Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me

Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me

Janet Mock / Jul 18, 2019

Surpassing Certainty What My Twenties Taught Me Riveting rousing and utterly real Surpassing Certainty is a portrait of a young woman searching for her purpose and place in the world without a road map to guide her The journey begins a few month

  • Title: Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me
  • Author: Janet Mock
  • ISBN: 9781501145797
  • Page: 127
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Riveting, rousing, and utterly real, Surpassing Certainty is a portrait of a young woman searching for her purpose and place in the world without a road map to guide her.The journey begins a few months before her twentieth birthday Janet Mock is adjusting to her days as a first generation college student at the University of Hawaii and her nights as a dancer at a strip clRiveting, rousing, and utterly real, Surpassing Certainty is a portrait of a young woman searching for her purpose and place in the world without a road map to guide her.The journey begins a few months before her twentieth birthday Janet Mock is adjusting to her days as a first generation college student at the University of Hawaii and her nights as a dancer at a strip club Finally content in her body, she vacillates between flaunting and concealing herself as she navigates dating and disclosure, sex and intimacy, and most important, letting herself be truly seen Under the neon lights of Club Nu, Janet meets Troy, a yeoman stationed at Pearl Harbor naval base, who becomes her first The pleasures and perils of their union serve as a backdrop for Janet s progression through her early twenties with all the universal growing pains falling in and out of love, living away from home, and figuring out what she wants to do with her life.Despite her disadvantages, fueled by her dreams and inimitable drive, Janet makes her way through New York City while holding her truth close She builds a career in the highly competitive world of magazine publishing within the unique context of being trans, a woman, and a person of color.Long before she became one of the world s most respected media figures and lauded leaders for equality and justice, Janet was a girl taking the time she needed to just be to learn how to advocate for herself before becoming an advocate for others As you witness Janet s slow won success and painful failures, Surpassing Certainty will embolden you, shift the way you see others, and affirm your journey in search of self.

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      • Janet Mock

        Janet Mock is a writer, TV host and advocate whose work has appeared in Marie Claire, The New Yorker, and Lenny With a Masters in journalism from New York University, the Honolulu native worked as an editor at People, produced HBO s The Trans List, hosted a series of specials for MSNBC, and appeared on OWN s Super Soul Sunday Oprah Winfrey has called her a fearless new voice and trailblazing leader, who changed my way of thinking In addition, she s been honored by the Ms Foundation for Women, Planned Parenthood, the Sylvia Rivera Law Project and Time magazine which named her one of the most influential people on the Internet She is the author of the New York Times bestseller Redefining Realness and Surpassing Certainty.


    1. If you read REDEFINING REALNESS, you'll be happy to find that Mock's second memoir is even better: warmer, deeper, and in many ways more personal. This is a good book for anyone in their 20's, the story here is one we often skip over when we talk about the narrative of people's lives, how your early attempts at personhood and independence shape you. Mock is able to explore a wide array of experiences but always keeps you emotionally connected to her. She explores desire and being desired, when a [...]

    2. There are absolutely no words to express how much I loved this book. I loved Redefining Realness. But Surpassing Certainty really spoke to me as a black woman still trying to be seen and heard.

    3. I first heard about Mock when she appeared on Chelsea Weekly on Netflix, I made note of her book but didn't really get around to really researching it. Fast forward to July and I saw all over my twitter the boycott of The Breakfast Club- again Mock name came up. It was then I read an article she wrote specifically about the boycott, and it is through that article I found out she is transgendered, with that said, I decided it was time I give this book a read. I have to say, I was impressed with M [...]

    4. I ignored my two kids, work responsibilities, and the desire to binge The Crown and finished Janet Mock's memoir in three days. It was riveting. Her storytelling style is accessible (the pages turn quickly) and she is honest and sincere without sentimentality. I grew up in Hawaii, and so I enjoyed her references to strip clubs, food joints and beaches that I frequented. But I realized I knew little about trans experience or native Hawaiian perspectives on non-binary gender. I most appreciated he [...]

