This post contains affiliate links.  I didn’t even know Michael J. Fox wrote books until I saw several bloggers praise his newest book, No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality.  I listened to this book on audio, and I enjoyed both the book and hearing Fox narrate it.

No Time Like the Future by Michael J. Fox

About No Time Like the Future by Michael J. Fox

Michael J. Fox has lived with Parkinson’s disease for 30 years now.  In this book, his third, he focuses mainly on his back surgery he had in 2018 to remove a debilitating spinal tumor.  The surgery was not for the faint of heart, but without it, Fox would have been paralyzed.

Fox skillfully weaves his story, nicely framing his memories of early days such as when he drank too much after his diagnoses and his family was on the line.  He also has traveled extensively and recounts some of those adventures, most of them taken after he was diagnosed.

My Thoughts on the Book

I enjoyed so many things about this book!  At first, I had a bit of trouble understanding Fox’s narration (I listened to the audio book) because he can occassionally have a slight slur.  However, I loved hearing his voice because my mind’s eye could easily picture him and the adventures he was writing about.  I adapted to listening to his speech, and it was a good reminder how Parkinson’s affects every aspect of his life.

I also enjoyed hearing about his family, both his immediate family of his wife and kids, but also his birth-origin family.  His mother sounds just as spunky as him, and I liked hearing about her.

Finally, I enjoyed learning more about his postive attitude.  Michael J. Fox has been dealt a tough hand in life.  As much as he lives a life most of us can never imagine thanks to his acting career and wealth, he also lives a life most of us can never imagine thanks to major medical issues such as his Parkinson’s and spinal tumor.  Still, he remains optimistic and humorous.  I laughed out loud several times while listening thanks to his witty quips.  Because I’m someone who can get disappointed easily and struggles with being a realist rather than an optimist, I appreciated Fox’s take on his life.  I felt I could learn a lot from his mindset.

Because I enjoyed this book so much, I plan to read his earlier two books in the next few weeks.

I give No Time Like the Future by Michael J. Fox 5 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.

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