My Life So Far

My Life So Far

by Jane Fonda
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My Life So Far 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 77 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading this book, not only do I understand Jane Fonda a bit better, but I understand myself a bit better, also! Extremely well written and deeply felt, I can only say: read it and see for yourself. Wow.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I felt that Ms. Fonda gave her all in this book. It is honest, gut wrenching and heart searing. She has gone through the fire and come out the other side a whole being. I really liked it and I really like her for her caring, bravery,and her honesty. She admits her mistakes and sticks up for her beliefs. I found this to be a profound read that is giving me hope for myself in my third act.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This autobiography by Jane Fonda was wonderful. I could not put it down. I had never really followed her work, but was interested in her activism, but after reading it, I now want to see more of her films. The book is heartfelt, poignant, and also funny. Ms. Fonda put her heart and soul into writing this, and as a reader, you can tell right away. The book is divided in three acts, and in each one, ms. Fonda really touches you with what she has to write, from her difficult childhood, to her activism, to her marriages, to all that she does with teenagers today, and all the while incorporating the making of some of her biggest movies into the book. I would definately recommend this book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i reluctantly picked up this book (i don't love celebrity bios) and ended up spending an hour and a half engrossed in it before finally buying it. I have always had an ambivalent relationship with ms fonda's public image--she seemed to veer too widely from steely determination to shallow unthoughtfulness, but this book really helps me be less judgemental of her (as if i had the right!). her candor, thoughtfulnes, and insight made for very interesting reading but i was particularly impressed by her equanimity re her life choices. as a young feminist who was disapointed by her seeming transformation into a big boobed arm ornament, i once again am (reluctantly?)entralled with her. this time i find myself coloring her a role model not just for her moral purpose or her disciplined body or her beauty or her bravery but for her mature, shrug-your-shoulders-accept-yourself-we-all-make-mistakes-and-isn't-li fe-a-great-journey equanimity. and boy, has she made some fascinating choices!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My Life So Far is inspirational in its message. I love that this woman will not be buttonholed into a caricature of what others would make of her. Humans grow and change over the years. This is Gods gift to us--the ability to learn from mistakes, not keep trashing people-in her case she could have stayed angry with Henry Fonda, but she wisely put a moratorium on anger. In doing so she shows us to deal with the past and then move on. For those who cannot see that one person is not the center of all the good or evil in the world, reading this book might just provide a more textured portrait of another person's life. Those of us who have been abused as little girls and suffered the consequences throughout our lives commend her for using her experiences to help others and not sit home focusing exclusively on herself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Never, in my experience, has an author so easily evoked cathartic tears and laughter as Jane Fonda has done right from the start of her book. I look forward each day to escaping into her marvelous writing style and allowing her honesty and insight to enrich me. Here is a book that embodies so very much more depth and truth than the usual memoir to which we have grown accustomed. For example, in chapter two she writes: 'It is late at night: I can't get Vanessa to sleep; I am despondent, again deep into the bulimia; I am lying on my back on the floor, with Vanessa lying on my chest. She lifts her head and looks straight into my eyes for what seems like an eternity. I feel she is looking into my soul, that she knows me, that she is my conscience. I get scared and have to look away. I don't want to be known.' Fonda's unpretentious but keen intelligence and sensitivity enthrall, enlighten, embrace, soothe, and delight like no other autobiography I have ever read (and I am an avid bio devourer...including her father's My Life, which she seamlessly cultivates into these pages as her title suggests). In addition, the photos and their captions are not only arranged to complement the text but are priceless in their self-disclosure. My Life So Far is an extremely honest, enjoyable, and moving look not only into Fonda's soul but our own. It transcends gender, class, or culture and breaks through the ego-built, interpersonal barriers of fear in regard to intimacy that so frighten each of us. And by so doing, Lady Jayne Seymour Fonda has written a remarkable hymn to the endless power of the higher self.
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mgobluefan More than 1 year ago
Most intriguing bio I ever read. Peeled through this massive book in a week because I could not put in down. Page turner - fascinating life!
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Liked her book
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Enjoyed but did skip over a little when she seemed to repeat herself
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Dr_Wilson_Trivino More than 1 year ago
When you hear the name Jane Fonda, most individuals already have a set image. From either Hanoi Jane, Oscar Winning Actress, part of the Fonda Hollywood legacy, or wife of media mogul Ted Turner. In reading her book you discover that she is all these things and many more. The book is part memoir, confessional, and a philosophical journey into this remarkable woman. The read is more than a look at me book, but rather this is me. In her writings she is vulnerable and candid of the many peaks and valleys of her life. She is also exposes her relationship with the many men in her life, from her father Henry Fonda to the mogul Ted Turner. Fonda has had a certain rebirth late in life and is at a point where she is comfortable within her own skin. Yes, she has many good years ahead and the appropriate title My Life So Far does more than scratch the surface of the remarkable Jane Fonda. An overriding theme is that women need to move beyond their restraints and live their lives as they see fit.
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GeekGirl67 More than 1 year ago
You know how you read a bio and you have to read thru the early years to get to the good stuff? Not here!!!! This book had me from page 1. She has had a very full interesting life and you should read about it!!!
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Very interesting read...could not put it down! Fonda was honest and her life story is fascinating.
Judy Larkin More than 1 year ago
I have always felt people were too tough on Jane Fonda! Now after reading her book, I feel she could benefit from a spanking and a few lessons on how to follow through with committments and realizing just how privileged her life has been. A TRUE LOVE FOR YOUR COUNTRY JANE? hmmm...Perhaps you served only to fulfill your self thoughts as if the country was a playground for your ever changing whining! J.d.larkin
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