We're Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union

We're Going to Need More Wine

By Gabrielle Union

  • Release Date: 2017-10-17
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 406 Ratings
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Nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work

Named a Best Book of the Year by The Root

Chosen by Emma Straub as a Best New Celebrity Memoir

“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.


  • Perfect book wonderful stories great writer

    By Lover pandora
    The authenticity of this book was so mesmerizing and it was so nice to actually know she’s just like one of us.
  • Honest

    By Leachnich
    Liked the book and appreciated the honesty and realness of Nicki aka Gabrielle.
  • Awe inspiring

    By Shae'brael
    Reading this book was like sitting down with a glass of wine and letting Gabrielle Union talk. It’s like she was there at the table and we were just girlfriends reminiscing on life. I truly enjoyed her self reflection. Read from introduction to credits.
  • Great read

    By Virgogyrl82
    This was one of the best books I have read. Thank you Gabrielle Union for letting us into your world! 💜💜
  • Her Truth

    By MiNaH_MiLLaH*-DuH-*
    In this book, Gabrielle finds the guts to share the truth—her truth. You’ll LOL, cry, self-evaluate, and even get frustrated with the author. It’s a remarkable reading journey all black women should experience.
  • Wow

    By Blairamurphy
    Absolutely amazing, couldn’t put it down! So much truth and so much life in one book.
  • Boom

    By Mw🏀🏀🏀🏀
    I appreciate this book so much! Such a good book. I love Gabriel Union💛✨
  • Great book!!

    By Kareen765645:533
    So many stories that i can relate to. Very entertaining and most definitely a book to curl up with a glass of wine. Open, honest, and “as a matter of fact” is the best way to describe this book. Thank you Gabrielle Union!
  • Astonished.

    By OnlyHere4Hints
    From the moment I began to read, Mrs. Union-Wade captivated me. Not only was her writing excellent, but she provided the perfect aura to make this book so captivating and comfortable. It was such an easy read, but still made you cry and think. I appreciate the rawness displayed throughout the book. There was not one time she sugar-coated anything, or did not elaborate on something, regardless of it being an uncomfortable subject. There’s not much more to say, you must read for yourself. FYI Black girls, please, please, please, read. You’ll understand why I made a personalized message just for my fellow sisters after reading.
  • Fantastic

    By Cha08
    Dear Gabrielle, You were already my friend in my head. Now, even more. Thank you for being candid and letting us into stories and parts of your life you didn’t have to share. The book is fantastic. I hope it’s not your last.