Category: Memoir

Know Her Name: Chanel Miller Speaks Out About Brock Turner Case

In 2015, a young woman was sexually assaulted by Stanford University student Brock Turner. After a year-long legal battle, Turner was found guilty on three charges of felony sexual assault, but was only sentenced to six months in prison. The light sentence lead to widespread outrage and led to a nationwide debate on campus sexual assault, rape culture, and privilege in the criminal justice system.

Now, after three years, the woman at the center of it all is ready to tell her side of the story.

 

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Previously referred to as Emily Doe, Chanel Miller is letting her name be known in her memoir Know My Name. Miller goes through the traumatic experience of waking up in the hospital the day after all the way to the verdict that shocked the country.

But the book isn’t just a retelling of events, it is also a condemnation of the system itself. From the media to the judicial system, Miller shames these institutions for practicing in victim shaming as well as propping up Turner as a “star-athlete” rather than a sexual offender.

 

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“Rape is not a punishment for getting drunk. And we have this really sick mindset in our culture, as if you deserve rape if you drink to excess. You deserve a hangover, a really bad hangover, but you don’t deserve to have somebody insert their body parts inside of you.”

 

But through all the raw anger, Miller doesn’t portray herself as a victim, but rather a woman reclaiming her identity after being portrayed as only a victim for so long.

 

 

Know My Name is available now.

 

 

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Here’s A New Look At Demi Moore’s Memoir ‘Inside Out’

The life of actress Demi Moore perfectly captures the ups-and-downs of being a leading lady in Hollywood. Despite the extensive media coverage surrounding Moore’s multiple marriages and lengthy hiatus from filmmaking, there is still much about the actress that people don’t know. Now, Moore is ready to bare it all in her new memoir.

 

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Inside Out sees Moore reflecting on her troubled childhood and the choices she made that led her to where she is now. Moore goes in-depth into her strained relationship with her mother, who attempted suicide when she was 12. The most shocking revelation in this section is that Moore was raped when she was 15, which caused her to move out of her mother’s house at 16. This is where Moore began to pursue a career in acting, which lead to a breakout role on General Hospital that blossomed into a successful film career.

 

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In an interview with The New York Times, Moore said that talking about these traumatic events gave more a new sense of vulnerability that she had never experienced before:

 

“It’s exciting, and yet I feel very vulnerable. There is no cover of a character. It’s not somebody else’s interpretation of me.”

 

 

Moore is well-known for starring in several box-office successes in the 80’s and 90’s such as About Last Night, Indecent Proposal, Ghost, and A Few Good Men, but her career stalled after a string of flops. Her marriages to both Bruce Willis and Ashton Kutcher were the subject of intense media scrutiny, and the high salaries that she received for her work led to public shaming by many.

 

But Moore has nothing to apologize for. In an interview with GMA, Moore is proud of her accomplishments:

 

“Why shouldn’t I? Why shouldn’t all women be paid equal to the quality of the work they’re doing? Just treat me the same. No better, no worse.”

 

 

Inside Out is available now.

 

 

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The Queen of England’s Personal Advisor Promises Secrets in New Book

Whether you are a fan of the royal family or not, you cannot help but want to know the inner workings of what goes on behind castle walls and sky high gates scattered with armed guards. The life of a royal remains elusive and secretive, but for the first time, the public will get an insight into the Queen herself from her right hand woman.

 

 

Angela Kelly has worked with the Queen for 25 years. She began as her Senior Dresser and now holds the new position, Personal Advisor, Curator and In-house Designer. This is the first time in history that a member of the Queen’s staff has been granted permission to write a memoir of the sort.

 

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The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe, which will be released on October, 29, will highlight the minutia of the Queen’s wardrobe. We will finally learn the meaning behind the iconic monotone outfits? Why lime green?

 

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The memoir will go in depth about the rituals and traditions that go into dressing the Queen for special occasions. Kelly will also share personal memories of her time with the Queen along with never before seen photos of the most famous English woman.

 

 

This book promises inside secrets and scoops for anyone interested in the fashion of the royal family or a deeper look at the jobs and people surrounding them.

 

 

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Jonathan Van Ness Reveals HIV Diagnosis in Upcoming Memoir

Jonathan Van Ness, the charismatic hair stylist on Netflix’s Queer Eyeis opening up about all sides of his life in upcoming memoir Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love. Ness previewed some of the topics covered in his memoir to the New York Times including being HIV positive, surviving sexual abuse, and his battle with sex and drug addiction.

 

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Ness told the New York Times that many of his struggles began when he was sexually assaulted by an older boy from his church. He said that this resulted in “compounded trauma,” something that many young survivors of sexual assault face. Ness states that this is what eventually led to his tendencies to lean towards “self-destructive behaviors.”

Some of these behaviors included finding older men in AOL chatrooms, and meeting them for sex. Ness also admits to having sex with men for money in order to support his drug habits.

 

 

Ness writes that he was diagnosed with HIV after he fainted while giving a haircut. He sought out medical advice, believing he had the flu, and received his diagnosis at the age of 25. Ness states that while the news was devastating, it’s what helped him make the changes in his life that led to him becoming the massive success that he is today.

Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love is available for preorder now, and will officially hit shelves on September 24th!

 

 

 

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Snowden’s Memoir Reignites Controversy Over Gov. Surveillance

Six years ago, Edward Snowden shocked the world when he revealed the U.S. government was secretly implementing a plan to collect and monitor every phone call, text message, and email. Now, he’s telling how he helped create this system of mass surveillance and why he chose to expose it in his memoir, Permanent Record. 

 

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The book’s release is not without its controversies, though. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit Tuesday, Sep. 18, alleging that the whistleblower’s memoir violates a non-disclosure agreement he signed while working for the CIA and NSA. Strangely, the lawsuit does not seek to prevent distribution of the Permanent Record. Rather, the DOJ asks the court to seize the financial proceeds from the book. G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, said in a statement:

 

Intelligence information should protect our nation, not provide personal profit.

 

 

Typically, government employees with access to sensitive information have to submit any published work to their agency for review. Permanent Record contains no secrets that haven’t already been published by other news organizations. Snowden did not submit the book to the government for review prior to publication, preferring to publish his uncensored story. Ben Wizner, an attorney for Mr. Snowden who runs the American Civil Liberties Union’s speech, privacy and technology project commented on the circumstances of the lawsuit:

 

Had Mr. Snowden believed that the government would review his book in good faith, he would have submitted it for review. But the government continues to insist that facts that are known and discussed throughout the world are still somehow classified.

 

 

It’s understandable why the U.S. government might want to stifle Permanent Record‘s release seizing its profits. The story he leaked in 2013—of the government’s vast surveillance network capable of monitoring the activity of every person on the Internet—is still shocking today. In a section of the book describing the XKEYSCORE system which is “perhaps best understood as a search engine that lets an analyst search through the records of your life,” Snowden writes:

 

It was, simply put, the closest thing to science fiction I’ve ever seen in science fact.

 

But perhaps the lawsuit will have the opposite effect, driving more attention to it than it originally attracted. Anyway, Permanent Record is set to be one of the most important political books of the year. Still living in exile in Russia, this is Snowden’s chance to tell his story truthfully.

 

 

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