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Notes to Self: Essays
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Emilie Pine is associate professor of modern drama at University College Dublin, Ireland. Pine has published widely as an academic and critic on culture and memory. Notes to Self is her first collection of personal essays.

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"Emilie Pine's voice is razor-sharp and raw; her story is utterly original yet as familiar as my own breath. Both timeless and urgent, Notes to Self is my favorite memoir of the year--I will be giving copies of this stunning book to all of my friends."--Glennon Doyle, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Love Warrior

"Having read the first essay of these six personal pieces, you will spend the next few days telling people about it. . . . Such is the strength of the opening essay that, were it followed by 150 blank pages, this book would still be worth buying. As it turns out, the second inclusion, 'From the Baby Years, ' is equally strong--I cried twice reading it. . . . She learns to speak of rape and menstrual blood, to look at and appreciate her body, to stop mistaking femininity for weakness. . . . Pine is fascinating and relatable throughout. As soon as you think you know her, she reveals another side. . . . I have already recommended this to several people. And I'm doing the same here."--The Sunday Times "Wry and uplifting. These are not new stories, but they still urgently need to be told. Pine does so with an honesty and vigor that are always uplifting, despite her painful material."--The Guardian (UK) "Unsparing . . . formidable . . . raw . . . the kind of book you want to give to everyone . . . so that we can learn together to take ourselves and each other more seriously."--The Irish Times

"Every line pulses with the pain and joy and complexity of an extraordinary life."--Mark O'Connell, author of To Be a Machine "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." -- Deborah Levy, bestselling author of Swimming Home and The Cost of Living "Absolutely superb."--Irish Examiner "Brave, wise and beautifully nuanced, the six essays explore subjects that have traditionally been considered off-limits. . . . Though in the essays she pushes herself into painful, some-times traumatic, memories, there is humour in the darkness and vice versa. She is excellent at capturing contradiction and the complexity of human emotions--how happiness can con-tain grief, how the act of writing can make the writer powerful and vulnerable at once."--Irish Independent "In turn heartbreaking and heart mending, raw and searingly honest."--RTE "Every woman has that writer that makes them feel less alone in their own bodies, who, through their refusal to be silent about insecurity and embarrassment, answers the clawing ques-tion 'is it just me who feels like this?' Emilie Pine is that writer." --Totally Dublin "It would be hard to find writing more powerful than that in these essays. . . . These are notes for everyone."--Image "[Pine's] writing is clear and urgent, the kind that makes you sit up and take notice. . . . Well worth reading--not just for Pine's no-nonsense honesty when it comes to subjects many of us still aren't comfortable discussing, but also because she's acutely aware of how she's shaped the story of her life in these pages."--Independent

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