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From New York Times bestselling author and neuroscientist Lisa Genova comes the definitive—and illuminating—novel about Alzheimer’s disease. Now a major motion picture starring Oscar winner Julianne Moore! Look for Lisa Genova's latest novel Inside the O’Briens.
Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At fifty years old, she’s a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she becomes increasingly disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life—and her relationship with her family and the world—forever. As she struggles to cope with Alzheimer’s, she learns that her worth is comprised of far more than her ability to remember.
At once beautiful and terrifying, Still Alice is a moving and vivid depiction of life with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease that is as compelling as A Beautiful Mind and as unforgettable as Ordinary People.
From Publishers Weekly
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Very thoughtful... Full of insight & wisdom. A glimpse into our human frailty.
Wish this book was FREE! I read the beginning of the book at the Library, wish I could read the rest... Please make this wonderful book FREE!!!!!
A fascinating look at Alzheimers
It is difficult to know how to rate this.
I got the book shortly after learning that my smart, dynamic mother is in the early stages of Alzheimer's. Genova does an amazing job at describing the fear, sadness and changes that come with this cruel disease. What a terrible thing it is to know that you are gradually losing your mind. Genova's description of Alice's lapses, disorientation and memory loss ate truly harrowing.
I felt such compassion for my mother (and father) while reading this book. Every family member is affected by Alzheimer's. My own family members have each had their own response to our mother's illness, as do the characters in the book.
I so wanted all the characters in the story to exhibit the best, most loving responses to Alice each step along the way. I especially wished Alice to have a partner who could deal with the disease in a helpful, caring manner. It would have bolstered my confidence that my father will be able to handle the progression and demands of my mother's disease. But, Alice is more supported by her children than she is by her husband and he pulls away from her over time, eventually taking a job in another city. Luckily, by the end of the book, Alice seems to have accepted that she can not control what is happening and is resigned.
I have to hope that my mother's own journey with Alzheimer's will not be too much for my father or the rest of us. I am inspired to live each moment I have with my mother as if it might be the last thing she remembers.