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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"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.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2017
ISBN: 9780062693983
Branch Call Number: B UNION
Characteristics: 262 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Ladies and gentlemen, Miss Pleasanton
Sex miseducation
Black girl blues
The ballad of Nickie and Little Screw
Open house
Who hates you most?
Code 261
Black woman blues
Mistletoe girl #2 tells all
Crash-and-burn marriage
Prescription for a breakup
On mean women and good dogs
Warning: famous vaginas get itchy, too
Grown-ass-woman blues
Get out of my pussy
And Gabrielle Union as...the stepmother
Big bank take little bank
The room where it happens
A tale of two Martinezes


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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'.

gviarruel Dec 22, 2017

This book was good. The book really is a collection of stories from Gabrielle's life, some funny, some heartbreaking, some shocking, and some just down to earth. I can definitely relate to parts of her personality shown through these stories.


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