Know My Name
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
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!
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.
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.
Literally could not put it down. Amazing.
such a great read. love feeling like i’m inside her head. the feelings she depicts are indescribable.
No words can express the gratitude from one survivor to another, THANK YOU!
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.
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.
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. #MeToo
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.
Changed my life. Astounding. Emotional. Uplifting. Inspiring. The most powerful voice I have heard. Thank you for this book, Chanel Miller.
Incredibly written. Chanel has an exceptional voice, and makes you understand her experiences.
Chanel is an incredible human being. The way she writes is so real and beautiful. Thank You Chanel for sharing your story! lots of love!
there are not enough words to fully praise this book. i am in awe of chanel’s powerful, beautiful voice. it gives me hope that this world can change, will change. and she gives inspiration to all of us. it is such an honor to know her story and know her name.
From the first page I appreciated your story. Thank you for sharing your side. This book was amazing and I appreciated the power to women that we need in our society
Wow! Wonderful testimony of survival! Boo to the judge who is no more!! Shame on you B. and your parents!!! God bless you Chanel!!!! Mema of Mia
Chanel, if you’re reading this - Thank you for sharing your story. I can’t tell you the number of times I cried throughout this book. Not just because I was sad and angry, but also because I could feel your strength and compassion and hope - that’s what really got me. May we learn from your experience and most importantly from you. A fantastic writer who makes you feel every emotion out there. Thank you <3
As a journalist, an attorney, or a university employee, a must read for how we completely fail victims and how we reward the privileged. How we only want to see the victim in a lens of what they did wrong and never the perpetrator. How we shield the perpetrator through his and his family’s dreams for the future, while completely destroying the victim’s present life. Despite going through hell and back, her struggle to survive is inspiring in and of itself. The way she writes, taking you back through her memories, you really see her. The depression, the effort, the ups and downs, none of us knew, we only knew the headlines, and how I wish we could afford every victim the right to tell his/her story in this way. Her victim impact statement was amazing, but it in no way fully encapsulates how she and her family, friends, people around her helped bring her back to life.
Chanel Miller will move mountains with this book. Thank you so much for your rawness. ♥️
This book was not only beautifully written but filled with amazing, through my out, and beautifully structured words. I will always tell everyone I speak with to read this book. What an extraordinary book by Chanel. Thank you.
So many layers to this book. Will stay with me a long time. Stayed up several late nights. Thank you Chantel Miller for bringing your story public. I'm forever changed reading it.
This is important. This is powerful. This is necessary. Every single person should have to read every single word of this. Thank you, Chanel, for your bravery and honesty.