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Lucky Man: A Memoir

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  15,928 ratings  ·  1,015 reviews
In September 1998, Michael J. Fox stunned the world by announcing that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease - in fact, he had been secretly fighting it for seven years. In this candid book, with his trademark ironic sensibility and sense of the absurd, he tells his life story - from his childhood in western Canada to his meteoric rise in film and television and, ...more
Paperback, 311 pages
Published 2003 by Ebury Press (first published 2002)
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East Bay J
I saw a copy of Lucky Man in a thrift store for a buck. I think I would have passed up this kind of book if it were by nearly any other author, but I grew up with Fox, in a way. I watched Family Ties pretty religiously as a kid and Back To The Future made Fox my boyhood hero.

Having read Lucky Man, I find Fox has become a hero to me as an adult as well. It’s not just the story of how gracefully (he might not agree with me there) and effectively he battled Parkinson’s and overcame so many challeng
Peter Koevari
As a child, I was a huge fan of Michael J Fox... and let's face it, anyone who was a child of the 80's would remember his biggest hits. Back to the future, Family Ties...

In all of this, I had absolutely no idea of the struggles and pain that he went through.

But this book is not a depressing read, even if your heart will tug at the words written within its pages. No, this is inspirational. In the words of Fox, if he was approached by someone that said the could take him back to before he got Par
Sarah Sammis
Another theme (besides medicine) that is popping up in my recent reading is Canada. I've read more books about Canada, Canadians and stories taking place in Canada. Michael J. Fox's memoir, Lucky Man, falls under both categories: medicine (for his thoughts on living with Parkinson's Disease) and Canada (born in Edmonton, Alberta). Lucky Man also qualifies as one of the best books I've read this year.

Fox begins his memoir with his diagnosis of young-onset Parkinson's Disease but the book isn't j
I don't generally read celebrity memoirs, but when I became curious about Parkinson's Disease, Michael J. Fox's Lucky Man was the first book that popped into my head. I picked it up in the hopes that it would give me a better idea what to expect when I visit a dear friend with the disease this summer.

Best known for being the star of Family Ties and the Back to the Future movies, Fox was living a life that most people can only dream of when he was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson's Disease at
Holly Booms Walsh
Feb 05, 2015 Holly Booms Walsh rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone that has a struggle to overcome
While this memoir is indeed the life story of Michael J. Fox, his rise to fame as an actor, and his struggle to accept and deal with Parkinson's Disease, his incredible writing takes it a step further. He elucidates on his relationships and motivations in such a way that I found many parallels to the demons that I battle in my life - which are nothing like Parkinson's Disease. His writing is thoughtful, funny, wry, and humble... all the things I'd have expected of him from his public persona. I ...more
Rob Caroti
Dec 09, 2009 Rob Caroti rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anybody interested in Michael J Fox or the experience of living with Parkinson's
I had some trouble getting into this book. I don't particularly like his writing style (Fox wrote it himself), however once I got into the meat of the story I enjoyed the book. He talks about his early life (did you know he was Canadian?), his experience in California as a struggling actor and then all the success that Family Ties and Back to the Future brought. It was pretty moving to hear how much of a mess his personal life had become due to all his professional success and the complete turna ...more
Farnoosh Brock
A friend gave this book to me. It was such a good read. I had no idea Michael was so sick, and had such a difficult life. While I did not respect ways he wasted his body by alcohol, drugs, and stupid habits before he found out, at a still very young age of mid-20s, about his Parkinson's disease, his remarkable change to a new man was a very good story. The anectodes from this book will stay with me, and it has a great message for everyone.

I remember Michael J. Fox as one of the earliest actors I
Holly Kenyon
What a fantastic book. A very intimate and personal memoir of a brilliant actor and an inspiring man. Michael J. Fox does not hold back, he is brutally honest about himself; from a youthful ego to the ravages of the Parkinson's disease.
It is brilliantly written. He is an intelligent and witty writer who takes good care of your emotions as he steers you through the roller-coaster of his life and his own emotions.
As well as providing endless laughs, regaling the reader with marvelous anecdotes,
Fox’s memoir incorporates both his Hollywood fame and experience with the disease that struck him as a young twentysomething: Parkinson’s. He writes gracefully of the denial and turmoil that rocked his world upon receiving the diagnosis, and how ultimately acceptance (“I was still me just me plus Parkinson’s”) has set new, healthier parameters for his life, hence his self-designation as a lucky man. Fox now uses his fame to raise awareness and funding for a Parkinson’s cure, one that many scient ...more
Growing up, Michael J. Fox was sort of like my big brother, being a couple of years older than me. If I was a character on FAMILY TIES, I would have been a classmate of Mallory’s. Such was the impact of that show (squeezed in between Cosby and Cheers) that I suspect everyone in my generation felt like part of the family. He was such a nice guy that everyone cheered for him. I think we all hoped for success like his, but speaking for my generation, there is one thought that I know we all share, t ...more
I know I'm a solid decade out of date on reading this, but figured it was about time to check it off the shelf. It's always hard to put a rating on a memoir, as it's someone putting their own experiences into words. It's especially hard with someone of huge celebrity status, as I always find myself taking their words with a grain of salt (assuming they've written any of the words on their own anyway).

