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Audible Editor 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

What the critics say

"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)

What listeners say about We're Going to Need More Wine

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Loved it

So real, funny and heartbreaking all at the same time. Gabrielle Union's narration made it so enjoyable.

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Amazing

This book is well written and full of amazing excited stories. I’ve always loved Gabrielle union but now I am more in love her even more. What a masterpiece this book is was

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laugh, cry, and all of the above

The book starts out a bit surprising in the beginning but after, you can't put it down.

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Loved it!

This book will definitely make you laugh and cry, but will also make you think about what is important in your own life. 😊

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It was just ok.

The book was okay. Not my favourite book, but I was able to get through it. It was a little random, but I know that this is a collection of essays. There was nothing profound or enlightening or super interesting. It was just okay.

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We love her!

She is funny, real, and honest. I listened to this with my sister and we both laughed, gasped and nodded throughout different parts of the book.

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Honest, Inspiring, Relatable and Entertaining

I thoroughly enjoyed Gabrielle’s account of her life, experiences and lessons. It made me reflect a lot on my life choices and decisions too. The rawness and fullness of her accounts are inspiring! I have newfound respect for her as an actress and woman!

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So... I don’t drink wine

...but I love your book and reading and listening to you recount your life has helped me and will help many others with their life experiences. Thank you Mrs. Wade ❣️

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I'm sorry I waited so long

This book spoke to the young girl in me that continues to haunt the woman in me now! I struggled being "the black girl" in my suburban community and the internal turmoil it created. I love that you have highlighted this for your readers because often people feel it's not a story worth telling. You hit the mark with such humor and authenticity!
Well done Nikki Union! Well done!

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We're going to need more books!

Great read!

thought I was getting a "light read". But it turned out to much much more. I related to many of the topics she covers.

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  • Latoya
  • 2017-11-16

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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  • Kenneisha T.
  • 2017-11-22

👏🏾👏🏾 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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  • layllen
  • 2017-11-04

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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  • Tayden Haile
  • 2017-12-30

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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  • V. Y. Crawford
  • 2017-10-23

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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????? Why?

It use to be said ,ones without education would resort to profanity .
I guess those days are truly long gone. why???

Someone as intelligent and eloquent as Gabriel Union had to, at the beginning of the book say... yes I curse knows some of us weren’t expecting such language.
Her life is interesting and at times humorous.she to me still is a wonderful actress.
I do wish there was an edited version. If there was I would recommend her book as light hearted reading until the end of the book. :(
If profanities of every kind Mf,f word etc. does NOT disturb your very soul,enjoy what I did find as disappointing and unnecessary (not needed) FOUL LANGUAGE.

I will say this in Mrs. Unions defense to my remarks... she warned me she curses.

But in my defense... I kept reading giving her the benefit of doubt that she would not continue to use as much and such offensive language. But as she said. This is her life and her, as RAW as she is.
Thank you for NOT hiding who you really are.

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  • Idalin Bobe
  • 2017-11-16

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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  • Momof2
  • 2017-11-03

Fucking. Amazing.

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

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  • Vinesha Wimberly
  • 2017-10-24

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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  • Pamela J
  • 2018-01-04

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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