You Got Anything Stronger?: Stories by Gabrielle Union & Kevin Carr O’Leary, Narrated by Gabrielle Union
Published September 14th 2021 by HarperAudio
4 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I did not read or listen to “We’re Going to Need More Wine” by Gabrielle Union, but after listening to “You Got Anything Stronger?” I am going to see if I can find the audiobook. This book is a wonderful memoir following Gabrielle Union Wade’s life from 2017 to the present. It does not mince words, it is honest, heartfelt and at times difficult to listen to. As a black woman, she deals with racism and prejudice. She shares her struggles to have a child, eventually using a surrogate. She deals with issues around being married to a sports star/hero (Duane Wade) who is often on the road. She supports her step-daughter when she comes out as transgender, and then there are just all those issues women deal with as a working wife and mother. As much as serious issues are dealt with, there is also humor, at times making me laugh out loud. I am in awe that she shared such personal and emotional moments, but we can all learn from them. I really enjoyed this audiobook. Gabrielle Union, the author, narrates the book, which I always enjoy, making it seem like I was sitting and talking to her. I definitely recommend this memoir and if you can listen to it, even better. Now, I am off to see if I can get the first book. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.
Live Your Life: My Story of Loving and Losing Nick Cordero by Amanda Kloots
Published June 15th 2021 by Harper
5 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Live your life was an extremely emotional and heartbreaking story, but with Faith and an uplifting message. I think everyone in North America heard about Nick Codero. He was one of the first, healthy celebrities who died from Covid, one with no prexisting conditions and one who had taken all the precautions at the time. Many people followed along, prayed and cheered for every upward turn he took in his Covid journey. For those who might not know this story at all, Nick is a Canadian singer who was a success on Broadway. On a move to LA to begin a new chapter in his life, Nick contracted Covid. This is the story of his life from when he met his wife, Amanda Kloots, the birth of his son, Elvis and his fight to survive the Cornavirus.
I learned about Nick and Amanda through media not long after she began sharing their story. I followed along crying, cheering and praying. When I heard about this book, I jumped at the chance to read it. I took my time as I wanted to experience Amanda’s feelings as she shared them with the world. I was awed by her positivity while going through everything and that of her and Nick’s families as well. This was a journey that was not taken alone. The world was with her and as I read about what she received from family as well as strangers, I was heartbroken, but also felt their faith and strength. I can not adequately describe how this book made me feel. It gave such a boost to my faith and I can not recommend this one highly enough. I must thank Mischenko from ReadRantRock&Roll for introducing me to this book. Check out her review here.