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Lucky man: A Memoir

by Michael J. Fox

Hachette Books | April 9, 2003 | Trade Paperback

Lucky man: A Memoir is rated 4.5385 out of 5 by 13.
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 × 5.25 × 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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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 encouraging and inspiring Michael J. Fox was born in Edmonton in 1961. Residing in Burnaby, British Columbia, while his father was in the Royal Canadian Army Signal Corps, he recounts growing up with parents, siblings, Nana, and friends. Describing himself in the toddler years, Michael says, "... a handful, a whirlwind... precociously funny in a what-spaceship-dropped-off-this-alien kind of way." Michael's early love of music, specifically the guitar (self-taught), was fruitful as a member in the "Halex" band. His love of drama and art was realized at age sixteen when Michael made his debut as a twelve-year old in the Canadian Broadcasting Company's production of the series "Leo and Me". Fox's American career was launched with Disney in "Midnight Madness". Career credits include the theater screen with "Back to the Future", "Teen Wolf", and "Doc Hollywood"; and popular television series, "Family Ties" (on the set, Michael met actress/wife Tracy Pollan), and "Spin City". With humor Michael describes success, '...those who got, get', i.e., if famous and with fortune, free offers abound. Just the mention of his favorite beer in a conversation, brought a truckload of the beverage to his front door... with a promise of more anytime he wanted it! Fox's emotional journey in facing the reality of the diagnosis of Young Onset Parkinson's Disease (PD) began in 1990 with the twitching of a finger. In LUCKY MAN, Fox approaches his story with wit, positive attitude and honesty, emotions, and the trials in the continuation of his career. The diagnosis of PD was understandably kept from the public for seven years... shared only with his inner circle of family and trusted associates. Michael experienced the ritual commonly traversed with diagnosis of debilitating diseases including anger, denial and acceptance. Candidly, Fox tells his faults, ups and downs, the highs and lows of life and show biz, his philosophy, and the thrill of playing hockey against Bobby Orr. In admitting his problem with alcohol and the existence of PD, Michael is led to a therapist and engages a permanent neurologist for treatment of his illness. As an advocate for PD research funding, Fox has testified before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing. His campaigning efforts, continued to this day, have had a definite effect on raising awareness of PD in the public and private sectors. Specifically, the acknowledgement that PD is prevalent in earlier ages vs. the medical textbooks statement that PD is diagnosed in later ages of 50-65 years. The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Disease Research has become a passion in his life. To this date, the exact cause of PD is unknown. LUCKY MAN is not only biographical, it is a highly-informational writing with regard to the progression and research of PD. Medications associated with treatment are described, differing in results with each person. Fox says of his release of the diagnosed illness to the public, "Disclosure had allowed me to rearrange life so that I could get more from it." Michael J. Fox possesses obvious penchant for writing. His exceptional narrative in LUCKY MAN is philosophical, uplifting and insightful. While reading LUCKY MAN, I laughed and I cried. I am in awe of Michael J. Fox for his honesty, humility, compassion, and courage (that includes wife/actress Tracy Pollan and his four children). Review based on paperback edition 2003 [Note: The author's profits from the sale of "Lucky Man" are donated by the author to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. Please visit the author's website: michaeljfox.com]
Date published: 2008-12-30
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 Lucky man It was great to read about an actor that we all grew up with on Family Ties and to get to know him a bit better...
Date published: 2004-01-24
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from what a man! Mike Fox is an amazing man and person. This book is one of the best that i have ever read. If u haven't u read it yet u better.
Date published: 2002-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So surprised! I have to admit that I bought this book because I have always liked Michael J. Fox as an actor. (I even had crush on him when he was on Family Ties.) So, my reasons were wholly superficial. I was so sad to find out about his disease and just wanted to know what he had to say and how he was dealing with it. I never, ever expected it to be a well-written book. But it really surprised me. There are some parts of the book that were so beautifully written I had to underline them and re-read them again. In addition, I also learned so much about him. This is just a really great book about how people deal with life-altering events. I really recommend it,whether you are a fan of his or not.
Date published: 2002-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely worth a look! I was walking through WalMart to buy Mother's Day gifts a while back, and I stumbled across this book. It had just been recently released at the time, and upon thumbing through the book, I found it to be an excellent book. I read a couple of the short stories he has in there and they were excellent. I also saw Mr. Fox on David Letterman last week, and it encouraged me to get the book. Unfortunately, I only had enough cash on me to buy my Mom's gift, but next time I'm in the area, I'll definitely pick up a copy. In addition, with all the funds raised from the book going to Parkinson's research, how can you resist buying a copy?
Date published: 2002-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Character Bigger than the Man Michael J. Fox has so beautifully shown us what we all know, but constantly forget about life .... that the ability to appreciate family, friends and good health matters .... the accumulation of stuff doesn't.
Date published: 2002-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book Really enjoyed the book. Learned a few more things too!
Date published: 2002-04-14

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Lucky man: A Memoir

Lucky man: A Memoir

by Michael J. Fox

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 272 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 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