Know My Name
Books | Biography & Autobiography / Women
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 PostShe 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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"With any books I review pls check trigger warnings it’s worth noting with any memoirs I rate 5 stars no matter what because I don’t feel comfortable rating someone’s life with a star rating but I appreciate that someone can share something so intimate with us. This is a phenomenal memoir written by Chanel Miller, who was Emily doe in the Stanford sexual assault case. It's her story from her perspective, and what she went hrough not only the night of the crime but also the weeks and months after and how traumatic it all was; She also talks about what it was like going through the Justice system and how not only the assault alternated her life forever but also how the justice system added to that trama as well how absolutely cruel the justice system was to her and how most if not all victims are treated and under attack is truly so gross horrible it’s truly an understatement hearing about the justice system it was So impactful especially hearing the audiobook that’s narrated by Chanel Miller, you hear her passion and fear and grief and her vanurblity she such a brilliant writer and such a strong woman it is such a heavy read, but absolutely think everyone needs to read this if they can, this will forever be one that I think about and had such a real life impact if you are going to pick this one up I can't stress to you how amazing the audiobook is it's worth reading it that way."