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Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist

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Optimism, Integrity, and True Celebrity

In "Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist", the follow up to his original bestselling memoir "Lucky Man", Michael J. Fox-famous for starring in hits like "Family Ties", the "Back to the Future" trilogy, and "The Secret of My Success" among other suc...
In "Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist", the follow up to his original bestselling memoir "Lucky Man", Michael J. Fox-famous for starring in hits like "Family Ties", the "Back to the Future" trilogy, and "The Secret of My Success" among other successful roles included in his lengthy acting resume-explores the last decade of his life according to themes that are most important to him: Work, Politics, Faith, and Family. As someone who has maintained a high profile despite a very public battle with PD, Fox comes across as an inspirational, strong, and intelligent role model as well as a symbol of hope for people fighting debilitating diseases. In his newest memoir, Fox describes leaving "Spin City", founding the Michael J. Fox Foundation, becoming a political activist for stem cell research, obtaining faith in the face of life-changing circumstances, and raising his young family despite fear that PD would prevent him from becoming the husband and father he wanted to be. True to his faith, Fox tries to be optimistic and even has a humorous commentary on otherwise grim events. Despite no longer being a working actor, except occasional guest spots on TV shows, Fox's life is still a whirlwind of activity. An especially entertaining part of the book is Fox's various celebrity encounters-such as his and Robin William's cheering of Lance Armstrong during his second victory of the Tour de France, Fox's comedic infomercial with Mohammed Ali, his sad relationship with Christopher Reeves, and his candid interview with Katie Couric following radio host's Rush Limbaugh's controversial statements. Fox also shares some deeply personal childhood memories, experiences raising his children, and becoming accustomed to his new post-acting lifestyle. Overall, Fox comes across as extremely likeable and painfully honest about his daily struggles. Referring to his height, he jokingly notes that it's not about the size of the dog but about the size of the fight in the dog. And the size of the fight in Michael J. Fox is certainly impressive. His foundation is currently number one in private funding for Parkinson's research. As a public figure, Fox does not hide behind his condition but is doing everything he can to beat it. He confesses his involvement in politics was solely to support the passing of federal funding for research against debilitating diseases like Parkinson's, to hopefully one day cure them-something practically impossible during the last eight years due to the strict laws in place. Fox's courageous efforts to live his life to the fullest and persevere in the face of frequent obstacles are closely documented in this book, which is hard to put down. Michael J. Fox's integrity deserves to be applauded and his inspirational book should be a highly enjoyable read for anyone struggling with life's circumstances and trying to find the strength within to carry on.

posted by Alla_S on April 11, 2009

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9 out of 37 people found this review helpful.

Not a book for Christian children to read

I bought the book with excitement and interest. I like MJF. His book is full of profanity and non Christian points of view. I was going to donate it to my school. I am a 34 year veteran teacher. Instead it went in the trash can. I do not want to be responsible for a chi...
I bought the book with excitement and interest. I like MJF. His book is full of profanity and non Christian points of view. I was going to donate it to my school. I am a 34 year veteran teacher. Instead it went in the trash can. I do not want to be responsible for a child reading a bio. with such language.

posted by Teacher34 on August 11, 2010

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  • Posted April 8, 2009

    Fox Reading

    I read the Lucky Man, and this also is very good. Have always loved
    watching his movies, TV shows, and intrest just in him. He's very inspiring, knowing what he goes through each day, and still living his life. (What choice do any of us have , but to live life to the fullest)
    I listened to the Audio,which is read by him. Bless you MJF.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2009

    "Always standing on a Soapbox"

    I was very disappointed that Michael chose this forum to promote stem cell research. I was looking forward to a book which uplifted my spirit, instead I read extensive political opinions about his struggle with our political system.

    His passion for this cause is well publicized, this book was not the place to expond on this controversity. I was hoping for a optimistic view of his life, not his displeasure with the government.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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