Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future: Twists and Turns and Lessons Learned

Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future: Twists and Turns and Lessons Learned

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by Michael J. Fox
     
 

ISBN-10: 1401323863

ISBN-13: 2901401323867

Pub. Date: 04/13/2010

Publisher: Hachette Books

Michael J. Fox abandoned high school to pursue an acting career, but went on to receive honorary degrees from several universities and garner the highest accolades for his acting, as well as for his writing. In his new book, he inspires and motivates graduates to recognize opportunities, maximize their abilities, and roll with the punches—all with his

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Michael J. Fox abandoned high school to pursue an acting career, but went on to receive honorary degrees from several universities and garner the highest accolades for his acting, as well as for his writing. In his new book, he inspires and motivates graduates to recognize opportunities, maximize their abilities, and roll with the punches—all with his trademark optimism, warmth, and humor.

In A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future, Michael draws on his own life experiences to make a case that real learning happens when "life goes skidding sideways." He writes of coming to Los Angeles from Canada at age eighteen and attempting to make his way as an actor. Fox offers up a comically skewed take on how, in his own way, he fulfilled the requirements of a college syllabus. He learned Economics as a starving artist; an unexpected turn as a neophyte activist schooled him in Political Science; and his approach to Comparative Literature involved stacking books up against their movie versions.

Replete with personal stories and hilarious anecdotes, Michael J. Fox's new book is the perfect gift for graduates.

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ISBN-13:
2901401323867
Publisher:
Hachette Books
Publication date:
04/13/2010
Edition description:
NE
Pages:
112

Table of Contents

Contents

Finally ... the Beginning....................1
Two Schools....................7
When Am I Ever Gonna Use This Stuff?....................15
Economics....................27
Comparative Literature....................37
Physics....................43
Political Science....................51
Geography....................55
Pay Attention Kick. You Might Learn Something....................63
Victims of Pomp and Circumstance....................79
The Beginning ... Finally....................97

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Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 80 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Feelings regarding the diagnosis of PD, along with struggles, medications, and prospects for the future are articulated in a user friendly-vocabulary. As a PD patient, I find it difficult to express what is happening both mentally and physically to me. This book (as the short version of Lucky Man) is an excellent expression of the mental and physical conflict this disease brings. It is a "must read" for anyone who has a family member or has contact with a PD patient.
edofarrell More than 1 year ago
Here is a fellow with every right to lapse into self-pity and the poor-me's. Struck down in the prime of his very successful life by a pitiless disease that robs a person of their mind and dignity in a slow and agonizing death. Fox reminds me of Stephen Hawking. Just too big a human being to let a little thing like mortality keep him down. I very much enjoyed this book. Fox offers us insight into his character and the things that matter most to him and he offers some simple advice and observations on life and relationships. Fox has a sharp wit and a lively self-deprecating style. One would think his success was an accident rather than the result of hard work and genuine talent. I'd recommend buying this book for the teenagers in one's life as well. It is short, sharp and has some excellent suggestions on solving life's problems without being preachy or maudline. I think the lessons of the book would sink home.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where we're going we dont need roads.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I admire Michael J. Fox for his resilience in the face of his disease, and He's an inspiration. But this book was neither very funny nor inspirational.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read both of Michael J. Fox's other books - "Lucky Man: A Memoir" and "Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist" - and really like that his voice rings through the text. The same is true of this latest work. I bought 2 copies of this to use as high school graduation gifts because I thought it was helpful for grads bound for college to understand that life lessons are as valuable as classroom lessons. The book description is extremely accurate: Michael J. Fox abandoned high school to pursue an acting career, but went on to receive honorary degrees from several universities and garner the highest accolades for his acting, as well as for his writing. In his new book, he inspires and motivates graduates to recognize opportunities, maximize their abilities, and roll with the punches--all with his trademark optimism, warmth, and humor. In A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future, Michael draws on his own life experiences to make a case that real learning happens when "life goes skidding sideways." He writes of coming to Los Angeles from Canada at age eighteen and attempting to make his way as an actor. Fox offers up a comically skewed take on how, in his own way, he fulfilled the requirements of a college syllabus. He learned Economics as a starving artist; an unexpected turn as a neophyte activist schooled him in Political Science; and his approach to Comparative Literature involved stacking books up against their movie versions.
Corina-Corina More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book. I noticed it on the table in the store with gift ideas for graduation. As it would be a good book for a graduate to read after accomplishing something like graduating college or a grad program, it really speaks from the heart, to the heart. Sometimes we are going along in life like we are supposed to be doing and something blind-sides us. Like MJF's disease, its unexpected and unfair, and yet when it hits you lying down and taking it isn't an option. This light-hearted look into a tragedy has the way to show you, the reader that it isn't over, until you say it is. I was inspired, and still pick it up from time to time to go through its pages. It is a definite easy, inspiring read and one that will stay in my bookshelf.
TheWiseguy More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book after I saw him appear on The Colbert Report to plug it. I am very glad I did. Micheal J Fox is an inspiration even when he tries to be humble. This book will help even the most staunch pessimist see the upside to things. This is not a self help book, nor is it an autobiography. It is simply a well written collection of observations of everyday life. Highly recommended and a great read.
MRSGOODY More than 1 year ago
This book is truly inspirational for anyone, not just graduates. It really will inspire one to be the best that they can be. The book also shows Michael J. Fox's ability to really handle his medical situation and not be bitter about it at all. This book is very fast reading. When you're done with it, pay it forward to someone who could use a lift.
Imabeliever More than 1 year ago
As is so true for Michael J. Fox, his book is so down to earth, and funny yet sensitive. I think he is a person to be admired and his book is a good read for anyone.
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