Chanel Miller | Nonfiction 2019
On January 17, 2015, Chanel Miller (known to the public as Emily Doe) was sexually assaulted outside a fraternity house at Stanford University. This is the true story of the next four years of her life, as told by Chanel.
Wow. I have not been sexually assaulted. I thought I knew intellectually what it was probably like to be living with this experience. What I didn’t know could fill a book. Literally. This book is powerful, educational, and a page-turner. It is an amazing crafting of a memoir. Chanel’s mom, a Chinese immigrant, tells her at one point, “Good and bad things come from the universe holding hands. Wait for the good to come.” (P 138). This statement foretells a long, difficult journey.
Miller’s victim statement was read aloud in the US House of Representatives. Miller was interviewed on 60 Minutes, and Know My Name graced the NYT best seller list, Washington Post’s Top Ten Books of 2019, and “best-selling books” in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today.
The story is not easy to read, truth be told. And her story must be read. It is important, compelling, and engaging. One reviewer called it “Unapologetically large.” I highly recommend Know My Name.