No Time Like the Future An Optimist Considers Mortality
A moving account of resilience, hope, fear and mortality, and how these things resonate in our lives, by actor and advocate Michael J. Fox.
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The entire world knows Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, the teenage sidekick of Doc Brown in Back to the Future; as Alex P. Keaton in Family Ties; as Mike Flaherty in Spin City; and through numerous other movie roles and guest appearances on TV shows such as The Good Wife and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at age twenty-nine, Michael is equally engaged in advocacy work, raising global awareness of the disease and helping find a cure through The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, the world’s leading nonprofit funded of PD science. His two previous bestselling memoirs, Lucky Man and Always Looking Up, dealt with how he came to terms with the illness, all while exhibiting his iconic optimism. His new memoir reassesses this outlook, as events in the past decade presented additional challenges.
In No Time Like the Future, Michael shares personal stories and observations about illness and health, aging, the strength of family and friends, and how our perceptions of time affect the way we approach mortality. Thoughtful and moving, but with Fox’s trademark sense of humor, his book provides a vehicle for reflection on our lives, our loves, and our losses.
Running through the narrative is the drama of the medical madness Fox recently experienced, including his daily negotiations with the disease he’s had since 1991 and a spinal cord issue that necessitated immediate surgery. The challenge he faced of learning to walk again, only to suffer a devastating fall, nearly caused him to ditch his trademark optimism and “get out of the lemonade business altogether.”
Does he make it all the way back? Read the book.
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