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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; First Edition First Printing edition (16 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009192264X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091922641
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.9 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 313,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"FIVE STARS The book is funny, beautiful, informative and poignant. Read it" (Sunday Express)

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Beloved actor, and Sunday Times bestselling author, Michael J. Fox reveals how he has remained optimistic despite his battle with Parkinson's Disease

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Jayne Brewster Beard on 29 May 2009
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It is difficult to appraise "Always looking up" without tripping over the cliches...funny...moving..uplifting... Fortunately for people who prefer reading books, rather than reviews, Michael J Fox is a true original, with the sharp, vivid prose of a natural author, and a genuinely remarkable story to tell. Stricken with early-onset Parkinson's disease at the age of 29, and the height of his Hollywood career, his early struggles to come to terms with his illness were recounted in the astonishing, must-read "Lucky Man". Now,in its sequel, he ranges widely over his recent life and explores his very personal philosophy of optimism. Whether writing with deep affection about his family, or unconcealed frustration over bruising encounters with the American political machine, a boundless energy and love of life illuminates every page - more incredible still when you consider that this is the work of a man trapped inside an increasingly unresponsive body.
He casts himself neither as saint, nor victim, revealing his flaws with entertaining candour. This is not your standard celebrity illness story, but a witty, inspirational portrait of an unsinkable human spirit. You finish this book feeling just a little better about life, the universe and everything. He may joke about being on the short side, but it is impossible not to look up to Michael J Fox.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lynne Barrett-lee on 31 Mar 2009
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Lucky Man being one of my favourite all time memoirs, it was always going to be a hard act to follow, but in Always Looking Up, Michael J Fox has created a worthy sequel. He's such a fine writer and such a fine man. Nothing more needs to be said; an absorbing, intelligent and deeply moving read. I read it in two sittings, which says it all really!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Al on 25 Nov 2011
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Got both the Michael J Fox autobiographies for my kindle upon discovering that my Mother had just been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. Although the books don't dwell on the disease itself they are informative of a person's struggle with the disease and how he got on with his life. Sad in parts and uplifting too. A true inspiration to not only other people with this disease but also to his family and himself.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 May 2009
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"Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to his disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes." Matthew 14:19

Michael J. Fox's second memoir closely follows this section of Scripture in a seemingly unconscious way. In the book, he describes the transition from being a full-time actor to Parkinson's disease research-encouraging activist . . . seeking a cure within ten years -- what would be a miracle to all those with the disease. How do I know? My Dad discovered he had the disease about the same time Michael J. Fox did, but Dad is no longer with us.

Many people become leaders of various social causes, but most aren't as candid as Michael J. Fox in describing the sources of inspiration, frustration, and challenges that cause them to lift themselves above their daily lives to service for many others. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to undertake selfless leadership. Michael J. Fox's consistent self-deprecating humor (part of "always looking up" is explained by his diminutive stature) in the face of adversity is an inspiration for those who are in good health or poor.

I don't know anyone now who has Parkinson's disease so I've lost touch with what the disease's progression is like. The book is eloquent and detailed in capturing the various disease symptoms and side effects of medication. You can almost feel yourself inside his body. It's remarkable story telling. Anyone who is feeling sorry for her- or himself would do well to read this book and count blessing instead.

I was also very interested in his spiritual search.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ford Ka VINE VOICE on 10 April 2009
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Michael J. Fox has for ever been a special character in the movie-making world and one of my all time favourites since Family Ties. Maybe it was caused by his boyish looks but I believe that it was much more brought by his character and perseverance. This book proves that it is the latter. MJF with his talent but also (if not mainly because of) his very hard work became one of the best known actors of the world.
At the peak of his career he was struck by Parkinson disease but did not succumb. His further successes both in professional and private sphere were a further proof of his great inner strength. It is so good that he decided to share his adventures with readers, the result is both moving and uplifting. This is a great book for people facing a difficult moment in their life - Fox's disease is not contagious but his optimism certainly is.
It just makes me so sad that the "incurable optimist" in the title is not just a language joke but a precise description of his medical condition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Jun 2010
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`Always Looking Up' explores what has occurred in Michael J Fox's life since publication of his first memoir `Lucky Man'. Like his first book this is immediately engaging, open and heartfelt and I found it to be written with humour, human insight, passion, humility and a full range of other emotions. Based around four themes (Work, politics, faith and family) this tells of his stem cell advocacy, the minor screen roles he has played and his greater involvement with his family. I found some parts quite emotional to read and got choked up when he described his feelings and experiences at the time of his sisters death. This is as inspirational as `Lucky Man' and if you enjoy both of these books I highly recommend `Still Me' by Christopher Reeve which is one of the few books that honestly changed my life. Overall Michael J Fox manages to inspire and enthral and this made for a couple of days reflective and motivational reading.

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