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Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True
Written by: Gabrielle Union
Narrated by: Gabrielle Union
Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (153 ratings)

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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)

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A Must Listen.

While I may not directly relate to every story, I appreciate her raw honesty and approach to telling her story. A glimpse at the fabulous Gabrielle Union who made mistakes along the way and knew how to bounce back no matter how big or small the situation she faced.

Two enthusiastic thumbs up.

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Well written! Great real life experience stories!

Gabrielle blew me away with her real life story. I truly needed wine to get through each chapter. Definitely a great read!

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it's like a girls night but better!

loved it ! I laughed, cried .
great women, great book!
I recommend this book

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Very insightful, raw and touching!

As each chapter ended I couldn't wait to hear the next! Can resonate with some of her stories, enjoyed it!

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Great

Amazing. I couldn’t stop listening. It the first one I went all the way through in a day except from when I went to bed. Gabrielle Union is a captivating story teller and knowing so much about her life. I wonder how she remembers so much. Loved it. I have A new found love of her 😊

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The hard truths not everyone wants to hear or say

thank you Gabrielle for being so authentic. she was not afraid to talk about things people are afraid to say

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Loved It

Entertaining, raw, real. I recommend listening for an authentic story that will leave you laughing and with a few tears.

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I couldn’t get enough!

Loved this book. I was actually sad to end it. Gotta own the hard copy now.

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Loved it.

it was so relatable with regards to living in this society as a black woman/person. Her raw authentic openness of her flaws and overcoming adversity was so respectable and made me more of a fan.

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Be prepared to ugly laugh and cry in public.

Full disclosure. I’ve had an arc of this book for months and just hadn’t gotten around to it. But after listening to Gabrielle on a podcast I decided to use my latest credit to get the audio book. It’s hands down one of the best use of my credits so far on audible. Her intention of making you feel like you’re just pals sitting together over wine swabbing stories comes through and it’s so refreshing! I laughed, I cried, I had people look at me weirdly in public for my visible reactions to her stories. She’s honest and real about the struggles she and people of colour face in today’s society. I can not recommend this highly enough. Do yourself a favour and download this book.

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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 Thompson
  • 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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  • Sunny James
  • 2017-11-03

Fucking. Amazing.

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

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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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  • Idalin Bobe
  • Oakland
  • 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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  • 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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  • TravelnFam
  • Somewhere, USA
  • 2017-12-05

Interesting Anecdotes, but Some Sense of Hyperbole

Gabrielle's book did hold my interest...mostly. Some of the topics were relatable to me as a black woman in her age range, but much of it seemed to be a bit exaggerated. I didn't mind the hyperbole *too* much, but what started to get to me was her incessant references to her fame and celebrity. Yes, she is a celebrity. Yes, she has some fame. And while I think she does have some really cool stuff on her resume, I like to be able to see celebrities as relatable. It seemed to me that the more she tried to be relatable, the more she felt the need to be sure the reader not forget her fame and fortune. Telling us with pomposity how rich and famous you are at the beginning of the sentence is not negated by tacking on some sort of humble verbiage toward the end. Two-thirds of the way in I was too busy rolling my eyes distracted by her hubris to really appreciate what she had to say. And that's a shame.

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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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  • Annie
  • 2017-11-10

Ok.

It had good stories and good lessons. Not as interesting as I thought. Gabrielle is a good actress but I felt like the narration was lacking. Sometimes I felt that It sounded like she's knows it all. My opinion.

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  • Vinesha Brown
  • 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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