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You Got Anything Stronger?: Stories
You Got Anything Stronger?: Stories | Gabrielle Union
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Remember when we hit it off so well that we decided We're Going to Need More Wine? Well, this time you and I are going to turn to our friend the bartender and ask, You Got Anything Stronger? I promise to continue to make you laugh, but with this round, the stakes get higher as the conversation goes deeper.So. Where were we? Right, you and I left off in October 2017, when my first book came out. The weeks before were filled with dreams of loss. Pets dying. My husband leaving me. Babies not being born. My therapist told me it was my soul preparing for my true self to emerge after letting go of my grief. I had finally spoken openly about my fertility journey. I was having second thoughts--in fact, so many thoughts they were organizing to go on strike. But I knew I had to be honest because I didn't want other women going through IVF to feel as alone as I did. I had suffered in isolation, having so many miscarriages that I could not give an exact number. Strangers shared their own journeys and heartbreak with me. I had led with the truth, and it opened the door to compassion. When I released We're Going to Need More Wine, the response was so great people asked when I would do a sequel. The New York Times even ran a headline reading "We're Going to Need More Gabrielle Union." Frankly, after being so open and honest in my writing, I wasn't sure there was more of me I was ready to share. But life happens with all its plot twists. And new stories demand to be told. This time, I need to be more vulnerable--not so much for me, but anyone who feels alone in what they're going through. A lot has changed in four years--I became a mom and I'm raising two amazing girls. My husband retired. My career has expanded so that I have the opportunity to lift up other voices that need to be heard. But the world has also shown us that we have a lot we still have to fight for--as women, as black women, as mothers, as aging women, as human beings, as friends. In You Got Anything Stronger?, I show you how this ever-changing life presents challenges, even as it gives me moments of pure joy. I take you on a girl's night at Chateau Marmont, and I also talk to Isis, my character from Bring It On. For the first time, I truly open up about my surrogacy journey and the birth of Kaavia James Union Wade. And I take on racist institutions and practices in the entertainment industry, asking for equality and real accountability. You Got Anything Stronger? is me at my most vulnerable. I have recently found true strength in that vulnerability, and I want to share that power with you here, through this book.
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Zoes_Human
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YES My digital audio hold is here!

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MicheleinPhilly
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Gabrielle Union is such a brave and inspiring writer. Her vulnerability and grace are once again on full display. I really admire her desire to reach back and help others up not only in her professional life, but in the telling of these stories.

Suet624 She‘s really something. quite brave. 4w
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JenReadsAlot
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Great book!

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ICantImReading
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I loved Gabrielle Union‘s first book, and this second volume of essays proved to be equally thought-provoking, funny, emotional, empowering, and passionate. I definitely recommend the audiobook and her flawless narration! 🎧

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kbuggle
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So good if not better than her first! Vulnerable and honest, if you get a chance to listen to this audiobook, do it. Union is such a delight.

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Bookjunkie57
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Highly recommended, especially if you read the first book.

#BookspinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
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Cinfhen
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Like meeting an old friend for a catch-up, this was a strong follow up to Gabrielle‘s first memoir. Touching upon both heavy and lighter moments, Nicki shares some intimate and personal stories. Enjoyable and empowering. I‘m down for another round #BringItOn ♥️#Audio

HOTPock3tt I loved the first one soo much! 💕Can‘t wait till my hold comes in on this one! 3mo
Cinfhen It‘s really good @HOTPock3tt !!! Totally worth the wait 🥰 3mo
Megabooks I loved this too!! 3mo
Cinfhen I‘ve seen lots of people saying this one was better @Megabooks but I personally responded more strongly to the first book, although this one did NOT disappoint. I LOVE her fierceness, bravery and all around awesomeness. 3mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Another solid personal essay collection! As with her first, there‘s some tremendously heavy shit, but her openness will no doubt help others who‘ve experienced the same. Union begins with an emotional retrospection on infertility. Her pain permeates the page and is especially palpable on audio. My favorite essay was about her stepdaughter Zaya, and showing unwavering parental love and support. Union is good people.

TheKidUpstairs I loved her first one! 3mo
britt_brooke @TheKidUpstairs Me, too! This is just as good, if not better. 💚 3mo
Cinfhen Union is GREAT people!! I truly believe what you see is what you get!!! I loved her Bruno Mars dance-off story 😁😂 3mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Such a great story! 3mo
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Christine
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If Gabrielle Union writes it, I will read it. I love how she‘s a lifelong learner in many areas and that she‘s so willing to share about her struggles and growth. And I really like how she connects her own experiences to the big societal picture in this one. She's of course always amazing on audio.

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Union goes even deeper with what she shares in this second emotional memoir.

Her first essay about her surrogacy journey still has me thinking. She talks about something I have dealt with - passive suicidal ideation from pre-menopause. She gives new voice to her most iconic role, Isis from Bring It On. She also discusses BLM and her journey with her transgender stepdaughter. Go with the #audiobook!

Cinfhen Sold! I‘ll probably use an Audible credit 💚 4mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 4mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Sold. I loved her first book, but definitely wanted an update. 4mo
Megabooks @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I hope you like it. I thought it was even better than her first, and I loved her first. 4mo
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I DIDNT KNOW SHE HAD A NEW BOOK OUT!

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