Struck with Parkinson's - a debilitating, degenerative disease - at the height of his fame, Fox has taken what some people might consider cause for depression and turned it into a beacon of hope for millions.
Now, in Always Looking Up, he writes about the personal philosophy that carried him through his darkest hours, and speaks with others who have emerged from difficult periods with optimism to spare. With the humour and wit that dazzled fans and reviewers alike in his bestselling memoir, Lucky Man, Fox shows how he became a happier, more satisfied person by recognising the gifts of everyday life.
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Inciteful and inspirational
While this book is not spectacularly entertaining from a show biz point of view, it is inspirational to anyone suffering from a chronic illness or living with someone suffering from a chronic illness.
Living with a life-changing diagnosis.
Narrated by Michael J Fox, this book mostly discusses the years of the 1990's and 2000's. Fox has previously written about the period surrounding his diagnosis. "Always Looking Up" covers the time when he went public and when he started to fight for embryonic cell research, raising money and awareness for Parkinson's.
Is this a good book? Well, it jumps in time, and thoughts. It isn't well laid out and certainly there are some things you wish he would have covered in more depth.
But it is an honest autobiography. Living with Parkinson's is such a struggle and yet Fox shows that life goes on. Since the diagnosis he has had another child, he has travelled, he has written books, and he has continued his life as an actor. This is wonderful to know.
Recommendations: This isn't an "entertainment" autobiography. Don't expect name-dropping and revelations about Alex P Keaton. This is a Real Person talking about his life and how his life changed for the better since a life-changing diagnosis.
I found this thoroughly engrossing and totally enjoyed it. Easy to follow and read with Michael J Fox's humour it was a surprise buy and one I glad I did. Even my children were engrossed listening to it in the vehicle.