Know My Name (book)

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Know My Name: A Memoir
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First edition cover
AuthorChanel Miller
Audio read byChanel Miller[1]
Cover artistJason Ramirez and Nayon Cho[2]
CountryUnited States
SubjectPeople v. Turner
PublisherViking Press
Publication date
September 24, 2019
Media typePrint (Hardcover)

Know My Name: A Memoir is a memoir by American author Chanel Miller. In it, Miller writes about being sexually assaulted in January 2015, as well as the aftermath and subsequent court case People v. Turner.[3]

Research and writing process[edit]

In September 2019, Chanel Miller revealed herself as being "Emily Doe" in the People v. Turner case and released her book with the title, Know My Name: A Memoir, on September 4, 2019.[4][5][6] She first began work on the book in 2017.[7][8][9] The book was an attempt by Miller to reappropriate her narrative identity and describe the trauma she went through, after being referred to in the press as, "unconscious intoxicated woman".[10][4][11] The author discusses her experience of the assault and the trial, as well as how she has coped since then.[10][12][13] Through research for the work, Miller perused court transcripts and testimony of individuals involved in the court proceedings—materials she had been unable to view throughout the trial of Brock Turner itself.[14][15][8]

Cover art[edit]

The cover art for the book was inspired by kintsugi, which is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with powdered gold, emphasizing the cracks rather than covering them up.[16]

Publication and sales[edit]

The book was initially published by Viking Books, through efforts by the publisher's editor-in-chief Andrea Schulz.[17][18][19] Schulz took quick action after being contacted by Miller's literary agent, Philippa Brophy.[19] Schulz worked to acquire the rights to the book because of Miller's writing skill and her compelling account.[20][18][19] The same month as the book's publication, Miller was interviewed on CBS News program 60 Minutes, where she read from her original victim impact statement.[21][22][13]

Know My Name debuted on The New York Times Best Seller list at number five, and also made number 14 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.[23][24] The work additionally made the list of Best-Selling Books on The Wall Street Journal.[25]


Rebecca Liu wrote that Know My Name was "unapologetically large", calling Miller's presence "dazzling" and undiminishable.[3] Madison Feller of Elle magazine called it "both an open wound and a salve, a quiet cry and the loudest scream".[16]

U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Speier, who coordinated the June 2016 movement in Congress to openly read the text of Miller's victim statement into the United States House of Representatives,[26] called the book, "a powerful example of how we can overcome adversity".[27] Stanford law professor Michele Dauber commented "When people read her book, they will be impressed with her. They will be convinced that Judge Persky and Stanford University behaved very badly."[28][29] After Miller made the decision to go public with her real name, Stanford University released a statement: "We applaud Ms. Miller's bravery in talking publicly about the ordeal she has experienced and the horrible act that she suffered on our campus. As a university, we are continuing our efforts to prevent and respond effectively to sexual violence, with the ultimate goal of eradicating it from our community."[27]

The book was named one of the top ten books of 2019 by the Washington Post.[30] It was nominated for Best Memoir & Autobiography at the 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards.[31]


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  2. ^ a b Liu, Rebecca (25 September 2019). "Know My Name by Chanel Miller review – memoir of a sexual assault". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  3. ^ a b Neary, Lynn (September 4, 2019), "Victim of Brock Turner sexual assault reveals her identity", Minnesota Public Radio, retrieved September 5, 2019
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  11. ^ Feller, Madison (September 4, 2019), "Chanel Miller Comes Forward as 'Emily Doe' From the Brock Turner Sexual Assault Case", Elle, retrieved September 4, 2019
  12. ^ a b "Stanford sexual assault survivor identifies herself before release of memoir", The Guardian, September 4, 2019, retrieved September 5, 2019
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  14. ^ Wood, Heloise (September 4, 2019), "'Emily Doe' reveals true identity ahead of memoir on Brock Turner assault", The Bookseller, retrieved September 5, 2019
  15. ^ a b Feller, Madison (24 September 2019). "We Knew Everything About the Worst Night of Her Life. Now, Chanel Miller Wants Us to Know Her Name". Elle. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  16. ^ Ceron, Ella (September 4, 2019), "Her statement to her rapist went viral - now Chanel Miller is speaking out as herself",, retrieved September 4, 2019
  17. ^ a b McNamara, Audrey (September 4, 2019), "Brock Turner's Victim Reveals Her Identity", The Daily Beast, retrieved September 4, 2019
  18. ^ a b c "Know My Name: Stanford sexual assault victim reveals identity in new memoir", Irish Times, September 5, 2019, retrieved September 5, 2019
  19. ^ Dowd, Katie (September 4, 2019), "'Emily Doe' in Brock Turner case steps forward, identifies herself as Chanel Miller", San Francisco Chronicle, retrieved September 4, 2019
  20. ^ Hanlon, Greg (September 4, 2019), "Woman Sexually Assaulted by Stanford Swimmer Reveals Her Identity", People, retrieved September 4, 2019
  21. ^ Dickson, EJ (September 4, 2019), "Chanel Miller, Survivor at the Center of Brock Turner Case, Comes Forward", Rolling Stone, Yahoo! Entertainment, retrieved September 4, 2019
  22. ^ Wyatt, Neal (October 3, 2019), "New Bestsellers, Oct. 3, 2019 - Book Pulse", Library Journal, retrieved October 28, 2019, Know My Name: A Memoir by Chanel Miller (Viking: Penguin) reclaims her story at No. 5 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list and No. 14 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.
  23. ^ "Hardcover Nonfiction Books - Best Sellers - Oct 13. 2019", The New York Times, October 13, 2019, retrieved October 28, 2019, New This Week - Know My Name - by Chanel Miller - Viking - A sexual assault victim reclaims her identity and challenges our culture and criminal justice system as they relate to this issue.
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  28. ^ Kirk, Tristan (September 5, 2019), "'I'm Emily Doe': Sex assault case victim reveals identity in book", Evening Standard, retrieved September 5, 2019
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  30. ^ "Best Memoir & Autobiography". Goodreads. Retrieved 29 November 2019.