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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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Alice Howland is a happily married 50+year old cognitive psychology professor (a renowned linguistics expert) at Harvard with three grown children at the height of her career. She begins to notice forgetfulness creeping into her life. Things that were once familiar (her class lectures become a struggle and she begins to lose her sense of direction) become confusing and lost. As her memory begins to fail her, she receives a devastating diagnosis: early onset Alzheimer's disease. The disease takes hold swiftly, and it changes Alice’s relationship with her family and the world. Fiercely independent, Alice struggles to maintain her lifestyle and live in the moment, even as her sense of self is being stripped away. This novel is incredibly heartbreaking and tragic as you begin to realize how much Alice has lost—her professional identity, the recognition of her family and eventually her ability to speak. This novel is very well down as it takes you into Alice’s experience of her losses and her family’s reactions to the changes. 4 out of 5 stars. ( )
  marsap | Jan 4, 2017 |
I LOVED this book. I added it to my to-read list after having readed and loved Lisa Genova's "Left Neglected" and it did not disappoint me. She is a very talented author. I laughed and cried and just thoughorly enjoyed the story. I highly recommend it and can't wait for her next book. ( )
  lynnski723 | Dec 31, 2016 |
What a fantastic book that describes the horror and despair and assault of Alzheimer's happen in real life. Alice is a professor of psycholinguistics and finds herself unable to function. One of the shocking parts of the movie was Julianne Moore's creation of the "Butterfly" folder; Genova brings in the statistic that 100% of early onset Alzheimer's patients contemplate this step.

I recommend this book for anyone who can handle the subject matter. It is not easy to read; it does offer a reality check for those of us dealing with middle age brains to know what is regular forgetfulness and what is a more alarming diagnosis. And the fact that the writing takes you into the patient's head, into her thoughts and her perceptions, is a rare gift. ( )
1 vote threadnsong | Dec 23, 2016 |
I didn't want to like this book. I mistakenly thought it was a true story. I thought the beginning of it was a bit unrealistic, particularly the dialogues, but I did find myself wanting to find out what happened next, etc., so it did keep my attention. And I like (true) stories about overcoming, whether it be from a disease, a trial, or a loss. So... I'm going to check out Genova's other book, Left Neglected. ( )
  homeschoolmimzi | Nov 28, 2016 |
I did not care for half of this book. I liked the writing style, and the premise was unique and interesting. It was unsettling to see an "inside look" at Alzheimers. However there were things in the book that were mentioned but not addressed and that frustrated me. The husband was too difficult to be believed (i know he struggled with her diagnosis, but still...). Overall a decent story, but not one i need to jump on my roof and have every human read. ( )
  pickleroad | Nov 10, 2016 |
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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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"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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