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Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More Hardcover – February 4, 2014

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“Far too many assume that Janet Mock's story is primarily about her body. This book is irrefutable evidence
that Janet must be understood through her intellect, spirit, and wit. Janet does what only great writers of
autobiography accomplish—she tells a story of the self, which turns out to be a reflection of all humanity. You will be
changed by this book.” -- Melissa Harris-Perry, Wake Forest University Professor and host of MSNBC's "Melissa

“A fiery success.”, The Atlantic

“Mock’s compelling memoir entrancingly chronicles the story of a multiracial trans woman’s becoming within a society
that is still widely antagonistic to the non-White, non-male, transgender, and economically challenged among us. . . .
Mock has written herself into herstory. And she has done so with clarity and poetic brilliance.”, The Feminist Wire

“Courageous! Told with a spirit of raw honesty that moves beyond confession to redemptive revelation, this book is a
life map for transformation—for changing minds. A heart-rending autobiography of love, longing, and fulfillment.” --
bell hooks, feminist, social activist, and author of All About Love

“Redefining Realness is a classic American autobiography. Like Richard Wright and Maya Angelou, Janet Mock brings us
into a world we may not know and with breathtaking insight, courage, and masterful craft makes her story universal.” --
Barbara Smith, author of the Truth That Never Hurts: Writings on Race, Gender, and Freedom, co-founder of Kitchen Table:
Women of Color Press

"Janet Mock’s groundbreaking book is testimony to the remarkable progress trans people have achieved over the last
decade-- and shines a bright light on the work that still needs to be done. Mock’s clear, lucid prose will open hearts
and minds, and further the goals of equality and justice--not just for trans people, but for everyone. Redefining
Realness is loving, searing, and true." -- Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of She’s Not There and Stuck in the Middle
With You

“Redefining Realness is a riveting, emotional, crisply written testimony. I couldn't put it down. I aspire to be as
unflinchingly brave! Janet Mock's story simultaneously embodies, complicates, and subverts the concept of American
exceptionalism and self-creation.” -- Laverne Cox, actress, advocate, and star of Orange Is the New Black

“Defining oneself is a revolutionary act, and, as described in her memoir, Janet Mock fiercely fought to free herself
with exquisite bravery and sensitivity. Redefining Realness is full of hope, dreams, and determination. It is a true
American girl story.” -- Michaela angela Davis, Image Activist/Writer/CNN Contributor

“Every Cinderella story has its problematic step-parents to maneuver around, and its metaphorical fireplaces to clean,
before the heroine is whisked off to the ball. Janet Mock’s is no exception. But the real magic here is not of the
fairy-tale kind. Redefining Realness overflows with the everyday magic of survival and resiliency in low income
communities of color, of loving kindness bursting through the cracks of a hard reality, and of the life-sustaining bonds
of family, friendships, and a powerful trans sisterhood.” -- Susan Stryker, author of Transgender History and Associate
Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Director of the Institute for LGBT, University of Arizona

"Janet Mock's honest and sometimes searing journey is a rare and important look into la vida liminal, one that she
manages to negotiate remarkably well, with grace, humor, and fierce grit. Mock doesn't only redefine what realness means
to her, but challenges us to rethink our own perceptions of gender and sexuality, feminism and sisterhood, making this
book a transcendent piece of American literature." -- Raquel Cepeda, author of Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina

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About the Author

Janet Mock is a writer, TV host, and advocate tackling stigma through storytelling. With a Master’s in
journalism from New York University, the Honolulu native began her career as an editor at and went on to
write cover stories for Marie Claire, Interview, and The Advocate as well as essays for The New Yorker, The New York
Times, and Lenny. She produced HBO’s The Trans List, hosts the podcast Never Before, and serves as a columnist for
Allure. Called a “fearless new voice” and “trailblazing leader” who “changed my way of thinking” by Oprah Winfrey, Janet
was a featured speaker at the historic Women’s March on Washington. She is the author of Surpassing Certainty and the
New York Times bestseller Redefining Realness. Find out more at

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