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Still Alice

A book by Lisa Genova

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Heartbreakingly Real

  • Jul 2, 2010

Alice Howland doesn’t have just an ordinary mind.  She is a married mother of three adult children, and a Harvard professor who never stops learning, reading, or sharing her knowledge with others.  She eats, breathes and sleeps academia.  This story of her decline into early on-set Alzheimer’s is akin to watching an athlete lose a limb or a bicycle lose its wheel.  It is simply impossible to imagine.  Ironically, the mind that Dr. Howland has worked so hard at developing and enriching begins to rapidly deteriorate when she is only around 50 years old. 

What starts as symptoms of growing older, such as losing things, or forgetting words or appointments, quickly changes when Alice finds herself lost in her own neighborhood.  She wastes no time in going to the doctor and is swiftly given the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.  Not surprisingly, her relationship with everyone around her begins to change.  She can no longer maintain her role as a leader in her academic circles.  She becomes more accepting of the child she has struggled to understand.  In a very short period of time, she builds several new relationships with a small group of other young people suffering from similar fates.   Most difficult to reconcile is the relationship she has with her husband as he tries to come to terms with her disease. 

The author does a wonderful job of providing accurate and detailed medical information about the mysterious world of Alzheimer’s and dementia.  She is able to do this while still building a powerful, personal story line that will have you trembling in fear the first time you forget where you placed your keys.  Whether or not you have personal experience with Alzheimer’s (I don’t), you will be drawn to these characters and touched by their journey.  This was a book I did not want to put down no matter how emotionally difficult it was to get to the end.


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Quick Tip by . May 19, 2010
Must read for anyone dealing with Alzheimers.
Quick Tip by . September 20, 2009
Great book! I couldnt put it down. The story is terrifying and beautiful at the same time. I highly recommend it.
review by . April 16, 2009
STILL ALICE is a story that will resonate with anyone whose family has been touched by Alzheimer's. Author Lisa Genova's debut novel tells the heart-breaking story of Alice Howland, a Harvard psychology professor coming up to her fiftieth birthday and beginning to experience forgetfulness and disorientation. Alice has a busy active life, traveling to conferences, running for her health, negotiating with her grown children over their career choices, engaging in a full social life with her professor …
review by . March 07, 2009
  I'm not sure how long this novel sat on my shelf. Four or five months at least. I started it once and put it down...not because it wasn't good, but because I knew that I was going to experience a journey.      Finally, I picked it up and fell into the story of a medical tragedy and the complex and changing life of a woman with early onset Alzheimer's Disease.      I work in an internal medicine clinic. We see patients who succumb to the process …
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ISBN-10: 1439102813
ISBN-13: 978-1439102817
Author: Lisa Genova
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Pocket (January 6, 2009)
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