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Still Alice (original 2007; edition 2009)

by Lisa Genova

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Title:Still Alice
Authors:Lisa Genova
Info:Pocket Books (2009), Edition: 1st Thus., Paperback, 292 pages
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Still Alice by Lisa Genova (2007)

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A fast read. Hard to let go of this book. ( )
  chasidar | Jul 18, 2015 |
I started reading this book yesterday and finished it this morning; it's not often that I come across a book that demands to be read like that. The author has done an amazing job in showing the losses and the terror of this disease. By choosing to portray early-onset Alzheimer's, the change is accentuated. I could feel nothing but sympathy for Alice, and deep sadness at what happened to her. I love the title, because you see that, despite appearances, loss of memory, intellect and will is not loss of self. ( )
  TerriBooks | Jul 18, 2015 |
Alice is concerned and confused when she notices she is becoming confused, disoriented, and forgetful. But nothing prepares her for her terrifying diagnosis of Early Onset Alzheimer's. An amazing novel of what it might be like to lose little parts of yourself every day, and what it means for yourself and your family. Genova must have done an unimaginable amount of research to write this book. I could not put it down. Anyone who has known anyone with Alzheimer's will be drawn into Alice's story. But you don't have to have that experience to read and love this book. You will never, never forget it. ( )
  cherybear | Jul 15, 2015 |
This was a brilliant look at Alzheimer's from the perspective of the person suffering from the disease. Having beent ouched by this horrible disease personally this book hit home on a number of levels. I wish I had read it when I was going through the stages with my father. One knows the toll it takes on the family but sometimes forgets how devastating it can be for the person suffering from it. A must read for anyone ... but especially those faced with Alzheimer's in loved ones. ( )
  ChristineEllei | Jul 14, 2015 |
I give this book 5 stars for the wealth of information provided on Alzheimer's and persons affected by Alzheimer's disease. The format was a little frustrating at times but it was an interesting perspective on the disease. Funny thing, I couldn't stay awake through the movie. ( )
  mootzymom | Jun 29, 2015 |
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When looking for a publisher for this story, Genova was often told that it would only appeal to the Alzheimer's community. So, she self-published and self-marketed. Word of mouth spread about the universal appeal of Still Alice, and she gained an agent, a publisher, a top-10 spot on The New York Times and Globe and Mail bestseller lists, and some high praise for her compassionate page-turner. It's well deserved.
 
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Even then, more than a year earlier, there were neurons in her head, not far from her ears, that were being strangled to death, too quietly for her to hear them. Some would argue that things were going so insidiously wrong that the neurons themselves initiated events that would lead to their own destruction. Whether it was molecular murder or cellular suicide, they were unable to warn her of what was happening before they died.
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Alice sat at her desk in their bedroom distracted by the sounds of John racing though each of the rooms on the first floor.
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Even then, more than a year earlier, there were neurons in her head, not far from her ears, that were being strangled to death, too quietly for her to hear them. Some would argue that things were going so insidiously wrong that the neurons themselves initiated events that would lead to their own destruction. Whether it was molecular murder or cellular suicide, they were unable to warn her of what was happening before they died.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0595440096, Paperback)

"Powerful, insightful, tragic, inspirational…and all too true." Alireza Atri, Massachusetts General Hospital Neurologist

“Readers…are artfully and realistically led through…a window into what to expect, highlighting the importance of allowing the person with the disease to remain a vibrant and contributing member of the community…" Peter Reed, PhD, Director of Programs, National Alzheimer's Association

“With grace and compassion, Lisa Genova writes about the enormous white emptiness created by Alzheimer’s in the mind of the still-too-young and active Alice. A kind of ominous suspense attends her gathering forgetfulness, and Genova puts us, sympathetically, right inside her plight. Somehow, too, she portrays the family’s response as a loving one, and hints at the other hopeful, helpful response that science will eventually provide.” Mopsy Kennedy, Improper Bostonian

"An intensely intimate portrait of Alzheimer's seasoned with highly accurate and useful information about this insidious and devastating disease." Dr. Rudolph E. Tanzi, co-author, Decoding Darkness: The Search for the Genetic Causes of Alzheimer's Disease

“Her (Alice's) thought patterns are so eerily like my own...amazing. It was like being in my own head and like being in hers.” James Smith, diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, age 45

“...something for the world to read.” Jeanne Lee, author of Just Love Me: My Life Turned Upside-Down By Alzheimer’s

“A laser-precise light into the lives of people with dementia and the people who love them.” Carole Mulliken, Co-Founder of DementiaUSA

"A work of pure genius. This is the book that I and many of my colleagues have anxiously awaited. The reader will journey down Dementia Road in a way that only those of us with Dementia have experienced. Until now." Charley Schneider, author of Don't Bury Me, It Ain't Over Yet

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Feeling at the top of her game when she is suddenly diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease, Harvard psychologist Alice Howland struggles to find meaning and purpose in her life as her concept of self gradually slips away.

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