ImageReturning to memoirs, I’ve decided to review Lucky Man: A Memoir, written by somebody more well- known:  the world-famous actor, Michael J. Fox.
    When most people think of Michael J. Fox, they think of him as a star of the 1980s. Back then, he reigned with his roles on the television show Family Ties and blockbuster film series Back to the Future. However, in 1991, when he was only 30, doctors diagnosed him with Parkinson’s disease and his whole life changed.
    This book provides great insight into Fox’s journey with Parkinson’s disease. He had to cope with the effect the illness had on his family. On top, he found it even harder keeping it a secret from the public from seven years while still maintaining his movie career.
    Fox chose to write the book using a nonlinear narrative:  flashing back and forth between his childhood, adolescence and him venturing into the Hollywood life at 18. It creates more of a memory-like structure, reflecting how people tend recall events out of chronological order. While I found this realistic, I sometimes had trouble following the story, as the story goes from 1990 to 1961 to 1986 in just a few chapters. I had to keep reminding myself each section was set in a different time and place.
    Fox is a great writer. He doesn’t use the same sort of description Jeannette Walls does. Instead, he uses dialogue to convey the mood and emotion, but does insert the occasional humorous line to instill laughter.  One of my favorites comes from page 89, when Fox talks about filming  Back to the Future, “Encased in Guess jeans and a life-jackety-looking down vest and gripping a camcorder, I’d straddle one of two flaming tire tracks in an otherwise wet shopping mall parking lot and sputter ‘You built a time machine out of a DeLorean?’ “
    Overall, I enjoyed reading Fox’s firsthand account about how his life changed, but for the better, on accepting this disease.  In contrast to all the media reports and interviews he’s done about it, this information because it’s coming from him. It’s not secondhand writing from reporters or writers. It’s an honest reminder that celebrities are just like us, normal people dealing with real-life prob