Jane Fonda is an Oscar- and Emmy-winning actress and highly successful producer. She revolutionized the fitness industry with the Jane Fonda Workout in 1982 and has sold more than seventeen million copies of her fitness-focused books, videos, and recordings. She is involved with several causes and is the founder of both the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention and the Jane Fonda Center at Emory University. She is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller My Life So Far, and she received a Tony nomination in 2009 for her role in 33 Variations. She lives in Los Angeles.
Thanks to Fonda's bravura reading, this eloquent abridgement of her stirring 500-page autobiography is one of the best audiobooks of the season. Her tour de force performance ranges from hilarious (an imitation of Ted Turner trying to say "monogamous") to heartbreaking (her final days with her dying father). This probing and articulate memoir follows Fonda's quest for self-discovery: "To have a good third act you need to understand what the first two have been about. I don't want to die without knowing who I am." With unsparing honesty, she admits to 30 years of bulimia and anorexia, dissects three failed marriages and details her cathartic, four-hour meeting with Vietnam vets in 1988 as a "raw, angry, emotional... exorcism" of the myth of Hanoi Jane. With the exception of Barbarella, Klute and On Golden Pond, the abridgment skims the two-time Oscar-winner's films in favor of her political awakening, budding feminism and emotional and spiritual growth. It's a fascinating, surprising journey, brought vividly to life by Fonda, who chuckles and ad-libs at will. On a side note: kudos to Random's inside packaging for including five photos from the book. Simultaneous release with Random hardcover (reviewed online at www.publishersweekly.com). (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Fonda spills it all, from Barbarella to Ted Turner. With an 11-city tour. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
"Belongs alongside the memoirs of Gloria Steinem, Bella Abzug,
Marilyn French and Katharine Graham . . . To hold this book in your
hands is to be astonished by how much living can be packed into
sixty-plus years."--Los Angeles Times
"[A] sisterly, enveloping memoir . . . an intimate, haunting book that might as well be catnip from its ever controversial author."--Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"Terrific . . . rich . . . unexpectedly quite moving."--San Francisco Chronicle "Fiercely intelligent, detailed, probing, rigorously revealing."--O: The Oprah Magazine "Fonda possesses a raw and affecting candor. . . . Her honesty [is] a force."--The Philadelphia Inquirer "A fearless book . . . fascinating."--Chicago Sun-Times "Truly compelling."--The Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Riveting."--Seattle Post-Intelligencer