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Know My Name: A Memoir

4.77  ·  Rating details ·  20,391 ratings  ·  3,405 reviews
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 ...more
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Published September 24th 2019 by Viking
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Alysha DeShaé She read it herself. There are some points where you can hear in her voice how hard it is for her.
Trista This is a tough but important book to read. But I want my 16 year old to read it. At 16, many teenagers would be facing the issues in this book for…moreThis is a tough but important book to read. But I want my 16 year old to read it. At 16, many teenagers would be facing the issues in this book for themselves. Alcohol, sexual assault, rape and the US Justice system. Teenagers, both boys and girls should look at these issues and maybe the more aware they are about them, the less these will be “issues” in the future. This raw account illuminates the reality, which we shouldn’t shelter our teens from. Brock was 19 when he committed this crime. Perhaps if he had been better educated, more aware, he wouldn’t have thought what he did was okay. (less)

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jessica
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘i am a victim, i have no qualms with this word, only with the idea that it is all that i am.’

previously known as emily doe when her victim impact statement was released, chanel miller reclaims her name and identity, proving that she is more than just a victim, in this powerful and (heartbreakingly) necessary memoir.

this is one of the most difficult books i have ever read. i was completely beside myself, not just because of the sensitive content, but because of the injustice of it all. i
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Thomas
Stunning. An absolutely stunning memoir, one of the best I have ever read. In Know My Name, Chanel Miller reclaims her identity after the press described her as “unconscious intoxicated woman” in the aftermath of when rapist Brock Turner assaulted her. I remember feeling inspired, impressed, and in awe of Miller’s victim impact statement as Emily Doe when it came out in 2016. Miller brings that same level of strength and eloquence to this memoir.

When I read my favorite memoirists, I get this
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chinomso ♡
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Chanel’s story has captured the eye of the nation and has further uncovered the vile lack of justice that exists when rape and sexual assault occur (to this day, we still have prominent news outlets referring to Turner as the “Stanford Swimmer”). But I think memoirs like this have taken the narrative by the hand and guided it in a direction that it should be going. Chanel is not nameless. She’s not faceless. She is real and so was her experience. I’m glad I know your name, Chanel, and your story ...more
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Absolutely fucking incredible.
Lindsay - Traveling Sister
4+ stars!

Powerful. Shocking. Emotional. Upsetting. Inspiring. Life changing.

This is the memoir of an extremely admirable, inspiring and empowering young woman who has given a voice to countless sexual assault victims. Chanel Miller was sexually assaulted behind a dumpster on a prestigious college campus in 2015. This is her journey of fighting for her voice to be heard which in turn gives courage and strength to so many others.

This book is undeniably powerful. I don’t believe there is a person
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Gabby
“You took away
My worth, my privacy,
My energy,
My time,
My safety,
My intimacy,
My confidence,
My own voice,
Until today.”


This story is fucking incredible, moving, brilliant. I don't really have words to describe how this story moved me and how I think it's one of the best of the year and how everyone needs to read this. It's the true story of Chanel Miller, a girl who was raped behind a dumpster on Stanford's campus in 2015. I was moved to tears many times while reading this because I can't imagine
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Holly
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I still remember what a punch to the gut it was to read the victim impact statement from "Emily Doe" at Brock Turner's sentencing. Despite the fact that Brock Turner was actually caught in the act of sexually assaulting her, and despite the fact that he was found unanimously guilty on three separate charges, the judge presiding over his sentencing gave Turner only a 6 month sentence which really equated to a 3 month sentence due to time for 'good behavior'. The injustice of it all still burns ...more
Elyse  Walters
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Audiobook...read by the author, Chanel Miller

Chanel wrote an exceptional unflinchingly honest - memoir....with personal gut-wrenching details.
I COULD NOT PULL AWAY!!!

One does not need to be a victim of sexual assault - to feel its power.

Michael Aaron Persky - American attorney and former judge became the first judge to be recalled in California in over 80 years....after international widespread criticism of his ridiculously lenient sentencing —
Brock Turner was convicted of three felony
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Sana
Sep 05, 2019 marked it as to-read-so-bad-it-hurts  ·  review of another edition
I still remember reading her statement back in 2016 and the feelings it evoked so I cannot even imagine how much more powerful and impactful this would be
Brandice
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Know My Name: A Memoir is Chanel Miller’s moving survival story. She was sexually assaulted while unconscious at a Stanford frat party in 2015. Her assaulter was caught in the act by two witnesses and attempted to flee the scene.

