While Lucky Man seemed like an intimate portrayal of the life and beliefs of a man who just happens to be a celebrity, Always Looking Up seems to be the life happenings of a celebrity, post the makings of said- celebrity. Lucky Man is set up chronologically, though still fully gives affirmation as to why the selective dialogue Fox has with the reader truly connects us to the man inside the celebrity “bubble”. Always Looking Up, however, is thematic-- separating life events post-Lucky Man into 4 sections: “Work”, “Politics”, “Faith”, and “Family”. “Work” gives us insight in how Fox goes about creating a non-profit, with the motivation of urgency and optimism to succeed in the goal to cure PD. “Politics” gives good insight to what it is like to be a political outsider with a powerful voice and straight forward message working on a campaign. These two chapters give air to Fox’s motivation to work with his celebrity status to empower people from all over the country and the globe to help in the fight for not only PD, but—in the case of “Politics” -- other incurable diseases. His personal goal to move away from “PD Poster Boy” and into a deeper, more meaningful role in the fight against the disease is well defined and pursued in these chapters.
However, “Faith” and “Family” seemed to leave much to be desired. Not in the way of stories—both are rounded off well with those—but with a conclusion of “so what?”. I feel both pillars seemed forced, riddled with stories that fit the theme, but seem shallow in connecting the reader to Fox, his beliefs and goals. These chapters seem to be there for little more than informative or entertaining purposes. Among the stories throughout the entire book are stories that confirm Fox’s “lucky” celebrity privileges, which can strongly separate him from the average reader—something the first book so magnificently avoids.
Micheal J. Fox is a man that deserves the world’s attention, not merely as an actor, but as an activist, philanthropist, and optimist. He has deep morals, integrity, and an unconditional love for his family that, for anyone looking, can serve as a model and confirm that Micheal J. Fox truly does deserve our deepest respects. While I did find problems with the book, I do not reflect these as limitations to the integrity of the author.
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: EBURY PRESS - TRADE; 1 edition (1 March 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780091922672
- ISBN-13: 978-0091922672
- ASIN: 0091922674
- Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 200 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)