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Still Alice [Paperback]

Lisa Genova
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Book Description

Jan. 6 2009
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.

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"Heartbreakingly real.... So real, in fact, that it kept me from sleeping for several nights. I couldn't put it down....Still Alice is a story that must be told." -- Brunonia Barry, New York Times bestselling author of The Lace Reader

"After I read Still Alice, I wanted to stand up and tell a train full of strangers, 'You have to get this book.'" -- Beverly Beckham, The Boston Globe

"This book is as important as it is impressive, and will grace the lives of those affected by this dread disease for generations to come." -- Phil Bolsta, author of Sixty Seconds

"With a master storyteller's easy eloquence, Lisa Genova shines a searing spotlight on this Alice's surreal wonderland. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to read this book. It will inform you. It will scare you. It will change you." -- Julia Fox Garrison, author of Don't Leave Me This Way

"A work of pure genius." -- Charley Schneider, author of Don't Bury Me, It Ain't Over Yet

"A masterpiece that will touch lives in ways none of us can even imagine. This book is the best portrayal of the Alzheimer's journey that I have read." -- Mark Warner, Alzheimer's Daily News

"With grace and compassion, Lisa Genova writes about the enormous white emptiness created by Alzheimer's." -- The Improper Bostonian

"Heartbreaking." -- The Cape Cod Chronicle

“Because the full, internal experience of Alzheimer’s is an account that fiction alone can deliver, it’s no surprise that the go-to book for caretakers and early-stage sufferers is a novel. “Still Alice,” written by the neuroscientist Lisa Genova, offers a crisp, straightforward, and wrenching depiction of the fifty-year-old Harvard professor Alice Howland’s descent into the swift, early-onset form of the disease.” (The New Yorker, "A Place Beyond Words: The Literature of Alzheimer")

About the Author

Lisa Genova is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Love Anthony, Left Neglected, and Still Alice. Her first novel, Still Alice, has been adapted into a film starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, and Kristen Stewart. Lisa graduated valedictorian from Bates College with a degree in biopsychology and holds a PhD in neuroscience from Harvard University. She travels worldwide speaking about Alzheimer’s Disease, traumatic brain injury, and autism. She has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, The Diane Rehm Show, CNN, Chronicle, Fox News, and Canada AM and is featured in the Emmy Award–winning documentary film To Not Fade Away. She lives with her family in Massachusetts.

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68 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life imitating my own life Jan. 19 2009
Alice Howland taught cognitive psychology courses at Harvard for over twenty-five years. Alice and her husband, John authored Molecules to Mind, she published papers, and lectured around the world. Her three children were grown and on their own paths (not that she was very happy about Lydia's choice of acting, but she hadn't given up trying to influence her to go back to real school). Her son Tom was doing well in school, daughter Annie and her husband, Charlie are attorneys trying to conceive a first grandchild.

Facing a busy schedule and travel and everyday stress, Alice isn't concerned when she begins to forget little things, where the keys are, names of acquaintances or a momentary sense of disorientation. After all she is fifty and that is part of menopause. .

A trip to her family doctor to get some suggestions for cognitive memory reinforcement and to see if medication is available does not help. Alice is stunned to learn that she has Early Onset Alzheimer's and that there is not very much available for treatment. Telling her husband and children is even harder to face. Eventually she has to face the loss of her teaching and life's work.

"Still Alice" is Alice's voice as she struggles with the advancement of Alzheimer's. As the disease advances, she is living more in the now, and often hurt by her interpretations of family member's words and actions. She reacts with anger and confusion as her world shifts and becomes more unfamiliar and frightening. Her family also has to deal with their emotions. The realization that their funny, loving accomplished mother and wife is slowly disappearing before their eyes are devastating, and they each react differently.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An eye opener Sept. 16 2013
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This book should be manditory reading for anyone who has a senior family member who has, or is developing Alzheimer's disease. It is a strong, powerful book that shows the pure hell that people with this horrible disease are going through. I read the whole book in a day...Just could not put it down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great work! Sept. 7 2013
This novel is so good. It would be great for bookclubs! It's fascinating and it all feels very real, the characters are well developed.
I'll be buying it as a gift for others!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still Alice by Lisa Genova Aug. 31 2013
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An uplifting book about Alzheimer's disease. A recommended read for everyone. It's fiction but well researched and well written. Once I started to read it, I couldn't put it down. Plan to read more books by this same author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real eye opener! Aug. 9 2013
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I read this book while my mom was in her last stages of Alzheimers/dementia. It was a real eye opener for me to think about the fear that she must have felt feeling things slip away from her and out of her control. Everyone should read this book at one point or another...
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4.0 out of 5 stars STILL ALICE July 10 2013
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing May 21 2013
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Depressing but amazing. Great story about a Harvard Prof with immense professional success who wakes up one day and notices her memory is escaping her.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still Alice May 20 2013
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I could not put this book down - it was inspirational as well as informative on the devastating effects of Alzeimer's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So inspiring and human!
This book is very inspiring, and made me step in the shoes of someone living with dementia, and realize we need more empathy; and start changing our fear for the things we don't... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Midori
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I just find it so sad and depressing, but the book is well written
Published 13 days ago by Diana Pedersen
5.0 out of 5 stars A book for adults of any age
I'm only in my twenties but I loved this book. It was a heartbreaking, eye-opening look at a horrible disease. Changed my perspective.
Published 13 days ago by J. Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars Take time in life
It will make you think...make you cry..make yousmile and make you want to live every day
Published 1 month ago by Linda Veenstra
5.0 out of 5 stars This was an amazing book, however I think I cried the entire ...
This was an amazing book, however I think I cried the entire time I read it, especially near the end. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jane Jantzi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by JB
5.0 out of 5 stars LISA GENOVA has helped me to fully understand what my dear...
This book is so good. I now can fully understand what my mother-in-law is going through and how she thinks.
I could not put the book down. So well written. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Marie Felix
4.0 out of 5 stars It was alright!!
It was alright, my mother started with dementia at the age of 80 and was later diagnosed with Alzeimers, so I couldn't really relate to someone younger going through this. Read more
Published 3 months ago by James Schurman
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple emotional impact is its virtue
This unpretentious novel simply takes us through an Alzheimer victim's descent into . . . loss.

Without excessive literary pretensions, this novel introduces us to Alice... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rodge
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book on Alzheimer's disease
Excellent book good research involved in early onset Alzheimer's disease I liked the time lines she used. I really enjoyed the book
Published 4 months ago by Brenda Carriere
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