Notes to Self by Emilie Pine

Notes to Self

`The person who loves the addict exhausts and renews their love on a daily basis' In this vivid and powerful collection of essays, the first non- fiction book published by Tramp Press, Emilie Pine boldly confronts the past to better understand herself, her relationships and her role in society. Tackling subjects like addiction, fertility, feminism and sexual violence, and where these subjects intersect with legislation, these beautifully written ...

Details Notes to Self

TitleNotes to Self
Release DateJul 26th, 2018
PublisherTramp Press
GenreNonfiction, Writing, Essays, Autobiography, Memoir, Feminism, European Literature, Irish Literature

Reviews Notes to Self

  • Robin
    I cannot understand why this book of essays is so highly acclaimed. Although Emilie Pine is a good writer, this book was an absolute chore to read. I found myself repeatedly judging the author. I could not help judging her neglectful, selfish parents either. I wanted to feel compassion for all of them, but I simply felt annoyed. Was I really expected to feel sorry for Pine because she had to wear hand me downs rather than designer branded clothin...
  • Canadian
    “I am afraid of being the disruptive woman. And of not being disruptive enough.” Emilie Pine, a lecturer at University College Dublin, has written a mostly engaging, honest, and occasionally brave book of personal essays about important experiences in her life. The collection opens with a very strong piece about her father’s 2013 alcoholic health crisis on the Greek Island of Corfu. (Given the state of Greek hospitals, this is not the plac...
  • Jo (A follower of wizards)
    "I am afraid of being the disruptive woman. And of not being disruptive enough. I am afraid, but I'm doing it anyway."I'd like to take Emilie Pine for coffee, and have a real, long chat about the taboos that are apparently best left unspoken in regards to women today. Personally, I embrace these kind of taboos, and I am a believer of breaking the mould. I like to tell people how immensely shitty I'm feeling due to my period, or, how nervous I get...
  • Niall O'neill
    I have never read anything like this, so honest, so bare. It reaches into the deepest recesses of what it means to be human, the places we do not even let ourselves go, let alone others. It has made me think differently about the world, and that is the greatest thing we can find in writing.
  • John Braine
    I can't do justice to such a finely written book with my comparably basic grasp of English. I adore books like this; it's a raw, honest and insightful look inwards and outwards in the face of life's many knocks. And so beautifully written. Not beautiful as in beautifully crafted florid prose, but beautiful in the truth and feeling conveyed over the course of each essay, each one adding a layer to the previous ones. In some ways, this reminded me ...
  • Anna
    [4.5*]This is a wonderful and honest collection of essays, mainly on the various difficulties of being a woman but also how it is to be a child of an alcoholic and absent father. It is written in clear, easy to understand prose, so the impact of each essay is in what is being said, not how (this is in no way a bad thing). I would recommend this collection to any human being but I wish it were men in particular who would read this. There are a lot...
  • Rebecca
    Originally released by Ireland’s Tramp Press in 2018, this was named the An Post Irish Book of the Year 2018 and has now been re-released by mainstream publishers. You expect the average collection to contain maybe 10 or 12 essays, so the fact that there are only six here accounts for why they all tend to drag at a certain point. While I think most of them could be made snappier, they remain bold, accessible feminist takes on the body and expec...
  • Laura King
    Absolutely heart breaking. Unflinchingly honest and written so beautifully.
  • Christine (Queen of Books)
    (Thank you to Random House and NetGalley for an e-arc in exchange for honest review)This is the type of book I LOVE - We are Never Meeting in Real Life, Shrill, You'll Grow Out of It - I am so here for women writing about things we don't often hear discussed. I even shed a tear reading the author's note.But then the essays...just fell flat for me. We've had some similar experiences, so it should have been easy for me to relate. It wasn't. I'd hav...
  • Sarah
    Phenomenal. There wasn't a weak essay in this debut collection from Irish author Emilie Pine. The subject matter is incredibly personal - her parents' separation, her father's alcoholism, her miscarriage, her own relationship with her body, among others - and each essay is revelatory in some way. I found myself relating closely to some of her experiences, too, and found it refreshing to read another person's writing on things I didn't acknowledge...
  • Johanna
    With such honesty, vulnerability, courage and strength Pine writes about her life. One of the most poignant and brilliant reads for me.
  • Shannen
    I've taken a few of Dr Pine's classes, and she's been one of my favourite lecturers since I started college. She had a knack for making me really enjoy thinking about/discussing books that I didn't even like reading, so when I saw all the buzz about Notes to Self it was a foregone conclusion that I was going to read it, and I went with the expectation that I'd at least like it/be interested in it. I was only wrong insomuch as I completely loved i...
  • Alan
    Notes for EveryoneDevastatingly raw and life-affirming. It is tagged as Essays, but reads somewhat like a non-fiction novel / memoir as there is a definite flashback/flash-forward biographical progression to the author gradually revealing more & more of her past and then stating her mantra for the future. The concluding pages were some of the most uplifting and inspiring things that I've read this year.This is not yet generally available in Canad...
  • Louise
    Absolutely the best thing I have read in a very long time.....
  • Mehrsa
