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Always Looking Up
Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist | Michael J. Fox
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.
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TheSpineView
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jillrhudy Great book. Very uplifting. 1mo
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RamsFan1963
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"One's dignity may be assaulted and vandalized, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered." - Michael J. Fox

#QuotsyOct19 #dignity

@TK-421

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Eggs
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 7mo
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EadieB
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At the turn from our bedroom hallway, there is an old full-length mirror in a wooden frame. I can't help but catch a glimpse of myself. Turning fully toward the glass, I consider what I see. This reflected version of myself, wet, shaking, rumpled, pinched, and slightly stooped, would be alarming were it not for the self-satisfied expression pasted across my face. I would ask “What are you smiling about?" answer: "It just gets better from here."

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 8mo
tracey38 I love him and he has such a wonderful attitude. 8mo
vkois88 Good pick 8mo
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Coleen
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This is the follow-up to Fox‘s previous memoir, Lucky Man, which I read just a few weeks ago. While this one was good and I love hearing him read his own books, I have to admit that I liked the first one better. This one was a little drier in parts and slow moving early on, but it picked up in the second half.

Kloves2read He is my favorite actor! I loved his first book, and tried to read this one, but I couldn't get through it. 7mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 12mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Yes indeed! 12mo
vkois88 Agreed! ❤❤❤ 12mo
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MSzyd
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Day 175: "Every failure I have considered my own, but every success has been shared." #shoes by #dancingdays by #banned from #modcloth

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Arkrayder
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Michael J. Fox seems to be a really decent man. He doesn't come across as preaching or seems to have the attitude of "I'm better than you" or "Woe is me, feel sorry for me." So that made the reading of this book much easier. An interesting autobiography from a seemingly down to earth man who has gone through a lot and has seen the silver lining.

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LLColbeck
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Mehso-so

Utterly unrelatable, the glass of Fox's second memoir is still over half full. Great family, great job, great foundation, horrible incurable disease. He mentions wallowing a few times, may have made for more interesting read. Wish PD was gone already, thanks for your work on that MJF.

LLColbeck If you'd like my copy of "Always Looking Up" just let me know in the comments. 3y
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