A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future...: Twists and Turns and Lessons Learned
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It's a very short book, in which Fox gives little tid-bits about his life. His goal was for the reader to get whatever they wanted to out of his experiences without outright trying to tell you exactly what to do. It didn't really work for me. It wasn't that he did tell you what to do, just that I could...more
This itty bitty "memoir" styled book of lessons was an itty bitty inspirational glance into life. Was it life changing? No, but it was a delightful little book. There were some really great quotes that I really absorbed and enjoyed....Her...more
I picked this up on the strength of an NPR interview with the author. Is there anyone unfamiliar with Michael J. Fox? He rose to fame in the role of young Reagan ent...more
Well, the truth is Back to the Future is my favorite movie. So this gift was a...more
I found it an interesting biographical summary of his educational background, foray into acting and embrace of his medical condition - none of that an easy path and so it didn't quite strike the right note in terms of my expectations. Funny thi...more
3. Grade level: high school
4. Use in classroom + activity:I would give this book to my students who are going through a difficult time in life, no matter what it is. This autobiography by Michael J. Fox not only gives students a character to relate to, but also a role model because he is an amazing actor, founded the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsons Disease research, and has gone through struggles just like a regular person. I will have my students refle...more
His strong, bold choice of words makes his book grab your attention...
His writing is reletivly scientific and fantastic to read.
Also could be a good book for a recent graduate. It really is a graduation speach.
Fox offers many life lessons by comparing biographical...more
from my blog Reading In Winter
Like I say with a lot of books, I really wanted to like this one. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future was one of the first books I took out with my new library card. I figured it was by Michael J. Fox, so it should be excellent.
First of all, the book is tiny. There’s probably just as many words in the book as there is in the title.
Second of all, I had no idea that Fox went back and got his GED later in life. I also had no idea that he held so many honora
Michael J. Fox's newest memoir is short, smart, funny, and targeted to youths and college graduates. In 100 pages, he sums up what he learned from the most challenging school: the School of Hard Knocks. He discusses the "economics" of being a starving young actor. He played with the laws of physics during "Back to the Future" and soon after his diagnosis with Parkinson's. And what better way to learn geography than through travel? Whatever the subject matter, Fox is a master on it throu...more
Sharing his life experience as a trying actor looking for success to the very well known success of Michael J. Fox is a thrilling insight to what I too need to do if I want to be in his shoes.
And of all things, no matter what happens, there will be risks and there will be the spending of money. I just need to be smart and wise...more
I didn't realize (as some others noted) that it's a book meant for graduates. I suppose I should have put that together!
So, that said and in that context, it's a good little book. Quick read. Some good insight and especially interesting if you were a fan of Back to the Future and other Michael J. Fox material.
I can see how it'd make a good gift.
In some points it does seem a bit like a potpourri of quotes, clichés, and email forwards, but not e...more
Having left high school to pursue a career in acting, Fox shares relevant stories and insight from his life for those who're about to embark on their journey throu...more
The book has a goo...more
A metáfora das pedras na garrafa está na base da mensagem que Michael J. Fox pretende passar.
Sem qualquer curso superior, sem sequer ter terminado o liceu, Fox apresenta-nos um breve relato da sua vida e da sua ascensão na indústria do cinema. Emigrado para o Estados Unidos em busca de um sonho, Michael passou fome mas nunca desistiu. Quando estava no a...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