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  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Abridged edition (14 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743579089
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743579087
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 12.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,454,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The same sharp intelligence and self-deprecating wit that made Michael J Fox a star in the Spin City television series and Back to the Future films make Lucky Man a lot punchier than the usual up-from-illness celebrity memoir.

Yes, he begins with the first symptoms of Parkinson's disease, the incurable illness that led to his retirement from Spin City (and acting) in 2000. And yes, he assures us he is a better, happier person now than he was before he was diagnosed. In Fox's case, you actually might believe it, because he then cheerfully exposes the insecurities and self-indulgences of his pre-Parkinson's life in a manner that makes them not glamorous but wincingly ordinary and of course very funny. ("As for the question, 'Does it bother you that maybe she just wants to sleep with you because you're a celebrity?' My answer to that one was, 'Ah... nope.'")

From a Canadian, working-class background, Fox has an unusually detached perspective on the madness of mass-media fame; his description of the tabloid feeding-frenzy surrounding his 1988 wedding to Tracy Pollan, for example, manages to be both acid and matter-of-fact. He is frank but not maudlin about his drinking problem, and he refreshingly notes that getting sober did not automatically solve all his other problems. This readable, witty autobiography reminds you why it was generally a pleasure to watch Fox on screen: he's a nice guy with an edge, and you don't have to feel embarrassed about liking him. --Wendy Smith --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"An enthralling story, told with verve and dexterity" (Sunday Times)

"Don't miss this compelling and witty tale of the actor's 11 year fight with Parkinson's disease. An intelligent, poignant and funny read" (Woman's Own)

"A poignant story, well worth reading" (OK)

"Well-written and insightful ... a rare, unmissable memoir" (Heat)

"Real power … compelling reading … his book often has the intensity of a thriller" (Craig Brown Mail on Sunday) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Oct. 2003
Format: Paperback
Reading Michael J. Fox's memoir, Lucky Me, was a complete joy. He tells his life story in a funny, friendly, and exceptionally modest way, as if he were sitting and chatting with his best friend.
Michael grew up in a Canadian military family that moved around a lot. He got his first acting job as a teenager, then dropped out of school to try his luck in Hollywood. The tv series Family Ties brought him stardom, and the rest is history. This is not a Hollywood insider's kiss-and-tell book, however. Indeed, there is no name-dropping or gossip about the rich and famous. He focuses, instead, on how the love of his parents, siblings, wife, and four children has kept him grounded, helped him overcome alcoholism, and now gives him strength in his battle with Parkinson's disease.
Fox loved his work, and faces life without acting, because of the increasingly debilitating symptoms of PD. He is hopeful for a cure, takes an active part in educating people about it, and helps raise money for research. This is a quick read, engagingly written, short on self-pity and long on gratitude for his career and his family. I recommend it to his fans and to those who want to learn more about Parkinson's disease.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Mr Matthew S Mansell on 22 April 2005
Format: Paperback
I've never written a review of a book in my life, but was telling someone about this book last night and thought to myself I must put some comments up here.
This book is just brilliant. Yes, of course it does talk about his Parkinsons disease, but there is so much more to the book than this. Autobiography's can always be so self absorbed and padded out with detail on publicity that we all know about already, but this book is just educational!
He talks about the problems of families, stardom, being a role model, his relationships good and bad, the horrible disease of Parkinsons (Which I knew little about before I read this) and then where all of that has left him now.
I would thorougly recommended this book to anyone. You will not be dissapointed.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Anon Starter on 27 April 2003
Format: Paperback
In Lucky Man, Michael J Fox tells us about his rise to fame and his struggle with Parkinson's. But, the rise to fame isn't a complaint about how hard it was, and the Parkinson's section doesn't constantly whine about how hard it is.
He is honest, and writes extremely well. He goes through it all, from the beginning of his life to where he is right now, and I felt I'd become his friend by the end. He tells his story the way somebody would sit next to you and tell you a story, engaging you rather than just lecturing you.
Anyway I don't want to go into details and in effect ruin all the great stories he has to tell. Just buy the book, it's cheap. Read it and you'll enjoy it and I think you might be all the better for it. You'll just feel happier.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ben cooper on 23 Jun. 2002
Format: Hardcover
michael j. fox has been a constant presence in the lives of any person who's watched movies or t.v. for almost two decades, and this stunningly honest memoir is a must for all of those people, even if it a little sad to read.
my generation has all but grown up with this diminuative canadian from his days on 'family ties' through the 'back to the future' phenomenon and into his virtuoso turn in 'spin city' but it surprised how little of the true story we really know.
in this emotional and immensley personal book fox tells the story of his life as you've never heard it before, from his childhood to the present day, the detail is fascinating and the wit is engaging.
which all adds to the shock of the books framework:the mans ten year battle with parkinson's disease. he speaks of the condition with honesty, humour and sheer writing brilliance. this is a mulit-talented individual exploring a new medium of connecting with his audience.
reading about his coming to terms with his diagnosis is by turns crushing and uplifting, he is so determined to beat this disease and yet so riddled by its effects, its hard to imagine this fate befalling marty mcfly.
ultimately we should be thankful to fox for sharing with us all a remarkable, and lets not forget, on-going story of his life - this is not an obituary but more of a mission statement.
but there is a niggling part of me that wishes he was still too busy making hit movies and classic television to write this until fifty years down the line he takes a break to tell us how lucky he is.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 May 2002
Format: Hardcover
...I thought it would take me a fair while to read, but boy was I wrong! Not only is his writing so very easy to read, his story was so much more detailed and moving than I'd thought it would be. You think you know it all already, but you're not even close. This book is like a jigsaw, with sad pieces and happy pieces, which Michael J Fox magically moulds together to create his life story. The two main things that shocked me most with this book: the sincere honesty of his personal life and the ease and professionalism with which he writes. Is there anything this gifted man cannot do?! After reading this book, I can honestly say there isn't one thing I would have liked to know more about. He lays open his personal and private life for all to peruse - so much so that I actually felt guilty in parts when reading about his problems. You're in tears one second and laughing the next. All profits go towards the Michael J Fox Parkinson's Foundation and this made me feel very proud when I'd read the book - not only have I got a really good book that I will undoubtedly read several times, but I've also indirectly donated to help people like him. This book gives you hope and courage through reading about Michael J Fox's hope and courage...Jennifer Haylor
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