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 Parkinsonís disease. Michaelís exit from a very
demanding, very public arena offered him the timeĖand the
inspirationĖto open up new doors leading to unexpected places. One door
even led him to the center of his own family, the greatest destination
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? Parkinsonís 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 Michaelís 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 Parkinsonís.
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.