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Still Alice

A Novel
Genova, Lisa (Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Still Alice


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In Lisa Genova's extraordinary New York Times bestselling novel, an accomplished woman slowly loses her thoughts and memories to Alzheimer's disease-only to discover that each day brings a new way of living and loving. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth, and Kristen Stewart! Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children and a house on the Cape, is a celebrated Harvard professor at the height of her career when she notices a forgetfulness creeping into her life. As confusion starts to cloud her thinking and her memory begins to fail her, she receives a devastating diagnosis: early onset Alzheimer's disease. Fiercely independent, Alice struggles to maintain her lifestyle and live in the moment, even as her sense of self is being stripped away. In turns heartbreaking, inspiring, and terrifying, Still Alice captures in remarkable detail what it's like to literally lose your mind... Reminiscent of A Beautiful Mind , Ordinary People, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time , Still Alice packs a powerful emotional punch and marks the arrival of a strong new voice in fiction.
Authors: Genova, Lisa
Title: Still Alice
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Pocket Books,, c2009.
Edition: 1st Pocket books hardcover ed.
Characteristics: xi, 293 p. ;,22 cm.
Notes: Includes a Readers club guide.
1st Pocket Books trade pbk. ed. ----published by Pocket Books, 2009.
Paw Prints ed. by Gallery Books with ISBN 9781448742745.
Also published in paperback in 2009 by Gallery Books with ISBN 9781439102817 (xi, 293 p. ; 21 cm.).
ISBN: 9781439116883
1439116881
9781439102817
9781448742745
1439102813
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Comment by: lieslok Report This Mar 10, 2011

I tend to agree that the character development was a bit flat, but that was not the point of the book. For anyone with interest in Relational Psychology or wanting to know more about prion diseases, such as Alzheimer's, this is definitely a good book to read.


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Report This Feb 20, 2014
  • Cdnbookworm rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I've had this novel on my shelf for awhile, and am glad I finally got to it. The Alice of the title is Alice Howland, a full professor of psychology at Harvard University, world-renowned expert in linguistics, and mother of three children in their twenties. Her husband is also a professor at Harvard and the two have even written a book together. Alice turns 50 a couple of months into the novel. As Alice has several issues of forgetfulness and disorientation she begins to worry, and takes herself in for a checkup. As other causes are ruled out, Alice finds she has early onset Alzheimer's, something she never dreamed of. It takes her a while to accept it, and her family also struggles with what this means, not only for her, but also for them. Early onset Alzheimer's has a strong genetic component, and there is a high possibility at least one of her children might have the gene as well. As the disease progresses, we see how the different family members handle the changes, how it affects Alice's career, and her life. We see her struggle and her plans for the future. This is a novel that had me silently weeping as I read it, totally involved in the lives of these characters and the reality they were now dealing with. I know someone with a parent who had early onset Alzheimer's and can't help but wonder if she and her siblings have looked at the genetic possibilities for themselves.

I know this book is only fiction, but this is something that can happen to any of us. Pretty scarry to think that maybe one of our loved ones could end up having Alzheimer.

Report This Jan 21, 2014
  • molmil8 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a great book, and allows the reader to experience Alzheimer's from inside the mind of the person who has it. Not necessarily a pleasant read, but an important one in creating a better understanding of the progression of the disease and the impact it has on the individual's relationship with others.

Report This Dec 08, 2013
  • InvernessS rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

A bit slow for me altho an interesting, relative subject.

such an amazing book. Was heart breaking as the story progressed. I had to force myself to finish it and I did with tears in my eyes.

Report This Jun 14, 2013
  • lucky38 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Heart wrenching to read. As the disease progressed it was difficult to keep reading because I knew the ending would not be happy. I hope all the people who have the disease has the love of their family that was portrayed in the book.

Report This May 27, 2013
  • ehbooklover rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A haunting and heartbreaking book that felt so real at times I had to remind myself that it was actually fiction. An amazing read that was hard to put down and will be even harder to forget.

Report This Jan 01, 2013
  • kelleypoole rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Amazing insight into the mind of a victim of early onset Alzheimer's. Fascinating character and one of a kind book. The first chapter was a tough read only because I spent the evening doing an inventory of my own memory failings. It's haunting in its reality. A really worthy read.

Report This Nov 20, 2012
  • sasie rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Well presented, heart wrenching at times and extremely touching.

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Report This May 04, 2011
  • MadPen rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Alice Howland is an esteemed psychology professor at Harvard, living a comfortable life in Cambridge with her husband, John, arguing about the usual when the first ysmptoms of Alzheimer's begin to emerge. First, Alice can't find her Blackberry, then she becomes hopelessly disoriented in her own town. Alice is shocked to be diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. Her life begins to unravel. She lostes track of rooms in her home, resigns from Harvard and eventually cannot recognize her own childeren. the frutual facts of Alzheimer's are heartbreaking.

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Report This Nov 20, 2012
  • sasie rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“You're so beautiful," said Alice. "I'm afraid of looking at you and not knowing who you are." "I think that even if you don't know who I am someday, you'll still know that I love you." "What if I see you, and I don't know that you're my daughter, and I don't know that you love me?" "Then, I'll tell you that I do, and you'll believe me.”

Report This Sep 21, 2012
  • becker rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“The mother in her believed that the love she had for her daughter was safe from the mayhem of her mind, because it lived in her heart.” ― Lisa Genova (Author), Still Alice

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Still Alice: Lisa Genova

Still Alice is a compelling debut novel about a 50-year-old woman's sudden descent into early onset Alzheimer's disease, written by first-time author Lisa Genova, who holds a Ph. D in neuroscience from Harvard University. Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children and a house on the Cape, is a celebrated Harvard professor at the height of her career when she notices a forgetfulness creeping into her life. As confusion starts to cloud her thinking and her memory begins to fail her, she receives a devastating diagnosis: early onset Alzheimer's disease. Fiercely independent, Alice struggles to maintain her lifestyle and live in the moment, even as her sense of self is being stripped away. In turns heartbreaking, inspiring and terrifying, Still Alice captures in remarkable detail what's it's like to literally lose your mind... Reminiscent of A Beautiful Mind, Ordinary People and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Still Alice packs a powerful emotional punch and marks the arrival of a strong new voice in fiction.

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