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New York Times Bestseller • Winner of the 2015 WOMEN'S WAY Book Prize • Goodreads Best of 2014 Semi-Finalist • Books for a Better Life Award Finalist • Lambda Literary Award Finalist • Time Magazine “30 Most Influential People on the Internet” • American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book

In her profound and courageous New York Times bestseller, Janet Mock establishes herself as a resounding and inspirational voice for the transgender community—and anyone fighting to define themselves on their own terms.

With unflinching honesty and moving prose, Janet Mock relays her experiences of growing up young, multiracial, poor, and trans in America, offering readers 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.

Biographies & Memoirs
February 4
Atria Books

Customer Reviews

LaurenD. ,

You will see yourself in Janet’s story

This book was unbelievably eye opening and inspiring. I’m a cis woman of color, and I wanted to read this book to learn more about the trans experience, something I don’t have any personal experience with. Janet’s story reveals so many parallels not just to my own experience as a woman of color, but to the experiences of people from ALL different backgrounds: anyone who has been bullied or teased for being different; anyone who has been physically or verbally abused; anyone who has felt abandoned, alone, or rejected; anyone who grew up around addicts; and the list could go on. I don’t think I ever laughed while I was reading this book, but I cried, got angry, felt inspired, and learned and highlighted a TON. Janet is an incredible writer and storyteller, and I’m so glad that she found the courage to share her story with the world.

Miss Teree ,

Excellent educational tool

The T in LBGT is well represented here. A woman who knew she was born in the wrong body and took steps to correct it. Not a man who led a false life, lying to himself just to make others happy. I say “educational tool” because there are those who are willfully ignorant of trans people and they need to be slapped with this book of truth. There are also those who know of trans people, but don’t fully acknowledge their struggles beyond prostitution.

And Janet made it in life with only a minimum of prostitution, and only for surgery. Everything else she has earned has been with her brain and degrees.

Stevenjnash ,


A must read for everyone! The is a beautiful depiction of honesty in the face of adversity. Bravo Janet! As a queer person exploring my own gender identity for the first time, this showed me that no matter what I find it was within me all the time. I am grateful for this book and cannot wait to read your next addition.

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