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Surpassing Certainty Audiobook

Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me

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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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    Shaina 06-29-17
    Shaina 06-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Absolutely adore!"

    I recommend this book to any and every twenty-something! I plan to read (and love) this over and over again.

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    06-13-17
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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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    Erin Mustain 07-13-17
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    "This is a beautiful love story."

    Usually I don't like memoirs because I think they are self-indulgent, but Ms. Mock is humble and honest. I loved the story and learned so much.

    Also her cadence makes this audio book really easy to listen to. I usually have to use the 30 second repeat button several times in every chapter of the book I'm listening to, but I think I only used it twice the entire book.

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    07-10-17
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    "Overwhelmingly endearing"

    As a young trans woman at the end of her twenties , in the mindst of navigating men in my life, and feeling isolated and lonely, This book provided a space of limitless comfort and understanding. Hearing Janet read her book about her own life just a while ago felt incredibly autenthic and endearing , to hear all the feelings in between her words and in her nunciation, yet collected and professionally read. She continues to thrive and bring warmth to my tears. Thank you Janet for sharing and for doing the work and inspiring others to strive

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    Elaine 07-08-17
    Elaine 07-08-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautiful self discovery"

    Honest, insightful and well written biography that gives voice to messages of race, gender, and bigotry. I admire Janet for sharing her powerful truth.

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    06-28-17
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    "Incredibly real and inspiring"

    Janet's vulnerability pulls you in from the start. Her incredible story about finding her way through her twenties, is a story everyone can relate to. I could not stop listening.

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    Callie 06-27-17
    Callie 06-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Universal Narrative"

    While there are many differences between me and her, so much felt familiar. Many people in their 20's struggle their way through trying to make their way into a life that reflects them. I'm in my mid 20's now and I really appreciated hearing how she got through hers. She talks about things that are so difficult and messy, both on a societal and personal level but brings so much warmth and honesty to it. I read her first book in its physical form but decided to listen to this one. She has a lovely voice that is nice to listen to and hearing someone tell their own story anyways adds so much to it.

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    Tyrell Allen 06-16-17
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    "Queen has done it again."

    What a relatable and engaging experience. So grateful for the gems, laughs, tears, and insight I have received from this book. Perfect for me as I journey through my 20s. I'm excited for revisit this book throughout my life.

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  • Vikki Marie Gaynor
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    "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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