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5.0 out of 5 stars A charmer perfect for grads, April 14, 2010
This review is from: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future: Twists and Turns and Lessons Learned (Hardcover)
This tiny volume-- barely bigger than a Poptart -- will only take a half-hour or so to read. Author Michael J. Fox of television and movie fame has penned this classic little book for graduates, and it's chock full of insight, humor and interesting stories from his life.

Right up front high-school-dropout Fox poses a question to the reader: "What the hell were you thinking?" He has since earned a GED (General Equivalency Degree) and several honorary college diplomas, but all in all Fox has learned much more in Life 101: "an amazingly comprehensive education, albeit unstructured, and often unbidden."

After listing other accomplished people who also bailed on formal education (including the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp and Ben Franklin), Fox dives into stories from his youth. For example, Fox learns economics through his experiences as a teenage actor, before being cast in Family Ties, dealing with agents and taxes. Later he learns deeper lessons as a recovering alcoholic, family man and as a person stricken with Parkinson's disease.

The overall impression is of a grateful and self-deprecating man with hard-won wisdom, writing with a light touch.

Another good book for a recent grad is Dr. Seuss's incomparable Oh, the Places You'll Go!.

Here's the chapter list:

Prologue: Finally... The Beginning

Part One
Two Schools
When Am I Ever Gonna Use This Stuff?

Part Two
Economics
Comparative Literature
Physics
Political Science
Geography

Part Three
Pay Attention Kid, You Might Learn Something

Part Four
Victims of Pomp and Circumstance

The Beginning... Finally
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Initial post: May 15, 2010 12:53:03 PM PDT
An informative, helpful, and wonderful review indeed! Thank you for sharing your views.
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