Friday, May 8, 2009

Michael J. Fox: best books

Actor/activist/writer Michael J. Fox is the best-selling author of Always Looking Up, a memoir about how his life was changed by Parkinson’s disease.

He named a best books list for The Week.

One title on the list:
The Bird Artist by Howard Norman (Picador, $14).

This is a book I wanted to option for a film. The narrator is a young man in early 20th-century Newfoundland who has killed an evil lighthouse keeper. He’s such a gentle soul that he never participated in the local custom of hunting birds, but instead chose to paint them. His story is one of redemption through art, and it’s helped get me through some tough periods. Norman’s hero, faced with a difficult situation, reacts badly, but it gives him the opportunity to evolve in ways he otherwise wouldn’t.
Read about all six books on Fox's list.

--Marshal Zeringue