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No Time Like the Future: An Optimist…
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No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality (udgave 2020)

af Michael J. Fox (Forfatter)

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Medlem:beebeereads
Titel:No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality
Forfattere:Michael J. Fox (Forfatter)
Info:Flatiron Books (2020), 256 pages
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Nøgleord:Memoir

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No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality af Michael J. Fox

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This book speaks to the boomer generation with nostalgic TV and music references, aging and healthcare anecdotes, empty nesting reflections and thoughts on mortality. Fox takes us on his philosophic journey as he navigates health crises along the arc of aging. With solid writing, meaningful insights and his trademark humor the author pens this memoir with honesty and wisdom. ( )
  beebeereads | Oct 17, 2021 |
An open and honest look at a sometimes grim situation. I found a ton of common ground with Michael J Fox - minus the fame and fortune, our lives have followed some weird parallel paths. I am of similar age. I have been married for about the same length of time with four grown kids and a dog that I love too much.

I have an inherited neuropathy. I spent years living with the diagnosis of an 'invisible' disability -just trying to get by and pass as 'normal'. Then came a recent bout with what I was told at the time was an incurable cancer diagnosis (it's been five years and I am still beating it). The cancer treatments have complicated my neuropathy to the point that I can no longer walk without crutches. I am also unable to drive myself and reliant on my family for a lot of things most people take for granted.

I found an odd sense of hope in these pages. Not a blind belief in some other power - god, positivity, miracles of faith -whatever you want to call it. This book carries the very real message that we all travel incredible, hard paths of our own. It is more than a little encouraging to read a positive voice that maintains a grounded view of the reality around it. Neither Michael J Fox, nor I, are ever going to be a scratch golfer. However, it is possible to enjoy and even relish something that you are famously bad at by remaining in the moment itself- that one shot. The message contained in this book arrived in my life at a time when I desperately needed to hear it.

I doubt Mr. Fox reads his own reviews. If he does read them he should stop immediately because -and I don't know if you are aware of this - there are some real idiots writing these reviews, present company included. But if he were to see this one ever -I would just say thank you for writing this and thank you even more for sharing it. ( )
  paulgtr234 | Oct 7, 2021 |
A library book picked on a whim, because I'm "between books." I read Fox's LUCKY MAN maybe twenty years ago and enjoyed it. I didn't know he'd written a couple more books after that. NO TIME LIKE THE FUTURE is his latest, published during the pandemic. It focuses intently on a single year in his life, 2018. It was a terrible and trying year for Fox. In addition to the usual trials and creeping indignities and frailties of his Parkinson's, he underwent a very risky surgery to remove a tumor from his spinal column. It took him months to recover and rehab from that operation, and then he fell and shattered his left arm. More surgery and recovery time. He was also facing more uncertainties from the relentless progression of Parkinson's, which was affecting his balance and walking, causing him to fall often, and make additional use of canes, a walker, and even a wheelchair. All of these troubles are described in meticulous detail, often causing you to wince in sympathy. Fox faced all of this with courage and a healthy sense of humor, but his optimism began to fade as age, accidents and disease took their toll on his mind and body. Finally, he found himself unable to to learn lines for his increasingly rare acting roles, so he has reluctantly declared himself retired from acting, a life he has loved, and which has, not incidentally, made him very comfortably wealthy. That wealth is reflected here in the special care and many health aides, therapists and personal assistants he has made use of. The book comes with an Epilogue commenting on how he and his family coped with the pandemic lockdown in 2020, retreating from their luxury Manhattan apartment to their country estate on Long Island where they lived comfortably and companionably for the duration. Fox has nothing but praise for his family - his four adult children, and especially his wife of thirty-plus years, Tracy Pollan, who has been at his side for all of it, including the worst of his troubles. Michal J. Fox is a darn good writer - smart, funny and articulate - and this is a bit surprising, considering he never finished high school, but it is obvious that he reads widely, a self-educated man. He is also an extremely likable narrator, making the reading of this book a pure pleasure. My very highest recommendation.

- Tim Bazzett, author of the memoir, BOOKLOVER ( )
  TimBazzett | Jul 8, 2021 |
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  1stFriday-McKinney | Jun 4, 2021 |
Touching, funny ,inspiring, and well written. ( )
  RGilbraith | May 23, 2021 |
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Life was already tough for the star of Back to the Future, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's at the age of 29. Then, in 2018, he had surgery to remove a tumour from his spine. In this moving, often funny memoir he reveals how he regained his sense of optimism, and reflects on age, family and living with a disability.
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