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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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Very powerful and emotional. ( )
  carolynsuarez | Jan 19, 2015 |
Reading this was just as deeply moving and poignant as this video. I only know a bare minimum of the essentials about dementia and what it entails. Alzheimer's disease is accurately portrayed by Genova which strengthens many aspects of her book. The riotous emotions and feelings Alice goes through is jarring and heartfelt.
I remembered also crying when I watched this brief video my friend insisted me to watch in the spring of my senior year. It was shocking and unexpected but not unwelcomed. Cancer books are so commonly scattered in bookstores and the internet but memory disorder books are a rare find. This one is a golden dragon relic.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iXPHhfk_7E
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  Annannean | Jan 6, 2015 |
I first heard of this book when I signed up for WorldBookNight 2013. My mother in law has Alzheimer's so I knew I wanted to share this book with others. As I read it I found myself crying, laughing, nodding my head... I understood perfectly everything she (Alice) went through and I understood a WHOLE lot more what my M-I-L went through. I firmly believe anyone that has a family member with Alzheimer's or a friend should read this so that they can gain a better understanding. Great book. ( )
  JosieRivers | Dec 28, 2014 |
This was an excellent book that really gave you a picture of what it may be like to have Alzheimer's. I did not like her husband John. I found him to be self-serving. Her children were awesome, caring, compassionate. I really felt for Alice throughout the whole story. I pray that I keep all my faculties as I age. I worked Hospice for six years and this disease is so debilitating. ( )
  bwhitner | Dec 8, 2014 |
This is a very thought provoking book. I read it quite a while ago, so there won't be many details here in this review, but I remember it as the story of one woman's incredibly moving journey through the maze that is early onset Alzheimers'. A brilliant and successful, albeit ruthless, academician, Alice becomes 'lost' one day in the familiar landscape of Boston. Diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's, the book takes us on her journey, painful as it is, as the disease progresses. This is an outstanding book and I recommend it most highly. ( )
  splatland | Dec 6, 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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In Memory of Angie.
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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

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:39:05 -0400)

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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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