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Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist | [Michael J. Fox]

Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist

Always Looking Up is a memoir of Michael's past decade, told through the critical themes of his 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 in his first book, Lucky Man, Michael describes how he became a happier, more satisfied person by recognizing the gifts of everyday life.
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There are many words to describe Michael J. Fox: Actor. Husband. Father. Activist. But listeners 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.

Always Looking Up is a memoir of Michael's past decade, told through the critical themes of his 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 in his first book, Lucky Man, Michael describes how he became a happier, more satisfied person by recognizing the gifts of everyday life.

©2009 Michael J. Fox; (P)2009 Hyperion

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    Gerald Exeter, CA, United States 05-21-09
    Gerald Exeter, CA, United States 05-21-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Great listen and very inspirational."

    I found listening to Michael J Fox read his book very easy and enjoyable. His use of the language makes him give better insight to his story. I found this book to be very motivational because of what he deals with on a daily basis, and what he gets done in spite of it; just makes one realize that if a man suffering with P.D. can do all this and still be such an optimist, surely I can do more and enjoy more.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Talia Tucson, AZ, United States 10-25-10
    Talia Tucson, AZ, United States 10-25-10 Member Since 2010

    Love getting back into the old habit of reading.... its like catching up with beloved old friends :)

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    "Getting to know a friend"

    When I read the first book by MJF, it was a good effort and I appreciated his honesty, but I was so disappointed in him as a person having grown up watching him on my favorite shows. I felt I needed to read/listen to this second one in the hope that some personal development would be evident and I was not disappointed. It was especially nice to have it read by Michael himself despite some small language difficulties caused by his condition, I wouldn't have wanted it any other way. I'm now happily off the listen to the third book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie Lebanon, India 02-02-10
    Laurie Lebanon, India 02-02-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Deserves the Grammy nomination"

    I seldom choose abridged titles, and I tend to avoid "Read by the Author" unless the author is a professional performer. I am so glad to listen to this. I found it very inspirational. He tells his story in a way no one else can. Mr. Fox has been through it all, and lays it out frankly. His work on his foundation is a window into the workings of philanthropy that can be a real eye-opener.
    Only reason I gave it a 4 instead of a 5 is that I wish it was unabridged.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    rachel Yakima, WA, United States 04-24-10
    rachel Yakima, WA, United States 04-24-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Fast, funny in places"

    I really like Michael J. Fox, so basically this was guaranteed to be a a winner with me.
    He narrates, which is a plus, though the talks fast--his delivery seemed to be affected by his Parkinson's (I only had trouble following the story when my daughter was talking at the same time.)
    The story moves quickly (regardless of delivery) and jumps around a bit, but is entertaining and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny.
    I've read reviews that complained that he shouldn't be telling everyday people how to be optimistic because his life is so good (i.e. of course he's optimistic). He's not being preachy or telling you how to "look on the bright side of life". He tells stories about his life. He's funny. He's had some really amazing experiences. THAT is why one would (and should) read this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Reinhold 01-02-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Eye Opener"

    I really appreciated the candor and the sense of humor that I got from this man whom I already respected and admired for the integrity that he has shown over the years. Aside from giving me a lot to think about when it comes to hardship, this book also widened my perspective on a number of issues and informed me about his own disease and the scientific issues that he fights for.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan J Murfreesboro, TN, USA 06-03-09
    Ryan J Murfreesboro, TN, USA 06-03-09
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    "A fresh graduates perspective"

    This book is beautifully written. The memoir is a personal look into the last fifteen years of Fox's life. A very humbling story that is very inspirational.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matt Portage, IN, USA 05-15-09
    Matt Portage, IN, USA 05-15-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Great! A truly thought provoking autobiography"

    Michael is very courageous to expose his soul as much as he has in this book. Hat's off.... I found the case that Michael made about stem cell research enlightening. I am pro-life, but Michael makes a very good point that if we have no moral objection to in-vitro fertilization, then we can't have a moral objection to using stem cells that result from in-vitro fertilization. The world must be saturated with this knowledge as there are people such as Michael as well as relatives of mine that need to be cured and whose quality of life could be greatly improved. One thing comes to mind... Jesus healed on the Sabbath. Jesus did not wait until Monday to heal the sick. .

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jay Vancouver, BC, Canada 08-01-13
    Jay Vancouver, BC, Canada 08-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    Uplifting and Inspirational. The narration was a bit shaky, but we obviously know why and it's easily forgivable. I enjoyed this one.

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    R. Tuckey Oklahoma 11-19-12
    R. Tuckey Oklahoma 11-19-12

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    Where does Always Looking Up rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best stories I've heard.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I've seen Mr. Fox from the early days as Alex P. Keaton and he is a good actor.
    Watching him deal with this was an inspriaction.


    Which character – as performed by Michael J. Fox – was your favorite?

    Alex P. Keaton.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    He is such a trooper!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Burton New Britain, CT USA 05-08-12
    Bill Burton New Britain, CT USA 05-08-12 Listener Since 2003

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    If you could sum up Always Looking Up in three words, what would they be?

    Inspiational,Sincere and Honest


    What about Michael J. Fox???s performance did you like?

    TRue an heartfelt.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    As a PD patiaent it gave me hope and comfort.


    Any additional comments?

    Having just been diaginosed with Parkinson's Disease, I was looking for some first hand information. I knew that MJ Foxx had started a foundation but until I read this book I did not know the amount of commitment he had put into finding a cure for PD. I think anyone with or without PD will be inspired by his story in this book and his first book: Lucky Man

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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