Michael J. Fox abandoned high school to pursue an acting career, but went on to receive honorary degrees from several universities and garner the highest accolades for his acting, as well as for his writing. In his new book, he inspires and motivates graduates to recognize opportunities, maximize their abilities, and roll with the punches--all with his trademark optimism, warmth, and humor.
In A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future, Michael draws on his own life experiences to make a case that real learning happens when "life goes skidding sideways." He writes of coming to Los Angeles from Canada at age eighteen and attempting to make his way as an actor. Fox offers up a comically skewed take on how, in his own way, he fulfilled the requirements of a college syllabus. He learned Economics as a starving artist; an unexpected turn as a neophyte activist schooled him in Political Science; and his approach to Comparative Literature involved stacking books up against their movie versions.
Replete with personal stories and hilarious anecdotes, Michael J. Fox's new book is the perfect gift for graduates.
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Michael J. Fox began his career as the lovable Alex P. Keaton, the star of the poular sitcom Family Ties. Since then, his career has been a nonstop success story, with blockbuster movies like Back to the Future, The Secret of My Success, Doc Hollywood, and the lead voice in Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire. He retired from his award-winning role on Spin City. Michael has won numerous awards, including four Golden Globes, four Emmys, two Screen Actors Guild awards, GQ Man of the Year, and the People's Choice award. He is the author of two books, Lucky Man and Always Looking Up. He actively lobbies for stem cell research around the country and is very visible in raising money for Parkinsons research with the Michael J. Fox Foundation.From AudioFile:
Michael J. Fox dropped out of school to pursue acting, but he now has several honorary doctorates. In a book that echoes the addresses he gave when he received those honors, Fox shares anecdotes and lessons from his own life with a self-deprecating, engaging style. His voice is still as youthful as it was when he played Alex P. Keaton. While Fox himself says there's no profound guidance here, grads and others will take the occasional lesson from turning points in his life, such as his last-ditch tryout for "Family Ties" and the mystical trip to Bhutan that temporarily gave him a respite from the symptoms of his Parkinson's disease. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine
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