Lucky man: A Memoir

by Michael J. Fox

Hachette Books | April 9, 2003 | Trade Paperback

Lucky man: A Memoir is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 8.
A funny, highly personal, gorgeously written account of what it's like to be a 30-year-old man who is told he has an 80-year-old's disease.
"Life is great. Sometimes, though, you just have to put up with a little more crap." --Michael J. Fox

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. The worldwide response was staggering. Fortunately, he had accepted the diagnosis and by the time the public started grieving for him, he had stopped grieving for himself. Now, with the same passion, humor, and energy that Fox has invested in his dozens of performances over the last 18 years, he tells the story of his life, his career, and his campaign to find a cure for Parkinson's.

Combining his trademark ironic sensibility and keen sense of the absurd, he recounts his life--from his childhood in a small town in western Canada to his meteoric rise in film and television which made him a worldwide celebrity. Most importantly however, he writes of the last 10 years, during which--with the unswerving support of his wife, family, and friends--he has dealt with his illness. He talks about what Parkinson's has given him: the chance to appreciate a wonderful life and career, and the opportunity to help search for a cure and spread public awareness of the disease. He is a very lucky man, indeed.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation
Michael J. Fox is donating the profits from his book to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, which is dedicated to fast-forwarding the cure for Parkinson's disease. The Foundation will move aggressively to identify the most promising research and raise the funds to assure that a cure is found for the millions of people living with this disorder. The Foundation's web site, MichaelJFox.org, carries the latest pertinent information about Parkinson's disease, including:

  • A detailed description of Parkinson's disease
  • How you can help find the cure
  • Public Services Announcements that are aired on network and cable television stations across the country to increase awareness
  • Upcoming related Parkinson's disease events and meetings
  • Updates on recent research and developments

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 272 pages, 8 × 5.12 × 0.75 in

Published: April 9, 2003

Publisher: Hachette Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0786888741

ISBN - 13: 9780786888740

Found in: Biography and Memoir
Appropriate for ages: 13

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Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lucky Man A Memoir Interesting, funny and informative. Gave me some really good insight into what a person with Parkinson's actually goes through. Having 2 brothers with PD, this book helps me understand their difficulties in every day living. Thank you Michael and may you help find the cure.
Date published: 2014-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lucky Man I have always "loved" Michael J. Fox, and this book has only reinforced this. He has been a great role model on how to rise above and face adversity with grace. Thank you for sharing your story, and it was a wonderful read
Date published: 2014-07-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from “The ten years since my diagnosis have been the best ten years of my life" 3.5 stars Lucky Man is Michael J. Fox’s first biography. It covers his childhood in Canada; his acting and celebrity status due to Family Ties and Back to the Future in the 80s; his marriage to Tracy Pollan and their children; and from the time he first noticed his little finger wiggling, through to his diagnosis of Early Onset Parkinson’s Disease and the beginnings of his P.D. advocacy. It was good. I already read Always Looking Up last year (though I probably should have read them in chronological order), and I remember there being a bigger sense of optimism in that book, but in this book, he’s goes further back to include tougher times, like when he was drinking and the strain that put on him and his marriage. But, he worked his way through all that, to become a better person. “The ten years since my diagnosis have been the best ten years of my life, and I consider myself a lucky man.” MJF.
Date published: 2010-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great read MJ Fox links what he's learned from parkinson's to tales from steps along his life. (It reads a lot lighter than it sounds*)
Date published: 2009-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! I couldn't wait to get back to this book every day. He wrote eloquently about his life with humour and a sense of balance considering the tragedy he has faced. I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2009-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eye opening & moving MJ Fox will always be one of my fav entertainers ever... a really fascinating read from a tremendous human being
Date published: 2008-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely a Lucky Man Truly enjoyed reading this book. I loved how this book sounded like it was written for the everyday person. You could definitely hear Michael in the words. The honesty was amazing as well. If only everyone could be as honest as Michael appeared in the book. It must have been difficult to reminisce and tell the personal aspects of his story, but it makes it even more down to earth because of it. I hope they find cure for Parkinsons.
Date published: 2006-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Michael J. Fox did an amazing job with this book. It made me laugh, it made me cry. It was one book I couldn't put down, and keep in mind I usually only read books when I'm told to in school!
Date published: 2003-08-17

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Lucky man: A Memoir

Lucky man: A Memoir

by Michael J. Fox

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 272 pages, 8 × 5.12 × 0.75 in

Published: April 9, 2003

Publisher: Hachette Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0786888741

ISBN - 13: 9780786888740

From the Publisher

A funny, highly personal, gorgeously written account of what it's like to be a 30-year-old man who is told he has an 80-year-old's disease.
"Life is great. Sometimes, though, you just have to put up with a little more crap." --Michael J. Fox

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. The worldwide response was staggering. Fortunately, he had accepted the diagnosis and by the time the public started grieving for him, he had stopped grieving for himself. Now, with the same passion, humor, and energy that Fox has invested in his dozens of performances over the last 18 years, he tells the story of his life, his career, and his campaign to find a cure for Parkinson's.

Combining his trademark ironic sensibility and keen sense of the absurd, he recounts his life--from his childhood in a small town in western Canada to his meteoric rise in film and television which made him a worldwide celebrity. Most importantly however, he writes of the last 10 years, during which--with the unswerving support of his wife, family, and friends--he has dealt with his illness. He talks about what Parkinson's has given him: the chance to appreciate a wonderful life and career, and the opportunity to help search for a cure and spread public awareness of the disease. He is a very lucky man, indeed.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation
Michael J. Fox is donating the profits from his book to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, which is dedicated to fast-forwarding the cure for Parkinson's disease. The Foundation will move aggressively to identify the most promising research and raise the funds to assure that a cure is found for the millions of people living with this disorder. The Foundation's web site, MichaelJFox.org, carries the latest pertinent information about Parkinson's disease, including:

  • A detailed description of Parkinson's disease
  • How you can help find the cure
  • Public Services Announcements that are aired on network and cable television stations across the country to increase awareness
  • Upcoming related Parkinson's disease events and meetings
  • Updates on recent research and developments

About the Author

Michael J. Fox began his career as the lovable Alex P. Keaton, the star of the poular sitcom Family Ties. Since then, his career has been a nonstop success story, with blockbuster movies like Back to the Future, The Secret of My Success, Doc Hollywood, and the lead voice in Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire. He retired from his award-winning role on Spin City. Michael has won numerous awards, including four Golden Globes, four Emmys, two Screen Actors Guild awards, GQ Man of the Year, and the People's Choice award. He is the author of two books, Lucky Man and Always Looking Up. He actively lobbies for stem cell research around the country and is very visible in raising money for Parkinson's research with the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

Editorial Reviews

"Life is great. Sometimes, though, you just have to put up with a little more crap."

Appropriate for ages: 13