Monday, November 12, 2012
Reading Room: Lucky Man, by Michael J. Fox
Lucky Man, by Michael J. Fox
Like most people my age, I grew up watching Alex P. Keaton. Why wouldn't you? He was cute! A bit self-centered, but cute and charming nonetheless. Then Alex became Marty McFly, and things changed a bit. And then, in terms of my awareness, Michael J. Fox fell off the face of the world. He popped up occasionally, like on The American President (one of my all time favorite movies), but not much. I never did watch Spin City, but I knew he was on it. It just made me smile to know that good old "Alex" was still around.
And then the news broke that Michael J. Fox had Parkinson's Disease. This struck me rather hard, since my grandmother also had it. I knew something of her struggles, and I couldn't for anything imagine someone not much older than me going through the same thing. When this book popped up as an Amazon daily deal for Kindle, I immediately purchased it. I really enjoyed it. His "voice" is exactly what you'd expect, making you both laugh and pause at the seriousness of his words, often at the same time. Knowing what all he has gone through and is continuing to go through (it has been almost 10 years since this book was first published) makes his story and his continued success all the more amazing. I hope to read more of his books in the future.
Currently feeling: like reading more