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Lucky Man: A Memoir Paperback – April 9, 2003
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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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I am fortunate to be the current President and CEO of the Parkinson's Action Network, pushing Congress to provide increased investment in Parkinson's disease research. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Ted Thompson
Infectious and exceptionally creative writing style. Profound and insightful. Funny, poignant. An eye-opening look into the highs and lows of Fox's life. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Stephen Harris
Really gives you an inside look into the onset of his illness but with a lot of fun industry stuff along the way!Published 1 month ago by Ben Albert
A quick and easy read! You can almost pretend that Mr. Fox is reading the story to you. I can't wait to read the others.Published 2 months ago by Carlos Lopez
This covers his growing up, early Hollywood years, and the discovery and coming to terms with his Parkinson’s disease. Read morePublished 2 months ago by perry man
This is one of the best memoirs I've ever read. Michael is a wonderful writer and this book is bristling with honesty and heart. Read morePublished 3 months ago by ✿LullabyOfBirdland✿
Excellent book gives insight into the life & strength behind the cameraPublished 3 months ago by Debbie