Knowing very little of any recent events in Mr. Fox's life, however, and only having a vague kno
I wasn't sure what to expect when I first picked up this book, but I was pleasantly surprised to find his writing style is much like his acting style: real, personable, and humorous.

I've never been interested in the lives of celebrities (for instance, I was unaware of his partying days), and the few celebrity memoirs/books I've read have always left me dissatisfied and usually with a more negative picture of the person behind the characters I like. But Lucky Man had quite the opposite effect on
Lynne Stringer
This book was fantastic, inspirational, engaging, you name it. I don't know if Michael had a shadow writer or not. If not, then he could certainly have a future as a writer. He knows how to communicate with words.
This story, which covers his career both before and after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, was gripping and I would recommend it to anyone, not just those suffering in a similar way to him. The attitude he has developed (I say 'developed' because it's clear he wasn't able to
Patrick Bates
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Lucky Man: A Memoir
By Michael J Fox
List of Characters:
Michael J fox
Tracy Pollan (Fox’s Wife)
Sam Fox (Fox’s First Born)
Phyllis Fox (Fox’s Mother)
William Fox (Fox’s Father

Lucky Man is a powerful, yet humorous memoir by Michael J Fox. At age 30 Fox was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s disease. PD is a disorder of the central nervous system, causing your brain to lose control of body movement. This memoir underlines Fox’s life with Parkinson’s, his story of
Apr 29, 2010 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans, PD patients, movie/television historians
Finished reading this book and didn’t feel nearly as inspired as I thought I might. It’s not a bad book – it’s actually a fairly easy read – it just doesn’t really touch me. I know there are a number of folks out there, particularly those that share Mr. Fox’s diagnosis, that find this book to be a much bigger deal than I do. I respect that. I’m really glad he has decided to share all sides of his story. I found it particularly telling that he decided to show the shell, the imaginary world, that ...more
After I finished Michael J. Fox’s Lucky Man, I

learned that before he told everyone about battling

Parkinson’s disease, in 1998, he got diagnosed in

September 1991. In November 1990, he woke up one

morning to one of his pinkies shaking. “For Christ

sake, Mike. I tried to tell myself. It’s just your

freaking finger. But that was just the point: It wasn’t

mine; it was somebody else’s. My Pinky was possessed.”

(Lucky Man, 18) I also learned that after the movie

Back to The Future and the show, Fam
I grew up watching Michael J. Fox play Alex P. Keaton on "Family Ties". I think one of the remarkable things he did, as an actor on that show, was to take a potentially completely unlikeable character and humanize him. I think a good deal of that is there is a certain "niceness" to Michael J. Fox the person that just comes through on the screen. It definitely comes through in this book.

Like many people, I was shocked when he went public with his Parkinson's diagnosis. It felt especially horrible
I don't read many biographies or memoirs and the only reason I read this one was because it came up as a group read in one of my groups. I also really like Michael J Fox and was somewhat aware of battle with Parkinson's Disease. I grew up watching Family Ties, saw Back to the Future on it's opening night with my big brother, and then watched it so many other times on VHS (yes, VHS, not dvd lol). It always used to secretly bother me when I'd see a celebrity all of a sudden championing for causes ...more
I wasn't sure whether to give this five stars. It's not a lights-and-fireworks, vowing to stay up until 3am if that's what it takes to finish kind of book. It's quietly compelling. Most celebrity memoirs read as if they're written by the actor's famous persona, being careful to edit out things that don't match the image or are too personal (with the exception of a few explosive! revelations!). I don't blame people for not wanting to lay bare everything about them, but comparison to other memoirs ...more
Great read. Loved hearing about celebrity, overcoming drinking, and experience with Parkinson's disease. MJF always did come across as a cocky can get away with anything kind of person, so it was interesting to hear how he coped with the hardships life through at him. One thing that wasn't really written about which I would have liked to know more was his relationship with his kids. There were some nice episodes, but also discussion about his 14 hour days on set and travels to work. I wonder how ...more
This is a touching story about the bravery and resilience of a person who has charged himself with beating the odds. I believe biographies are the best books to read and this one only strengthens that belief. Fox is a funny person in-spite of his obvious predicament. This book covers his struggles with his personal, family, and public life and how this debilitating disease has in someways helped him to become a better person. I find it remarkable that he is able to say that.

