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We're Going to Need More Wine

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  22,278 ratings  ·  3,011 reviews

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 an

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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 17th 2017 by Dey Street Books
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Heather Yes. The author is very open in this book and is critical of herself and our culture. Some truths are hard and uncomfortable to hear. None the less th…moreYes. The author is very open in this book and is critical of herself and our culture. Some truths are hard and uncomfortable to hear. None the less they need to be said and they need to be heard and I can't imagine anyone doing better than Gabrielle Union did in her book.(less)

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Cristina Monica
You don’t actually need wine to read this book, but it sure feels as though Gabrielle Union herself is in front of you, at the other end of the table, telling you her life story.

She comes out as very approachable through her wonderful writing style. She is detailed and precise, and a skilled story-teller. I could picture everything happening clearly in my mind, and the fact that these stories are all true makes them all the more important.

You see, Gabrielle Union may have grown up in an affluen
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Tiffany Reads
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was kind of surprised by how honest and transparent Gabrielle was in this collection of essays. It is important to note that these are essays so don't expect a full memoir, and with that being said, not all details of her life were given and some things were completely left out. Some essays are hysterical, some are heartbreaking, and others hit close to home. We're Going to Need More Wine is the perfect title as this book touched on a number of topics from growing up black in a predominantly w ...more
Erin
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Gabrielle Union!

I love her movies, I love her show, I loved this book, and I love her as a person.

Gabrielle or Nickie as her her friends and family know her, has been my friend in my head for years. I obviously don't know her in real life but I've always felt that if I met her I would like her. This book has confirmed it.

We're Going To Need More Wine is honest, funny as hell, raw, and smart just like the woman herself. This isn't a memoir or autobiography so if that's what interests you
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Brina
My earliest independent reading memories involve biographies and memoirs. In second grade I got to take home a rolled up timeline because I read the most biographies of anyone in my class. There are large volumes that require much of my time, but in the last few months I have noticed that celebrity written memoirs have replaced mysteries as my go to genre that I enjoy in between denser reads. I enjoy reading about the person away from the glitz and the glamor and find out what he or she is about ...more
Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
4 Stars:)
*Audiobook Review*

I’ve never really known what to think of Gabrielle Union. I loved her in Bring it On and Being Mary Jane, but I didn’t know what to think since I've never really been crazy about her. We’re Going To Need More Wine is a collection of stories that are so transparent and real, from stories about infertility, rape to racism and Hollywood. I was surprised by how candid she is. There’s heartbreaking moments, funny moments and moments where you can just relate. Love the title
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Read In Colour
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very open & honest, Gabrielle Union is not just a pretty face. She's really smart and really funny and now I want to be her BFF. ...more
Luvvie
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just read this whole book in 4 hours in 1 sitting. It was so honest. So vulnerable. So real. Also funny. Could not have been easy to write cuz she really puts herself on the stand. This is so good. Loved it. Gabby did that!
Michael
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-memoirs
Gabrielle Union had me laughing so loud reading this memoir. I knew that she was a talented actress, but I had no idea that was so funny and had a rough life. Usually when you see people in Hollywood, the perception that you have of them are that they are 'perfect' without flaws. However this book unveiled a lot of things about Union life that I had no prior knowledge of. Things such as being discriminated based on the color of her skin, bullying, and other acts that will have you surprised. I w ...more
Holly
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I think 'Gabrielle Union' I think 'gorgeous woman and talented actress'. This book was not the light fluffy memoir I expected based on my superficial perception, instead it delves into topics such as rape, death, infertility, racism, and divorce. Now, it's not all a downer, there's a good mix of fun in there too to lighten it all up including Prince and some funny high school high jinks. My only complaint, much like with Trevor Noah's Born a Crime, is that there is no insight given into how ...more
Monica **can't read fast enough**
Gabrielle Union doesn't hold anything back in this memoir and hearing her experiences in her own voice makes her story even more engaging. I knew very little about Gabrielle's personal life before listening to We're Going to Need More Wine, and she is definitely a woman to admire. She embraces her weaknesses and her strengths and is unapologetic in her honesty. Union addresses sexual assault and how it impacted her into her adulthood and relationships. She addresses the idea of competition and i ...more
Obsidian
I recall this came out last year. A friend of mine went to a book signing by Gabrielle Union and was raving over this book. I was hesitant to read cause I'm heard on memoirs and always feel guilty when I don't like them. Cause if you don't like the memoir, you don't like the person. If it's ghostwritten though all bets are off.

