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We're Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True Hardcover – October 17, 2017
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“[Gabrielle Union’s] written a book of essays as raw and honest as anyone has ever produced. In this fantastic book, she discusses everything from sexual assault to the complexity of money in relationships to infertility (plus all the extra gossip you crave). Gab has not only excused the demons of her two-decade career, but she’s turned the exercise into primal scream therapy for her fans. As witty, warm, and assured on the page as she is in person, this book lives somewhere between Nora Ephron and Eve Babitz, with a touch of Audre Lorde’s radical awareness.” (Lena Dunham, Lenny Letter)
“searing and powerful” (Washington Post)
“We’re Going to Need More Wine is a collection of funny and emotional essays...Union gets real about everything” (USA Today)
“stunning...an affirmation of [Union’s] uncanny insight and profound capacity for empathy.” (Entertainment Weekly)
“[A] thought-provoking, funny, tell-it-like-it-is essay collection” (Cosmopolitan)
“I have gotten the pleasure to know Gabrielle over the years and besides the fact that she loves to drink, I’ve always taken comfort in how much we have in common. The predilection to go from talking about the latest humiliating sexual position to a debate on politics or racism, that’s exactly what this book felt like to me, an honest conversation with Gabrielle about her life. I appreciate her integrity, love her humor and openness about her life. I also love the fact that she’s older than me . . . Go, girl.” (Chelsea Handler, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Uganda Be Kidding Me )
“I love this woman and her book.” (Mindy Kaling, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Why Not Me?)
“We’re Going to Need More Wine is honest, raw, and funny. Union’s vulnerability about her flaws and mistakes, and also pride in her triumphs, will not only make you feel as though you’re seeing yourself reflected, but will also inspire you to be your most authentic self.”
(Phoebe Robinson, New York Times bestselling author of You Can’t Touch My Hair)
“A hilarious and moving memoir from a natural storyteller. Gabrielle Union explores love, family, trauma and racial identity in a book that somehow manages to be both heartbreakingly honest and laugh-out-loud funny.” (Brit Bennett, New York Times bestselling author of The Mothers )
About the Author
Gabrielle Union is an actress and activist. Currently she stars as the titular character in the critically acclaimed drama Being Mary Jane on BET. She is an outspoken activist for women’s reproductive health and victims of sexual assault. She lives in Miami, Florida.
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Gabrielle comes across as a very thoughtful, likable, brave and funny woman, one that I think readers would indeed enjoy a glass of wine with. There are of course elements of memoir, as she takes us through her school years growing up in the suburbs of California, one of the few Black girls in her schools of Pleasanton, CA. There are also elements of essay, like the chapter called Mittens which deals with how Blacks are perceived and policed, and how we often go out of our way to make accommodations to those perceptions. In reference to this she says, “Worse, I am told that people don’t want to hear these stories, but the reality is we experience life in a never-ending loop in which we are told that if we just “make it,” we will enjoy the fruits of our labor: assimilation.”
But what makes this book special are the stories and the way she tells them. And digesting the stories on the whole, we see her blossom into the confident audacious and vivacious woman she is presently. She wasn’t always the beautiful woman we think of, when we hear the name Gabrielle Union. In fact she describes herself at an early age,“I was so thin that I looked like a black daddy longlegs spider with buckteeth. This is not overly earnest, false-humility celebrity speak, I swear."It is those type of self-deprecating comments along with the willingness to bare it all that portends an air of authenticity. If you are a fan, you will become a bigger fan and if you’re not than surely you will become one after reading these stories from Gabrielle Union. Thanks to Edelweiss and Dey St. books for an advanced ebook. Book drops 10/17/17.
1.I wanted to know why she hadn’t had children
2.Why it appears Dwayne Wade’s third son is an elephant in the room no one can address
I know this is very messy and childish of me, but hey – like i said , i wanted to get into her business! I regretfully got the answer to my first question in the essay, “Get Out My Pussy”, and the second was answered by a woman in my book club who happened to go through the same experience . . .
Although before I get into that, can i just say i love Gabrielle after reading this book. I’m no longer naive enough to say i like her from the characters she’s played on various movie screens, but i plainly love “Nikki”. She told her business so comfortably throughout this collection of essays, that i often found myself laughing out loud, nodding my head in agreeance , or simply telling her to “shutup and get to the point” so often that I felt as though i truly was sitting somewhere close to her ,where she felt comfortable enough to show me some of her “scars”.
Some of my favorite essays in the book were, “Black girl blues”, “Crash and burn marriage”, and “Warning:Famous Vaginas get itchy, too. I felt like they removed a barrier to Gabrielle that was present (i could of put it there after watching Too Can Play That Game TBH), where she gives insight into her black experience in America, how that has affected many of her romantic relationships, and how being famous can result in putting vanilla yogurt in your vagina in the wee hours of the morning (you’ll have to read it to know what i’m referring too) Nikki is TRULY a personality removed from any script we may have seen her act out.
Although with all that said ,i still felt myself judging her (which isn’t my place and i hated it whenever i would do it ) when she didn’t directly talk about Dwayne’s 4 year old son he had while they were on break. I mean, you see the hashtag #thewades and all you see are images of Gabrielle, Dwayne Wade, his 2 son’s from his previous marriage and his nephew that he raises. That it really left a “weird” taste in my mouth until one of my book club members stated that when she went through a similar situation – she didn’t speak on it until she was fully healed to discuss it. She suggested that Gabrielle may still be working through it, as she had to do with the rest of the issues she can now candidly discuss in these essays. Although when something is still hurting it’s not time to remove the bandage just yet…
Overall, it was a great read that me and my book club enjoyed and i would recommend it to anyone who wants to read some crazy, hilarious, and sometimes sad stories and meet the leading lady whose brave enough to tell them.
Will definitely read it again.
Thank you Gabrielle for sharing your stories. @itsgabrielleu
The book is very blunt and I can also relate to her not on all of the topics but many of them.
Awesome read I recommend...