Know My Name

Know My Name

A Memoir

Book - 2019
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"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 almost 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." -- summary from book jacket.
Publisher: [New York] : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House, [2019]
ISBN: 9780735223707 (hardcover)
073522370X (hardcover)
Branch Call Number: B MILLER
Characteristics: viii, 357 pages ; 24 cm


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Feb 19, 2020

This is such an important and well-written book. I picked it up with the intention to bear witness to the story of a survivor. After all #MeToo, right? But I got so much more than I bargained for. Chanel Miller is a deep thinker, a philosophical observer, a skilled writer and a critic of the broader culture that allows victims to become victims, but also to remain victims and be re-victimized, again and again.

Choose it for your book clubs. Give it to your daughters. But just as importantly, give it to your sons.

ACL_ChrisS Feb 02, 2020

An amazing piece of writing and an extremely important book! Her ability to help us understand her personal experience and to make incisive points about the adjudication of sexual assault is outstanding.

Feb 01, 2020

Having followed and been disgusted by the outcome of this case, I was keen to hear more from the Woman who wrote such a potent & palpable Victim Impact Statement. And even though it was challenging to bear witness to her anguish and continuous betrayal by the so-called justice system, I'm glad that I did. Her Writing style is eloquent, evocative and beautiful, the words flowing through your consciousness hauntingly. My biggest surprise was the fact that Parents in the 21st century aren't raising their Female children with a greater sense of how the world operates, including the inherent biases against rape survivors and the inefficacy of the legal system. Of course, we don't want to live in fear; however, until the Male of our species is taught how to fully respect Female sovereignty, we must be empowered in a pragmatic and prudent manner. I wish Chanel ongoing Healing, reclamation and a vibrant Life. Definitely, an invaluable contribution and yes, Women will read it; however, it really needs to be read by Men as well.

Jan 24, 2020

Know My Name is a deconstruction of Chanel Miller's mind in the aftermath of her assault and through the trial as she cycles through the stages of grief and regains her strength as a woman and a name, not Brock Turner's victim. I can't count how many times she brought me to tears or near tears. This wasn't just a recounting of Chanel's days, weeks, and years, but a vicarious journey where I experienced deep empathy through her intelligent writing. I viscerally felt Chanel's confusion, devastation, and constriction - physically and psychologically. Since the verdict occurred half way through the book, Chanel's thoughts on the trial and all that came after was profoundly and thoughtfully dissected. This young woman can write! Know My Name was powerfully and creatively written with evocative imagery and brave honesty. A powerful memoir that shouldn't be missed.

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 Name is not an easy read (Miller herself recommends taking breaks from the book as needed) but it is powerful and worth picking up. I highly recommend it.

Jan 07, 2020

I got my first job as an Indigo sales representative shortly after my 15th birthday. Years passed. I have since then gone through five internships and two more jobs. Yet I never outgrew the bookseller. ⁣⁣⁣
Before I bought Chanel Miller's Know My Name , I spoke to some coworkers about my eagerness to read it. Two of them, upon hearing the rave, requested that I get copies for them too. ⁣

I had sold two copies of a book I would come to love. ⁣⁣⁣
While perusing my copy, I found myself reading the words out loud, something I rarely did. Chanel’s language brought tears to my eyes, but my voice grew firmer from her strength. ⁣⁣⁣
And as I read, the prejudices I had unconsciously spent my entire life holding became painfully evident. ⁣⁣⁣
Why did it matter whether a woman had a boyfriend when she was raped? Since when did we base her consent on her attachment? ⁣⁣⁣
Why did we suspect survivors to have ulterior motives when they accepted restitution? ⁣⁣⁣
When did we start taking a man’s volume as strength, and a woman’s as hysteria? ⁣⁣⁣
Society had instilled these double standards so deep that I had never adequately addressed them before. ⁣⁣⁣
And I had thought myself a Feminist. ⁣⁣⁣
So I will be stepping into the familiar shoes of a bookseller and recommending this book to everyone. To men, not because we suspect them of being rapists, but to open their eyes to the abyss from which their sex (more often) allowed them to feel secure. To women, not because we want them to be assaulted, but to form a stronger network and to eliminate unconscious biases like the ones I had held. ⁣⁣⁣
Let us speak to families, friends, and acquaintances.⁣⁣⁣
It is not about politics, identities, ideologies. It is about duty, about empathy, about humanity. ⁣⁣⁣
And I want to thank you all for also being booksellers.

For more reviews, visit me on Instagram @ RandomStuffIRead.

Jan 03, 2020

Just finished reading. Being Indian I always thought India is not safe for women, advanced countries are better. But after reading this book I realized no matter where you live women are not safe. The trial of the case as also something so intimidating that’s why most of the woman keep quite and struggle . If a person is powerful influencial than it is more difficult to get the Justice. This is sad truth of our world.

I have been reading and following about a case happened in my home town in India. Unfortunately I know that person. He is religious guru. He has been accused by two ladies for rape. He used his power money influence in the court to just not to proceed the case itself. It is still going on. Ladies are suffered greatly without proper justice. 😩😭😭😭😭.

Dec 26, 2019

Just finished reading the book on Christmas Day. The book is well written and worth to read for young and adult readers. I observed the tragedy event since the beginning through all kinds of news and recall judge vote. I am so touched by Chanel’s bravery and wisdom. The experience is painful and heart broken. It is also a voice and advocate for many rape victims who never have their voices heard. Thank you Chanel Miller!

Dec 21, 2019

This book should get lots of awards. Hope she has a long and prolific writing career.

Dec 21, 2019


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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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