Born into Hollywood royalty, Jane Fonda has enjoyed a six-decade career in the entertainment industry, including seven Academy Award nominations and a wildly successful stint making home workout videos. She’s also an outspoken political activist, focusing her efforts on anti-war movements, women’s rights, and environmental campaigns. Her books include the 2005 memoir My Life So Far; 2011’s Prime Time, a guide to aging gracefully; and last year’s What Can I Do?: My Path from Climate Despair to Action.
In a By the Book interview for the New York Times, Fonda revealed her fondness for non-fiction, and the book that sparked her infamous anti-Vietnam War activism. Find her reading list below, and complement with the bookshelves of Gloria Steinem and Dolly Parton.
Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community by Robert D. Putnam
Underland: A Deep Time Journey by Robert Macfarlane
The Overstory by Richard Powers
Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths of Boyhood by William S. Pollack
In a Different Voice: Psychological Theory and Women’s Development by Carol Gilligan
A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen
The Apology by Eve Ensler
Everything by Alice Miller
The Village of Ben Suc by Jonathan Schell
“A group of American soldiers who had fought in Vietnam gave it to me. It changed my life. I left my French husband, moved back to the United States and joined the anti-Vietnam War movement.” -JF
Green Mansions by W.H. Hudson
“Reading Green Mansions when I was 12 was the most memorable. That’s when I lost awareness of reading and became the book.” -JF
(via The New York Times)