We're Going to Need More Wine - Gabrielle Union

We're Going to Need More Wine

By Gabrielle Union

  • Release Date: 2017-10-17
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 1,017 Ratings



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.


  • Great read

    By jcrf21
    Loved the rawness of this book. Can’t wait to read the next
  • Loved this book

    By MarzaBraca
    Gabrielle is so down-to-earth! She tells her real life stories that are funny, serious, sad at times and triumphant without sugar coating it. Also gives a real prospective in what black Americans are still enduring in this day and age. Helped me understand this reality I wouldn’t have ever known. Highly recommend this book
  • We’re going to need more wine

    By Bethany Panda
    Effortlessly cool, self deprecating, honest and entertaining.
  • A window into who she truly is.

    By 189546
    Gabrielle writes with an honest vulnerability that draws the reader into the story. We see her beyond her movie star role.
  • A new side of Gabrielle

    By smartinez89*
    I’ve watched a few Gabrielle union myself and been envious of her never ending fountain of youth. This book shows a different side of union. One the tabloids don’t cover. One the Instagram captions don’t have enough room for. Such an eye opening read, ENJOY!
  • Must Read

    By Audrey Dawn
    Loved it! She spoke to you like a friend in her inner circle and every page had meaning and thoughtfulness. Highly recommend!
  • I loved this

    By Kprice92
    If I hadn’t been scrolling through my book store, I would have never known about this book. And if I had never read this book I wouldn’t know what kind of things that Gabrielle had to endure to get where she is. The lessons she had to learn. And the choices that make her who she is. I don’t typically write book reviews but I had to for this one. Sometimes as a regular middle class person we don’t think about the experiences that make our favorite actresses or actors or celebrities. We just see them as the characters in movies or tv shows and that’s the extent of it. I appreciate Gabrielle being as open and honest and real as she could be when she wrote this. I just love that she doesn’t sugarcoat any of her decisions or things that she went through. Thank you Nickie for this.
  • Amazingly funny and relatesble

    By Carmskiii
    Gabrielle Union did an amazing job with this book. It was both hilarious and serious, made you cry and laugh. While reading the whole book I felt like I was sitting with a girlfriend just listening to her life story. Great job Gabrielle!
  • RAW

    By bcob32
    Amazing book
  • Read it and then read it again.

    By carolinesierra
    If I could rate this book 100 starts I would. I am not a reader, but I was going on a long trip and knew that I needed something to occupy my time. I read this entire book in less than a day. As a 23 year old this taught me the importance of confidence, vulnerability, family, and tribulations. Not every story is perfect, but it’s worth it. 10/10 Gabrielle and thank you. ❤️