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Lucky Man: A Memoir [Kindle Edition]

Michael J. Fox
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (534 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A funny, highly personal, gorgeously written account of what it's like to be a 30-year-old man who is told he has an 80-year-old's disease.

"Life is great. Sometimes, though, you just have to put up with a little more crap." --Michael J. Fox

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. 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 importantly 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.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation
Michael J. Fox is donating the profits from his book to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, which is dedicated to fast-forwarding the cure for Parkinson's disease. The Foundation will move aggressively to identify the most promising research and raise the funds to assure that a cure is found for the millions of people living with this disorder. The Foundation's web site, MichaelJFox.org, carries the latest pertinent information about Parkinson's disease, including:

  • A detailed description of Parkinson's disease
  • How you can help find the cure
  • Public Services Announcements that are aired on network and cable television stations across the country to increase awareness
  • Upcoming related Parkinson's disease events and meetings
  • Updates on recent research and developments


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Amazon.com Review

The same sharp intelligence and self-deprecating wit that made Michael J. Fox a star in the Family Ties TV series and Back to the Future make this a lot punchier than the usual up-from-illness celebrity memoir. Yes, he begins with the first symptoms of Parkinson's disease, the incurable illness that led to his retirement from Spin City (and acting) in 2000. And yes, he assures us he is a better, happier person now than he was before he was diagnosed. In Fox's case, you actually might believe it, because he then cheerfully exposes the insecurities and self-indulgences of his pre-Parkinson's life in a manner that makes them not glamorous but wincingly ordinary and of course very funny. ("As for the question, 'Does it bother you that maybe she just wants to sleep with you because you're a celebrity?' My answer to that one was, 'Ah...nope.'") With a working-class Canadian background, Fox has an unusually detached perspective on the madness of mass-media fame; his description of the tabloid feeding frenzy surrounding his 1988 wedding to Tracy Pollan, for example, manages to be both acid and matter-of-fact. He is frank but not maudlin about his drinking problem, and he refreshingly notes that getting sober did not automatically solve all his other problems. This readable, witty autobiography reminds you why it was generally a pleasure to watch Fox onscreen: he's a nice guy with an edge, and you don't have to feel embarrassed about liking him. --Wendy Smith

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Product Details

  • File Size: 659 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0786867647
  • Publisher: Hyperion; 1 edition (April 9, 2003)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00606WU3S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,449 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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154 of 158 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Michael J. Fox has always been known as a nice guy. So what has he been DOING in Hollywood? In Hollywood nice guys often finish last. But in Fox's case, he beat the odds.
It's no secret that some of the Powers That Be weren't entirely enamored when, as a young Canadian "unknown," he was cast in the role as Alex, in NBC's hit t.v. comedy Family Ties. But when the show debuted he proved that he had that certain "something" -- that rare talent to link up with an audience. Call it "charisma," or likeability but it, plus
his considerable acting talents, drove the ratings -- and his show biz career -- sky-high.
Now Fox has written one of the most genuinely honest, touching and moving show biz bios ever, Lucky Man. But it is MORE than a show biz bio, because it deals with how his life was impacted by Parkinson's disease, how he coped with it, accepted it and how he wants to help others.
Lucky Man should be titled Lucky Us, because anyone who reads it can't help walking away from it a mite richer, inspired, and more appreciative of the fact that the upsides and
downsides of life sometimes coincide...but, overall, it can be a joyous ride.
Fox did NOT have this ghost written and it certainly reads like an autobiography written by an actor known for his great sense of irony and sense of humor.
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150 of 159 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely surprise April 2, 2002
Format:Hardcover
Starting into any celebrity memoir is always a little harrowing. Will Star X check their ego at the door?
Will the sugarcoating be too much to bear?
Who is going to be the target of the revenge-inspired smear campaign?
That's why Lucky Man is so refreshing. Michael J. Fox has told the story of his life and, more importantly, of his struggle with Parkinson's Disease. LUCKY MAN, though, is no sob story. Fox sees his diagnosis with PD as an opportunity to help.
"The ten years since my diagnosis have been the best ten years of my life, and I consider myself a lucky man." this quote sums up the feel of the whole book. Warm, funny and painfully honest, Fox lets us into his life both before and after PD. We learn about his family, his drinking problem and life in Hollywood, but not in the lurid way that some stars tell it. His writing is down to earth and real.
Michael J. Fox has crafted an inspirational and important book without relying on cookie-cutter tear-jerking cliche or obvious pity ploys. LUCKY MAN is the best memoir I've read in a long time.
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book about Fox, Parkinson's and life's lessons... April 8, 2002
By emt0402
Format:Hardcover
I always have an admiration for those who write autobiographies. It seems you are opening yourself up, letting everyone see who you are, learn about your mistakes, but best of all, allow people to see you are human. Michael J. Fox has done an extraordinary job with "Lucky Man". He begins the book by telling of his childhood in Canada, all leading up to his career. He talks then about his insecurities as an actor and a person. If Michael J. Fox has an ego, he leaves it checked at the door. From then, he talks about his diagnosis with Parkinson's. From his feelings that this was his punishment for not being the person he thought he should have been, through denial, anger and finally acceptance, Fox tells the world, that while he is not perfect, he is indeed lucky.
I found this book to be inspiring for anyone. It shows that things in life can either change you for the better or completely take over, but ultimately, the choice is yours. Throughout, I laughed, cried and above all, I hoped. For anyone who has ever been diagnosed with Parkinson's, for anyone, anywhere, Fox can teach us all a major lesson in life. And it is even for a good cause. I would give this book my highest recommendation.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this review refers to the audiobook December 12, 2005
Format:Paperback
Although I'm a fan of Michael J. Fox's work, I wasn't likely to read his memoir had it not been given to me. It was a tremendously pleasant surprise!!! He presented his story in a touching and captivating way - not just his plight against Parkinson's Disease, but also his early struggles to establish his career, and his family dynamics. I was impressed with the almost reverent way he spoke of his wife Tracy, an actress with whom I have very limited familiarity but now greatly admire for her strength and her support of him.

