Thursday, January 22, 2009

Lucky Man by Michael J. Fox

First sentence:

"I woke up to find the message in my left hand."


"In September 1998, Michael J. Fox stunned the world by announcing that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease - a degenerative neurological condition. He had been secretly fighting it for seven years.

Now, he tells the story of his life - from his childhood to his meteoric rise in film and television and, most importantly, the last ten years during which he has dealt with his illness.

He talks about what Parkinson's has given him: the chance to appreciate a wonderful life, and the opportunity to help search for a cure and spread public awareness of the disease. He feels as if he is a very lucky man indeed." -- from the back cover

My thoughts:

I enjoyed reading this memoir. I learned a lot about Parkinson's and about Fox's struggles to cope both physically and emotionally. I admire his candor and honesty as he looks back on his life before and after the diagnosis.

Date read: 1/21/2009
Book #: 8
Challenges: Dewey Decimal Challenge, In Their Shoes Challenge
Rating: 3*/5 = good
Genre: Memoir

ISBN-10: 0091885671
ISBN-13: 9780091885670
Publisher: Ebury Press
Year: 2002
# of Pages: 306
Binding: Trade Paperback
LibraryThing Page


Nari said...

I'm a big fan of Michael J Fox, so this memoir would be really cool to read. Thanks for a great review and for participating in my Challenge!!

Nicola said...

Also a big MJF fan here! I read this when it first came out and thought it was wonderful and very informative.

N.Vasillis said...

Great review! You can always write a post on the In Their Shoes Challenge blog. I also wanted to let you know that I will be hosting a giveaway on the blog for the participants. Have a great weekend!