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Lucky Man: A Memoir [Hardcover]

Michael J. Fox
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Book Description

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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and interesting book Feb. 1 2004
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I have always liked Michael J. Fox since his days as Alex P Keaton. In this book he shares his life story--the good, the bad and the ugly story. The book talked a lot about his parkinson's disease and what he deals with on a daily basis with this disease. My grandmother had parkinson's and it was interesting to see the disease from his perspective and know what my grandmother felt. He talked about his treatments and how ironically enough, brought him closer to his family and even learned who he really was. MJF also tells stories of his acting days, of his family in Canada, and of his lovely wife and children. It's a very-well written book. I highly recommend this book to anynone--MJF fan or not!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff! Dec 17 2013
By fredamans TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I have never been so touched April 6 2004
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Format:Audio CD
I Usually do not read books at all, but when I passed by the book store in the mall and i saw this book on display, it grabbed my attention immediatly. I bought it and started reading it. I have never been so intrigued by someone elses life before, but I sat through all my classes at school and read the book, I am only 17. Anything I have ever read (which was not much) or any story I have ever heard did not touch me in the way that this book did. Michael takes you through an incredible journey of his life of ups and downs. I learned a lot about life and decision making while reading. Michael did an oustanding job and I wish he would write another book. This one was just to good. His use of details is remarkable no matter what he is talking about. He is a very gifted man in so many ways. If you get a chance to read his book, i urge you to. It will touch you, even if you think their is no way possible. Just give it a try.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who knew! March 27 2004
Format:Audio Cassette
I've been a huge MJF fan since 1982 when I was only 8 but I never would have guessed this guy was such a talented story teller. His writing is also way beyond expectations. The appeal of this book, however, isn't his stardom or dealing with PD, but the over all story of his life. It's inspirational and entertaining in many different ways. I believe this book has mass appeal and recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good biography or just a good story. I know this is the "Michael" he's willing to show us, but I must say, I have more than just a fan's admiration for him now. He is a tremendously good person who is not only entertaining America, but doing such important work through his foundation. Thank you Michael! I hope more and more success and happieness continues to come you way!
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Michael J. Fox was born in Edmonton in 1961. Residing in Burnaby, British Columbia, while his father was in the Royal Canadian Army Signal Corps, he recounts growing up with parents, siblings, Nana, and friends. Describing himself in the toddler years, Michael says, "... a handful, a whirlwind... precociously funny in a what-spaceship-dropped-off-this-alien kind of way." Michael's early love of music, specifically the guitar (self-taught), was fruitful as a member in the "Halex" band. His love of drama and art was realized at age sixteen when Michael made his debut as a twelve-year old in the Canadian Broadcasting Company's production of the series "Leo and Me". Fox's American career was launched with Disney in "Midnight Madness". Career credits include the theater screen with "Back to the Future", "Teen Wolf", and "Doc Hollywood"; and popular television series, "Family Ties" (on the set, Michael met actress/wife Tracy Pollan), and "Spin City". With humor Michael describes success, '...those who got, get', i.e., if famous and with fortune, free offers abound. Just the mention of his favorite beer in a conversation, brought a truckload of the beverage to his front door... with a promise of more anytime he wanted it!
Fox's emotional journey in facing the reality of the diagnosis of Young Onset Parkinson's Disease (PD) began in 1990 with the twitching of a finger. In LUCKY MAN, Fox approaches his story with wit, positive attitude and honesty, emotions, and the trials in the continuation of his career. The diagnosis of PD was understandably kept from the public for seven years... shared only with his inner circle of family and trusted associates.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First book purchased
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 6 months ago by Adam Robert Henderson
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book looking into MJF's life.
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 more
Published 8 months ago by aslakeview
3.0 out of 5 stars alright
I liked the way he put flashbacks into the book.
I now understand PD in a whole new light.
A big MJF fan.
Published 9 months ago by Jo-Ann MacDonell
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read!
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 more
Published 9 months ago by J Vlielander
4.0 out of 5 stars Honest...Heart Warming
Lucky Man: A Memoir is an honest, truthful book by Michel J Fox explaining his history from Birth till now. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Bootsy Bass
5.0 out of 5 stars Lucky man: A Memoir
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 14 months ago by B. L. Kaiser
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read !
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 15 months ago by jndals
5.0 out of 5 stars Lucky Man: Lucky reader!
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... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Irene S Crick
2.0 out of 5 stars Some parts more interesting than others.
Although the condition he intends to hilight & bring predominately to the forefront in his novel is his Parkinson's Disease; it's amusing that it unintentionally becomes clear... Read more
Published on Dec 11 2009 by The Unpopular Opinionist
5.0 out of 5 stars the original, we are the lucky fellow Canadians
Published on June 8 2009 by Harold K. Errington
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