Always Looking up

Always Looking up

The Adventures of An Incurable Optimist

Book - 2009
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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, 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 one..

Always 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, more satisfied person by recognizing the gifts of everyday life.

Publisher: New York : Hyperion, 2009
ISBN: 9781401303389
Branch Call Number: 792B F832a
Characteristics: 279p

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Aisling_1
Jul 05, 2016

Picked up this book interested in the life of Michael J. Fox as both a Canadian actor and a person living with Parkingsons. Although interesting and informative, I was expecting more about living with PD and instead got a lot of politics.

LocketLibrarian Jul 12, 2012

I read this hearing MJF's voice the whole way. I feel like he is such an iconic part of my generation, the Alex P Keaton/Marty McFly every man. Yet, in hearing a first hand account of his life with Parkinsons, he is a superman. His whole life ties together, his work, his faith, his politics and his family. He is inspirational, and I feel he would likely have accomplished great things even if not spurred on by his own illness.

I would consider this an excellent read alike to Rob Lowe's Stories I Only Tell My Friends, not just for content, but for tone. Smart and funny.

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Ashling59
Jun 26, 2012

INSPIRING

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bookpusher
Feb 25, 2012

Michael is a very positive person. I love that he's so hopeful and still has a sense of humour. I also love that he falls in love with his wife every single day.

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Khekabeka
Sep 14, 2011

As this is the first book of his that I have read, I thorough enjoyed the uplifting look at life.

This was not a fast read, but with time to reflect on his ideas and how he can possibly possess such positivity, I was touched.

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Lanny213
Aug 19, 2011

I've liked Michael J Fox since his Family Ties days and this peak into his life was interesting. I'm also looking for ways to be more "glass half full". Content overlapped a fair bit with MJF's book "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future".

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Nerthus
Aug 09, 2011

Incredibly inspiring. A must read if you need something to get you going.

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nurse88
Jan 05, 2011

2nd instalment in Michael's memoirs of his journey through life with Parkinson's Disease. Very positive, uplifting book which focuses on Michael's life after leaving his acting career behind, starting up his foundation and campaigning for stem cell research. Easy to read, and interesting for those with an interest in stem cell research, politics and human stories.

Hazelnut Jan 31, 2010

In Always Looking Up Michael J. fox takes you through the last decade of his life. Rather than being chronologically organized this book takes a thematic approach of his life through work, politics, faith and family. He shares the physical and emotional hardships of life with Parkinsons but like the title suggests Michael is an optimist. Instead of letting Parkinsons disease box him into a corner he actually pulls out the advantages in it. By working less he is able to spend more time with his family and sees this as a blessing not otherwise bestowed upon him. He takes great pride and a sense of accomplishment in his political influence regarding laws on stem cell research and with the remarkable success of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsons Research.
At times his stories can be somewhat repetitive as situations overlap in the themes of the book and the medical jargon can be a bit bewildering but this is overshadowed with his casualness and honesty. It sometimes felt like he was sitting beside me recounting his life experiences. As a fellow army brat I could really relate to the humour in his childhood stories of growing up in Canada but any fan or anyone struggling with a disease themselves or a family member would definitely be inspired by Michael’s positive attitude.

smc01 Jul 15, 2009

Michael J. Fox's positive attitude is inspiring to anyone suffering from an illness or disabilty. This book is insightful, funny, poignant and uplifting. Recommended for anyone who needs some incurable optimism!

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LocketLibrarian Jul 12, 2012

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Jul 05, 2010

atifv1 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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