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Still Alice by Lisa Genova
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really liked it
bookshelves: 2017, 2016
Read 2 times. Last read April 7, 2017 to May 21, 2017.

I had a very hard time getting into this book. The main character, Alice, is my age when she is diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease. At the onset of the disease, she has many symptoms similar to those of us who are 50. Forgetfulness, of course, is one of those symptoms.

As I read the first half, I was depressed. I even call myself Forgetfulone. This could happen to me! I have to admit, it took me months to get through the first half. I would pick it up and read a little bit and put it down. I'd wait a few weeks or a month and pick it up again. Finally, I just decided to get over the fear I felt about this happening to me and finish the book. So I did. And it was good.

The main character, Alice Howland, is a respected cognitive psychologist on the teaching staff at Harvard. She's an avid runner, a mentor, and a gifted public speaker. Her husband also works on staff at Harvard. They have three children, two of whom are married. The novel explores the complexities of family relationships both before the onset and after. It also shows the complex process of diagnosis, testing, procedures, medications that may or may not help, support, and the hardships it imposes on relatives of the patient and the patient herself.

As the disease gets worse, Alice forgets and repeats herself often. The author writes it this way which is a little tedious, but it does help the reader comprehend the effects of the disease. The ending was sad, but realistic. It's important to note that the author, Lisa Genova, is a neuroscientist, so she knows her subject well. This is also her debut novel.

Still Alice has been made into a movie starring Julianne Moore, but I haven't seen it yet.

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Reading Progress

July 24, 2012 – Shelved
December 31, 2016 – Started Reading
December 31, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
December 31, 2016 – Shelved as: 2017
April 7, 2017 – Started Reading
April 7, 2017 – Finished Reading
May 21, 2017 – Finished Reading
May 26, 2017 – Shelved as: 2016

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Melanie I loved this book Dee, my mum used to work with Alzheimer's patients and the stories she used to tell me reminded me of Still Alice.

Forgetfulone It sounds somewhat sad, though, and I'm not sure I can handle it yet.

Melanie It is sad but it also tells the perspective of the family members of Alzheimer's patients.

I found it a good read.

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