Notes to Self
Winner of Newcomer of the Year Award at the Irish Book Awards 2018
'The person who loves the addict exhausts and renews their love on a daily basis.'
In this vivid and powerful collection of essays, Emilie Pine writes about all the things she shouldn’t say. Addressing addiction, fertility, feminism, sexual violence and depression, Notes to Self is raw, funny and honest.
Unsentimental and brave, this startling debut breaks new ground in the field of personal essays.
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The voice on the page is unadorned, conversational and the essays cleave close to the autobiographical: that is what illuminates the bigger picture.
Notes to Self begins as a deceptively simple catalogue of the injustices of modern female life and slyly emerges as a screaming treatise on just what it means to make your own rules, turning the hand you’ve been dealt into the coolest game in town. Emilie Pine is like your best friend—if your best friend was so sharp she drew blood.
Emilie Pine’s voice is razor sharp, her ideas right on time. Her perspective feels both totally new and as familiar as my own breath. This is my favorite memoir of the year and I’ll be giving copies of it to every single one of my friends. Notes to Self brings new energy to the feminist movement—it is necessary nourishment for the woman warrior’s soul.
I just finished this book. @emiliepine, thank you for claiming those parts of yourself. In doing so you have encouraged me to access and claim mine. We are the same.Gillian Anderson (on Twitter)
Emilie Pine’s collection of essays, Notes to Self, is light on its feet and goes in deep – family, class, the ways in which women are scared into silence.
Emilie Pine examines her own life with the kind of honesty reserved only for the bravest among us. Notes to Self is an exceptional collection of essays about the most personal of topics — Pine's miscarriage, her father’s alcoholism, her body. Through these specific topics come the kind of insights that will reframe your own life. Pine’s sharp, unadorned writing style allows the unobscured truths to rise to the surface.
This brilliant collection from academic and cultural critic Pine addresses topics from her relationship with her alcoholic father to her infertility with honesty, humour and wisdom.
Sometimes funny, sometimes moving, but always entirely honest. A brilliant collection.
A memoir in the form of essays by a truly brilliant writer... She tells us about her attempts to get pregnant. It’s the best piece of writing I’ve ever read on this subject. Powerful and wrenching, and full of introspection about emotions and primal urges. Pine writes with frankness and clarity - about her childhood, about her parents’ separation, about not eating, about her periods, about her wild youth, about being horribly mistreated. A great book.
This is a stunningly good book . . . can't say enough good things about it – what a brilliant writer Emilie Pine isJames Rebanks (author of The Shepherd's Life)
Do not read this book in public: it will make you cry
Pine is fascinating and relatable throughout. As soon as you think you know her, she reveals another side. In the best testament of a good book, I have already recommended this to several people. And I’m doing the same here.
Emilie Pine is a wise and talented essayist… every line pulses with the pain and joy and complexity of an extraordinary life.
Honest, full-voiced … a vital collection
I’ve never read anything quite like these essays. Pine’s fluent intelligence flows through each question, each dilemma, in its own inimitable way. It’s the kind of book you want to give to everyone, especially young women and men, so that we can learn together to take ourselves and each other more seriously.