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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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Anyone with an interest, whether personal or professional, should read this excellent novel about a woman with early onset dementia ( )
  awomanonabike | Jun 30, 2014 |
This was one of my favorite books that I've read in a while. I was astonished to learn that the first-time novelist self-published it originally, and disagree with critics who think her writing is amateurish or "too technical." I found the story completely absorbing and empathized with Alice a great deal.

Even though the story is written in the third person, the author skillfully takes us inside the mind of a fictional Alzheimer's patient, from the early slips of memory to full-blown dementia. The portrayal of Alice's family's reaction to her illness is realistic and heartbreaking.

I recommend this book to everyone. ( )
  keneumey | Jun 4, 2014 |
What a haunting book..how terrifing to be diagnosed with Alzheimers at a young age... ( )
  Dmtcer | Jun 3, 2014 |
What a haunting book..how terrifing to be diagnosed with Alzheimers at a young age... ( )
  Dmtcer | Jun 3, 2014 |
AUTHOR: Genova, Lisa
TITLE: Still Alice
DATE READ: 04/22/14
RATING: 5/A
GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS: Fiction/2009/Simon & Shuster/292 pgs
TIME/PLACE: Present/Boston, MA
CHARACTERS: Alice Howland/Harvard professor
FIRST LINES: Alice sat at her desk in their bedroom distracted by the sounds of John racing through each of the rooms on the first floor.

COMMENTS: This one had me riveted. I did not want to stop reading about Alice. Alice is a brilliant linguistics professor @ Harvard. She travels the world on speaking engagements, has published books, advises graduate students and is also happily married and the mother of 3 adult children. She is nearing her 50th bdy when she notices little things indicating her memory is not as good as it was -- is it the onset of menopause, depression, stress, jet lag… the last thing she expected was to be diagnosed w/ early-onset Alzheimer's disease. This is a tragic yet heartwarming story of Alice expressing her fortitude and acceptance of her disease and having the will to want to participate in life for as long as she can. ( )
  pammykn | Apr 22, 2014 |
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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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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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"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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