We're Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True

We're Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True

by Gabrielle Union

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We're Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True by Gabrielle Union

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work

Named a Best Book of the Year by The Root

Chosen by Emma Straub as a Best New Celebrity Memoir

“A book of essays as raw and honest as anyone has ever produced.” — Lena Dunham, Lenny Letter

In the spirit of Amy Poehler’s Yes Please, Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl, and Roxane Gay's Bad Feminist, a powerful collection of essays about gender, sexuality, race, beauty, Hollywood, and what it means to be a modern woman.

One month before the release of the highly anticipated film The Birth of a Nation, actress Gabrielle Union shook the world with a vulnerable and impassioned editorial in which she urged our society to have compassion for victims of sexual violence. In the wake of rape allegations made against director and actor Nate Parker, Union—a forty-four-year-old actress who launched her career with roles in iconic ’90s movies—instantly became the insightful, outspoken actress that Hollywood has been desperately awaiting. With honesty and heartbreaking wisdom, she revealed her own trauma as a victim of sexual assault: "It is for you that I am speaking. This is real. We are real."

In this moving collection of thought provoking essays infused with her unique wisdom and deep humor, Union uses that same fearlessness to tell astonishingly personal and true stories about power, color, gender, feminism, and fame. Union tackles a range of experiences, including bullying, beauty standards, and competition between women in Hollywood, growing up in white California suburbia and then spending summers with her black relatives in Nebraska, coping with crushes, puberty, and the divorce of her parents. Genuine and perceptive, Union bravely lays herself bare, uncovering a complex and courageous life of self-doubt and self-discovery with incredible poise and brutal honesty. Throughout, she compels us to be ethical and empathetic, and reminds us of the importance of confidence, self-awareness, and the power of sharing truth, laughter, and support.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062694003
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/17/2017
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 11,574
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Gabrielle Union is an actress and activist. Currently she stars as the titular character in the critically acclaimed drama Being Mary Jane on BET. She is an outspoken activist for women’s reproductive health and victims of sexual assault. She lives in Miami, Florida.

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We're Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a fan, I think I might be slightly biased because I love Gabrielle Union. I bought it thinking it was going to be another run of the mill memoir. That I was going to hear about her childhood. Instead, what I was treated to felt like I was sitting down to have a conversation about everything from race, gender, feeling inadequate, hair, colorism, homophobia, Hollywood, sexuality, school, college, step-parenting, marriage, divorce to even rape, making this book even more topical. I love Union because she is smart and funny throughout the book and when it comes to some topics, she is brave. It is clear that there is nothing that she cannot do, making this book a must read. If she could do anything for me, she could star in a movie version of one of my favorite books called "Stories I Wouldn't Tell Nobody But God," I would be happy. While she could play Nikki, I'd like to see what she could do with the character of Loretta. Back to this book, my favorite chapter is Mittens. You will know why when you read the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love how honest and raw Gabrielle was about the issues she face in her life as a child and as adult in Hollywood!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down. I loved the diversity. Some funny some serious and some sad. Very good read
Judith_Fontaine More than 1 year ago
Gabrielle's book speaks the truth. Her vivid stories focus on her childhood through present. Her experiences, deep knowledge and understanding of the entertainment world is revealed openly through a recount of her personal life. Her book is well-referenced which makes it an easy read. Gabriel shares the gift of courage, retelling her past experience of being raped. She poignantly writes about being black in America. Chapter by chapter, the stories will rivet you, leaving you wanting more. Highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have always counted Gabrielle as one of my favorite actresses but I felt like by reading this book I have become to know a friend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First I liked it then I loved it. Very much a composite of all the women in my life including me! Thanks Gabrielle for opening up your world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written book. It reads like brunch with friends. Thank you, Gabrielle. May you always be an advocate for women's reproductive issues, and a much needed voice on issues affecting women of color.
Anonymous 1 days ago
Amazing book 5 stars
Anonymous 5 months ago
I felt like I was sitting with a friend through every page in this book. I feel like I understand Gabrielle a little more. I would recommend it!
Anonymous 5 months ago
Gabrielle’s book is dynamic, brave, and satiating as she shares some of the most important stories of her existence as a black woman, dedicated wife, and a friend. Everyone young woman could gain insight on life, what is truly important and the importance of self-introspection. Others can simply enjoy and reflect! I didn’t want to put this book down.
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Anonymous 9 months ago
Great read! I honestly felt like a girlfriend while reading this book. Both hilarious and thought provoking
Anonymous 12 months ago
Reading this book was as close as I’m likely to come to sitting with Gabrielle Union and sharing stories face-to-face. Her openness and honesty were refreshing, liberating and empowering. More than once I found myself admiring her vulnerability and sincere unadulterated self assessment. I purchased this for one of my sisters when I got my copy. I will now order a copy for one of my nieces. She can experience how being a grown women can be messy without staying in a straight of messed up! Dr. Lisa Summerour
Anonymous 12 months ago
Fun!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. It made me laugh really hard, cry at moments and opened up my understanding to know Gabrielle Union more as a regular person than just a celebrity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gabrielle's story helps you learn to forgive yourself and to strive for what makes you happy. I hate to say I didn't expect that, but I didn't know what to expect either. I am glad I read her book... it's sort of a collection of stories from her life with an underlying theme of growth and understanding. Some stories she delves deeper into and some she sort of surfaces, but she brings out the point and truth of the story always. Great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is life
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For a number of reason this needs to be read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
interesting book to read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reads like a conversation with your girlfriends. I only gave 4 stars because I feel like the ending was a little abrupt and felt "forced", but overall a great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was well written, authentic, and got right down to the core of what lies in a woman’s heart. An amazing read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you Gabrielle (Nickie)!! Hopefully, she will come out with another book.