6 Dec 2020

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Book Review / A Funny Thing... by Michael J Fox

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 eighteen 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.


Published:     13th April 2010
Publisher:  Hatchette Books
Goodreads :  Click here
Series or Stand-Alone:  Stand-Alone Non-Fiction
Source: Owned




Honestly, I don't normally pick up non-fiction books.  Not that I dislike them in anyway but I often find that I just can't get into them as much as I would if it was a novel.  However, I make the exception when there is an autobiography about someone that I like or admire.  Although this book came out back in 2010, I hadn't realised it had and it was only when I was browsing books online that it came up.  

In this biography, Michael J Fox talks about his life and his career as an actor.  It also mentions his health issue as well.  I always find it fascinating to find out more about his someone became who they are today, especially if he is an actor like Michael J Fox who I have followed in movies for so long now.  

This book read more like a short story / speech given by Michael J Fox rather than a full blown biography, which I was hoping for, but nonetheless it was very fun to read.