At times, the PD part of the story got very medically technical, but that held special interest to me as a health professional. It's not just helpful to those suffering from the disease, but also to allow the general public to truly understand what PD patients go through. I also appreciated the unbiased way he explained the stem-cell research controversy, and although he is clearly in favor, I now understand the Catholic church and President Bush's opposition to it (that because they use embryoes created in IVF procedures, there is potential for unethical "farming" and need for stricter control to make sure no one is creating embryoes for the purpose of destroying them for research.)

This book totally exceeded my expectations!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Genuine... humorous...
I was pleasantly surprised at how intelligently written this book was. Michael J. Fox uses self-deprecating humor throughout the book which makes him even more endearing than most... Read more
Published 13 hours ago by ME
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring read
I found this book open and honest. It is an eye opener and has educated me. Michael, doesn't seek sympathy and his determination to keep going and working is an inspiration to all. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Aileen Donagher McGowan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Great book! Didn't realize how much he had gone through all his life. Will probably read it again!
Published 21 days ago by Jonathan H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Michael J. Fox!
I grew up with Michael J. Fox and I found it heartwarming to learn how he has persevered through so much and become such a lucky man.
Published 22 days ago by Rocket
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good quick read
It is a good book for a quick read. Upbeat. Was surprised to learn how long he waited to go public.
Published 25 days ago by Kay
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative and well written
I'm an English teacher, and I appreciate good writing. I've always heard that celebrities have little to do with the books that carry their names, but I've also read that Michael... Read more
Published 1 month ago by A teacher man
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Honest, touching...my heart goes out to this amazing force of a man and the PD community...I hope galloping progress has been made towards finding a cure for Parkinson's... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Diana
5.0 out of 5 stars An inside look at PD
Great read, I recommend this book to anyone who knows or works with people with Parkinson's. It brings new light to a disease that has no cure with the realization that there is... Read more
Published 2 months ago by GenVargas
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Sad story, but terrific guy! Happy customer
Published 2 months ago by Virginia Lynes-lumsden
5.0 out of 5 stars All of need to find our own path to happiness and this book has some...
This book is interesting to read and wise in a way that shows that there is a way to be inspired and blessed by life's tragedies. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Geraldine
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Michael J. Fox is best known today for his hit Channel Four sitcom Spin City that he also produced. In the eighties he became an international mega-star, first through TV shows such as Family Ties, then through the record-breaking Back To The Future movies.

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