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Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist Hardcover – March 31, 2009
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Michael J. Fox began his career as the lovable Alex P. Keaton, the star of the poular sitcom Family Ties. Since then, his career has been a nonstop success story, with blockbuster movies like Back to the Future, The Secret of my Success, Doc Hollywood, and the lead voice in Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire. He retired from his award-winning role on Spin City. Michael has won numerous awards, including four Golden Globes, four Emmys, two Screen Actors Guild awards, GQ Man of the Year, and the People's Choice award.
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Apart from that, the book falls apart. There is a good third of it devoted to his political persuasions, which is respectful, but over-indulgent. Many pages go by detailing his feelings about his verbal attack by Rush Limbaugh. Another section in the book details his experiences with religion, which are mildly interesting, but not very unique in any way. Then there's another section of the book devoted to his outlook on fatherhood, which, while admirable, is pretty boringly pedestrian. If this book wasn't written by Michael J. Fox, you would be asking yourself "why am I reading this?"
Overall, it's alright, but too self-indulgent and not focused enough at times. The book could be condensed to under 50 pages and tell a better story. Instead, it's filled with boring stories about how his kids ask him "are we there yet" on long car rides, diatribes against stem cell research opponents, and name-dropping with celebs he meets with on the journey. Not enough to call this a great book. But OK for fans of his.
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This sequel to Michael J. Fox's "Lucky Man" takes us deeper into to his work, politics, faith, and family life. As a PD patient, I appreciate Michael's amazing commitment to advocate for research and a cure. His courageous willingness to demonstrate what Parkinson's Disease looks like is inspiring. There are no words to adequately express the impact Michael has had on me and millions of others fighting this terrible disease. Highly recommended!
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i thought i should have read "lucky man" first as michael j fox makes a few references to passages from it - however, at this point in the book, i don't feel i'm missing too much since it has (so far) been preluded to, or followed by, a sentence or two to put it into context.
as a teenager in the late 80's i watched family ties regularly, and later a fan of spin city, with back to the future and teen wolf in between. i can't help but picture him in one or another of these roles as i'm listening to him - it's great - hearing michael j fox's story (well part of it anyway) in his own words with his own voice - who the person is behind these characters he's portrayed, and what he was coping with while acting them.