Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist

3.82 avg rating
( 18,872 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781401303389: Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

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.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

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 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:

At the beginning of ALWAYS LOOKING UP, Michael J. Fox takes note of the "struts" of his life--work, politics, faith, and family--and explains that his memoir is, in a way, thematic, rather than a chronology of the last 10 years. In a familiar, but somewhat changed, voice he recounts the major shifts in his life, which include leaving his acting career, creating the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, advocating for PD research, and coping with the disease itself, which has been tyrannical of recent years. However, PD is also a source of Fox's optimism--which the listener can clearly hear in his poignant and impassioned delivery. While Fox shares many realities, he also offers hope--which he calls "informed optimism." There's much to be learned and aspire to here. As an audiobook, this memoir will stay with you for a long time. R.F.W. AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Fox, Michael J.
Published by Hyperion
ISBN 10: 1401303382 ISBN 13: 9781401303389
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
Your Online Bookstore
(Houston, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Hyperion. Hardcover. Condition: New. 1401303382 Ships promptly from Texas. Seller Inventory # Z1401303382ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 7.88
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Fox, Michael J.
Published by Hyperion
ISBN 10: 1401303382 ISBN 13: 9781401303389
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 6
Seller:
Orion Tech
(Grand Prairie, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Hyperion. Hardcover. Condition: New. 1401303382 . Seller Inventory # Z1401303382ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 7.88
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Fox, Michael J.
Published by Hyperion
ISBN 10: 1401303382 ISBN 13: 9781401303389
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Norbet Used Book Source
(Corozal, PR, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Hyperion. Hardcover. Condition: New. 1401303382 Fresh, Beautiful and Brand new condition!!. Seller Inventory # SKU1048802

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 3.54
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.35
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Michael J. Fox
Published by Hyperion (2008)
ISBN 10: 1401303382 ISBN 13: 9781401303389
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Hyperion, 2008. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1401303382

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 14.96
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Fox, Michael J.
Published by Hyperion, U.S.A. (2009)
ISBN 10: 1401303382 ISBN 13: 9781401303389
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
rarefirsts
(Charlotte Hall, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Hyperion, U.S.A., 2009. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. First Edition stated, with full correct number line sequence, no writing, marks, underlining, or bookplates. No remainder marks. Spine is tight and crisp. Boards are flat and true and the corners are square. Dust jacket is not price-clipped. This collectible, " NEW" condition first edition/first printing copy is protected with a polyester archival dust jacket cover. Beautiful collectible copy. GIFT QUALITY. Seller Inventory # 001047

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 18.95
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 6.95
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Fox, Michael J.
Published by Hyperion (2008)
ISBN 10: 1401303382 ISBN 13: 9781401303389
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Hyperion, 2008. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111401303382

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 32.83
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Fox, Michael J.
Published by Hyperion, U.S.A. (2009)
ISBN 10: 1401303382 ISBN 13: 9781401303389
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Mad Hatter Bookstore
(Westbank, BC, Canada)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Hyperion, U.S.A., 2009. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. Hyperion, U.S.A., 2009. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. First Edition stated, with full correct number line sequence, no writing, marks, underlining, or bookplates. No remainder marks. Spine is tight and crisp. Boards are flat and true and the corners are square. Dust jacket is not price-clipped." NEW" condition first edition/first printing. Beautiful collectible copy. GIFT QUALITY. Seller Inventory # 004796

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 22.53
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 16.95
From Canada to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Fox, Michael J.
Published by Hyperion
ISBN 10: 1401303382 ISBN 13: 9781401303389
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
London Bridge Books
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Hyperion. Hardcover. Condition: New. 1401303382 Dispatched from London. Seller Inventory # Z1401303382ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 28.56
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 14.76
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Fox, Michael J.
Published by Hyperion
ISBN 10: 1401303382 ISBN 13: 9781401303389
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Hyperion. Hardcover. Condition: New. 1401303382 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.0573304

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 69.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Michael J. Fox
Published by Hyperion (2009)
ISBN 10: 1401303382 ISBN 13: 9781401303389
New Hardcover First Edition Signed Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Eleven Highways
(Hopkins, MN, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Hyperion, 2009. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. 1st Edition. First Edition 1st Printing. Signed with drawing by author on title page; HC+DJ not clipped, light shelf wear; no cover dents or marks. Excellent condition. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 2O-N3W0-65HQ

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 139.00
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds