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Notes to Self

Narrated by: Emilie Pine
Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Gender Issues
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Summary

“I am afraid of being the disruptive woman. And of not being disruptive enough. I am afraid. But I am doing it anyway.” 

In this vivid and powerful collection of essays, Emilie Pine boldly confronts the past to better understand herself, her relationships and her role in society. She speaks to the business of living as a woman in the 21st century - its extraordinary pain and its extraordinary joy. Tackling subjects like addiction, fertility, feminism and sexual violence, and where these subjects intersect with legislation, these beautifully written essays are at one fascinating and funny, intimate and searingly honest.  

Devastatingly poignant and profoundly wise - and joyful against the odds - Notes to Self offers a portrait not just of its author but of a whole generation.

©2019 Emilie Pine (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic reviews

“Pine is not simply making something worthwhile out of pain, but showing others that they can do so, too.” (Financial Times)

“Do not read this book in public: it will make you cry.” (Anne Enright)

“Emilie Pine is a wise and talented essayist [...] every line pulses with the pain and the joy and complexity of an extraordinary life.” (Mark O’Connell)

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Really enjoyable and well read essays

A lot of it resonated with me and I think all women will feel the same. There's a little bit of all of us in these lines. Very well read too. Thank you.

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Just another white woman...

I feel a bit means because I've listened to SO MANY books like this recently and I've not reviewed the other but I'm just exhausted with hearing the same things over.

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Wonderful essential moving essays

Emilie Pine tells HER story and reflected in it is so many women’s stories and experiences. I feel moved, empowered, emboldened and stronger for listening, I’m keeping this for my daughter; passing to my sister and recommending to friends

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for every woman to read

this is a must read. I love that Emilie Pine
narrates the book herself.

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Important work...

Beautifully written Emilie Pine’s essays pierced through me with their courage and honesty... just like I needed them to...

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a very beautifully honest account

a difficult read in places, the honesty is endearing and commendable. brimming with insightful reflections and lessons learned. would recommend

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Honest and Raw

I loved it. Listened to this in one go..relating to so many moments in this book. Emilie is an excellent author and gives a very real insight into the world as a women in the 21st century.

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Wow! I feel like I know myself better now.

Thank you Emily, for your refreshing honesty. And for sharing your powerful story, you're inspirational.

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This book was moving, smart and insightful. I have devoured it. Thank you for writing it.

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Amazing

The best book I’ve read/listened to. Ever. Although I could not relate to all her experiences, it’s like Emilie Pine is in my head. Beautifully written, raw and totally real. Loved it.