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Still Alice by Lisa Genova
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Jun 29, 10

bookshelves: 5-star-reads, audiobooks, fiction
Read in June, 2010

This is one of my favorite books so far this year. As many reviews have mentioned, the writing isn't amazing or lyrical, but Lisa Genova's insights of a woman with early onset Alzheimer's is both surprising and revealing. The title character of this novel, Alice Howland is a 49-year old philosophy professor at Harvard. She has 3 grown children and a husband who is also a successful Harvard professor, and she is at the pinnacle of her career. But she has occasional memory lapses and bouts of confusion. She at first attributes it to lack of sleep, multi-tasking, and early symptoms of menopause, but eventually the symptoms become so pervasive that she consults her doctor. The diagnosis is early onset Alzheimer's. The book follows her life as her condition deteriorates. Written from Alice's perspective, the reader experiences the disorientation, confusion and frustration that comes with this disease.

Although I finished this book over a week ago, it is constantly on my mind. I have relatives that are suffering from dementia. Not only has this book provided incredible insight of how terrifying living through this disease must be, but it also has made me consider of my own mortality. I've even pulled out a copy of The Memory Prescription Diet as a summer project. Now if I can only remember to read it...

One comment - the audiobook is narrated by the author. Although I loved this book and couldn't stop listening to it, it would really have benefited from a professional narrator.
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message 1: by Carmen (new)

Carmen Micsa Hi Julie,

I'd like to listen to this book, too. Great review on it!

Thank you,

Sarah I finished this book in 2 sittings! I just couldn't put it down. Glad I noticed it on your goodreads page, Julie :)

Julie Hi Sarah,

I might pick this one for my bookclub - such good discussion topics like would you get tested if you were one of the children, or whether you agreed with her husband's decisions. So glad you liked it!

Take care,


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