“The Dirt On Jane” is Jane Fishman’s anti-memoir. It’s a tale of aging, a style of gardening, a rage at having to wear two pairs of glasses to read a map in the car. It’s a meditation in maintaining a sense of humor when visiting her mother in the assisted living facility and hearing someone ask, “When did you move in?” It’s a prayer for patience when her mother says, “All I want for Mother’s Day is for you to polish your nails with some Iced Mocha I bought on sale.” It’s a look at a life that is haphazard, loopy, fun and always in need of straightening. As a judge in the Savannah Garden Exposition once said of her ten-foot-by-twelve-foot faux garden entry: “Delightful! Shows one doesn't have to spend a lot of money to enjoy gardening. Lacks cohesiveness.” For twenty years Jane Fishman has written a human interest column for the Savannah Morning News. She is the author of “Everyone’s Gotta... More > Be Somewhere,” a collection of newspaper columns. She lives in Savannah, Georgia. ISBN 978-1-4675-0404-1< Less
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By Ann Hartzell
Dec 12, 2011
Wonderful. A peek into the mind of a resilient, funny and thoughtful woman about whom "down to earth" is a literal description. A common denominator for almost everyone is the experience of caring for an aging parent. Jane's tender and cracked observations about her mother's last years take you through the full gamut of emotions. I found myself deliberately slowing my reading speed down as I neared the ending because I wanted to make it last. I hope our local independent bookstore has plenty of copies in stock, because I'm planning on giving this book to a number of friends and family members this holiday season.