In an effort to remain anonymous, Chanel was known as Emily Doe throughout the trial. While Turner was found to be guilty, the world (self-included) was stunned to see his sentence be so light, really insignificant — 6 months and released after just 3. This seeming
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Mehrsa
Nov 29, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm going to be honest. This book was hard to get through. Not because of the topic, but because it was too long and too repetitive. I really respect Chanel Miller and I cannot believe how lucidly she analyzes her rape, the trial, and everything that followed. Like everyone else, I knew all the facts here, but her analysis is insightful. Still, I wish her editor had helped cut out some of the chapters that were superfluous.
Jennifer
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can't say enough good things about this one.
More thoughts about it here: https://openlettersreview.com/posts/k...
BookOfCinz
Updated November 20, 2019.

I decided to read Know My Name for BookOfCinz November read because I felt it beyond important.



I have no words. I was moved to tears and anger so many times while reading this book. I don't know why in the year 2019 women are still fighting this battle. Chanel Miller is one brave woman, I can not even begin to imagine or put into word her bravery. I have so much to say, but I feel like its been said already by much more eloquent persons.

I do recommend EVERYONE
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Schizanthus Nerd
You took away my worth, my privacy, my energy, my time, my safety, my intimacy, my confidence, my own voice, until today.
Chanel Miller was raped on Sunday, 18 January 2015.

I was raped three days earlier (80 hours before Chanel was, if you take time zones into account). Once I saw that date in print and realised how little time separated our experiences, I couldn’t help but see her story personally. So this is going to be a different review than I would usually write. Feel free to skip the
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Rachel Reads Ravenously


Nonfiction November is a month long reading initiative that challenges you to read four or more nonfiction books during the month of November.

5 stars

This is the powerful memoir of Chanel Miller, also known as Emily Doe, the woman who was sexually assaulted by Brock Turner.

In this book Chanel details the events surrounding her trial and after, and the impact this sexual assault had on her life. The entire book my heart went out to this young woman for the unfairness of everything that
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Rachel
Chanel Miller’s memoir Know My Name is aptly titled; the name Brock Turner is known by most Americans who watch the news, while Miller was known for years only as ‘Emily Doe,’ the nameless, faceless girl that he attempted to rape at a Stanford frat party in January 2015. Turner’s case gained notoriety after his sentencing where he received only 6 months of prison time – he only served 3 – and Miller’s victim impact statement was published to Buzzfeed, receiving millions of hits and sparking ...more
Terri
Chanel Miller has written her painful story and it is one of the best examples of exactly what a rape victim has to endure. Bravo. It's brilliantly written. I can't believe she had the courage to write such a book but THANK GOD she did. I look forward to reading her next book. Highly recommend.
Cathrine ☯️
5
When you’re a young male Stanford swimming star they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab 'em by the pussy. You can do anything.

When you’re the unconscious female victim it’s your fault. You’re guilty until proven innocent. While you’re being assaulted all over again in court be aware of what behavior is acceptable from you:

"Don’t get angry. If you’re angry you’re defensive.
If you’re flat you’re apathetic.
Too upbeat, you’re suspect.
If you weep, you’re hysterical.
Being too emotional
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Rincey
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, poc-author
Just as great as everyone says it is.

Watch my full review: https://youtu.be/zIdJ1gqIozQ
Alysha DeShaé
2019.09.25
I've calmed down a bit since I wrote my very short letter/review to Chanel last night. I'm still raw and emotional, though, but I feel that I managed to type up something a little more like a review.

But how do you review a book like this? "I liked the part where she talked about how painful everything is." What? Really?! Like, it's all painful! And you liked it? Geez, okay. ... See? It's hard. It's especially hard when you know exactly how hard it is to come forward with something like
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April (Aprilius Maximus)
“You have to hold out to see how your life unfolds, because it is most likely beyond what you can imagine. It is not a question of if you will survive this, but what beautiful things await you when you do.”


