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Publisher's Summary

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 44-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.

©2017 Gabrielle Union (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Fucking. Amazing.

Love. This. Fucking. Book.
Drank no wine while listening, I now regret that. Doing over.

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Excellent

The fastest I got through a book ever because it was so raw and real. I now love her. I am her. I want more stories.

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Get prepared to talk to your bestie and girlie

Wow. Loved learning about Gabrielle Union's story and what made her who she is. She spills the tea on lots and makes you feel vulnerable with her as she has healed along her journey of becoming the woman you see today, a woman that is ready for so much more. She tells her story of how she learned to live, forgive, and be in the present. She holds herself accountable to fame and social justice, and why its important for her to be aware. Great listen for a long workday...Amazing.

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So relatable

I have PTSD too and to here what this brave woman goes through daily. As a veteran I connected with her struggle and her pain. She is amazing and brave. Beautiful transparency!

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👏🏾👏🏾 thank you. Thank You. THANK YOU!! #BRAVO

My Lord! Such an honest and open depiction of life. ALL OF IT. As an actress, recovering perfectionist, high school AP and National Honor Society student, and black girl growing up in the suburbs of Arlington, TX, myself — Gabrielle Union hits the nail on the head...in more ways than I could’ve imagined!!! Authenticity at its finest. Plus, hearing her tell her own story in her own words, is the icing on an already delicious cake. She made me feel like I’m not crazy.

In the words of Marianne Williamson, “as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same.” Thank you for the OK to stand a bit taller and breathe a bit deeper in my own #BlackGirlMagic.

I like sweet wine. Virtual glass of Riesling raised to you, Gabrielle Union. CHEERS!

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One of the best books I️ have read in a long time!!!

This book made me laugh, cry and smile all the way through. I️ truly felt like I️ was sitting down with one of my girlfriends just talking. Gab was so vulnerable and open in so many ways. It had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. It’s a must read/ listen!!!

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She IS fierce and fearless

I would crawl across a bed of nails to share a bottle (or two) of wine with this woman. This is a raw yet refined memoir that not just told stories but taught lessons. Just an excellent adult book on growing up as a woman of color, growing up as a survivor, growing up as a famous person, and crawling your way to happy with all the compromises and mistakes that it takes to get there. Cheers, Gabrielle Union!

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For all little girls who grew up as the only chocolate chip

This book in an insightful and thoughtful memoir. In getting to know Nikki Union, I got to revisit myself, my life, and my judgments of myself and others. The reality of growing up in a white world no longer seem like a narrative shared by a small group of college friends, but a universal reality for all of us whose lives have always been a balancing act to claim our identity while being told we don’t belong in either world we seek a place.
This book is a must read and a must share. My hope is that it becomes a handbook for our white best friends. I believe it makes plain some truths that somehow remain misunderstood.
I’ve made a gift of it to several people already and suggested it to many others. I think Gabrielle’s honesty reads like a talk with a best friend about the stuff one never share with one’s family. She shared her soul. In doing so, she gave permission for readers to do the same. Thank you.

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Good to know

Good story but seem all over the place yo me not a real time line. She went from high school, middle school, to now to back to high school to 8 years ago to now. the stories were okay
I can say the only thing I learned new about her would be that she has had 8 miscarriages. I pray that her and her husband are able to have a baby soon. I like Gab and her story was ok.

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Fear can kill you !

loved it ! The Narrating was very good! I'm glad I chose it. Thank you Nicky Union for sharing your life and heart experiences with me. YES more wine is needed please! This is my first review on any book. I was considering the book as a gift for one of my daughter's and decided to check it out for myself first since I have always like your acting. My 15yr old daughter took interest when she heard you reading and said what are you listening to? I'm sure she will read your book because she's a matured teen who loves to read.

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  • A Leonie
  • 10-23-17

Well yes,I'll take a scotch.

Straight out the gate this was excellent. The flow of each chapter felt like a steady conversation, where drinks and honesty are on the table, served with tissue breaks for laughter and pain,and head scratching moments for further back and forth discussions that will last a lifetime. The chapter titles along are worthy of essay and dissertation pieces,and I expect many book forums will be heading that way. I enjoyed the audio version,having the author read was a delight, Union did a marvellous run for her debut. Well worth buying in any format,but audio was the winner for me.

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  • Ishan
  • 02-25-18

Brilliant Book

I really enjoyed this book. I’ve always been a fan of Gabrielle Union. However I’m a major fan now. This book is so relatable, funny, truthful and inspiring. Thank you for sharing your stories they were so eye-opening. Once you start listening to this book you will not want to put it down. I would definitely recommend the audio version over print as it wouldn’t have been the same to hear Gabrielle Union’s stories in her own voice. Thoroughly enjoyed every chapter, hopefully there will be a second book in the pipeline.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-21-18

A wonderful read!

A fantastic insight to the highs and traumatic lows of Ms.Union
We need more Wine!

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  • CHRISTINE
  • 04-19-18

Great stories

I loved this book, the stories were funny, sad and real! It was great to hear Gabrielle reading these stories as it made them even more authentic

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  • Ronke O.
  • 04-07-18

Fab book!

Loved the book... love how REAL Gabrielle is... she had me laughing, thinking deep and emotional in parts. Defo recommended for any of my girlfriends to chill out and read. x

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-20-18

We got this

This book I have been looking forward to and it did not disappoint. Just please be open in your mind as readers to get a different look at life. I took time to relive every word and Gabrielle, you inspire me already this just sealed it. It’s am amazing book. And yes, no fear.✊🏾🙅🏾‍♀️

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  • Ivy Pauls
  • 03-09-18

She's so real!!!

It's always nice to hear the story from the horses mouth, there's this perception about celebrities' lives being perfect and we tend to forget that they are human. Good job Gabrielle...this was a lovely book, I hope you manage to deal with your fears.

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  • Monte
  • 03-07-18

Really, really good book

really, really, really loved it. definately ended all too soon for me. Will be gifting it to all my friends.

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  • Natalie
  • 03-02-18

BEST READ/AUDIO THUS FAR!

I really loved how Nicki was able to make me laugh one chapter and cry the next!

Would definitely recommend this book!

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  • yolanda
  • 02-21-18

Worth a listen

Great storytelling with a very powerful message. I'd highly recommend this audio. Was very inspiring

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  • Fungai
  • 01-26-18

very enjoyable <br />

Great read, funny and relatable. Gabrielle takes the reader on a journey and having Gabrielle narrate it herself is a major bonus.

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  • craig
  • 01-07-18

Honest Stories

What did you like most about We're Going to Need More Wine?

I love the honesty of the stories Union tells. Hearing Union tell these stories herself brings another dimension to the experience. She's not afraid to be flawed.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I heard Union's interview on Death, Sex Money and the same day downloaded the audio book.

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  • Kantesha
  • 11-01-17

Empowering and Entertaining

This book was so engaging and entertaining. It really felt as if Gabrielle was sitting across the table from me and we were enjoying a glass of wine. I didn’t think any actresses story would relate to me, but it totally did, on so many different levels. Loved this book and I highly recommend it.