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Still Alice by Lisa Genova
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Feb 20, 11

Read in February, 2011

Still Alice is a harrowing story of a woman in the prime of her life, only fifty years old, getting Alzheimers disease. The story is third person but from Alice's point of view and it is so intimate you almost forget it is not first person. The story feels very realistic. Some of what she is forgetting seems extreme compared to things she is still remembering, but I guess that is the paradoxical nature of the disorder. Thankfully the book is short because the reader's tolerance of sadness upon sadness would begin to wane if the book carried on too long. For all of this, Still Alice is not a depressing book. Alice's family rallies around her and everyone in their own way acts out their grief about what is happening to their wife/mother. Although none of the medicine or exercises Alice is doing stave off the dementia, Alice's perseverance and spirit are never lost. Alice learns that who she is as a person goes beyond her memories, her ability to connect with those around her and eventually control over her own body, but her identity is in her spirit. This is a great book, true to the nature of the disease, people's reactions to it and the ability of mankind to adapt and accept their situation. In Alice's case she was not able to overcome her disease in the typical way, but she was able to survive and not kill herself or lose hope.

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