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

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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

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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183 reviews
Angel Rose
April 13, 2014
The missing piece to the puzzle that transgender young girls needed it was a very very interesting exciting scary book that ignited relevancy in my life and I am thankful and grateful that there is literature out here for a girl to just pick up and read who has an burning desire to live thier true
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Vivienne Rose Evans
February 12, 2017
For the first time in my life, as a young trans womxn of colour from South Africa, I read a book in which I saw myself. This is why representation is important. Definitely worth your time!
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Alex Villa
June 21, 2014
I used to think I was real, but after reading this book I had to check myself before I wrecked myself. I like to think I used to keep it one hunnit, but thanks to this book I keep it about one hunnit and ten.
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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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