Surpassing Certainty

What My Twenties Taught Me
Narrated by: Janet Mock
Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
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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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  • 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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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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I love Janet!

amazing writing and phenomenal story telling! janet mock really digs in deep in this 2nd book. she brings you all the way through the grit and rough parts of her 20s and really goes so much further than in first book which is also a great read!

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Even better than her first book

Janet Mock is a force, and her second book far supersedes her first memoir in my opinion. Beautifully written and narrated

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Beautiful Read

Such a gorgeous story that follows the journey of a woman coming into her own! I adore this work!

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Wow!

I knew Janet Mock was a phenomenal role model for women to look up to. Having read her first book, I gained a lot of knowledge regarding her adolescent years which was a great read but I couldn’t relate as much as I had hoped. This book, however, will forever change me. As a black woman of the trans experience myself, it’s hard not only finding people that represent you and what you’re going through to emulate. It’s even harder finding someone that makes you feel you aren’t alone. Someone to draw strength from as you go through some tough and emotionally jarring situations.

I could not have asked for a better read. I write this is tears as it touched me so. I want to start over and go back through the journey again. Please don’t think if you aren’t transgender you can’t relate. At its core, this is a book about a woman who despite adversity learned to keep going and ultimately love herself for who and what she was.

Thank you Janet. You just gave me the push I needed :)

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A Must Read

Beautifully written and read. Janet Mock is a force and her story will help you understand your own.

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A story of vulnerability

I loved it. I see the parallels in my life as a black trans person.

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Love Her!

I absolutely love Janet Mock, and the fact that she is is the narrator makes you feel like you share her experiences first hand. Now I just have to wait until she writes a new book 😩

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  • Savannah
  • 06-30-19

Stunning book. A must read

Janet takes you on a journey that is illuminating and leaves no stone unturned. As a sister to her experience, I found myself often reading about myself.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-09-19

The Inspiration I needed do get through my own twenties

The Inspiration I needed do get through my own twenties as a 26 year old Transwoman

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  • Bohdi
  • 12-12-18

An Invitation to Janet's Experiences

I listened to the audiobook and loved it. Listened to it in 2 x 4 hour blocks. Janet is such a storyteller, divulging some of her most personal and formative experiences and inviting the readers to bear witness to them. Yes, it was a story that had love, had heartache, had tragedy, had trauma, had hardship and resilience, but ultimately, it is the story of a human being and her experiences.

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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.