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Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist - Michael J. Fox
Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist
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There are many words to describe Michael J. Fox: Actor. Husband. Father. Activist. But readers of Always Looking Up will soon add another to the list: Optimist. Michael writes about the hard-won perspective that helped him see challenges as opportunities. Instead of building walls around himself,... show more
There are many words to describe Michael J. Fox: Actor. Husband. Father. Activist. But readers of Always Looking Up will soon add another to the list: Optimist. Michael writes about the hard-won perspective that helped him see challenges as opportunities. Instead of building walls around himself, he developed a personal policy of engagement and discovery: an emotional, psychological, intellectual, and spiritual outlook that has served him throughout his struggle with Parkinson's disease. Michael's exit from a very demanding, very public arena offered him the time-and the inspiration-to open up new doors leading to unexpected places. One door even led him to the center of his own family, the greatest destination of all. The last ten years, which is really the stuff of this book, began with such a loss: my retirement from Spin City. I found myself struggling with a strange new dynamic: the shifting of public and private personas. I had been Mike the actor, then Mike the actor with PD. Now was I just Mike with PD Parkinson's had consumed my career and, in a sense, had become my career. But where did all of this leave Me? I had to build a new life when I was already pretty happy with the old one.. Always Looking Up is a memoir of this last decade, told through the critical themes of Michael's life: work, politics, faith, and family. The book is a journey of self-discovery and reinvention, and a testament to the consolations that protect him from the ravages of Parkinson's. With the humor and wit that captivated fans of his first book, Lucky Man, Michael describes how he became a happier, more satisfied person by recognizing the gifts of everyday life.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781401303389 (1401303382)
Publisher: Hyperion
Pages no: 276
Edition language: English
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newwavepolly
newwavepolly rated it
A very sweet, touching book about a lovely person. Also probably the best book I'll ever find in a Dollarama.
Mallory Kellogg, Chubbygirlreads
Mallory Kellogg, Chubbygirlreads rated it
2.0
I started this book with high hopes and was disappointed. I can't say this was a "bad" book, by any means. It was just boring and dry. Sometimes he would make me crack up but for the most part I struggled to stay awake. I was hoping for something on par with "Happy Accidents" by Jane Lynch but it fe...
book reviews forevermore
book reviews forevermore rated it
3.0
Enjoyed it. A fast read. I don't normally read many memoir types, but as a nurse, I find his story of living with a potentially debilitating illness impressive. He divides the book into subject areas of politics, faith and family, which means the story is not focused on an overall evolution. In s...
The Way She Reads
The Way She Reads rated it
4.0
I like the way he writes, I love his attitude towards life and all the punches it throws us and found this book inspirational in more ways than one.
Rather Too Fond Of Books
Rather Too Fond Of Books rated it
4.0
I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook. It's the follow-on to Michael J. Fox's first memoir - Lucky Man. This book takes much more of a political tone and follows Fox's fight for stem cells to be used in research into his, and other similar, diseases and as such is very interesting. It is also...
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