Redefining Realness

My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More

Redefining Realness

New York Times Bestseller • Winner of the 2015 WOMEN'S WAY Book Prize • Goodreads Best of 2014 Semi-Finalist • Books for a Better Life Award Finalist • Lambda Literary Award Finalist • Time Magazine “30 Most Influential People on the Internet” • American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book

In her profound and courageous New York Times bestseller, Janet Mock establishes herself as a resounding and inspirational voice for the transgender community—and anyone fighting to define themselves on their own terms.

With unflinching honesty and moving prose, Janet Mock relays her experiences of growing up young, multiracial, poor, and trans in America, offering readers accessible language while imparting vital insight about the unique challenges and vulnerabilities of a marginalized and misunderstood population. Though undoubtedly an account of one woman’s quest for self at all costs, Redefining Realness is a powerful vision of possibility and self-realization, pushing us all toward greater acceptance of one another—and of ourselves—showing as never before how to be unapologetic and real.
  • Atria Books | 
  • 288 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781476709130 | 
  • December 2014
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About the Author

Janet Mock
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Janet Mock

Janet Mock is a writer, TV host and advocate lauded by the Anti-Violence Project, the Sylvia Rivera Law Project and the Ms. Foundation for Women. A graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, she has an MA in journalism from New York University. She has worked as an editor at, hosted a series of specials for MSNBC (So POPular!, Global Citizen Festival, and Beyond My Body) and appeared on OWN’s Super Soul Sunday, where Oprah Winfrey called her a “fearless new voice” and “trailblazing leader,” who “changed my way of thinking.” In addition, she is a contributing editor at Marie Claire and produced and conducted interviews for HBO’s The Trans List. She is the author of Redefining Realness and Surpassing Certainty. Find out more at