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Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist Paperback – March 30, 2010
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Considering that this audio book opens with the author detailing the laborious steps necessary just to get out of bed, it's miraculous that Fox's voice sounds just as charming, stalwart and nearly as steady as it did during his long film and television career. There are no frills of any kind with this recording, but none are needed; Fox's tale is engrossing on its own. He pulls no punches describing the hardships—both physical and emotional—that accompanied his diagnosis with Parkinson's, but listeners are quickly reminded that for every challenge the disease brought, Fox trained himself to find the silver lining. The first CD is enhanced with five photos (both viewable and printable) featuring Fox; his wife of two decades, Tracy Pollan; their children; and his eponymous foundation—photos are accessible by using the embedded PDF or via a Web link. A Hyperion hardcover. (Apr.)
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"Well-written, unfailingly cheery and warm-hearted and ... truly gripping" * Daily Mail * "The book is funny, beautiful, informative and poignant. Read it" * Sunday Express * --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Remember the old saw, "I used to complain because I had no shoes, and then I met a man who had no feet"? Well, I complain because I has to get up in the morning and feed the critters (before they find and dine on her toes), and then I read Always Looking Up. After reading the struggles Mike Fox has to go through to get out of bed, I will try not to complain so bitterly that the critters can't/won't get their own breakfast! For those of you who have spent the last decade or so living in a cave, or under the ocean, and don't know -- he has Parkinson's Disease (PD).
This memoir is not in chronological order, it is in sections about what he values – Work, Politics, Faith, and Family, with a Prologue and an Epilogue. This bothers some people, but I had no problem with it.The Prologue is important, don't skip it;-)
It covers the time since his previous book, Lucky Man, and is a very entertaining read. This isn't a 'coming of age' book, but it is a 'finding myself' book. He describes how he finds humor and happiness in the most mundane things, and how he is living a happier and more satisfied life.
Michael J. Fox has long been one of my faves, and I think he has just moved to the top of that list. I love an optimist, and think there is nothing sexier than an intelligent and optimistic man. Michael J. Fox is both!
This book could have easily gone into the Why Me/Poor Me category, instead it is a testament to his ability to find the humor, and the good, in life that cloaks him with the ravages of a horrid disease.
Michael J. Fox is an actor, a devoted husband of more than 20 years, a loving father of four, and an activist. He lives with PD as an incurable Optimist.
Buy this book. Read this book. And the next time you're feeling grumpy about lack of shoes, or having to get out of bed before you're ready, remember Mike, and Muhammad Ali, and all the other people out there living with PD.
This book along with his foundation on the web, just shows you how research has made this disease manageable. How one can lead a 'normal' life even if you have PD.
I would be remiss if I did not also mention that Michael is a very gifted writer. He is as good with words as anyone I've ever read and a great deal better than most.