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Lucky Man: A Memoir [Hardcover]

Michael J. Fox
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April 2 2002
A funny, highly personal, gorgeously written account of what it's like to be a 30-year-old man who is told he has an 80-year-old's disease.

"Life is great. Sometimes, though, you just have to put up with a little more crap." --Michael J. Fox

In September 1998, Michael J. Fox stunned the world by announcing he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease--a degenerative neurological condition. In fact, he had been secretly fighting it for seven years. The worldwide response was staggering. Fortunately, he had accepted the diagnosis and by the time the public started grieving for him, he had stopped grieving for himself. Now, with the same passion, humor, and energy that Fox has invested in his dozens of performances over the last 18 years, he tells the story of his life, his career, and his campaign to find a cure for Parkinson's.

Combining his trademark ironic sensibility and keen sense of the absurd, he recounts his life--from his childhood in a small town in western Canada to his meteoric rise in film and television which made him a worldwide celebrity. Most importantly however, he writes of the last 10 years, during which--with the unswerving support of his wife, family, and friends--he has dealt with his illness. He talks about what Parkinson's has given him: the chance to appreciate a wonderful life and career, and the opportunity to help search for a cure and spread public awareness of the disease. He is a very lucky man, indeed.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation
Michael J. Fox is donating the profits from his book to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, which is dedicated to fast-forwarding the cure for Parkinson's disease. The Foundation will move aggressively to identify the most promising research and raise the funds to assure that a cure is found for the millions of people living with this disorder. The Foundation's web site,, carries the latest pertinent information about Parkinson's disease, including:

  • A detailed description of Parkinson's disease
  • How you can help find the cure
  • Public Services Announcements that are aired on network and cable television stations across the country to increase awareness
  • Upcoming related Parkinson's disease events and meetings
  • Updates on recent research and developments

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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

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff! Dec 17 2013
By fredamans TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I've always been a fan of Michael Fox's. When I saw this memoir for only 2 bucks on Amazon, I couldn't resist. Boy, am I glad I grabbed it. I learned much about Michael the man, since I already knew the actor.
I thought I knew enough too but soon learned I knew nothing at all. I also got a bigger glimpse into Parkinson's Disease and the effects it has on the person who has it, and the people around them.
It's nice to see a celebrity like Michael using his stature to bring awareness, as well as attending senate meetings on behalf of people with Parkinson's, to try for more funding for research. Being so active in the fight is admirable, especially when you see the extents he has taken.
There were some funny moments too. I loved how he shared his family life, from childhood to now, his stories were heartwarming.
Lots of people will enjoy this read, a fan or not. For those not sure, believe me when I tell you that it's more than meets the eye.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book looking into MJF's life. March 12 2014
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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. MJF life is an inspiration for anyone trying to succeed in any endeavor which seems hopeless. Raising money & awareness for Parkinson's Disease no one could of done a better job. BTW part of the proceeds of this book goes into research.

I hope another sitcom comes his way soon. The Michael J. Fox Show needed new writers right from the start, should of gone after the Spin City or 2 & 1/2 Men writers instead.
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3.0 out of 5 stars alright Feb. 23 2014
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I liked the way he put flashbacks into the book.
I now understand PD in a whole new light.
A big MJF fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read! Feb. 9 2014
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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 honesty of how a man deals with the day to day living with a disease. As a cancer survivor myself, I gain inspiration from Michaels battle with PD and his eternal optimism.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Honest...Heart Warming Jan. 13 2014
By Bootsy Bass TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Lucky Man: A Memoir is an honest, truthful book by Michel J Fox explaining his history from Birth till now. As well he spends time talking about his Parkinsons Disease and all its implications on him, his career and his family. This book is honest, painfully honest at times as he bares his emotional turmoil and pain with and about his Parkinsons diagnosis.

This type of biography can sometimes seem self-serving and just P.R. in some peoples hands. But here Michael J Fox pulls it off. It comes across as totally honest. He bares his soul and spares nothing for the reader. His good times and bad times are laid out for the reader to judge.

Well done....a worthwhile read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lucky man: A Memoir Sept. 24 2013
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Very excellent read. He writes about his Parkinsons with such humour that this book is an easy read. Didn't want it to end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read ! July 31 2013
By jndals
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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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lucky Man: Lucky reader! June 22 2013
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I was surprised by the thoughtfulness and openness of this book.
It managed to be spontaneous and well-written at the same time, thanks partly, according to the author, to his editor and advisors!
I was hoping to hear about effects of Parkinson's, the disease, possible treatments, and how choices were made re following experts' advice, but I got much more.
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