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The same sharp intelligence and self-deprecating wit that made Michael J. Fox a star in the Family Ties TV series and Back to the Future make this a lot punchier than the usual up-from-illness celebrity memoir. Yes, he begins with the first symptoms of Parkinson's disease, the incurable illness that led to his retirement from Spin City (and acting) in 2000. And yes, he assures us he is a better, happier person now than he was before he was diagnosed. In Fox's case, you actually might believe it, because he then cheerfully exposes the insecurities and self-indulgences of his pre-Parkinson's life in a manner that makes them not glamorous but wincingly ordinary and of course very funny. ("As for the question, 'Does it bother you that maybe she just wants to sleep with you because you're a celebrity?' My answer to that one was, 'Ah...nope.'") With a working-class Canadian background, Fox has an unusually detached perspective on the madness of mass-media fame; his description of the tabloid feeding frenzy surrounding his 1988 wedding to Tracy Pollan, for example, manages to be both acid and matter-of-fact. He is frank but not maudlin about his drinking problem, and he refreshingly notes that getting sober did not automatically solve all his other problems. This readable, witty autobiography reminds you why it was generally a pleasure to watch Fox onscreen: he's a nice guy with an edge, and you don't have to feel embarrassed about liking him. --Wendy Smith --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
A popular actor recounts his life. Brad Hooper
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My mom loves it and even though it's the first book she's purchased I'm sure others will enjoy it just as much as she did :-)Published 15 months ago by Adam Robert Henderson
I'm been a fan of Mr Fox since Family Ties came on the air. I've purchased 5 of these books giving 4 away as gifts. Read morePublished 17 months ago by aslakeview
I liked the way he put flashbacks into the book.
I now understand PD in a whole new light.
A big MJF fan.
Loved hearing about the rise of Michaels career and days on the sets of my favourite tv and movies. But what I most admire, like Patrick Swayze's memoir, is the courage and... Read morePublished 18 months ago by J Vlielander
Lucky Man: A Memoir is an honest, truthful book by Michel J Fox explaining his history from Birth till now. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Bootsy Bass
Very excellent read. He writes about his Parkinsons with such humour that this book is an easy read. Didn't want it to end.Published 23 months ago by Brenda K.
This was a well written book that brought me to tears a number of times. Thank you Michial J fox for a honest and wonderful view into your life!Published on July 31 2013 by jndals