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

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.

AG’s Book Adventures

#BookReview: We’re Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True
#Author: Gabrielle Union 🇺🇸
Type of work (Genre): Memoir/Autobiography
Number of pages: 262
Own or Borrowed: Own (purchased from BookNook Book Store
#ReadIt: at home and work

#OverallImpressions: I read this book in 24 hours. That’s just how awesome it was. Gabrielle is an effortless storyteller. And she has LIVED quite an extraordinary life full of many invaluable lessons. Her work as an activist who has transitioned from ignorance to a place of wokeness, understanding, and empathy was nicely highlighted without being obnoxiously preachy. I absolutely loved her authenticity, honesty, and sheer guts to let us all into her life in such a refreshingly raw and unadulterated manner. This book was beautiful to me in every way and I love her even more now than I did before. Easily one of my favorite memoirs ever. In fact, let me go ahead and list it as one of my top five without even sparing a thought to which others would complete the list. Just brilliant!

#SomethingThatStoodOut: the humor. Gabrielle is HILARIOUS! I laughed out loud in several instances reading this. Her authenticity and realness too make quite the impression.

#OverallRating:🖋🖋🖋🖋🖋 (out of 5 fountain pens). Recommend or nah: I ABSOLUTELY recommend this book. Just get a copy from BookNook and enjoy!

Weight 0.300 kg
Author

Gabrielle Union

Publisher

Dey Street Books

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