Book Review: We're Going To Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union

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Published: October 17, 2017 by Dey Street Books
Genres: Memoir
Edition: E-book
Pages: 272
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Description: 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.


Five reasons I loved this book:


1. Gabrielle Union's authentic style of writing as she shares her life stories, good and bad, makes this book a memorable read for anyone who gives it a chance. She remains true to herself until the very end of this book; she cusses frequently throughout the book because she cusses in real life. For her allowing herself to come across flawed gives readers a breath of fresh air from the usual filtered celebrity persona.

2. Union covers some difficult topics throughout this book such as: rape, infertility issues, failed marriages, among other situations. Once again, the author lets herself become vulnerable with sharing her stories and allows the readers to get to connect with her on another level.


3. The author shares some childhood stories of her summers spent in Omaha, Nebraska with her grandmother. She would sneak in boys without her grandmother knowing and they along with her cousins would smoke marijuana and drink alcohol. She also lets the readers know that in her personal life she goes by the nickname "Nickie," since her middle name is Monique.


4. The author lets the readers in on the fact that she has a fear of raising her stepsons in a world surrounded with police brutality; she describes situations in the book, where she educates her stepsons about the dangers they face pertaining to their race. Union shares a story about how having her stepsons go out to walk their family pet sends her in panic mode.


5. I genuinely loved this book! Celebrities write books all the time about their lives and most tend to focus solely on the best things that have happened within their lives. It takes real courage to be vulnerable and share all parts of your life, not just the parts that put yourself in a positive light. It is this reason why Union's book is one you will be unable to put down and why it deserves a five star rating!
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