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It might seem a little strange to say that Gabrielle Union burst on the scene in 2017 with her beloved and best-selling memoir We’re Going to Need More Wine—after all, she was a famous actress who started in the business back in the 90s. But the success of that first memoir, which introduced readers to a person they really liked and connected with, was rare and somewhat unexpected. This wasn’t just another celebrity book. It was a funny and thoughtful read, and Gabrielle Union’s voice was like that of a good friend.

The connection that first book provided made many hope for a second. Welcome You Got Anything Stronger: Stories. In this new book, Gabrielle Union goes deeper, more vulnerable. In fact, she writes that she’s found new strength in being more vulnerable. This is a great gift for anyone who loved the first book, and for anyone who could use a talk with a good friend over the holidays.

We asked Gabrielle Union what she has read and loved lately. Here’s what she told us:

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Misty Copeland is a world-renowned prima ballerina and a trailblazer in the field as the first Black female principal dancer for American Ballet Theater. Copeland is also a best-selling author, and her latest is a gorgeous book called Black Ballerinas: My Journey to Our Legacy, written for ages 10 and up. Beautifully illustrated, Black Ballerinas celebrates 27 ballerinas of color who inspired Copeland and who paved the way for past and future generations of young women.

Copeland’s new book immediately captures a reader’s attention, and we wondered what books have had the same effect on her this year. Below are the four she chose as her favorites and why.

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