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Author: Gabrielle Union Narrator: Gabrielle Union Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2017 ISBN: 9780062694010
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “As she treats listeners to her honest, soul-baring story, Union pauses during the tough moments and laughs out loud during the happy ones. She becomes giddy and talks fast when sharing a story about sneaking out as a teen. Her voice becomes hoarse with shock as she shares revelations about not wanting to be different while growing up…The actress’ touching personal stories about race, fame, sexuality, feminism, and family leave a lasting impression.”


  • “Stunning…an affirmation of [Union’s] uncanny insight and profound capacity for empathy.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “[A] thought-provoking, funny, tell-it-like-it-is essay collection.”


  • “Moving.”


  • “Searing and powerful.”

    Washington Post

  • “I love this woman and her book.”

    Mindy Kaling, New York Times bestselling author

  • “The predilection to go from talking about the latest humiliating sexual position to a debate on politics or racism, that’s exactly what this book felt like to me, an honest conversation with Gabrielle about her life. I appreciate her integrity, love her humor and openness about her life…Go, girl.”

    Chelsea Handler, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “If you ever thought, ‘I could be friends with Gabrielle Union,’ then We’re Going to Need More Wine is the book for you. It’s honest, raw, and funny. Union’s vulnerability about her flaws and mistakes, and also pride in her triumphs, will not only make you feel as though you’re seeing yourself reflected, but will also inspire you to be your most authentic self. It makes me excited to see where she is going next as a person and as an author. Give me book number two already, please!”

    Phoebe Robinson, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A hilarious and moving memoir from a natural storyteller. Gabrielle Union explores love, family, trauma, and racial identity in a book that somehow manages to be both heartbreakingly honest and laugh-out-loud funny.”

    Brit Bennett, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Throughout, Union is warm, outspoken, laugh-out-loud funny, and unafraid to reveal painful moments or the versions of herself that had a thing or two to learn…Sure to be a crowd-pleaser, and deservedly so.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Personal, reflective moments that reveal various aspects of an actress and activist’s life.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • New York Times bestseller
  • People Pick of the Week for Super-Revealing Celeb Memoirs to Read Right Now
  • A 2018 Audie Award Finalist for Best Autobiography/Memoir Narration
  • An October 2017 LibraryReads Pick

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About the Author

Gabrielle Union is an actress and activist. She stars as the titular character in the critically acclaimed drama Being Mary Jane on BET. She is an outspoken activist for women’s reproductive health and victims of sexual assault. She lives in Miami, Florida.