Universally acclaimed, rapturously reviewed, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography, and an instant New York Timesbestseller, 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
I have no words after reading. This is so well written. I almost felt like I experienced this myself. So proud of Chanel for telling her story. A must read for all!55
Chanel- This book is indeed a lighthouse and beacon, as are you. As Muriel Rukeyser said “One woman’s Tory would split open the world. We are living in the split, the wound, the opening created by the trauma of sexual and cultural violence and bias. Thank you for what you’ve done here and for being yourself. This book is required reading for a more compassionate future.55
I enjoyed reading her story; learning how our justice system needs a revamp;sadden to read about Stanford due to my affiliation. Know My Name- we now know! Thank you for speaking up & being strong for others.55
Literally could not put it down. Amazing.55
such a great read. love feeling like i’m inside her head. the feelings she depicts are indescribable.55
No words can express the gratitude from one survivor to another, THANK YOU!55
This book is so powerful! It was impossible to put down. It ran through my mind for days. I felt every word Chanel wrote and every feelings she described. Chanel is so brave and became the voice for anyone anywhere.55
I read this book in one day. I have never done that before. The writing is like poetry, the subject matter like vinegar. I can’t wait to see where this girl goes in her literary future. I hope she uses her talent to share with us her amazing gift of words. Please Chanel, write many books!! Thank you Emily for sharing your story. I was taught to be nice when I was young. Don’t hurt anyone feelings. I was kissed by a married man and a relative, both unwanted, but I didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings so I let it happen. All mothers should read this book to equip their young daughters how to navigate youth. To teach them its OK to say no and not to feel bad about it.55
This has been one of the best books I have ever been blessed enough to find. Chanel’s words ring perfectly, they express things all victims know, and know well, in a way I could never have done myself. This book deserves to be heard all around the world, and by victims everywhere. I highly recommend you take the time to read this book, whether you are a victim or not. I am eternally grateful to Chanel Miller for sharing her story with us and revisiting her pain, all in the hopes of healing and helping us to do the same. Thank you. #MeToo55
What a well written and engaging piece of writing which I recommended reading for my Book Club. Every girl(of a certain age), woman, boy(of a certain age), man should read this important book! My hope in writing her story, Chanel has the peace she so very much deserves. I so admire her courage and what her book has given to so many other's lives. Thank you, Chanel. You have my utmost respect and admiration.55