Nobody Cares: Essays

Donahue, Anne T.

  • “The internet’s best friend.” — Flare

    From the author of the popular newsletter That’s What She SaidNobody Cares is a frank, funny personal essay collection about work, failure, friendship, and the messy business of being alive in your twenties and thirties.

    As she shares her hard-won insights from screwing up, growing up, and trying to find her own path, Anne T. Donahue’s debut book offers all the honesty, laughs, and reassurance of a late-night phone call with your best friend. Whether she’s giving a signature pep talk, railing against summer, or describing her own mental health struggles, Anne reminds us that failure is normal, saying no to things is liberating, and that we’re all a bunch of beautiful disasters — and she wouldn’t have it any other way.


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  • Anne T. Donahue is a writer and person from Cambridge, Ontario. Her work has appeared in publications and websites such as Esquire, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Playboy, Nylon, Flare, and Rookie. She is the host of the podcast Nobody Cares (Except for Me), and has contributed to CBC’s q. You can absolutely find her on Twitter and Instagram at @annetdonahue, baking or screaming into the night.

  • Published: September 2018

    ISBN: 9781770414235

    Dimensions: 5.25 x 8.25 in.

    Pages: 216

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“I don’t know how anyone could read her and not immediately fall in love.” — Scaachi Koul, bestselling author of One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter

“Actually, you will care about Anne T. Donahue’s debut personal essay collection. Because its frank, funny observations and insights into life in your twenties and thirties will make you feel seen.” —

“Donahue’s messiness is an asset, of course. Her essays about the less photogenic moments of her life contain their own sort of beauty, the kind that comes from failing and persevering. From breaking down her anxiety disorder to getting in touch with helpful and well-deserved female rage, Donahue is as inspiring as she is droll.” — Vulture

“Reading the essay collection feels like you're having a sleepover with your best friend and you're in the middle of one of those conversations that goes from funny to profound in an instant.” — POPSUGAR

“Brutally honest and ridiculously relatable, Nobody Cares takes you on a winding road trip through Anne’s life and makes you want to go back in time to visit your younger self — not to impart words of wisdom, but to admire that awkward, stumbling, beautiful person you were.” — Cobie Smulders, actress

"Prolific, hilarious, and sharp. I love Anne T. Donahue’s writing and her incredibly distinctive voice." — Emma Gannon, bestselling author of Ctrl, Alt, Delete

“Tart and written in the distinct voice of someone who can resourcefully navigate the internet, the book covers an impressive range of topics as it skips between youth’s most over-analyzed moments. . . Her essays avoid the “How I Got It Done” clichés being shoved down our throats. This isn’t a book that falls within the genre of older Girlboss millennials, but an honest chronicle of struggling as a young woman and carving out a path without precedent, a narrative often quarantined from the publishing realm.” — NOW Toronto

“Even in a crowded field, Donahue’s writing feels just like how you wish you thought. Just a bit smarter, quicker, more shareable.” — Title Mag

“In the end, if you're in your 20s or 30s and feeling lost or not liking where you are in life this book will definitely speak to you. . . Donahue truly cements her status of the best friend you would want to have in your corner.” — Words of Mystery blog

“I've read the book (twice now) . . . because you can always count on Anne to be honest, funny, and insightful.” — Edit Seven

“A funny, tender and curious debut essay collection." — CULT MTL

“I just finished Anne's book called Nobody Cares which will be out in September and it was a true joy. So please go out and buy and read it when you can. 10/10 (thank goodness because I don’t know how I'd tell her if it wasn’t good).” — Chateau Cancer blog

“Equal parts funny, insightful and hopeful.” — Canadian Living

“Donahue’s tight collection of essays is perfect for anyone struggling to break free from the idea that the world is watching his or her every move. Smart, funny, honest, and as encouraging as an hour-long phone call with a faraway friend.” — Booklist

“It’s an essay collection you’re destined to underline furiously and return to again and again.” — Bustle

“Reading Anne’s writing is like having a heart-to-heart with your BFF: it gets real, keeps you honest, and makes you laugh in a way only a best friend can.” — Hello Giggles

“Anne T. Donahue’s thoughtful book is hilarious and honest – it makes me uncomfortable in the most brilliant and relatable way.” — Gabourey Sidibe, actor and author of This Is Just My Face

“Her debut essay collection about work, friendship, failure, and growing up features the same fierce wit, honesty, and humor that has made her one of the most beloved voices on the internet.” — Bustle

“Think of this book as the necessary pep talk from a friend who does care, because she's been there, too.” —

Nobody Cares, which reads like an intimate, often hilarious conversation with a friend, also sees Donahue redefining what success means to her personally.” — Toronto Star

“Immediately, her writing puts you at ease. . . One cannot help but connect with the struggles entangled in the essays within.” — For the Love of the Page blog

“In this hilarious collection of essays, Anne T. Donahue blends sharp wit with wide-eyed observation and self-effacing honesty. I adore her writing.” — Dolly Alderton, author of Everything I Know About Love

Nobody Cares is witty, raw and honest. . . It is a paean to self-love and self-care without any condescension or po-faced lecturing, and I recommend it to everyone who feels they need a concerned friend to tell them it like it is.” — Bookshine and Readbows blog

“Donahue’s book of essays is entertaining but has a hefty side of soul searching.” — She Does the City

“This book is all about personal growth and I think many young women can learn from it. Wonderful read!” — Climbing the Shelf blog