We're Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True
Booklist Reviews 2017 October #1
*Starred Review* Union's collection of wide-ranging, insightful, and funny essays is full of the candid stuff that readers love to find in celebrity memoirs, along with genuine storytelling and bare emotion, which are rarer. She grew up in a conservative, white Oakland suburb, and it was a revelation to spend summers in her teens with her grandma in Omaha, where she could "relearn blackness" with a crew of black friends. A devastating sexual assault in her teens left her with permanent scars and inspired her to work with other young victims, while losing a friend to cancer much too young got her involved with women's-health advocacy. She talks about race and colorism, sex and breakups, double standards, and competition among women in Hollywood. She's wide open about her "crash-and-burn" first marriage, dodging the press' constant hounding while trying to get pregnant through IVF (in a chapter called "Get Out of My Pussy"), and the realities and fears of raising three young black men with her husband, Dwyane Wade. 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. This is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, and deservedly so. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.
LJ Reviews 2017 May #2
A longtime star of film and TV who currently plays the title role in BET's Being Mary Jane, for which she won an NAACP Image Award, Union is also an activist supporting women's reproductive health and victims of sexual assault. Herself an assault victim, Union here offers forthright essays on power, color, gender, feminism, and fame. With a 200,000-copy first printing.Hangings at the witches' tree in a little English village, but some ghosts are good at solving crimePREPUB ALERT ONLINE:
LJ Reviews 2017 December #1
Union's raw and unflinching portrayal makes you feel like you're getting to know a new friend, or reacquainting yourself with an old one. Each essay brings readers closer into the fold and forces us to question our own truths. We learn about Union's struggle to lead a "double life"—retreating from her blackness to fit in at a mostly white school in California while trying to embrace it among skeptical black friends in Omaha, her internal meanderings over hair and makeup that carry specific cultural weight (Natural hair or weave? Narrow the nose, or…?), and the unequal expectations carried by people of color as they navigate professions that make them an "other." Union also details her experience as a rape survivor and includes these telling lines: "I am grateful I was raped in an affluent neighborhood with an underworked police department (and) overly trained doctors and nurses. The fact that one can be grateful for such things is… ridiculous." Considering that the narrative of sexual violence in the United States largely focuses on white women, Union's voice as a survivor holds unique importance and poignancy. That said, she is much more than this single experience, as her book boldly shows.