Janet Mock • Redefining Realness

You should read this one.

Figuring out what the stakes of a book is, for me, the most important step in the book review process. Expecting a book to be other than what it’s attempting to be delivers you to your own prejudices and blinds you from a book’s worth.

Judging by its cover, you might think Redefining Realness is a simple inspirational memoir. Its subtitle is “my path to womanhood, identity, love and so much more,” and the pull quote on the cover, from bell hooks, calls it “a life map for transformation.” Judging by the surface of its writing style, you find a light read, though heavy in content. However, when you think about the stakes of this book and how well it lives up to its goal, you realize just what a tremendous achievement it is.

I hope to convince you of this fact below the fold.

Janet Mock, Redefining Realness. 2014 autobiography of a trans writer and advocate. Wholeheartedly recommended.

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