We're Going to Need More Wine

We're Going to Need More Wine

Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True

Book - 2017
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In the spirit of Amy Poehler's Yes Please, 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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062693983
Branch Call Number: Biography B Uni
Alternative Title: We are going to need more wine


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Jan 30, 2019

I loved her story. It was very authentic and it brought awareness.

ArapahoeBridget Sep 18, 2018

I can't stop thinking about this. It's all the things I love in a memoir: honest, revealing, and entertaining plus really, really funny. Also, the audio is fantastic since Union reads it!

Aug 12, 2018

You kind of honest forgot really who she was since her last acting gig but this book feels in the blanks. She tells about her childhood and the things she went through to get to where she is today. She is very real in this book. Its a fabulous read. I personally listen to it on audio so you hear her reading it.

Aug 03, 2018

Gabrielle has truly evolved and isn't afraid to tell of her journey. From her traumatic experience to becoming a better person to being real about living as a Black person in this country. Remarkable!!!!

Jul 27, 2018

I love a good story and Ms. Union tells a good story. Enjoyed her humor and warmth. I wanted to know what drives her and she gives good insight, valid for all women. it's like a girlfriend reunion, but after the catch up and fun, she brings in the reality. Harsh, brazen, but true, told with humor and wit.

Apr 23, 2018

Start with Chapter 11 next time.

Jan 04, 2018

I think Union primarily intended to write to Black women, but I wish every man and woman of every color/shade/skin tone would read this book. I've only had a few close Black female friends, close enough to talk hair and racism, and Union makes the same points they have about trying to negotiate a world where there is an unacknowledged assumption that the darker your skin (and curlier your hair), the less valuable you are to the world.

Every parent who has a prepubescent girl should read this. Every White parent whose children go to schools where there are non-White children should read this. Every parent of every shape, color, and special needs child should read this. Step-parents should read this. Every woman who was raped, and every woman who thinks rape will not happen to her should read this. If you are White and don't believe in white privilege, you really, really need to read this book.

It is hilarious in places (hair tossing), heart-breaking (teenage love) in others. Honestly, I had to skip half a page of the rape description because it was too close to home.

There is a rumor that the book if full of sex; it is not.

Please, read this book.

multcolib_lauralw Jan 02, 2018

Union is a great storyteller. It was the perfect blend of sad, funny and thoughtful prose. I couldn't put it down!

Dec 27, 2017

This book is raw and honest and I can appreciate her courage to put herself on the line and really open up about the most vulnerable parts of her life. I don't always agree with her advice on relationships but nonetheless it was good and entertaining read.

JCL LoreeT
Dec 26, 2017

This book is like sitting down with a long-time girlfriend, going down memory lane and talking about how much you've grown in life. I've always had a soft spot for Gabrielle Union and now I know why. She doesn't pass herself off to be perfect and that is so refreshing. She works hard at being better and challenging herself to be better human. Her passion for issues of race, colorism and gender are also included. Not at a solving world peace level, but on an everyday plane of what her fears are and what she has experienced. Like most women of color, she doesn't get to pass through the world on average and regardless of her celebrity status from day-to-day, you definitely pick up that she is light-years beyond. I borrowed this from the library, but I will be purchasing this for the collection when I need a 'girlfriend pick-me up'.

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