Michael J. Fox abandoned high school to pursue an acting career, but went on to receive honorary degrees from several universities and garner the highest accolades for his acting, as well as for his writing. In his new book, he inspires and motivates graduates to recognize opportunities, maximize their abilities, and roll with the punches - all with his trademark optimism, warmth, and humor.
In A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future, Michael draws on his own life experiences to make a case that real learning happens when “life goes skidding sideways”. He writes of coming to Los Angeles from Canada at age 18 and attempting to make his way as an actor.
Fox offers up a comically skewed take on how, in his own way, he fulfilled the requirements of a college syllabus. He learned economics as a starving artist; an unexpected turn as a neophyte activist schooled him in political science; and his approach to comparative literature involved stacking books up against their movie versions.
Replete with personal stories and hilarious anecdotes, Michael J. Fox’s new book is the perfect gift for graduates and fans.
©2010 Michael J. Fox (P)2010 Hyperion
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Michael again entertains and delights with his playful reading. Enjoyed hearing (between the lines) the maturity, perspective and focus he's developed over the last few years. I actually think I could listen to this again and that doesn't happen often.
I loved this and have listened too it a couple of times! Fox's narration is swift, funny and too the point. Very easy to listen too.
"Let's hear it from M J Fox himself"
I have listened to it several times because it is an interesting life-story
Michael is very open about things and knows how to tell a good story.
no one can tell the story better than himself
I had lots of laughs when listening, but also learnt to know that he had a tough start in his career.
M J talks a little fast but that's not a problem for me, if that's a problem for you just rewind and listen again, it's worth it.
"Not too happy so far he talks too fast in thisone"
Well I adore michael but so far unlike always looking up im only on chapter 2 so far but he talks really really fast in this one at first it took awhile to verify it was him narrating im having a really hard time understanding him hes talking so fast
"Nice little autobiography"
I like Michael J. Fox and it was interesting to hear about his road to fame.
Someone looking for a short inspirational speech
He spoke quickly and sometimes his speech was disjointed. I know why but I wish it was better.
It was a funny short story but a book it was not.
"a snapshot into the life of Michael J. Fox"
It was enjoyable because his humor comes through it every situation he discusses.
hearing it in his own words gives you more insight into what is being said.
It was more effective coming from him rather than an interview on tv.
"Absolutely Love Michael J. Fox as an author!"
I love his candor and his straight forward message. I think every high school and college graduate should listen to this!
I like how Michael parallels his life lessons to many people's college lessons.
A lovely, light appreciation of life in all it's guises.
"A guide for life"
MJF, as most of us with chronic degenerative illnesses (mine's MS) has a very philosophical slant on life. Instead of whining "Why me?" we shrug our shoulders and say "hey, why NOT me?" The author delivers his life lessons with his usual good humour and accepting style; I have a son due to start Uni next year - I'll be packing him a copy..
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