Notes to Self: Essays Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The international sensation that illuminates the experiences women are supposed to hide - from addiction, anger, sexual assault, and infertility to joy, sensuality, and love.
Winner of the An Post Irish Book of the Year.
“Emilie Pine’s voice is razor-sharp and raw; her story is utterly original yet as familiar as my own breath.” (Glennon Doyle, number one New York Times best-selling author of Love Warrior)
In this dazzling debut, Emilie Pine speaks to the events that have marked her life - those emotional disruptions for which our society has no adequate language, at once bittersweet, clandestine, and ordinary. She writes with radical honesty on the unspeakable grief of infertility, on caring for an alcoholic parent, on taboos around female bodies and female pain, on sexual violence and violence against the self. This is the story of one woman and of all women.
Devastating, poignant, and wise - and joyful against the odds - Notes to Self is an unforgettable exploration of what it feels like to be alive and a daring act of rebellion against a society that is more comfortable with women’s silence.
Praise for Notes to Self:
“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.” (Lena Dunham, number-one New York Times best-selling author of Not That Kind of Girl)
“To read these essays is to understand the human condition more clearly, to reassess one’s place in the world, and to reclaim one’s own experiences as real and valid.” (Sunday Independent)
“Harrowing, clear-eyed.... Everyone should consider [this] priority reading.” (Sunday Business Post)
“Incredible and insightful - an absolute must-read.” (The Skinny)
“Agonizing, uncompromising, starkly brilliant.... [A] short, gleamingly instructive book, both memoir and psychological exploration - a platform for that insistent internal voice that almost any woman...wishes they had ignored.” (Financial Times)
“Do not read this book in public. It will make you cry.” (Anne Enright)
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|Listening Length||5 hours and 4 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||June 11 2019|
|Publisher||Random House Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #73,749 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#178 in Literary Essays (Audible Books & Originals)
#584 in Gender Studies (Audible Books & Originals)
#835 in Women Biographies
Top reviews from other countries
Then she got into drugs. She went to rock festivals and met Corbain of Nirvana, shaved people’s eyebrows, got stoned in hotels the names of which she could hardly pronounce on account of being stoned. And her sweet and blasé mother, was there in such times to see her home.
She has a deep, thought-provoking account of a life we should not have, but now, she’s a professor. She says towards the end of the book, ‘When I realised that I wanted to work as a university lecturer, I hoped that I would be the kind of teacher who would change students’ lives, who would be profound, who would teach them things that would not be on the exam’. One can just feel happy for her students; and now, with this book, she has made us all her students.
You cannot help but ache along with Pine and hope that everything works out for her. Whilst the topics are very sad and – at times – heartbreaking there is an overall sense of optimism that you have once you have turned the final page.
Notes to Self is a very good but difficult read.
Notes to Self by Emilie Pine is available now.
A friend recommended this wonderful book but didn't warn me I would cry five times while reading it. I loved these frank, revealing, and uplifting essays.