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My Life So Far | [Jane Fonda]

My Life So Far

She is one of the most recognizable women of our time. America knows Jane Fonda as an actress and an activist, a feminist and a wife, a workout guru and a role model. Now, in this extraordinary memoir, Fonda reveals that she is so much more. From her youth among Hollywood's elite and her early film career to the challenges and triumphs of her life today, Jane Fonda reveals intimate details and universal truths.
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Publisher's Summary

She is one of the most recognizable women of our time. America knows Jane Fonda as an actress and an activist, a feminist and a wife, a workout guru and a role model. Now, in this extraordinary memoir, Fonda reveals that she is so much more. From her youth among Hollywood's elite and her early film career to the challenges and triumphs of her life today, Jane Fonda reveals intimate details and universal truths that she hopes "can provide a lens through which others can see their lives and how they can live them a little differently."

Fonda divides her "life so far" into three "acts", writing about her childhood, first films, and marriage to Roger Vadim in Act One. At once a picture emerges: a child born to the acting legend Henry Fonda and the glamorous society princess Frances Seymour. But these early years are also marked by profound sadness: her mother's mental illness and suicide when Jane is 12 years old, her father's emotional distance, and her personal struggle to find her way in the world as a young woman.

By her second act, Fonda lays the foundation for her activism, even as her career takes flight. She highlights her struggle to live consciously and authentically while remaining in the public eye as she recounts her marriages to Tom Hayden and Ted Turner, and examines her controversial and defining involvement with the Vietnam War. As her film career grows, Fonda learns to incorporate her roles into a larger vision of what matters most in her life, and in the process she wins two Academy Awards, for Klute and for Coming Home.

In Fonda's third act, she is prepared to do the work of a lifetime, to begin living consciously in a way that might inspire others who can learn from her experiences.

Surprising, candid, and wonderfully written, Jane Fonda's My Life So Far is filled with universal insights into the personal struggles of women living full and engaged lives.

Want to hear about Jane Fonda's first date with Ted Turner? She talks about that night and more in this interview with Audible's founder and CEO, Don Katz.

©2005 Jane Fonda; (P)2005 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

  • 2005 Audie Award Nominee, Narration by the Author
  • 2005 Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award, Biography/Memoir

"Intriguing, instructive, inspirational personal exploration is enriched by a flawless, captivating author performance. It's her life in her voice - and she delivers." (AudioFile)
"Fonda's remembrances...nicely sum up more than 50 years of American history, seen through the eyes of one well-traveled woman." (Publishers Weekly)
"Whether you love her or hate her, all but her most venomous critics would have to conclude she has lived a fascinating life. As celebrity books go, this is a good one." (Houston Chronicle)

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    If you could sum up My Life So Far in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, Perceptive, Empowering


    What did you like best about this story?

    I had no idea how deeply I would become enmeshed in this book. The time I spent "with Jane" made me a different person. The book is so long that it became a sort of companion. I understand that there are people who don't like her. But I was neutral-to-positive when I got the book, and her performance is so sincere that I wish it hadn't ended. (But I'm okay. It's not one of those book endings you can't cope with. It's just the right length.)


    What about Jane Fonda’s performance did you like?

    Her writing style was close enough to her natural cadence and voice that it ebbed and flowed like a masterful performance. She was in no way detached from her own story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    You Thought You Were Nothing Like Her


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't have to make myself listen to more. It kept a steady pace, and it was actually a life-changing experience. For some reason, the movie Monster-in-Law is a favorite of mine. There was some quality about her in it that I found endlessly entertaining. If you're a woman, and you come from strong but confusing women, you're likely to sort out a lot of things in your life while listening to this audiobook.

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    Well written and read. Enjoyed the trip down memory lane with the historical events. This book started my new hobby of audible listening.

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