Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist

Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist

Michael J. Fox / Sep 17, 2019

Always Looking Up The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist There are many words to describe Michael J Fox Actor Husband Father Activist But readers of Always Looking Up will soon add another to the list Optimist Michael writes about the hard won perspective t

  • Title: Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist
  • Author: Michael J. Fox
  • ISBN: 9781401303389
  • Page: 245
  • Format: Hardcover
  • There are many words to describe Michael J Fox Actor Husband Father Activist But readers of Always Looking Up will soon add another to the list Optimist Michael writes about the hard won perspective that helped him see challenges as opportunities Instead of building walls around himself, he developed a personal policy of engagement and discovery an emotional, psyThere are many words to describe Michael J Fox Actor Husband Father Activist But readers of Always Looking Up will soon add another to the list Optimist Michael writes about the hard won perspective that helped him see challenges as opportunities Instead of building walls around himself, he developed a personal policy of engagement and discovery an emotional, psychological, intellectual, and spiritual outlook that has served him throughout his struggle with Parkinson s disease Michael s exit from a very demanding, very public arena offered him the time and the inspiration to open up new doors leading to unexpected places One door even led him to the center of his own family, the greatest destination of all The last ten years, which is really the stuff of this book, began with such a loss my retirement from Spin City I found myself struggling with a strange new dynamic the shifting of public and private personas I had been Mike the actor, then Mike the actor with PD Now was I just Mike with PD Parkinson s had consumed my career and, in a sense, had become my career But where did all of this leave Me I had to build a new life when I was already pretty happy with the old oneAlways Looking Up is a memoir of this last decade, told through the critical themes of Michael s life work, politics, faith, and family The book is a journey of self discovery and reinvention, and a testament to the consolations that protect him from the ravages of Parkinson s.With the humor and wit that captivated fans of his first book, Lucky Man, Michael describes how he became a happier, satisfied person by recognizing the gifts of everyday life.

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      • Michael J. Fox

        Canadian American film and television actor His roles include Marty McFly from the Back to the Future trilogy 1985 1990 Alex P Keaton from Family Ties 1982 1989 , for which he won three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award and Mike Flaherty from Spin City 1996 2000 , for which he won an Emmy, three Golden Globes, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards He also starred in Doc Hollywood and Secret of My Succe s and the lead voices in Disney s Atlantis The Lost Empire and in the film Stuart Little and it s sequel.Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson s disease in 1991, and disclosed his condition to the public in 1998 As the symptoms of his disease worsened, he retired from full time acting in 2000.


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    1. When I eat lunch out by myself during the work week so I can read a book, I typically expect to be left alone. Having your head stuck in a book is not a smile at someone to encourage interaction. But reading Always Looking Up with its author Michael J Fox on the cover while out last week caused two people to stop me to share a brief story! One man likely had Parkinson's disease (PD), and noted that he had read Michael J Fox's first book and was eager to read the one I held; the other person told [...]


    2. Found most of the book to be very boring. I admire Fox for not letting PD take rule his life and using his celebrity status to bring money and research to find a cure. However most of this book was not very personal or about been in optimistic person – it was about how he created his foundation and the politics involved – especially lobbying of stem cell research (which I do not support – embryonic that is other kinds are fine). His section on faith – was not really about what type of fa [...]


    3. Part memoir, part political argument, part medical story, this is a well-written, touching, intellectually-stimulatingmok. Surprise! It's a book!


    4. I loved this book! Listening to it as an audio book really added a lot to the experience; hearing Michael's stories in his own voice was terrific. I learned a lot about Michael, from his perspective on family life to his growth in his career. Did you guys know that Tracy is Jewish and that the family (including Michael) has been very involved in a Reform temple in NY since his son was born? Of course, a chunk of the book deals with his illness and how he deals with that, but the book is about mu [...]


    5. 2.5 StarsI think I went into this book expecting something different, and it really changed my experience. While not terrible, it wasn't written in a particularly interesting way, and this could be my expectations talking, but it also wasn't witty or funny in any way.I like Michael J. Fox. The Canadian in me holds him dear to my heart. Sadly, this book wasn't for me.


    6. As a kid, I admired Michael J. Fox for his role as a likable, honest and funny star of “Family Ties.” I didn’t realize it then, but I was witnessing one of America’s last true role models as it entered a more modern era of surprisingly low standards among celebrity lessons geared toward the youth.As a teenager, I admired Michael J. Fox for his role as an adventurous, humorous, modest, skateboarding, guitar-playing, girl-getting famous actor in his “Back to the Future” trilogy of movi [...]


    7. Oh, how I adore Michael J. Fox! (And I probably rated the book a bit higher due to this.)His book is divided into the "four pillars" of his life: work, politics, faith, and family. While some sections are more interesting to read than others, I enjoyed this glimpse into his complicated life. Fox accepts the reality of his condition with a self-deprecation that evokes both sympathy and laughter. He openly describes the symptoms of Parkinson's, specifically a "central body tremor": " feels as thou [...]


