Fox, Michael J. Lucky Man: A Memoir

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Lucky Man: A Memoir

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Michael J. Fox has a reputation for being young, smart, witty, and energetic. Ten years ago, when his little finger started trembling uncontrollably whilst on location, he suspected something might be up. Shortly after he was diagnosed as having Parkinson's Disease. For almost ten years he kept it a secret, depending on drugs to get him through his working day (incredibly earning some of his best notices ever for his hit sitcom Spin City). He has now been forced to retire, despite only being in his thirties. Yet he regrets nothing. Incredibly, he considers himself a lucky man. Lucky Man is the amazing story of his life-changing experiences. Both moving and very funny, it is mercifully free of schmaltz. A remarkable book.

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The same sharp intelligence and self-deprecating wit that made Michael J Fox a star in the Spin City television series and Back to the Future films make Lucky Man 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.'")

From a Canadian, working-class 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 on screen: 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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'Not only is he an intelligent, objective writer, he's also very dry and funny... there's nothing cliched about Fox, nor his book' -- Heat

‘... reaches heights of real power when it comes to describing the effects of Parkinson's… compelling reading… his book often has the intensity of a thriller' -- Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday

‘Well-written and insightful... a rare, unmissable memoir' -- Heat

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