Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Book Review #12 - Lucky Man by Michael J. Fox

This is another book that I probably wouldn't have picked up if it weren't for the online book challenge I'm participating in. One of the categories for the Winter Challenge was to read a book about a celebrity. I wasn't really interested in anyone all that much, but then I saw this book at the library and thought that Michael J. Fox's story would be an interesting read, because not only is he an actor, but he came from another country (Canada), has a debilitating degenerative disease (Parkinson's Disease), and he kept that disease a secret from everyone for nearly 10 years. All this while keeping a seemingly solid marriage. I found this book to be a very interesting read, and thought that for a celebrity biography, he did a good job at delving into some of the deep demons that he faced, particularly surrounding his diagnosis. He tended to get a little over-wordy, almost as though he was trying to prove his intelligence (he was a high school drop out, but is quite obviously very smart), but I appreciated this honest look at celebrity, the harshness of Parkinson's, and the power of a strong marriage.

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