    8. In Michael J. Fox's movies, I loved how he was always able to play unassuming, normal characters and then inject them with a certain heroic quality that I think arose from his own inner-passions and zest for life. He radiated "cool" in a seemingly effortless way, which is a nice change of pace from the usual sexed-up, overly made-up, unlikeable crop of young actors that have become the norm in Hollywood. Unfortunately, in this, Fox's second book, he comes across as every inch the celebrity, maki [...]


    9. I love MJF and respect his work. But I just couldn't get through this book. I found it disjointed, hard to follow, and confusing. It seemed to jump around in space and time, and I couldn't get a handle on a continuous thread. I put it down halfway through the "Politics" chapter. I would have appreciated a primer on stem cell research to help make everything make sense. Instead he jumps right in with politician names, scientific details, and no explanations. It would have been better if he just f [...]


    10. This story is more like looking at merchandise through a store's glass window than owning it. Michael J. Fox lives a different life than the average person and even with Parkinson's it is hard to relate to his experiences. What I like about children's books on disabilities, such as "Wonder" or "Paperboy," is that I can relate to the main characters and their feelings. In the end, they are just kids with feelings most kids experience - myself included. I can't do this with Fox. In the end, he's a [...]


    11. Always Looking Up is a very fitting title to this, the 2nd autobiography by Michael J. Fox. He's a short man, so he's "always looking up", but it's not just that He's also eternally optimistic and full of hope.Michael J. Fox is was a Hollywood actor cut short (sorry!) in his prime by a devastating disease Parkinson's Disease. But he's decided that he isn't going to let that stop him! While acting is increasingly difficult to do with the symptoms of PD (Parkinson's Disease), Michael puts his time [...]


    12. Always Looking Up was a bit hit or miss for me. The chapter about work was rather boring to me. I´ve seen Spin City but I was too young back then and I can barely remember anything about it, just the general vibe of the show comes to my mind when I think about it.The second Part "Politics" was a mixed bag. It depended on how awake I was. If I was just a little tired I was prone to falling asleep while reading it. ^^Most interesting and touching was part three "Faith". Fox talks about his involv [...]


    13. If Lucky Man: A Memoir was a coming-of-age tale, then Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist is the story of a man learning even more about who he is not only as a man, but his place in the world as a human being. It's more "adult," insomuch as Fox more fully fleshes out his thoughts on those touchy subjects (politics and faith in particular) and he continues to reveal more of his heart on all subject important to him.Regardless of more recent events, seeing the inspiration a [...]


    14. In Always Looking Up, Michael J. Fox shares all aspects of his life, before and after Parkinson’s disease. I am amazed by his beautifully optimistic perception of life; as he shares personal stories from his career as an actor, life as a husband and a father of 4. Readers and fans see the genuine Michael J. Fox, as he passionately shares his stance on Stem Cell Research, political views, religious beliefs, and friendships ups and downs; including a few stories including personal friends we rec [...]


    15. Fox intrigues me simply because he went the opposite direction with his Parkinson's diagnosis than my dad did with his. After reading this book, I'm more impressed than ever. Fox began exhibiting symptoms of PD when he was 29 but brushed them off as overexertion. The actual PD diagnosis brought a some depression and a time of keeping it to himself. He continued to act on Spin City until the symptoms just couldn't be contained anymore.This book is divided up into 4 sections: Work, Politics, Faith [...]


    16. This is the second autobiography that Mr. Fox (kinda weird to be so formal considering I had posters of him all over my bedroom wall as a giddy teenager) wrote. The first titled Lucky Man, which I haven't read. This one basically memoirs his life after retiring from his hit TV sitcom, Spin City in 2000. He divided this book into four parts: work, politics, faith, and family. Non-fiction books can be a tedious read so finding an interesting subject becomes essential. Needless to say, Michael J. F [...]


    17. A really easy and satisfying read. Always Looking Up picks up where Lucky Man leaves off, both in content and time. Once again, I am struck by Michael J. Fox's writing abilities. He writes with grace and wit, even humor (especially when he writes about being a father). As in Lucky Man, he jumps around chronologically, so you really want to read the date at the beginning of each passage, if you want to put events into context.This book focuses primarily on Fox's experiences with Parkinson's Disea [...]


    18. One of a handful of celebrities with the misfortune to be stricken with PD, he has turned his situation into a battle cry to fight the disease. This short bio explains what this journey has meant to his career and family, while forcing him into the unfamiliar territory of politics. It's amazing that he's able to stay positive and keep his humor, but after finishing this book it becomes much clearer. He obviously loves his family and is a determined soul. It's the same determination that drove hi [...]


