No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality

No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality

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.”

Title:No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781250265616
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    No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality Reviews

  • Matthew

    “With gratitude, optimism becomes sustainable.”Michael J Fox is the personification of The Giving Tree. Life just keeps taking . . . and taking . . . and taking from him, and all he does is GIVE, ...

  • Brina

    One of my top movies of childhood remains Back to the Future. Who would not want the ability to travel through time despite the ramifications that the movie trilogy presents. In fact, the seminal even...

  • Ray Edwards

    Michael J Fox tells a compelling story of how it’s possible to maintain optimism in the face of certainty that there is always adversity to come. This book is well-written, paced like a Harlan Coben...

  • Debbie Zapata

    Dec 25, 2020, 645pm ~~ Review asap.Dec 26, 2020, 730pm ~~ The latest book by Michael J. Fox, this was published in November 2020 and has an epilogue dated August 2020, in which Fox comments briefly on...

  • Mandy White (mandylovestoread)

    When you think of Michael J Fox what do you think of? For me, a child of the 80's it is Alex P Keaton in Family Ties, Marty McFly in the Back To the Future films and Scott Howard in Teen Wolf. He is a...

  • Donna

    Michael J Fox has written a few books. However, this one is the first one I've read. He has such a positive message of getting through each day, even when the burdens are great. I'm not sure I could d...

  • Alicia Groscost

    This was my first book by Mr. Fox. I'm not sure why I picked this one up. I know him from Back to the Future, but I was a kid then and my dad was always trying to force me to watch movies he liked...s...

  • Cathy

    It took me fully half of the book before I was fully invested in his story. It took me awhile to sort of "get" his humor and understand where he was really coming from, but ultimately, I felt again th...

  • Susan Tunis

    As a teenager of the 80's, Michael J. Fox is a cultural touchstone of my life. His medical diagnosis served as some sort of cautionary tale to my generation. And his grace in the decades since has bee...

  • Barry

    I’m not a big reader of celebrity memoirs, and I would likely have never picked this up had it not already been laying around the house. It was a birthday gift for Belinda, but she hadn’t yet star...