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I usually go for fiction, but I'm so glad I picked up this memoir by Janet Mock, Redefining Realness. My partnership with Riondo Prosecco introduced me to the By Any Reads book club and this was their pick of the month.
One of the best memoirs I've ever read.
In this New York Times bestseller, Mock shares her path to womanhood, identity, love and so much more. Though her experiences as a trans woman may differ from mine, her journey is relatable, timely, and incredibly inspiring. Her self-assuredness did not waver in the face of scrutiny, heartache, and devastating trauma. And her dedication to defining, realizing, and being her true self dares me to do the same.

She shares lessons that are applicable to everyone and - at the same time - provides insight about the unique challenges and vulnerabilities of a marginalized and misunderstood population.
Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book:

  • I didn't believe in asking for acceptance or permission to be myself. I took what I felt I deserved.
  • If I didn't define myself for myself I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive. (Audre Lorde)
  • My passage was an evolution from me to closer-to-me-ness. It's a journey of self-revelation.
  • You are a composite of all the things you believe and all the places you think you can go. Your past does not define you. You can step out of your history and create a new day for yourself. Even if the entire culture is saying, "You can't." Even if every possible bad thing that can happen to you does. You can keep going forward. (Oprah Winfrey)

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