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.
“Fox writes, always with humor but also with insight . . .” —Los Angeles Times
“Wry and glib in the way Fox himself is, the book largely succeeds as a sincere personal inquiry.” —Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“A lucid and intelligent book, full of ironic humor and unquenchable optimism.” —Chicago Sun-Times
“Through it all, Fox maintains his sly sense of humor.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Smart, funny and ghostwriter-free . . . An engagingly told story.” —New York Times
“Most memoirs bristle with braggadocio, but Fox lays bare his soul with humility and honesty uncharacteristic of this genre.” —Charlotte Observer
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