    5. Certainly, it's always interesting to read about something that's new to you, and I haven't read anything else yet about someone's transgender journey. Mock writes well too. My qualm with this book is that Mock doesn't seem to accept or own up to her own part in major events in her life. The easiest example involves the manner in which she discusses her romance and eventual marriage to her first husband. Perhaps I should have started with her first memoir, but this one had been recommended by a [...]

    6. This was not as good a read as her first book. It may be because I'm in my thirties and this memoir chronicles her twenties, or maybe because Redefining Realness taught me so much and really endeared her to me. Either way, while this was well written, it was kind of boring.

    7. Another amazing book from Janet Mock! Do yourself a favor and listen to the audiobook. It's so much better hearing her tell her story.

    8. 4.5 StarsThis was so good!I've been listening to Janet Mock's Surpassing Certainty over the past day, and I found any spare moment to press play. This is her second biography and I need her to keep living her life, because her memories make the best stories. I know, I sound like an insufferable gossip feeding off other people's lives, but I don't just watch anyone, I watch the interesting ones, and Mock is a very interesting one.I loved Mock's first bio, Redefining Realness, but I adored Surpas [...]

    9. i did not want this book to end! it is a mostly breezy, sometimes touching, and inviting read, with Janet Mock's warmth and resilience shining through the writing. this story of self-discovery and coming into oneself is a lovely tribute to loves of many kinds, to revealing our truths and to spiritual and emotional risk-taking. also to the confusion and heartache and growing pains of our twenties, which as painful as they are, have their place in shaping us and propelling us into our dreams. i wa [...]

    10. I had no idea what to expect from "Surpassing Certainty," but Janet Mock exceeded all of my expectations. Mock's second memoir didn't teach about her trans-ness. Instead, she explored the difficulties of navigating the world in your 20s, a decade I'm knee-deep in the throes of. She explores being a first generation graduate student, stripping to provide for herself and her family, marrying a man she loves and learning love is more than a lifetime commitment, moving to New York, and navigating pu [...]

    11. A quick and enjoyable memoir from Janet Mock in which she details her growing up and meeting her first husband in Hawaii, her move to New York for graduate school and work as a magazine editor, and the end of her marriage. She is straightforward in her writing and reflects on the many things she learned, not just pertaining to her career and marriage but also colorism within the black community, racism and sexism in the workforce, "disclosing" oneself as a trans individual, and more. I don't fee [...]

    12. Another beautiful memoir by Janet Mock. This time she goes into her 20s and talks about the beginnings of her career, her first marriage, and confiding her truth to her friends. She always rights straight from the heart and it's like sitting down with a good friend.

    13. The messages were deep and thoughtful but the writing was not in the style I like to read. At times I felt that she went on tangents.

    14. Will always wanna hear what Janet Mock has to say! Found her first book more interesting but loved this one too!

    15. May 2017 be remembered as the year when, instead of dragging myself to any of the festivities celebrating Saturday of Pride weekend, I sat in a park devouring the second half of Surpassing Certainty. Though I was alone, reading Janet Mock's work always makes me feel as if she is speaking directly to me, animating details of the kinds of stories most of us only share with our best friends.I am grateful for Mock's writing not only for the feelings she evokes with her writing, but for the history s [...]

    16. An amazing book to read that is well written and comes from the heart. An insight into Janet Mocks years in her 20's makes you want to read more.

    17. Such beautiful writing and insights by such an honest women, I can't sing the praises for her enough. Definitely read her first memoir "Redefining Realness" first just so you have a better understanding of everything that came before and influenced her 20s. Her courage in honesty just floors me. This book, just like her last one, is narrated by her and she does a stellar job. Then go check out her podcast funny and interesting. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

    18. Brings Me to TearsJanet Mock is a phenomenal woman who was able to so perfectly capture what it feels like to be a young woman in your twenties. The confusion, the mistakes, the laughter, the love, the GROWTH. All of this makes my heart swell with knowing that better times are to come. Thank you, Janet xo

    19. Good, but honestly a little boring. And I love that a story of a trans woman of color is mundane. I look forward to a future where the successes of trans women of color can be taken for granted.

