman stationed at Pearl Harbor naval base, who becomes her first. The pleasures and perils of their union serve as a backdrop for Janet's progression through her early 20s with all the universal growing pains - falling in and out of love, living away from home, and figuring out what she wants to do with her life.

Despite her disadvantages, fueled by her dreams and inimitable drive, Janet makes her way through New York City while holding her truth close. She builds a career in the highly competitive world of magazine publishing - within the unique context of being trans, a woman, and a person of color.

Long before she became one of the world's most respected media figures and lauded leaders for equality and justice, Janet was a girl taking the time she needed to just be - to learn how to advocate for herself before becoming an advocate for others. As you witness Janet's slow-won success and painful failures, Surpassing Certainty will embolden you, shift the way you see others, and affirm your journey in search of self.

©2017 Janet Mock (P)2017 S&S Audio

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excellent read.

Inspirational vulnerable relatable Janet is a good reader and writer I recommend this to anyone who doesn't know what it means to go through tough times and come out on top

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A queen.

Janet is a woman whom I greatly admire. Her writing has and will continue to make a massive impact on the lives of trans people, and I'm very grateful to have such an incredible person to look up to.

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Honest and Moving

Janet's memoir gives you an appreciation for the growing pains we experience in our twenties.

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Wonderful Read

I'm ready for a 3ed book, this one was better then Refining Realness!! I am in awe of how Janet Mock expresses herself, this book was a serious page turner.

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  • JL
  • 11-22-17

A beautiful and hard story continues

Janet Mock introduced us to her growth as a person and public figure in "Redefining Realness". Where that book was an intro into what it meant to be trans, to be in the public eye and the hardships she experienced, "Surpassing Certainty" is a look into the vulnerable parts of her. The fears that were scrubbed from her first book form the basis for a story where you weep, fall in love, feel protective and want to admonish. Her reading and recounting of these private moments being you closer to a woman who has all eyes on her in our current public sphere.

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I could listen to her voice for days

Janet's voice is like velvet. And the way she tells her story of her growth and finding herself and her audience is powerful and moving and also beautiful in how easily relatable it is.

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Phenomenal 👌🏾

Janet depicts her formative years with beautiful vulnerability and transparency that captivates your soul.

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Awesome!

Great for anyone trying to identify themselves. Janet is a really definition of loyalty. Absolutely Awesome!

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Great Read!

Janet is so authentic. She draws you in from the beginning and you can't get enough of her story and perspective.

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The continuation I didn't know I needed

Loved the story weaving girl. Good job! I feel stronger for hearing your story. Thank you.

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  • 08-13-17

Beautifully written and beautifully read.

She is so transparent you cannot help to love her for allowing herself to be so vulnerable especially being an unconventional woman. She has more class, dignity and integrity than most woman I know.

I was actually disappointed when the book finished. I eagerly await her next.

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  • Vikki Marie Gaynor
  • 07-01-17

Interesting life. with great insight into life..

really enjoyed the book but occasionally it wandered into the realms of erotica. which is not for me.
great story brilliantly read by Janet's beautiful voice.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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  • frin_zoid
  • 08-30-17

Beautiful

Janet's earnest honesty and lyrical prose is all the more enjoyable read in her own voice. An incredible story of a phenomenal woman.