Allison Janney's Bookshelf
By Jane Fonda
My mother gave me this memoir as a present. I thought, "Well, I'll just flip through it." But I was entranced. Before this, I hadn't thought about all the things Jane Fonda has done—the careers, different relationships, her adolescent pregnancy prevention campaign in Georgia. At the same time, she's brutally honest about her self-doubt (something I definitely suffer from). I was so impressed that she was able to walk through the muck and keep reinventing herself. She's a woman who strives to be authentic. She refers to her life in terms of "acts," and she feels as if she's in the last one—I think it's brave to imagine: "How am I going to use the time I have left?"