Know My Name

Know My Name

A Memoir

Book - 2019
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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 Post

She 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
Publisher: [New York] : Viking, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780735223707
Branch Call Number: 364.1532092 Mille
Characteristics: viii, 357 pages ; 24 cm


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Known to the world as Emily Doe when she wrote a victim impact statement in the aftermath of her assault by Stanford student Brock Turner - Chanel Miller reclaims her identity and writes meaningfully about sexual assault and the criminal justice system.

VaughanPLShelly Jan 20, 2020

One of the best books I've ever read. I do not usually pick up memoirs but I knew that Miller's work was something worth reading. Miller establishes herself as a strong writer & describes not only her personal trauma but shares some harsh facts and wisdom that all people should learn. Know My... Read More »

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Jun 16, 2021

Know My Name by Chanel Miller tells the experience of a sexual assault survivor through the survivor’s eyes. This book is incredibly eye opening and even disheartening at times. The injustices of the judicial system and the lack of support and harsh criticism the internet gave Chanel Miller are brought to light in this heart wrenching memoir. At times, it is very difficult to read about how Chanel was treated. Many people sided with the man who sexually assaulted Chanel just because being held accountable for his crimes would darken his elite status. Reading about her experience as someone who could relate to parts of her personal life made the memoir even more touching and really hit home. I recommend this memoir to everyone and believe that it is an important read for anyone who is willing to learn, understand, and grow.

Mar 14, 2021

A must read for everyone. Transformed my ideas of trauma and how we can support survivors of sexual assault.

Mar 02, 2021

This book made me realize how I have been socialized to think that anticipating male sexual aggression is my job, and that girls should even take responsibility for protecting males from their own worst instincts. This is despite thinking of myself as a feminist and it is because perpetrators of sexual violence routinely get away with it in our society so I've come to think of prevention as a woman or girl's only defence. This book made me really see how sick that is. I've rarely been pushed to think much about what rape and its aftermath is like for victims—it's appalling to contemplate and those who come out alive usually have no appetite to further victimize themselves in the courts and certainly not in the court of public opinion by showing us their faces and personhoods. This is what makes Chanel the bravest and most valiant crusader that ever was because despite the fact that she did not choose this horrible journey, she faced it bravely by standing up for herself and every other woman as well, and then she generously opened her devastated heart and told the rest of us about it. Bring tissues. Special bonus: she also writes incredibly well.

Feb 15, 2021

An emotional story by a woman who was sexually attacked and how she survived, despite the justice system, society and our attitudes. she lets you into her mind and heart and how she deals with this crime. Alot has to change but one thing that came to my mind is that boys have to be taught when they are young how to respect any woman and girls have to be taught that they are important and they have a right to their feelings.

Jan 18, 2021

Chanel Miller was raped, her case gained worldwide attention, and her attacker - Brock Turner - became the face of sexual assault (and the subsequent lack of accountability for such criminals). But she was erased, known only as Emily Doe until she wrote this memoir and reclaimed her name and identity. This book is so powerful and profound, yet Miller is also often matter-of-fact and plainspoken; she presents herself and her story forthrightly, saying here it all is - warts and all. Her writing is incredible, at times poetic, and she evokes tremendous emotion from her reader. In the latter part of her book after the trial, she spends time examining her own story in the larger context of political realities and presents a searing indictment of the legal system and its horrific treatment of survivors of sexual violence. This is all difficult to read, but worthwhile beyond measure.

Jan 03, 2021

Chanel Miller is an incredible human. She makes you laugh, makes you cry, and leaves you burning with a fiery rage to stand up for women everywhere.

Interesting topic but poorly written. After we get through the distressing scenes of the actual sexual assault the record of the minutiae of her life, while useful for a court, is boring for a reader.

ArapahoeSusanW Jul 29, 2020

Chanel MIller's memoir about her experience as a victim should be referenced in the required college admittance anti sexual assault modules. It reinforces the point that the inability to give consent does not constitute consent.
I have to admire Miller for coming forward to tell her story. I hope it results in changes to our legal process.

Jun 22, 2020

This novel was truly a beautiful experience. Chanel mentions that often times we refuse to discuss the things that make us uncomfortable, but it's those things that generally require addressing. It's eloquent, uncomfortable, heavy, and incredibly gorgeous to join Chanel in her journey to take back the narrative of this story and to amplify her voice. I can't recommend this book enough.

Jun 17, 2020

Non fiction novel- Modern Mrs Darcy

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Apr 27, 2020

“My pain was never more valuable than his potential.” - p. 241

Feb 01, 2020

"Every woman who spoke out did so because she hit a point where she could no longer live another day in the life she tried to build. So she turned, slowly, back around to face it. Society thinks we live to come after him. When in fact, we live to live. That's it. He upended that life, and we tried to keep going, but couldn't. Each time a survivor resurfaced, people were quick to say what does she want, shy did it take her so long, why now, why not then, why not faster. But damage does not stick to deadlines. If she emerges, why don't we ask her how it was possible she lived with that hurt for so long,... Victims are often accused of seeking revenge, but revenge is a tiny engine... He may sit in a cell, but he will never know what it's like to be unhomed from his own body. We don't fight for our own happy endings. We fight to say you can't. We fight for accountability. We fight to establish precedent. We fight because we pray we'll be the last ones to feel this kind of pain."

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