No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality

No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality

by Michael J. Fox


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There are few people possessing the boundless optimism of Michael J. Fox. His public battle with Parkinson's Disease has mostly cut short an amazing film career. However, his advocacy for those affected by it has been relentless. In his latest book, Michael J. Fox assesses his life, his chronic and declining medical condition and wonders what the future holds. As he experiences many more ups than downs, his trademark optimism (and sense of humor) shines throughout. It's a bittersweet journey which will make you applaud and shed a tear or two in the end.


A moving account of resilience, hope, fear and mortality, and how these things resonate in our lives, by actor and advocate Michael J. Fox.

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 shows such as The Good Wife and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Diagnosed at age 29, Michael is equally engaged in Parkinson’s 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 non-profit funder 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 the 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: An Optimist Considers Mortality, Michael shares personal stories and observations about illness and health, aging, the strength of family and friends, and how our perceptions about 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 about our lives, our loves, and our losses.

Running through the narrative is the drama of the medical madness Fox recently experienced, that included his daily negotiations with the Parkinson’s disease he’s had since 1991, and a spinal cord issue that necessitated immediate surgery. His challenge to learn how 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 of the way back? Read the book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250265616
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication date: 11/17/2020
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 869
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Michael J. Fox gained fame playing Alex P. Keaton on the sitcom Family Ties. His blockbuster movies include Back to the Future, The Secret of My Success, Doc Hollywood, Casualties of War and The American President. He returned to television in his award-winning lead role on Spin City, followed by guest appearances in series like Rescue Me, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and The Good Wife. His many awards include five Emmys, four Golden Globes, one Grammy, two Screen Actors Guild awards, the People’s Choice award, and GQ Man of the Year. In 2000, he launched the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, which is now the leading Parkinson’s organization in the world. He is the author of three previous New York Times bestselling books: Lucky Man, Always Looking Up, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future. Michael lives with his family in New York City.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Fall Guy 1

1 Family Man 5

2 Dog Years 13

3 Act Too 21

4 High Times 35

5 Double Bogey 55

6 Loco Motion 61

7 Unsafe at Any Speed 73

8 Exile on Pain Street 79

9 What to Expect from My Back in the Future 87

10 Showing Some Spine 95

11 Metaphysical Therapy 103

12 Walk This Way 115

13 A Crowded House 127

14 Breaking Dad 135

15 A Wing and a Proverb 149

16 Homeland Security 161

17 Head Games 167

18 Maryland, My Maryland 175

19 The Only Thing to Fear 179

20 Father Time 189

21 All Things Considered 199

22 Shake It Off 213

23 Midnight in the Garden 223

Epilogue 227

Acknowledgments 233

About the Author 239

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