We're Going to Need More Wine

We're Going to Need More Wine

Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 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.
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780062694010
Branch Call Number: EAUDIOBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (7 audio files) : digital
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Additional Contributors: Union, Gabrielle
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Aug 01, 2020

loved the reader and the story

OPL_MelanieS Mar 01, 2018

Union’s engrossing delivery of her essays showcases her raw, honest stories of her life. Listening to Union tell the stories herself in the audio version brings a real connection to the author and her accounts. These stories run the spectrum of light and humorous to heart-wrenching and impassioned. Whether you’re reading for her mentions of Omaha or behind-the-scenes looks at movies and TV shows or for her powerful messages of race and gender, you won’t be disappointed.

Nov 13, 2017

In the audio version, this collection of biographical essays is narrated by the author. She has an emotional range that can bring the listener to laughter and/or tears depending on the topic. From her growing up days in Pleasanton, California and Omaha, Nebraska to her rape while working at Payless Shoes to her infertility struggles, Union is open and brutally honest with her audience. Whether she's talking about her parents' divorce, her early days as an actress, or color stratification within the black community, the author pulls no emotional punches with herself or the listener.


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