Ashlei’s Bookshelf: We’re Going to Need More Wine

Book: We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union

Genre: Celebrity Memoir

Readability: 5/5

Length: 272 pages

Cost: ~$17.00 on Amazon

Overall: 5/5

Gab Union

This book is the first celebrity memoir I’ve read, and honestly, it has me wanting to read more!

We’re Going to Need More Wine caught my eye when I first followed Gabrielle Union on Twitter, and she was talkin’ my talk — police brutality, feminism, sexual liberation, and racism. I found that we share similar passions on these topics, and she immediately became very relatable from the standpoint of a young black woman. She announced her new book of stories, We’re Going to Need More Wine, and I was like, “Hmm. I like stories… And I like wine.” In addition, I’m a huge fan of Bring It On (retired cheerleader, here!), and even followed her show Being Mary Jane on BET. She always seemed like a pretty cool human being to me, from my distant and limited perspective. I casually mentioned to my boyfriend that I was interested in reading it. It mysteriously appeared in my hands within a few weeks.

I read this entire book in 2 days. I only put it down the first night because I was sleepy after a long day! It was super funny, engaging, and really has a way of captivating the reader.

It’s separated into 20 interwoven essays. In these essays, Gabrielle Union touches on a number of topics: racism she has experienced throughout various stages in her life, a horrific robbery and sexual assault of which she was a victim, romantic relationships including her failed marriage and subsequent divorce, her relationship with NBA star husband Dwayne Wade, life as a step-mother, infertility, her relationships with her parents, and so much more. I laughed, I cried, and my jaw even dropped a few times!

Reading a celebrity memoir is kinda cool because it gives me that feeling of getting to know a seemingly superficial character on a deeper level.

They’re talking about all their “stuff”.

They’re processing the “stuff”.

And they even write about how nervous they were to put their thoughts, feelings, heart, and soul into print. For these reasons, the book also spoke to the therapist in me, and to some extent reminds me of the way that I use this site as an outlet of my own passions, experiences, and feelings.

I highly recommend this book to any young black woman who wants to feel validated, uplifted, and/or encouraged. Extremely relatable! I also recommend this book to non-black women and men of all backgrounds who are open to learning about the unique experiences of black women. I feel that Gabrielle Union hit the nail on the head with many of the stories her book.

The beginning of the book reads:

“I dedicate this book to those who have been humiliated and wanted to hide away forever. To those who have been broken and superglue wasn’t enough to help. To those who have felt frozen in fear and shame. To those who have kept smiling as their throats were closing up. To those who thought they had all the answers but realized they were sorely ignorant. I see you. I gotchu.”

And boy, did she really have me! I’ve discovered my new, unexpected, favorite genre of books. Any recommendations for good celebrity memoirs?

Be well.♥


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4 thoughts on “Ashlei’s Bookshelf: We’re Going to Need More Wine

  1. Great review. I tweeted it – the first tweet on my new, professional handle! I love celebrity memoirs too! I’ve read Smokey Robinson, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Etta James and an unauthorized Oprah (the Queen of all the Queens, ever). I’m glad you enjoyed this. Admittedly, I am not a GU fan but I love that you ventured out and found something you like.


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