I know of Gabrielle Union. I'm an African American woman and have been watching and obsessing over her since I was a teen. She's been in so many movies (Bring it On, 10 Th
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Trish
Celebrity memoirs are a special breed of animal. Considering how much speculation goes on around celebrity lives in the tabloids, it must be nice to be able to steer the conversation, and admit or deny things of which they have been accused. Gabriela Union keeps it lively; to my sensibility she appears fearless. Forty-five years old now, I suppose it is not too early for her to tell all. She is happily married, her work is widely admired and keeps her in demand, and she has figured out there is ...more
Eliza
Oct 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(3.5) I wanted to give this four stars but...I’ll be honest: if you weren’t that crazy about Gabrielle Union before, this book probably won’t help. Overall, this was a more honest read than I was expecting. There were times I literally laughed out loud and what she says about raising Black sons is spot on.

It’s clear by the end of the book that there were certain topics she wasn’t going to speak on (and that’s 100% her right). I felt it did a disservice to the reader to omit those items, but - be
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Evette
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought I was done reading celebrity memoirs. I've read Gabourey Sidibe's, Shonda Rhimes', Phoebe Robinson's and countless others, and all of them were good, but I thought I'd had my fill. Gabrielle Union proved me wrong. Her memoir in essays is absolutely incredible. It's bitingly funny, but also sobering as Union delves into so many different subjects, including rape, PTSD, racism, colorism, and metastatic breast cancer. By far, "We're Going to Need More Wine" is one of the best books of 201 ...more
Ezinwanyi

Gabrielle was rather honest about where she is from, where she's been, and where she hopes she is headed. Some of it is funny, some were sad but all of it was candid.
I feel like most of Being Miss Jane is based loosely on Gabrielle's life. It is a reminder that celebrities are just humans who have all the same tragedies, work places struggles, and need for privacy like everyone. I enjoyed it and wish her all the success in her life.
Mariah Roze
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a great, easy read that I finished it in one day. I had never heard of Gabrielle Union before deciding to read her book. I was honestly interested because I love autobiographies and I loved her title, so I assumed it had to be good. The book turned out to be really great. I enjoyed reading it and she shared some really powerful stories. She never dragged on and the book "flew by."

"A powerful collection of essays about gender, sexuality, race, beauty, Hollywood, and what it means to
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Lorraine
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an honest and candid conversation. I was left open-mouthed most times and other times, I was like, yass...girl, you are the one.

My experience with Gabriele Union has been through the movie or tv roles she played and I only started paying attention to her a few years ago. Her characters always appeared so in control of everything: their emotions, careers and love lives. I was always in awe of the women she was playing.

Reading this book felt like I was having a conversation with her. Such a c
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Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***5 Stars***

I loved this conversational selection of stories. It seriously feels like you're just sitting across from Gabrielle Union while she talks about her life, her heartbreak, her thoughts on various social issues, relationships, and just life in general.

It's an open and honest look at various moments in her life through the lens of someone who's struggled with trying to fit in. Whether it was about her personal life or Hollywood, Gabrielle Union did not hold back. Highs and lows are tre
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With We’re Going to Need More Wine, the talented, superbly cool actress Gabrielle Union gets real in a collection of true-life tales that is as wise as it is unfiltered. Beginning with her childhood in a predominantly white Californian suburb, Union takes us through the mishaps and triumphs of a bright career, from cagily finding success in Hollywood to overcoming professional disappointment to assuming––and excelling at––a role as an advocate for victims of sexual abuse. Heroic and hilarious, U ...more
Isabel Jones
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This woman is a national fucking treasure
Jen
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75

I've liked Gabrielle Union since I was a young teenager, even though I've never really known that much about her.

