Universally acclaimed, rapturously reviewed, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography, and an instant New York Times bestseller, Chanel Miller's breathtaking memoir "gives readers the privilege of knowing her not just as Emily Doe, but as Chanel Miller the writer, the artist, the survivor, the fighter." (The Wrap).
"I opened Know My Name with the intention to bear witness to the story of a survivor. Instead, I found myself falling into the hands of one of the great writers and thinkers of our time. Chanel Miller is a philosopher, a cultural critic, a deep observer, a writer's writer, a true artist. I could not put this phenomenal book down." --Glennon Doyle, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Love Warrior and Untamed
"Know My Name is a gut-punch, and in the end, somehow, also blessedly hopeful." --Washington Post
She was known to the world as Emily Doe when she stunned millions with a letter. Brock Turner had been sentenced to just six months in county jail after he was found sexually assaulting her on Stanford's campus. Her victim impact statement was posted on BuzzFeed, where it instantly went viral--viewed by eleven million people within four days, it was translated globally and read on the floor of Congress; it inspired changes in California law and the recall of the judge in the case. Thousands wrote to say that she had given them the courage to share their own experiences of assault for the first time.
Now she reclaims her identity to tell her story of trauma, transcendence, and the power of words. It was the perfect case, in many ways--there were eyewitnesses, Turner ran away, physical evidence was immediately secured. But her struggles with isolation and shame during the aftermath and the trial reveal the oppression victims face in even the best-case scenarios. Her story illuminates a culture biased to protect perpetrators, indicts a criminal justice system designed to fail the most vulnerable, and, ultimately, shines with the courage required to move through suffering and live a full and beautiful life.
Know My Name will forever transform the way we think about sexual assault, challenging our beliefs about what is acceptable and speaking truth to the tumultuous reality of healing. It also introduces readers to an extraordinary writer, one whose words have already changed our world. Entwining pain, resilience, and humor, this memoir will stand as a modern classic.
Chosen as a BEST BOOK OF 2019 by The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, TIME, Elle, Glamour, Parade, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, BookRiot
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A book to be read by women of all ages.
This book is a must read for young women as well as women of all ages. “Nobody wants to be defined by the worst thing that’s happened to them.”
Chanel is a gifted writer that places you in her shoes. As a victim yourself you can easily fit in for once. She does an amazing job describing the pain and the transformation from Emily Doe to Chanel Miller. A name worth mentioning over and over in my opinion. Outstanding work!
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I appreciate that she shared her story with us. We only had what the media told us and now we get see what she really went through. I’ve read a couple of reviews that stated she was a weak person, but until someone is in that situation we don’t have the right to call someone weak. She is a strong person for living through this long horrible process for justice and she’s brave for putting herself out there with her story.
This book should be read by all high school students and their parents across the country. Chanel is an intense writer, teacher, and profoundly good human being. Her prose is beautiful and you will hail not only her but her wonderful family and friends. Her book has taught me so much about life and how we need to treat others and ourselves. Hands down one of the best books I have ever read.