- Paperback: 624 pages
- Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks; 1st edition (April 4, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812975766
- ISBN-13: 978-0812975765
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 366 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 twelve years old, her father's emotional distance, and her personal struggle to find her way in the world as a young woman.
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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 canlearn 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.
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I loved the stories about Jane’s career and movies and how the fitness videos came into being and took off. Jane takes us along on her evolving path while her life played out publicly. The rest of us don’t have to deal with that. Some people don’t like her because of lapses in judgment which she readily admits. How many of us have always made the perfect decisions? I believe her intentions have always been sincere and admire her activism with veterans and young women. She’s always striving to learn about herself and the world and her heart is in the right place. I admire her honesty in admitting her weaknesses, mistakes and pain. It takes courage.
This is a solid, introspective and entertaining read.
Jane Fonda has lived an extraordinary life. And Ms. Fonda shared everything - both the good and the bad - with us in this excellent read. Don't be scared by its almost 600 pages! It is a captivating book and a real page-turner!
Cannot recommend it enough! You will love it - and will not be able to put it down!
I was very glad that she gave the background of the trip including why she did it.
We could certainly use her passion at this time.
Very good read.