One of the interestin
Feb 18, 2013 Therese rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of MJ F. and/or those interested in learning about Parkinson's
By now most people know that Michael J. Fox has Parkinson's disease, but I don't think many know how long he had it before he shared it with the rest of the world (seven years -- he was only 30 when he was diagnosed). This book is not just about him dealing with Parkinson's, although that is obviously part of it, but deals with his childhood and how he got into acting and finally made it to Hollywood. I really can't say much else because much of this will be known when you read the book. I
I loved it. I read it in one sitting. That proved to be beneficial because he jumps around (but not in a disjointed way, it keeps the reader's interest) and refers to parts he previously wrote. With not many opportunities to read by myself because I care for young children, I think I would have forgotten what he was referring to.

Reading this book felt like a conversation with a close friend. It made me love Michael J. Fox even more. I identified with his desire to be and do something other than
Apr 11, 2009 Irene rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people interested in the man behind Alex P. Keaton
Shelves: biography-memoir
Surprisingly well-written, especially considering Michael J. Fox did not use a ghost writer. The non-linear writing style makes reading the date at the beginning of each section a necessity. He clearly bared his soul as he detailed the ups and downs of his life and career. The book focuses on Fox's personal life - his family, his ascent to stardom in Hollywood, and his struggle with Parkinson's. He's come a long way, and he sure earned my admiration.

I was put off a little by the way certain aspe
I read Michael J. Fox’s two books, back to back, so I now I have finished both books, I am not sure where one book ended and the other started, so these comment pertain to both: Lucky Man (published in 2003) and Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist (published in 2009.

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
Dawn Vanniman
I have been a huge Michael J. Fox fan since he first appeared on American tv. As Alex P. Keaton he was elitist, smug and arrogant...but at the same time you found yourself rooting for him because he was so darned adorable! As Marty McFly in the "Back to the Future" trilogy he was the kid that just never got it right...until he did. My own kids love to watch that series of movies over and over again.

But Michael grew up, did many many more movies and then tv shows and then something happened to hi
Lucky Man: A Memoir is an excellent book - entertaining, inspirational, and informative. Michael J. Fox is an amazing writer who was a joy to read, not only to learn about his life and experiences, but also about Parkinson's Disease. PD was a household phrase in my house growing up, and I wish I had known more about it while my grandfather was still alive. I knew about the tremors, the muscular rigidity, and the classic shuffling feet...but I still found it quite intimidating to speak to him whi ...more
Riley Vermilya
Not too shabby for a guy who dropped out of school and later got his GED at the age of 32. I grew up watching Alex P. Keaton every week on TV and saw Back to the Future on a beloved movie outing with my Father and sibblings.

This raw, personal and in your face account of Michael's road to Hollywood with bumps included really moved me and made me love his work even more. His writing isn't perfect, but he knows it and gives his tale without holding back and sugarcoating his issues that go deep wit
Who doesn't love Michael J. Fox?

I really enjoyed reading his memoir. He's had such a strange life, such monumental reversal of fortunes. He goes from Canadian army brat very quickly to a massive TV and movie star to being diagnosed with Parkinson's. All within about ten years.

It can be hard to read about the first five years after his diagnosis. His understandable rage and denial, the self isolation, and the exhausting energy he put into keeping his condition a secret.

It is also very inspiring w
I have read very few memoirs/autobiographies because I generally don't like them. It takes a lot of skill for a public figure to write their own story without sounding random and self-absorbed. This one was most definitely the exception. It's starts off slow, but hang in there - it is worth it in the end. My grandfather had Parkinson's, but I was too young to even begin to understand the disease. This book not only taught me about the disease, but the evolution of Michael J. Fox as he was forced ...more
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“After all that I'd been through, after all that I'd learned and all that I'd been given, I was going to do what I had been doing every day for the last few years now: just show up and do the best that I could do with whatever lay in front of me.” 26 likes
“If you were to rush into this room right now and announce that you had struck a deal - with God, Allah, Buddha, Christ, Krishna, Bill Gates, whomever - in which the ten years since my diagnosis could be magically taken away, traded in for ten more years as the person I was before - I would, without a moment's hesitation, tell you to take a hike.” 22 likes
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