Lucky Man

Lucky Man

A Memoir

Large Print - 2002
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In September 1998, Michael J. Fox stunned the world by announcing he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease - a degenerative neurological condition. In fact, he had been secretly fighting it for seven years. The worldwide response was staggering, particularly to him. Fortunately, he had accepted the diagnosis and by the time the public started grieving for him, he had stopped grieving for himself. Now, with the same passion, humor, and energy that Fox has invested in his dozens of performances over the last 18 years, he tells the story of his life, his career and his campaign to find a cure for Parkinson's. Combining his trademark ironic sensibility and keen sense of the absurd, he recounts his life - from his childhood in a small town in western Canada to his meteoric rise in film and television which made him a worldwide celebrity. Most important, however, he writes of the last 10 years during which - with the unswerving support of his wife, family, and friends - he has dealt with his illness. He talks about what Parkinson's has given him - the chance to appreciate a wonderful life and career and the opportunity to help search for a cure and spread public awareness of the disease. He is a very lucky man indeed. Michael J. Fox began his career as the lovable Alex P. Keaton, the star of the popular sitcomFamily Ties. Since then his career has been a nonstop success story, with blockbuster movies likeBack to the Future, The Secret of My Success,Doc Hollywoodand most recently as the lead voice in the animated filmStuart Little.In the summer of 2001 he was the lead voice in Disney'sAtlantis: The Lost Empire. Michael has won numerous awards, including four Golden Globes, four Emmy awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, GQ Man of the Year, and the People's Choice Award. He retired recently from his award-winning role onSpin City,where he portrayed Michael Flaherty, New York City's favorite deputy mayor.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, c2002
Edition: 1st large print ed. --
ISBN: 9780375431418
0375431411
Branch Call Number: 791.43028/FOX

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thomd
Jul 03, 2015

Listened to this on my drive across state. Read by the author (yay) and abridged (boo). A rambling memoir between career and disease and coping with both. I enjoyed parts of this book despite the writing style. Wouldn't seek out the unabridged version. Learned a lot about Parkinson's Disease. Now have a strong desire to rewatch Family Ties. Overall rating - liked it but didn't love it.

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nurse88
Dec 27, 2010

Michael J Fox's memoir about the ups and downs of his very public career is intertwined with stories from his childhood and ultimately his brave battle with early onset Parkinson's Disease. Despite the devastating effects of PD on his body it is clear from this memoir that Michael leads a life full of happiness and hope. His dedication to research into PD is to be admired. An interesting biography and positive story of hope and determination. Great read!

smc01 Jul 23, 2009

I read this one after reading his second book, Notes from an incurable optimist. This is not a typical celebrity biography. There is real substance here, and inspiration to be taken from the way Fox deals with Parkinson's Disease.

nadian Mar 18, 2008

Michael J. Fox brings the same wit, humour and insight that has graced his most famous roles. His memoir is both enganging and entertaining!

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Cabby
Nov 08, 2007

Inspiring. He's a great writer.

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