CBC Books is always on the look-out for book recommendations from some of our CBC personalities who love a good story. Recently, we caught up with comedian Gerry Dee, who stars in Mr. D, a half-hour weekly comedy debuting on CBC Television on Monday, January 9, to ask what he's reading.
Gerry Dee is a regular at Just for Laughs and has been a contestant on Last Comic Standing. His new show, Mr. D, is based on his own experiences as a high school teacher before he switched to comedy full-time. It's about a charming but under-qualified teacher trying to fake his way through teaching in the same way that he often fakes his way through life. You can meet Mr. D here, if you don't want to wait until January 9.
Gerry Dee's recommendation is Lucky Man
by Michael J. Fox.
Here's what he had to say:
"For anyone to call themselves 'lucky' after being diagnosed with [Parkinson's disease] is truly amazing. This book will take you inside the mind of a man who at one point had everything in the minds of most. He was rich, famous and had a beautiful family. To be stricken with such an awful disease and to read how he handled it was inspiring. He makes you realize that we need to enjoy everything in life that we normally take for granted. He explains how little things like tying his shoe has now become a difficult task. This book really made me realize that we are always minutes away from something life-changing. It was amazing to read how someone so successful and so famous would take this life-changing event that many would call so unlucky and deem himself a 'Lucky Man.'
I would recommend this book to anyone. It really puts things into perspective for you. It reinforces what is important in life and how nothing should be taken for granted. Michael. J. Fox was a big reason I got into television. To me, he has always been the quintessential role model for the Canadian comic actor. I hope you are lucky enough to read it."
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From the publisher:
"The trade paperback edition of this national number one bestseller should be a huge hit with Michael J. Fox's fans. This memoir discusses Fox's life — growing up in Canada and then becoming a national television star in the U.S. at the age of 19. He reveals the excess and temptations he fell into as a young star, and how with the help of his wife, Tracy Pollan, he quit drinking and drowning in self-pity. He tells of noticing the first tremors of Parkinson's disease, which he ignored; finding out at the age of 30 that he was suffering from early onset of Parkinson's; how this has affected his family and the extraordinary support they have provided him. He spent nine years hiding his condition from all but his closest family and friends. His courageous decision to go public and retire from active performing in order to devote his time to the foundation and to finding a cure for PD makes up the last part of the book. Recounted in a witty and reflective fashion, Fox displays the kind of courage that has inspired the hundreds of thousands of fans who care about him."
Read more at Simon & Schuster Canada.