“I listened to the book on CD. The first chapter was read by Michael J Fox himself, and the remainder was read by Scott Brick. At first I was disappointed that Michael hadn't read the entire book himself. After a while though, I had to remind myself that it was actually Scott Brick reading and...”see full review » see other reviews »
“I listened to the book on CD. The first chapter was read by Michael J Fox himself, and the remainder was read by Scott Brick. At first I was disappointed that Michael hadn't read the entire book himself. After a while though, I had to remind myself that it was actually Scott Brick reading and not Michael - he did such a good job with the narration that it was Michael speaking through him.
The book was informative, entertaining and inspiring. I appreciate Michael J Fox sharing such an heart-felt account of his triumphs and struggles.”
“Great read, very optomistic and uplifting memoir of a pop culture icon stricken with a devastating illness. ”Michael Tidd wrote this review Monday, July 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“My first (& lasting) impression of MJF can be summed up in one word: AUTHENTIC. Michael J. Fox has an incredible story to tell, not only to enlighten others about perspective, but also for others to 'learn' about their role in life as viewed from a more universal, larger consideration. Equally notable is the disposition and outlook MJF has on his life, past and present. Each of us is truly 'Lucky' in our own unique way.”Michael W Cerkas wrote this review Tuesday, April 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Michael J. Fox is very honest about his feelings on his acting career, family and dealing with having Parkinson's. Easy quick read and I enjoyed getting to know Mr Fox on how he is behind the camera. ”SouthWestZippy wrote this review Monday, April 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very honest autobiography of Michael J. Fox's life”Jason Wilkinson wrote this review Monday, February 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I think this is the first biography I've read. It was a lot more personal than I was expecting - we don't really think of famous people in any other context than how we've experienced them. We think we know them because we've seen them over the course of our lives, but we don't often think that it's over the course of their lives too. In the case of performers what we've seen isn't even the real person, just the performance. It was very enlightening.
I had expected biographies to be more linear, but this one jumps around a lot. I suppose it's the way we'd tell a story if we were recounting it out loud - referring to past events that relate to it.”
“Excellent read from a guy that has been a positive influence to my teens, my twenties and now my thirties! And I dropped a few tears now and then...”MARK STEVEN ALAN THOMAS wrote this review Wednesday, February 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is an autobiography of actor Michael J. Fox and his dealings with his diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson's Disease.”Mary Lou G wrote this review Tuesday, February 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“From the inside cover:
"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."
This first memoir from Fox takes us from his childhood up until shortly after his announcement.
I remember growing up watching Fox on Family Ties and then Back to the Future. The first part of the book wasn't all that good for me, but as Fox got older and started getting into acting, I found myself enjoying it more. In the opening of the book, Fox admits that he is now grateful for what he has been through and it has made him a better person, although that wasn't always the case.
One of the interesting things I found is that his middle name is actually Andrew. I was trying to figure out what the J was for and it's not even part of his name! Michael didn't like any combination with Andrew in it, so he added the J himself. He pulled the J from one of his favorite characters, Michael J Pollard.
There's a section in the book, where Michael is at the Oscars. He is famous by now and recognized by his peers, which he describes as friendly towards one another. But then his reality is slapped in the face when he is snubbed by Cher. Michael is friendly and introduces himself to her, and holds out his hand. Cher tells him she knows who he is and keeps walking!
At the ending of this book, Michael leaves us as he is settling into living with Parkinson's in public. He is relieved that he no longer has to hide, and is grateful for the outpouring of positiveness. ”