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

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...some will wish that the author explored many of these issues further, and those unfamiliar with her work in film and on TV will find some of her references obscure.
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“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.

 

About Gabrielle Union

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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.
 
Published October 17, 2017 by Dey Street Books. 277 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction
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Above average
on Aug 21 2017

...some will wish that the author explored many of these issues further, and those unfamiliar with her work in film and on TV will find some of her references obscure.

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Reviewed by JARREAU FREEMAN on Oct 22 2017

Infused with rich humor, quirky wisdom, and fierce honesty, We’re Going to Need More Wine is filled with many more moments where I could line up my narrative alongside Union’s in solidarity.

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Reviewed by Simon Sweetman on Mar 03 2018

There’s a real skill, a rare skill, in the way the storytelling here is divided up, weighty subjects are afforded time and space and Union’s unique perspective is strong.

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