Know My Name by Chanel Miller
Updated: Apr 10
In January of 2015, Chanel Miller woke up in a hospital with no memory of the night before. Slowly, she learns of her own sexual assault and what ensues is a year long legal fight for justice, but an even deeper internal battle within her own self. Chanel’s memoir is filled with the depth of struggle, the resiliency of character, and the humility of growth.
I’m going to be very honest, I remember Chanel’s case from the media as two words: “Brock Turner.” But, that’s pretty much it. I was neither moved or unmoved by it… mostly just annoyed by everyone else’s opinions inserted into what they thought was her own story.
I am changed by Chanel’s memoir. Absolutely changed. This book is a supreme gift to the world. That may sound like hyperbole, but seriously, these pages are deep and profound, humble and kind, honest and raw. Chanel doesn’t write a story that puffs up herself or condemns her enemy, but rather, her story educates, empowers, and implores.
KNOW MY NAME was truly a beautiful read and will stick with me for a very long time. (Also, the audiobook is incredible as it is read by Chanel herself.)
Overall, one of the best books I’ve read all year, and one of the best memoirs I’ve ever read.
If the sensitivity warnings (below) don’t bother you, I’d ABSOLUTELY recommend.
Sexual Assault, Heavy language, graphic language describing the assault and continuous use of the same language throughout the whole book.
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