The Adventures Of An Incurable Optimist
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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
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