Did you know that March is Women's History Month? I didn't. I was passing through Barnes and Noble the other day and saw a display with the sign Women's History Month. So I asked the clerk if this was a Barnes and Noble thing like Hallmark makes up like Grandparent's Day. The look she gave me could have fried me to the spot. Apparently, this month long celebration has been around for a while. Then she smugly informed me that March 8th was International Women's Day. Now I was insulted…I never got flowers or a card and I'm a woman!!
Anyway, what drew me to the display was a book by Jane Fonda, "My Life So Far." I know, I know, this blog is about "Women's Fiction," but she has played a bunch of fictional characters. And besides, I was just fortunate enough to see her at a Women's Lecture series (thanks for taking me Mary!). What a story! I'm surprised Lifetime hasn't made it into a movie yet. Lousy relationship with her father, mother commits suicide when Jane's 12, three marriages (the most recent to Ted Turner and even though now divorced, it appears she still is in love with), political scandal (let it go people…haven't you said something in the past 40 years you'd like to take back?), eating disorder and a workout video…whew!!!
Well, I had to pick up the book at the South Milwaukee Public Library (blatant plug). Since I seldom have the patience for nonfiction, I didn't read it. But I did look at the pictures and let me tell you there's nothing wrong with just doing that. It's like visiting someone and looking through their family album and reminiscing. I did, after all, grow up with Henry, Jane and Peter Fonda movies.
Bottom line…"Happy Women's History Month"….your card is in the mail.