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Know My Name: A Memoir Paperback – August 18, 2020
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"She has written a memoir that converts the ongoing experience of sexual assault into literature...Beautiful."─The Atlantic
“To tell her story at all is enough…the fact that Miller tells it beautifully, caring enough for her reader to spin golden sentences from her pain, is a gift on top of a gift.” ─Vogue
"Know My Name is an act of reclamation. On every page, Miller unflattens herself, returning from Victim or Emily Doe to Chanel, a beloved daughter and sister...Know My Name marks the debut of a gifted young writer. Miller's words are purpose. They are maps. And she is a treasure who has prevailed."─Jennifer Weiner, The New York Times
“In this powerful, gutsy memoir, Miller—the sexual assault survivor in the Stanford case—reclaims her name and her story.”—The New York Times Book Review
"Know My Name is a blistering, beautifully written account of a courageous young woman's struggle to hold a sexual predator accountable. Stand back, folks: This book is going to give a huge blast of momentum to the #MeToo movement."─Jon Krakauer
“She writes exquisitely of her pain, makes us feel every fragment of it, but also expounds on the kindness that nourished her spirit…Miller matters. Readers will see every victim matters.” ─USA Today
“In a perfect world, Know My Name would be required reading for every police officer, detective, prosecutor, provost and judge who deals with victims of sexual assault.” ─LA Times
"Miller is a gifted storyteller...Know her name, know her voice."─The New Yorker
“Miller provides one of the most moving and humanizing depictions of sexual assault I have ever read…Know My Name features the kind of intimate, coming-of-age storytelling that you don’t find in a typical story about a crime and its aftermath. She lets us see her in quiet moments and jubilant ones, in moments of doubt and moments of strength…In giving us the gift of knowing her, Miller has written a singular testament to the human cost of sexual violence, and a powerful reminder of why we fight.” ─The Cut
“In a world that asks too many survivors to keep their experiences to themselves and shrink their suffering to preserve someone else’s potential, Know My Name stands unapologetically large, asking others to reckon with its author’s dazzling, undiminishable presence. To read it, in spite of everything, inspires hope.”—The Guardian
"I'd never read anything that so vividly paints the bewildering maze that a sexually assaulted woman faces...Know My Name raises crucial questions about the way we treat sexual assault and, indeed, sex itself." ─Katha Pollitt, The Nation
“In its rare honesty and in its small details, Know My Name is both an open wound and a salve, a quiet cry and the loudest scream…Know My Name is more than an indictment, though it is a successful and moving one. It is also an outstretched hand, inviting you to fight alongside her.”─Elle
“Miller’s memoir is beautifully written, underscored by simmering indignation.” ─Jezebel
“Compelling and essential…Miller reminds us that our stories are worth telling, that the names and the lives attached to those names matter.” ─SF Chronicle
"Triumphant...Know My Name evokes a woman whose spirit hasn’t been broken—a study in what it means to strike back, not in revenge, but in reclamation.”—O Magazine
"A stunning book...beautifully written."—Teen Vogue
“Unputdownable…A much-needed memoir giving voice to those who must be heard. Miller’s writing stands apart.”—Library Journal (starred review)
“Miller’s new memoir echoes her powerful victim-impact statement… It’s a beautiful revealing self-portrait. It’s funny and it’s heartbreaking, and it’s an inspiration. There’s just no other way to say it: the writing is exquisite.” ─The Daily Beast
"Miller's memoir, Know My Name, gives readers the privilege of knowing her not just as Emiy Doe, but as Chanel Miller the writer, the artist, the survivor, the fighter." ─The Wrap
“Miller distinguishes herself not only for her resilience and fortitude, but also for her power of expression. She possesses extraordinary gifts as a writer."─The National Book Review
“Miller makes a powerful case for overhauling a system that retraumatizes victims of sexual violence even in successful cases, perpetuating the feedback loop that discourages victims from coming forward to seek justice.” ─Mother Jones
About the Author
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0735223726
- ISBN-13 : 978-0735223721
- Dimensions : 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : Penguin Books (August 18, 2020)
- Lexile measure : 880L
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Now I got to preorder her book, know her name, and support her. I read this book in about seven hours. It was like walking back thru the last 4 years of my own recovery in an alternate universe—Chanel’s universe. I found everything she said so grounding in its honesty. It was never unnecessarily graphic or gruesome for cheap shock value, but a rich and complex prose of how it is to be a woman and lose any girlish notions of safety or naïveté when sexual violence occurs.
