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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
True to its title, We’re Going to Need More Wine reads like an epic best-friend date spent giggling, crying, and drinking rosé. Actress Gabrielle Union shares a series of warm, conversational personal essays ranging from hilarious (her take on breakups and booze) to devastating (her unflinching account of being raped at gunpoint at 19). It’s a rare feat for a memoir to discuss such trauma and also joke about tampons, but Union’s disarmingly familiar voice makes this book daring, endearing, and a success.
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Thank you Gabrielle for this open book to your life!
A new side of Gabrielle
I’ve watched a few Gabrielle union myself and been envious of her never ending fountain of youth. This book shows a different side of union. One the tabloids don’t cover. One the Instagram captions don’t have enough room for. Such an eye opening read, ENJOY!
Loved it! She spoke to you like a friend in her inner circle and every page had meaning and thoughtfulness. Highly recommend!