Before Janet Mock was a high-profile journalist or an advocate for the modern trans movement, before she was a sought-after public speaker or a bestselling author, she was a young trans woman, trying to find her way, discovering her true identity the same way that we all do: one step at a time.
In her new book, Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me, Mock breaks down the journey of her early 20s, from her days as a student at the University of Hawaii and nights under the neon lights of Club Nu, the strip club where she worked in Honolulu. She traverses her love life and growing pains, along with the struggle to become her most actualized self, and how, against the odds, she made her way to New York City to follow her dreams.
But, while her new book (the follow-up to her 2014 memoir Redefining Realness) traces the autobiographic path its author took, it is also the story of a young woman grappling with how to tell it on her own terms, and what parts of herself she chooses to share with the world.
The result is a beautiful, 360-degree portrait of a modern day icon, in a way …read more