    Really beautifully written book of essays. She's so refreshingly honest and interesting. There were a few essays that did not resonate, but most of it felt so raw and true but not too in your face with a catalogue of traumas.
  • Melissa Stacy
    I won a Goodreads ARC Giveaway for this memoir/collection of personal essays by debut author Emilie Pine. Titled "Notes to Self" on my ARC paperback copy, the back cover states that the expected publication date for this book is June 2019.On a prose level, this book is very good. Ms. Pine is a fine writer. "Notes to Self" is also a very short book. While the content is often very sad, this is a pretty quick read. Here is a list of the essays in t...
  • Kasa Cotugno
    Emilie Pine has decided to exorcise her demons by writing about them, not an unusual path for a writer, a scholar, a professor. The result is a very mixed bag which although is from her own experience, in some cases comes across as generic. It opens with the strongest piece, one concerning the efforts of her and her sister in getting treatment for their father who has collapsed in Corfu due to repercussions resulting from his lifelong alcoholism....
  • Basic B's Guide
    Note to Self @dialpress. Available June 11th.Note to self: Do not attempt to read and relax in a pool with children around.Another solid essay collection recommendation coming at ya’ll. This debut shares a collection of events that left a mark on Pine’s life. As evident in the synopsis this is filled with triggers. If you read the synopsis you should be able to determine if you can handle this short but impactful read. I most definitely had a...
  • rosamund
    Emilie Pine's essays are frank and vivid, and I was completely engaged by this book. I read it over the course of a day, which is rare for me. Though they are marketed as "essays", this book feels to me more like a slightly disjointed memoir: each section focuses on a different aspect of Pine's life, but doesn't talk about the subjects in a broader context. I would associate essays with a wider study of a subject, whereas Pine's essay are strictl...
  • Molly Ferguson
    This was a Christmas gift and I tore through it, careening through these intense and engulfing essays and feeling more and more that every woman I know should read this. The first, devastating, essay about Pine's father's alcoholism, was searing and raw and hard to read. The second, a long journey through her infertility struggles, offered me more insight on this condition than I have ever had. She keeps plunging ahead, including an essay about h...
  • Emer O'Toole
    This cut me to the quick - so close to the bone. Close to the bone for many people, I would imagine - for those of us with addicted parents, fraught relationships with our bodies, untold stories of teenage vulnerability and exploitation, and complex struggles to find that non-place between success and contentment. The writing's electric. It's sharp and clean as it carves through unstable, messy material; it strives for resolution, order, but it a...
  • Angela
    I really didn’t connect with this book at all. It read more like an adolescent diary than essays by an academic and I kept thinking - who commissioned this and why did they believe it worthy of publishing; and also - why has this one awards? Her experiences are not unique, similar stories have been told before and better, and she never seems to make the connection between previous self destructive behaviours (eating disorders, drug & alcohol ab...
  • Seema Rao
    Unvarnished ~ Universal ~ Unflinchingtl;dr: Essays ranging in topics from infertility to addictionPine's essays share unflinching looks at the hardest times in her life, from her father's addiction to her sister's still birth. These essays feel like chapters in a memoir that leaves nothing out. Pine writes about her challenges without romanticizing her problems. Pine is a woman who is willing "to bleed" as she says on the page for her writing. Pi...
  • Kirsty
    Personal essays; I know, I know. But these ones are actually good. Not only are they beautifully written and observed, they're actually about something. Some essay collections feel like the writer thought 'need to write an essay, hmm, what can I write about...'; Emilie Pine seems to approach it from the other way. Each of these essays feel vital, like she had to write them. I loved this book and I can't wait to read more from Pine.
  • Karina
    Both deeply personal and coolly self-aware, these essays talk about all the things we keep silent.Utterly brilliant and compelling.
  • Callum McAllister
    Holy crap that was an emotional read
  • David Wineberg
    In Notes to Self, Emilie Pine is brutally honest. With herself. She spills it all in a festival of catharsis, self-criticism and unvarnished clarity. It is an annotated stream of consciousness of her life. The book is a very short collection of essays: of her relationship to her alcoholic father, her inability to conceive, and her wild-child adolescence. Her criticism of the injustice, the unfairness and the fickleness of life goes on way too lon...
  • Christine Ryan
    Essays on a life peeled back to its raw, painful, quirky core. The honesty in the writing is beautiful, heart-breaking and powerful all at once. And if this makes it sound like a difficult read let me tell you I couldn't put it down, except to shed a few tears or laugh out loud. There is much to identify with in these pages and much, also, to learn. Pine speaks to the cultural silence that keeps the bloody mess of women's lives unexplored. She do...
  • Julie Gahan
    A fantastic book to read. Honest and open and very relatable to your own life and experiences as a woman in the world. "I am afraid of being the disruptive woman. And of not being disruptive enough" sums it up really! Couldn't put the book down. Very well written and intriguing. I would highly recommend it.
  • Veronica Brogan
    I loved this book, some essays more than others. I really admire Emilie for opening her heart and sharing her experiences so honestly. I admire her courage. This book connected with me and I expect will connect with everyone in some way....