This is as accurate a portrait of survivorship as one can find and there are millions of portraits just like her walking around you everyday as 1 in 5 women experience sexual violence.
Chanel is unique and beautiful and yet not unique as millions identify with her experiences. Please read and support this critical and multilayered analysis of her experience as she ties it to her childhood all the way thru several current political events of today.
My boyfriend supported me for wherever I needed to be emotionally while reading this book, sleeping on the couch to stay in the room with me til almost 4am when I was done. He knows I am a sexual abuse survivor and now he can read this book and the weight of trying to describe on my own what that’s like is lighter because Chanel has sacrificed yet again.
Lastly, I want to say this book was very healing for my sense of self esteem. It’s hard to explain why but hearing ways she has reclaimed herself thru the endless war with herself as a victim mirrors my fight also. Her validation journey helps me access more firmly my own validation. I cried more happy healing tears than sad tears. I will never forget this book.
This is her story, her version of events.
Well written in a slightly angry voice. She's entitled.
BOTTOM LINE: Read it.
When I first saw the article stating- Survivor in Brock Turner Case Reveals Her Name in New Memoir- I said “holy f*ck” out loud. I clicked the article and I had preordered the book before going back to finish it.
When the day of release arrived, I was outside on the curb, smoking a cigarette. I looked up and saw the UPS truck on the other side of the parking lot. I chased it down, refusing to miss the delivery. I went inside and began the journey of reading this.
Never before have I wished for the ability to reach through time and space to embrace someone. I settled for being curled up on my couch, tears running down my face, clutching the book like a life preserver. When I reached the last page, I didn’t want it to be over. It felt like a much needed conversation with a best friend.
I don’t know how to put into words the necessity of this book. It needs to be required reading in classrooms across the globe. For the first time in a long time, I feel hopeful.
I could not have asked for this book to come at a better time. As I approach the 4 year mark of my own sexual assault (October 9), I was crumbling. I felt like it was fresh- I was back to not sleeping, crying on the curb chain smoking cigarettes hoping they would help calm me down. Crawling into bed with my limbs aching at 3am.
For this reason, I am so thankful for Chanel’s honesty surrounding the rollercoaster of recovery. My narrative changed, and I was no longer chastising myself for feeling emotions this deeply 4 years later.
This downward spiral and subsequent ascent has all unfolded in the past 10 days. The breaking point for me was seeing the ignorant words of someone close. It made me wonder, is there someone out there thinking my offender was too attractive to choose me as a victim? Was my story not believed, simply because it has been so long without me talking about it? All this time, while I’ve been crying and doubting my own experience, have I really been attacking his reputation by events that “could not be proven by facts”?. Would I be viewed as a false accuser, who should be put in front of a jury? Am I delusional? If I see my offender running for public office in 30 years, will I be accused of running a political smear campaign if I choose to speak out?
Writing all of this is terrifying to me. While I have often alluded to the trauma of being raped, I don’t think I’ve ever talked about it publicly like this. I know that it is shame that has kept my mouth closed all these years. I cannot continue to live in it, because I want the next 20 year old woman to know there is no shame in what someone else has done to you. That shame is for them to carry, not you. If Chanel can write over 300 pages, I can write a damn comment.
If you’ve read this far, my advice to you is to rethink your opinions. Listen to your words before they leave your mouth, or rather, before they leave your fingers. You never know who is reading those messages. I think of the people that spoke with Chanel about the case, not knowing she was Emily Doe.
We have ALL spoken to Emily Doe’s in our life, whether we realize it or not. I wonder, what messages have these survivors left the conversation with?
To wrap this up, thank you Chanel Miller for being the lighthouse that finally gave this lost sailboat a glimmer of light. You are strong, brave beyond words. Your book is a game changer. Thank you for giving me a voice. Thank you for validating my pain, for letting me know it’s okay if sometimes I need to curl up and cry. I’ll tie my 100th shoe and get back up. Thank you.
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It also shows how far we still need to go as a population/society with regards to educating people on right and wrong which is incredibly sad.
Chanel is incredibly brave to put her name out there publicly and should be commended for driving the hard conversations people don’t want to have/accept but have to in order for us to learn and be better.