・゚: *・゚:* 5 s t a r s *:・゚*:・゚


One of the most powerful, well-written memoirs I've ever read and one I will definitely be purchasing for my shelves.

“What we needed to raise in others was this instinct. The ability to recognize, in an instant, right from wrong. The clarity of mind to face it
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Kristy K
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Be ready to cry, rage, and cry again. Miller’s story is heartbreaking and inspirational at the same time. I am so proud and in awe of this Emily Doe taking her name and story back.

Highly recommend.
Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell
This is the memoir of the woman who was raped by Brock Turner. She remained anonymous in the initial report but now she has come forward not just with a name but also with a story.

I think I need to read this.
Katharine
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow. One of the most powerful books I've read. Her honesty, vulnerability, and strength... I am in awe. It is both brutal and beautiful and should be read by all.

Thank you to Viking for providing me with a free review copy. All opinions are my own.
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
I know this won't be an easy read but I have to read this. I still saw articles yesterday when this book was announced titled stuff like "Victim of Stanford swimmer Brock Turner" so I've made it my life goal to be Philip DeFranco and relentlessly say "convicted rapist" and "Brock Turner" as frequently in the same sentence as possible. We need to remember her name. Chanel Miller. Remember it.
Skyler Autumn
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dare anyone not to give this book 5 stars.

Jokes aside, I don't think you can rate books like this. It's less about the execution, or how "interested" or "entertained" you are while reading. Its just about sharing these stories, and this is definitely a story that needs to be shared.
Jeanette
American women have made great progress in many respects since 1971 when Helen Reddy sang:
“I am woman, hear me roar, in numbers too big to ignore.”

But no matter how much we roar, we still can’t seem to get any real traction when it comes to sexual assault and harassment. When women seek justice, the man is often seen as the victim. The woman is vilified and blamed. How dare she try to ruin his reputation and derail him from his career path? She shouldn’t have been drinking. She shouldn’t have
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Erin (from Long Island, NY)
Just a quick memo.. I listened to the audiobook & it was the author herself narrating. I loved how absolutely real & guileless she was.. I think it added so much that I definitely think the audio is the way to go with this 1. Great book!
Lisa
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star-reviews, 2020
A gut-wrenching chronicle of Chanel Miller’s experience, thoughts and feelings about the night she was raped and the aftermath in the days, months and years that followed

SUMMARY
A memoir of the unconscious woman who was sexually assaulted behind a dumpster on Stanford campus on January 15, 2015. Her rapist was apprehended by two graduate students who were biking across campus and incriminating evidence was immediately secured. After a grueling trial, her rapist Brock Turner, was sentenced to just
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Gabry
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before I start my review about this book and my thoughts on Chanel's writing, I want to discuss about what happened. Cue thoughts below in a long intro. Before her statement went viral on Buzzfeed, I actually read about what happened in 2015 because the Stanford college newspaper wrote a story about it. At the time, I was in HS and in charge of monitoring my HS newspaper's website, and I used to go through other high schools' newspaper websites, as well as other colleges. I began to naturally ...more
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Chanel Miller is a writer and artist who received her BA in Literature from the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She lives in San Francisco, California.

(source: Amazon)
“In fact I need you to know it was all true. The friendly guy who helps you move and assists senior citizens in the pool is the same guy who assaulted me. One person can be capable of both. Society often fails to wrap its head around the fact that these truths often coexist, they are not mutually exclusive. Bad qualities can hide inside a good person. That's the terrifying part.” 72 likes
“I survived because I remained soft, because I listened, because I wrote. Because I huddled close to my truth, protected it like a tiny flame in a terrible storm. Hold up your head when the tears come, when you are mocked, insulted, questioned, threatened, when they tell you you are nothing, when your body is reduced to openings. The journey will be longer than you imagined, trauma will find you again and again. Do not become the ones who hurt you. Stay tender with your power. Never fight to injure, fight to uplift. Fight because you know that in this life, you deserve safety, joy, and freedom. Fight because it is your life. Not anyone else’s. I did it, I am here. Looking back, all the ones who doubted or hurt or nearly conquered me faded away, and I am the only one standing. So now, the time has come. I dust myself off, and go on.” 62 likes
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