Doris Revisited

Nowadays I go to the library with books in mind. Or I go planning to pull an old favorite. Rarely do I end up checking out a book completely out of the blue. I did last week, and I could not have been more pleased with it.

First of all, the title caught my eye: The Thing About Jane Spring.
It was catchy and seemingly light-hearted–maybe even humorous, which is totally my thing. The cover was equally promising with it’s jaunty colors, fun font, and little sparkles. But the book flap TOTALLY did it for me.

This book was about a rigid, outspoken, virtually charmless lady lawyer who was clueless as to why no man would date her more than once. After a couple bottles of wine one evening, coupled with a Doris Day marathon on TV, she figured it out: she needed to be more like Doris, because men like Cary Grant and Rock Hudson LOVE Doris. So she decided to reinvent herself as Doris Day, and as you can imagine, hilarious hijinks ensued.

Now I love Doris Day. I’ve always loved Doris Day. She’s more everyday than Grace Kelly (whom I also adore), more grown up than Audrey Hepburn (ditto), and more relatable than Sophia Loren. For anyone who hasn’t grinned their way through a Doris Day movie, I must say, you’re just not letting her charm you. Give her another shot! And then read this book. Written by Sharon Krum, it is everything Doris is herself: sparkling, silly, flirty, sophisticated, and just plain fun.

Posted in book review club, doris day on 08/18/2010 12:41 am


  1. This does sound like a fun read. :) Hey, did I confirm your friendship on facebook? I hope so. I meant to.

  2. It definitely looks like a really fun read.

  3. It's funny that you'd use a clip from Pillow Talk – I saw that movie for the first time a couple of weeks ago. Absolutely loved it! So using that as somewhat of a comparison for the book makes it a must check out book. :)

  4. David Cranmer

    You know, my charmer and I caught an old Hudson-Day flick awhile back and it was great fun. And Doris is a looker!

  5. Teenage Bride

    Doris Day!!!! Love her records I was listening to a few old ones last night aaaahhh Doris!!!

  6. Doris definitely is more relatable than other classic movie actresses.

  7. sounds very cute! doris day is awesome :)

  8. Alyssa Goodnight

    It is cute! You must read it!

    And Lucy, I have a special place in my heart for Pillow Talk–probably my favorite Doris movie. Although…if you haven't seen That Touch of Mink or Glass Bottom Boat, I recommend them too. The book also referenced a Doris Day/Rock Hudson movie I hadn't seen before: Lover Come Back. It is now on hold at the libary. :)

    Good for you, David!

  9. I LOVE Doris Day, too. My favorite movie of hers is Calamity Jane (actually it's one of my all time faves).

    Huge congrats on the sale, just saw it on PM!!!!!!!!

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