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Written By: Gabrielle Union

Narrated By: Gabrielle Union

Date: October 2017

Duration: 7 hours 49 minutes



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.


  • April G

    Well done with many laugh out loud moments. Thank you "Nicky" for sharing!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

  • Karla C

    So great and inspirational!! She is so strong and I hope she writes more!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

  • Lerato D.

    LOVE IT! She was able to highlight issues that some have chose to keep under wraps! She really ‘brought It!’ I hope she will bring many more books.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • Charlene P

    I really enjoy the brutal honesty, made me laugh out loud and raised important issues as well. Nikki is a remarkable and brave lady.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • Tarricke M

    I just know she’s one of my best-friends in my head. Always been a fan, and love you for keeping it real. Thanks for sharing with us! Amazing book and great stories.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • E Coe

    Love love LOVE this book. Enjoyed hearing of her truths and how they resembled much of my own life experiences! Such an enjoyable book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Traci W

    I love your truths! This book is such an amazing eye opener. It activated the suppressed feeling for healing. You know your worth, you are worth it!!! TWS

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Micheal A

    Deny her everything, but you won't take away her realness, honesty and sincerity. If you miss tales by moonlight (Biafran culture) by your grandma... welcome home. Gabrielle Union nailed it!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Karla T.

    Only this actress can tell her story!! I’m so glad she chose to narrate he book. We definitely need more wine.

  • Jennifer B.

    I laughed, I cried, I learned through beautifully told stories of vulnerability and strength.

  • C D.

    There were times I had to pause just to laugh. This book had its funny moment but there are also some serious and moving life issues she addresses too. Lovely book and I'm on to hear her next one.

  • Anonymous

    Gabrielle’s self-discovery is revelatory. I enjoyed her frank, raw language, her insights into Black Hollywood, and her open discussion of her infertility. In summary, she is, with the exception of her star status, like all women of color. We struggle, we survive. The unflattering aspect of her memoir was the discussion of her friend’s breast cancer. The story revolves, not around the woman, but on how her cancer diagnosis made Gabrielle feel. Sometimes ego can eclipse the most poignant moments and leave a sour note.

  • Anonymous

    Soooooooooooooooooooo good. I could NOT put this book down. Gabrielle chats with you like she’s your girlfriend. I laughed, cried, learned and was challenged. Highly recommend and very entertaining.


    I’m sure my neighbours thought I was crazy … was literally laughing out loud the whole time!!! I loved this book.

  • Anonymous

    Tells it like it was — and is. Full of heart and brains — tears and smiles.

  • Courtney M.

    I loved this book

  • Kim M.

    GabrielIe Union narrating her own book really brought the stories to life. I absolutely loved the transparency!

  • Cathrine Aoll

    Very good read. I felt connected to the author; like my friend was telling me a story.

  • Anonymous

    Laugh out loud funny. Honest and fair. Relatable and comforting. It reads like your best friend telling you a story while we’re at dinner. Really enjoyed it.

  • Suzanne E.

    have always loved Gabrielle Union.. after reading, I love her even more...

  • Jaree N.

    I like that she narrated the book. It was well written and easy to get through. I feel like she is more fun than I expected her to be.

  • Angela Aponte

    This was such a good read. Gabrielle's candid and humble account of her personal journey had me completely engrossed. I listened to the audio version and she is such a good story teller. I have a lot of respect for her as a woman with some of the same fears and insecurities as most women. And her story of the growth and transformation as a human being is inspiring. I truly enjoyed her story and have shared it with all my girlfriends.

  • Stevana R.

    Gabrielle does great at narrating. I’ve listened to this book 3 times and enjoy it each time.

  • Anonymous

    Excellent Book

  • Victoria M.

    I loved this book! It was so relatable and touched on so many different real life issues. I would highly recommend.

  • Monica A.

    Great book. Very inspiring and empowering, go read it!!!

  • Ceri-Anne W.

    Truly amazing book. I felt she totally opened up about her struggles.. Her highs and her lows... Loved everything about this book

  • Jerome P.

    Thank you, I wish I didn’t wait so long to read a book I planned to read so much time ago.... thank you: perfect book... real and a beautiful ending

  • Zakiya R.

    Super-relatable for any women who grew up in the 80s/90s.

  • Tannia C.

    I really enjoyed hearing this book. It’s was emotional and some parts were really funny. I would look to hear more.

  • Carolina G.

    This book was refreshing! Gabrielle reminds us that she too is flawed, and that it’s okay to be raw! As a step mother myself I love that she divulged into the nitty gritty details that no one wants to talk about it this role, bravo Gabrielle!

  • Lilian T.

    I enjoyed this immensely. A very real read that will have you laughing, nodding your head in agreement with an “oh yeah” to follow and getting all up in your feelings right along with the narrator. Didn’t want the book to end.

  • Lisa C.

    Love it. Really raw in places, beautifully read- cuss words and all.

  • Alexis R.

    An amazing insight into your world, what you dealt with, experienced, learned and overcame. Thank you for this gift of authenticity!

  • Jennay R.

    Very good, transparent peak into her life that is so relatable!

  • Kim F.

    Such a great book! I didn’t really know very much about her before this book. She shares her stories so honest and clearly; she is so brave and vulnerable! This book changes the way I think about things.

  • Anonymous

    Loved the honesty made me smile laugh and really think about life x

  • ROBBI G.

    I throughly enjoyed reading this. I loved that the book was narrated in her voice. It felt like we were having a conversation.

  • Anonymous

    Amazing book. Amazing woman Gabrielle Union is.

  • Traci B.

    Great read, but you can't be squimish or listen with your kids in the car!! I laughed out loud and talking back when she talked about what it's like being a black woman and having those talks with our black sons. So many experiences of my life, as a black girl raised in a white environment, that I completely related to. Gret read, Nikki!!!

  • Kalena N.

    I learned a lot about Gabriel Union from reading this book. Great book but it’s not in order. In other words it’s in female style. She jumps around in the book a lot just like us females when we’re telling a story

  • Savannah M

    I felt her so much in this book! She’s a phenomenal story teller as well! I thoroughly enjoyed it & have told all the women I know to read it or listen if they haven’t done so already!

  • Shanada K

    I love this book. I love Gabrielle and I really hope she writes another book. Thank you for sharing this Nicky.

  • makhosazana n

    I went through it twice in two days, and feel like repeating over and over. I am not sure if it is the impact and authenticity of GU's voice or the rawness of the story, but it is worth every cent. I hope this is not her last book.

  • Marvin j

    Excellent Book!!!! Great read!!!

  • Joan G

    Loved it

  • Robin D

    I loved the honesty of the book. Each story shared allowed you to see life and share memories through the eyes of the author.

  • April K

    This book was really good! I took some valuable tips from this book!! great read!

  • Keyshawn W

    Love the book!! Would like to see more work from her she's always been one of my favorite Actress.

  • Stephanie J

    I laughed, cried, thought about my own life experiences. Thank you Nikki for sharing your truth with us all.

  • Lusa B

    Where to begin? Nikki did not disappoint! She told her truths, her way and provided an UP CLOSE and PERSONAL overview of her life experiences. WOW. I appreciate you Nikki! Thank you for sharing in such an authentic, down to Earth, funny and caring way. Bravo!

  • Myrna b

    One of the BEST books I’ve read/listened to in a long time. “NIKKI” made you feel like you were in her living room sharing a glass of Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California. Listening to her made me laugh, cry, sob, feel empowered, strong , uplifted and so much more. Her writing is raw, authentic, intelligent, street savvy and pure. I swear she and I were separated at birth! I hope she writes More she is the new millennium Oprah!

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