    19. It's decided. After seeing this book sit on my shelf for over a year and half unfinished, I'm closing shop. I hate to say it, but I can't bring myself to finish it.In Michael J. Fox's defense, I enjoyed most of the first few chapters. Fox wrote in detail his struggles with Parkinson's disease, and it granted me a view of a completely different world. This I do appreciate about his book. However, after Fox explains the progress of establishing his foundation (another interesting part I enjoyed re [...]


    20. If only I could be as clear-headed, positive, open, and thoughtful in my every day life as this author is as he battles a deadly disease. ALWAYS LOOKING UP is not a celebrity memoir. It is considered journey through the past ten years of living life with Parkinson's Disease. But it isn't a downer or heavy on the medical details. Fox shows instead how living with PD has affected the way he views family, faith, life, and politics. And he writes eloquently and movingly on each topic and is a fantas [...]


    21. It is an unbelievably personal, poignant, and moving book. He describes four pillars in his life: Work, Politics, Faith, and Family. In each he describes people he’s met, ranging from “ordinary” people to Lance Armstrong to George Stephanopoulos to Muhammad Ali to Pete Townsend and Bruce Springsteen (the latter two of which he’s played guitar on stage with). Each story, each place, each memory is replete with humor, grace, and truthfulness. He describes his personal daily struggles with [...]


    22. It was a lot more political than I assumed it would be. There were also a number of unexpected religious passages. I got it hoping to be inspired. It doesn't disappoint. However, it was not the type of inspiration I thought I would receive. He doesn't offer colorful insights into how to live your life better. Instead, he openly discusses the transformation his life has taken: from being a reckless young Hollywood actor, to being a family man with Parkinson, to becoming a spokesperson for Parkins [...]


    23. After seeing Michael J. Fox's television special on optimism, I was expecting more of the same from this book. After all, the subtitle is "Adventures of an Incurable Optimist". It would have been more aptly subtitled, "Adventures of a Political Activist". Not that there's anything wrong with thathad I been looking for a book chronicling the political lobbying of stem cell research (which I happen to believe is a worthy cause) this would have nicely fit the bill. The chapter on politics is the le [...]


    24. Enjoyed it. A fast read. I don't normally read many memoir types, but as a nurse, I find his story of living with a potentially debilitating illness impressive. He divides the book into subject areas of politics, faith and family, which means the story is not focused on an overall evolution. In some ways, it makes it less coherent of a narrative, but he can tell his story any way he likes. It was also interesting to get his person insight into some of the national issues he got involved with, sp [...]


    25. If you want to read a great book by a heartfelt and honest optimist, give this a read. This follow-up memoir to Fox's LUCKY MAN is even better than its predecessor. Relentlessly first person, Fox lets you into his head on matters of life, politics, faith, and family. While his Parkinson's disease is ever part of the equation, his deft humor remains the constant in this book. Don't go looking for behind-the-scenes info on Hollywood or acting here; this book is tightly focused on Fox's personal li [...]


    26. I read this book for the 2nd time because I admire his optimism and enjoy his outlook on life. I wanted to start the New Year out on a positive note! The book covers his last season of Spin City, when he realized he needed to retire and how it was a difficult choice, but the right one. He then became very involved in pushing for stem cell research and speaking out on behalf of all those who suffer various diseases, especially Parkinson's. It is amazing how his marriage became even stronger throu [...]


    27. Ok I respect Michael J. Fox. But to say the least this book was definitely not one that I enjoyed. I chose this book for an English novel, expecting it to be about his life. But it is only about PD. I am about in the middle of politics and am bored out of my mind. A lot of the things talked about are a bit over my head, but I just can't seem to pick up the book out of choice, I pick it up because l have to read it for a grade. Overall I would not recommend this book for someone who is looking fo [...]


    28. I admire Michael J Fox for being a strong man who has overcome a lot in his life. I liked his movies and his TV shows. There is no doubt that he has done a lot of good for a lot of people with diseases, not just PD. The book however was pretty dry. I enjoyed the chapter on family, but the politics part was a big yawn. I really had to force myself to finish reading this one.


    29. Book club selection for June, which I have (completely inadvertently) left until the very last minute. Oops. FINAL UPDATEOnly got through a few chapters of this. Not as compelling as I expected and the book club members seemed to agree. At some point, I'd like to go back to his original memoir, Lucky Man.


    30. "Always looking up" is Michael J. Fox's look at life with Parkinson's. This self-described optimist is always about the glass being half full rather than half empty. Those of us who loved Alex Keaton and Marty McFly will love this account of the real life Fox. The book is in four parts based on Work, Politics, faith, and Family. As a Canadian, I found the section on Politics rather too long but probably it would be interesting to Americans. Fox shows that even though his life deals with his batt [...]


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