Society’s Child by Janis Ian is full of heartaches and triumph


"I learned the truth at seventeen that love was meant for beauty queens and high school girls with clear-skinned smiles who married young and then retired…."  Janis Ian was looking at me through the television screen while my family watched her on the Mike Douglas Show.  The grooves were played smooth on 45 of that song my sister Deb and I shared and the lyric resonance was a harbinger for how we’d grow up.  Who knew?

Janis Ian’s autobiography, Society’s Child has a lot to