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 597 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.


  • Honesty and Transparency

    By MsTMick
    Gabrielle reveals ALL in her book! I never expected this. I applaud her for her honesty and transparency. Being brave enough to “go against the grain” of being a Star in Hollywood. Over the years learning to be her “true self” to love and be satisfied.
  • Bomb!

    By Mjherd90
    I love love love the way she told it like it was. A great read i would definitely recommend this 😍 great job Gabrielle love u
  • Next level honesty

    By Spanish-butterfly
    The honesty ‼️ This book is funny , entertaining and deep. You know how you think you know Hollywood actors and actresses? Glad to see that her book matched exactly what her on screen personality displays, bold, beautiful and vulnerable.
  • Very transparent, great read!

    By MookaPy
    I tell all of my girlfriends “you have to read Gabrielle’s book”!
  • Thank you!!

    By Chibria
    This book is worth every single penny! Gabrielle you were you honest and true self and that is what has made this book so amazing! Young black girl this is for you, older black woman this book is for you. This book is for me.
  • Awesome read!!

    By Rosepink1
    I’ve always admired Gabrielle Union and after reading this inspiring book of her and her truth I must say my admiration is at the highest peak for her. Be afraid but do it anyway! Very Encouraging thank you Gaby
  • Simply AMAZING Read!

    By Bad_Boy_E
    As a fan of Gabrielle Union, I knew I would like the book. What I know now, is that I absolutely love Nickie Union’s story, and her storytelling ability. She approaches her truths openly and honestly, in ways that I’ve never read before. She’s direct, but eases you into the rough parts; she’s funny, but makes it clear that some things aren’t always jokes; she makes poignant statements about her experiences as a Black woman in America, but doesn’t take up space in victimization. This truly is a story that any and everyone can find relatability in it’s that good! There were many times I shed a tear, thinking something either reminded me of my own story or made me remember back to a time where I may have heard a story about Gabrielle. Her ability to tackle these uncomfortable subjects openly and honestly make me love and admire her even more. I highly recommend this book; it truly is a GOOD READ!
  • All Over The Place

    By ReneefromBama
    I love Gabrielle Union! I think she's a wonderful and talented actress and I could not wait to read this book, but wow, what a disappointment! The book was all over the place, very disjointed, very hard to stay interested. So sad that I had to give it such a low rating.
  • Going To Need More Wine

    By Shun reads
    It was an excellent read! I felt as if I was part of her story. Gabrielle brought so much realness to the pages that it came alive & I had to have my glass of wine next to me.
  • Perfect book wonderful stories great writer

    By Lover pandora
    The authenticity of this book was so mesmerizing and it was so nice to actually know she’s just like one of us.