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We're Going to Need More Wine

Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True
Narrated by: Gabrielle Union
Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (16,009 ratings)

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Editorial Reviews

Editors Select, October 2017

In a series of revealing and often funny essays, TV and movie actress Gabrielle Union shares personal stories from her childhood, adolescence, and career that touch on some weighty themes. Union ties universal issues such as self-esteem, colorism, racial disparity in Hollywood, and more with the personal in a way that can be both entertaining and empowering. And hearing her throaty, inviting voice, full of self-awareness and good humor, narrating this book will only serve to endear her more to existing fans while gaining her new ones. —Abby, Audible Editor

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

Critic Reviews

"As she treats listeners to her honest, soul-baring story, Union pauses during the tough moments and laughs out loud during the happy ones.... The actress's touching personal stories about race, fame, sexuality, feminism, and family leave a lasting impression." (AudioFile)

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Excellent

I’ve always been on the fence about Gabriel, this book changed my mind. She was raw and authentic and her insight and approach to life now based on her experiences are refreshing. Great read

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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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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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Fucking. Amazing.

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

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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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Interesting Anecdotes, but Some Sense of Hyperbole

Gabrielle's book did hold my interest...mostly. Some of the topics were relatable to me as a black woman in her age range, but much of it seemed to be a bit exaggerated. I didn't mind the hyperbole *too* much, but what started to get to me was her incessant references to her fame and celebrity. Yes, she is a celebrity. Yes, she has some fame. And while I think she does have some really cool stuff on her resume, I like to be able to see celebrities as relatable. It seemed to me that the more she tried to be relatable, the more she felt the need to be sure the reader not forget her fame and fortune. Telling us with pomposity how rich and famous you are at the beginning of the sentence is not negated by tacking on some sort of humble verbiage toward the end. Two-thirds of the way in I was too busy rolling my eyes distracted by her hubris to really appreciate what she had to say. And that's a shame.

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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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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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  • 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
  • 08-13-19

Beautifully written and read. Powerful woman!

As a black woman listening i felt empowered, surprised and touched by the journey she shares. Well worth it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-29-19

WOW!

Once I started listening I couldn't stop!

Within all the stories Gabrielle tells I learnt something new about myself as well as her,

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-21-19

Best storyteller

I laughed and cried. This book made me think about my upbringing. Things I thiught I forgot. This was like listening to my friend talking.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-17-19

Disappointing read for me. It was okay

I felt like this book was focused on calling out people. Nothing exciting happening here

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-10-19

Gabrielle was so open and honest

I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook. I didn’t want it to end. I’ve not read any biographies that the author is this real and open. I also love the title of the book. I could relate with a lot of thing she said and I was shocked to hear the things she went through. It also gave a good insight into the unglamorous side of being a celebrity. Even going to the shop to get the most basic thing can be a moment of anxiety for a celebrity. Well written Gabrielle x

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  • MISS K HOGG
  • 06-09-19

Honest and Entertaining

Absolutely love Gabrielle’s honesty! A great listen even if you aren’t a fan of her which why wouldn’t you be?

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  • Alexandra
  • 06-06-19

Loved this

Thoughtful, funny and relatable. I would recommend this to women from their teens through to middle age. Gabrielle narrates with emotion and verve, making it entertaining too.

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  • mrs i odunsi
  • 05-19-19

Very honest and thought provoking story. Thank you Gabrielle for sharing your truth. I saw myself in most of your stories.

Very honest and thought provoking story. Thank you Gabrielle for sharing your truth. I saw myself in most of your stories. I started and finished this book within the day and I’m better for it. Thank you and God bless you and yours!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-30-19

Entertaining and Tear Jerking - Great All Rounder!

I love hearing Gabrielle's clear and shockingly honest voice. Her stories are real and very relatable. Loved it and would highly recommend.

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  • Desiree
  • 02-10-19

The book felt so real , authentic and genuine.

I love the way Ms. Union paints a vivid picture with her words as if to make the reader feel like they were there in her stories. The book with strong in open up true insight to helping people understand their own insecurities from her own life. The way she talked about the empowerment of women, counseling of rape; understanding health & mental health. Her nuances with race and dynamicof her own family which shaped who she has become. I love love love love love love love this book!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-10-18

Could not stop listening to this!

Loved listening to this book. Gabrielle has such a comanding voice that's engaging and needs to heard. Her stories on racism, colourism and other social issues were thought provoking. Her personal stories were confronting, funny and crazy. Overall, I loved her honesty in everything she said. Definitely get the wine ready for this one!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-23-18

Incredible

This book is insane!! So amazing, I’ve been telling everyone about it. I felt like she was sitting across from me, telling me her whole life experience. I love her even more now.

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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.