This book - a series of chapters detailing varying moments in her life from childhood, to her present day adulthood and celebrity status - helped to confirm that I had been right all along. She is a fierce.

Written in a comfortable conversational tone, it's almost as if Gabrielle sat down to write to me personally. To tell me about growing up in a predominantly white neighbourhood
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Eilonwy
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Eilonwy by: Cristina Monica
I don't usually read celebrity memoirs. But Lola’s review was so glowing, I made an exception.

And I am glad I did!

Gabrielle Union is amazingly open and willing to share the parts of her life that have caused her the most pain and shame (among happy times, too), and she does it engagingly and with zero judgement for either herself or her reader.

Like Trevor Noah's Born a Crime, this is more a collection of essays organized around a timeline of experiences than a linear autobiography. Gabrielle
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Andre
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are looking for a memoir in the strictest sense, this is not that book. If you are seeking a book of essays in the sense of argument presentation, again this is not that book. And that's a good thing, because what this is, as the subtitle states are stories from the accomplished Gabrielle Union, which works out absolutely fine. And these stories run the gamut from the personal to the professional. She tells stories about race, gender, feeling inadequate, hair, colorism, homophobia, Hollyw ...more
Christine
I really wish that Lena Dunham's name would stop being dropped when talking about feminist books. I haven't read Dunham's book because everytime she opens her mouth, she shows me that she isn't a feminist. Why she is consider the standard I have no friggin idea.

If you want a book that is really by a feminist and someone with a brain, this is the book for you. I can't say that I have seen every movie or tv show in Union's body of work, but she is one of those actors who I always seriously conside
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L W
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audiobook, which the author read herself. Most of the time her reading felt like an amateur overacting, instead of a girl friend sharing her story over a bottle of wine….that’s what I was expecting based on the title, a good “Girl, let me tell you!!!!!.....” type of tell all, personal book. This could have been a good read if it were really as personal as the title suggests. Except for the story about the rape at Payless, most of it was quite superficial. A lot of it was high s ...more
Brandice
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’ve been a fan of Gabrielle Union for many years, and I enjoyed this book. It’s a collection of stories from her life, not in any particular order, but I appreciated the relatively informal tone throughout the book. It felt relatable, like reminiscing with or catching up with an old friend. She touches on race, class and gender, from her own experiences in work and in life. Some chapters were more relatable than others, and some more enjoyable than others. Overall, it was a quick read and one t ...more
ABookwormWithWine
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5

Raw, honest and at times heartbreaking, We're Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union made for such a wonderful listen!

I seem to be on a theme of listening to nonfiction books with authors that I don't know very much about and this was no different. I knew Gabrielle Union from Bring It On, 10 Things I Hate About You, and Love & Basketball but that is about it, and I didn't know anything about her personal life. In We're Going to Need More Wine she talks a lot about when she was gr
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Lily Herman
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel like I've got nothing new to add about Gabrielle Union's We're Going to Need More Wine: It's just as damn good as everybody says it is. It's definitely one of the best celebrity memoirs I've ever read—and also one of the best memoirs, period.

Union's story is filled with everything: Laughter, heartbreak, loss, Prince anecdotes, and so much more in between. As y'all know by now, memoirs and essay collections can be finicky for me, but I had no problem breezing through this book. Gabrielle U
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Latanya (Crafty Scribbles)
Fan-fucking-tastic!

I never saw Gabrielle Union as one that would crack my sides open with laughter. Trust. Not a glass of wine spilled as I read.

Read this book. Listen to the audiobook, which she narrates, as soon as possible. But, before that, get your favorite bottle or box and sip fondly.

5/5
Seymone
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audibles-read
She spoke to the nuances of my life.


I loved this memoir!!! Will reread and take my time with her words.
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Gabrielle Monique Union-Wade (born October 29, 1972) is an American actress, activist, and author. She began her career in the 1990s, appearing on television sitcoms, before landing supporting roles in teenage comedic films She's All That and 10 Things I Hate About You (1999).

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