We're Going To Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, And True by Gabrielle UnionWe're Going To Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, And True by Gabrielle Union

We're Going To Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, And True

byGabrielle Union

Hardcover | October 17, 2017

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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.

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 Chicago, Illinois.
Title:We're Going To Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, And TrueFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.93 inPublished:October 17, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062693980

ISBN - 13:9780062693983


Rated 5 out of 5 by from i loved her before the book - and even more now interesting, captivating and heartbreaking all at once
Date published: 2018-07-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not for me, but I can see how others would like it I wasn't a huge fan of Gabrielle Union before this book, but I'd read quite a few good reviews for this book from people who just liked the stories. There were a few really great essays, but most of them didn't interest me very much and it wasn't the best celebrity "memoir" (because this isn't a memoir so much as a collection of essays) I've read.
Date published: 2018-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Candid Poignant Stories Gabrielle has a way of bringing you in with her writing. There are a wide variety of stories told, some painful and some hysterical. I love the Chapter on Prince and colorism in the black community. This was a very enjoyable, fun read. #plumreviews.
Date published: 2018-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from She "brought" it I was unsure about this collection of essays when I first started reading. This uncertainty vanished quickly. There are about 20 essays in the collection and I enjoyed almost every one. Gabrielle includes a balance of funny, serious and thought-provoking stories.
Date published: 2018-04-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Beach Read There are some interesting stories however because there is no real narrative to tie the stories together, I wasn't really drawn in. It is a good book to take on vacation when you need something light and easy to get into.
Date published: 2018-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Absolutely loved this book, I could not put it down.
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Nah Well, one of the problems in this book is the fact that feminism is not about equality, but special privileges for women. She never mentioned it.,
Date published: 2018-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great, Fun Read! Amazing , funny, and personal - feels like I'm sitting on the couch, sipping wine, having a conversation with Gabrielle herself!!
Date published: 2018-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Riveting and heartwarming! This memoir was a great read. It is neatly broken up into essays that each touch upon a memorable part of the author’s life. It was funny, heart-wrenching, gripping and emotional at times. Really insightful. A must read for anyone who enjoys memoirs/biography that also touch upon social issues.
Date published: 2018-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from As fantastic as the author ! Great read! Fun, heartfelt, great with a glass of wine like the title says. Loved it all
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely recommend! This book has the perfect title because I did really want to sit down and have a glass of wine and it kind of felt like chatting with an old friend. Gabrielle Union opens up about a lot in her life and it really opens your eyes to a lot of Hollywood and sheds some of the glamour from it.
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great very interesting book. great read
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing An insightful and heartwarming story.
Date published: 2017-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny heartwarming book As one of my favourite actress I was excited to read this book and was very pleased and happy. The book is very funny and honest and opens people eyes to Hollywood stardom.
Date published: 2017-10-20

Editorial Reviews

“Union invites readers into her world with honesty, grit, and grace. A much-needed addition to the endless catalog of celebrity memoirs.”