Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist
This book sucked me in from the start, and it's been a while since I've felt engrossed enough in a story to want to finish a book quickly. If you're after a straight forward autobiography, you may be disappointed, but I can't say that was why I picked up the book. It's an interesting insight into how the worlds of celebrity and the politics of 'causes' meet, and nice to see the positive effects that celebrity can have on raising money and in making a genuine positive impact on...more
Regardless of more recent events, seeing the inspiration a...more
The theme of the book is to always stay optimistic with anything you are dealing with. Fox starts off the book with how he retired from Spin City where he was the main character, Mike. Fox retires from the show because he knows that his disease will not allow him to do his job much longer. After Fox retires h...more
Therefore when I saw he had released a second book I immediately requested it and looked forward to reading it. This time around he splits the book into 4 sections looking at the things in life that have kept h...more
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
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 diseas...more
The book started out heavy on his advocacy and campaigning for stem cell research relating to Parkinson's Disease, then switched to family stories and came full circle at the end. I felt that the shift from poli...more
His anecdotes of working with and schmoozing with famous people in all walks of life is fun to read as well.
Part of the book is definitely dedicated to activism and makes a strong case for Stem Cell Research all be it from a self declared biased perspective. For those of you who a...more
Non-fiction books can be a tedious read so finding an interesting subject becomes essential. Needless to say, Michael J. F...more
I truly enjoyed his views on other celebs, such as Muhammad Ali, a man who is still performing magic tricks to amuse others despite the ravages of Parkinson's, or Robin Williams, who Mic...more
But reading Always Looking Up with its author Michael J Fox on the cover while out last week caused two people to stop me to share a brief story! One man likely had Parkinson's disease (PD), and noted that he had read Michael J Fox's first book and was eager to read the one I held; the other person told...more
Michael J. Fox is... was... a Hollywood actor cut short (sorry!) in his prime by a devastating disease... Parkinson's Disease. But he's decided that he isn't going to let that stop him! While acting is increasingly difficult to do with the symptoms of PD (Parkinson's Disease), Michael p...more
His humor comes thru even as he writes about things he has encountered in these past ten years, the on...more
I have not read Fox's other book, and to be honest, I always thought he was just kind of a walking joke. Good with humor, but not much else. I admit I was saddened when he announced publicly that he had Parkinson's, and that he was leaving "Spin City", b...more
Though I have never met Michael Fox, I have always felt some kind of connection to him. This might be because ...
-- My father had Parkinson’s disease.
-- I am about his age.
-- We are both Canadians who reloca...more
As a teenager, I admired Michael J. Fox for his role as an adventurous, humorous, modest, skateboarding, guitar-playing, girl-getting famous actor in his “Back to the Future” trilogy of movies. I didn’t...more
Marty McFly has been among the heroes in my world since I was 4 years old. With this book Michael J Fox joined him on that list, which is impressive since most everyone on it is fictional. I think going into this book I expected it to focus mo...more
His roles include Marty McFly from the Back to the Future trilogy (1985–1990); Alex P. Keaton from Family Ties (1982–1989), for which he won three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award; and Mike Flaherty from Spin City (1996–2000), for which he won an Emmy, three Golden Globes, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. He also starred in Doc Hollywood and Secr...more