    20. Surpassing Certainty was exactly what I expected. First, I love Janet Mock’s writing style. It’s clear she loves journalism. She writes short but concise sentences and knows how to set up a scene. Second, this book is a necessary read for anyone trying to figure out the mess that is being a 20something. We know from Redefining Realness, Mock was always a determined person driven by a desire to actualize her own vision of herself and her life. This second memoir gives us a closer look at her [...]

    21. “And the speaking will get easier and easier. And you fill find you have fallen in love with your own vision, which you may never have realized you had. And you will lose some friends and lovers, and realize you don’t miss them. And new ones will find you and cherish you. And you will still flirt and paint your nails, dress up and party… And at last you’ll know with surpassing certainty that only one thing is more frightening than speaking the truth. And that is not speaking.” (Audre L [...]

    22. I loved her first book. This one fell flat for me. It felt like she was just embellishing journal entries a little bit, which is fine, but learn to cut out the superfluous stuff to your story. It just felt like a lot of ruminations about different people from her early 20s, lovers and friends. Her section on being a WOC in the fashion magazine industry was interesting, and some of her thoughts on heartbreak resonated with me, but that was kind of it.

    23. Not as good as the first book. 'Redefining Realness' (Mock's first book) was an excellent read, so it was exciting to see that she had a new book coming out. I've had the book for a while but it seemed like an especially timely read.  The book is what it says on the cover: a memoir of her twenties as she enters the world of adulthood, goes to college, embarks on a number of romantic relationships and looks for herself and her career. There are ups and downs (an overarching theme of the book is [...]

    24. I will always be one of Janet Mock's biggest fangirls. As always, her prose is flawlessly silken and her insights are welcome and thoughtful and I, personally, found advice and meaning from reading about her growth and experiences in her twenties. I think that, in a lot of ways, this memoir presents a more human portrayal of Mock's formative years and creates a fuller and rounded figure of Mock as an individual. Reading about her navigating her gender identity vs presentation vs professional asp [...]

    25. Best for: Fans of Ms. Mock’s writing and those interested in learning more about her life; people interested in a tight memoir focused on just a few years of early adulthood.In a nutshell: Author Janet Mock shares part of the story she chose not to include in her first memoir “Redefining Realness.”Line that sticks with me: “I did not have the luxury to sulk, though. I could not wallow. I could not let my bitterness affect the quality of my work. Doing so would only make it harder for tho [...]

    26. This was such an incredibly important book - and god, I wish I'd had access to a book like this at 20 or 21.While Redefining Realness was an absolutely brilliant book in so many ways, and Mock's experience differed from many people who usually got published, as yet another transition memoir, it still covered a lot of well-trodden ground in books. After all, the transition memoir is the one story of trans people cis people tend to know and lap up.But there's never been anything published about wh [...]

    27. I listened to this book as an audiobook read by the auth0r (sooo recommend enjoying it this way). It's always hard to read autobiographies because they are so personal. But this one is definitely worth your attention no matter who you are. Janet Mock picks up where she left off with her last autobiography, Redefining Realness, that chronicles her formative experiences as a trans woman. In this book we learn about what happened in her 20s - her job stripping at a club, her first l0ve and marriage [...]

    28. Ughhh, I loved this book.As someone who is going through the beginning of her adult life, I really needed a read like this to help me gain direction. I think I might start writing in a journal everyday now in hopes of creating my own auto-biography in the future.I'm glad that Janet decided to write about herself and to publish this because it really is a perspective needed. She not only is an aspiring person but she's been through a lot of different events that I think everyone can learn from. T [...]

    29. I applaud Janet Mock for living the dreams and sharing her story on her path to creating the life she wanted to live. Sometimes I just wish she opened up a little more. Sometimes it just felt like she was too much on the edge of the superficial of the surface of her experiences and the surface of her life and she didn't really take us down into the deeper and darker and realer parts of who she is. Being a woman isn't about the bounciness of your tits or where your vaginal reassignment surgery pa [...]

    30. I liked this book, but it didn't captivate me the way Janet Mock's first book, "Redefining Realness," did. "Surpassing Certainty" is the story of her twenties: attending college, working as a stripper, getting married to her first husband, attending graduate school at NYU, and working in magazines.Going into this book, I didn't know she had been married before. She explains late in this book that she purposely kept her first husband out of her previous memoir, which focused on her childhood and [...]

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