Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More

Author(s): Janet Mock

Trans & Gender Diverse Biography / Memoir | Trans, Intersex, Gender Diverse & Gender Non-Binary

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.


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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

“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 Harris-Perry")

“Janet Mock is a glamorous, smarty-pants writer and activist…. Her book about her life as a transwoman, Redefining Realness, isn’t just a service to the trans community but to every woman – hell, person – who has struggled with identity.” (Lena Dunham, actress and author of Not That Kind of Girl)

“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)

An eye-opening and unapologetic story that is much greater than mere disclosure.... An enlightening, much-needed perspective on transgender identity.” (Kirkus Reviews)

Janet Mock is a writer and activist, lauded by the Center for American Progress, Women's Media Center, and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. A graduate of the University of Hawaii, she has an MA in journalism from New York University and has appeared on NPR, MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry, and HBO's The Out List. Find out more at

General Fields

  • : 9781476709130
  • : Atria Books
  • : Atria Books
  • : 0.242672
  • : November 2014
  • : .9 Inches X 5.5 Inches X 8.375 Inches
  • : December 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 288
  • : 306.768092
  • : English
  • : Paperback
  • : Janet Mock