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Still Alice by Lisa Genova
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Apr 04, 2009

it was amazing
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Read in April, 2009

The subject matter of this book (Alzheimer's Disease) made it a very difficult book for me to read. The author, who is a Harvard trained neuroscientist chose to write this fictional book from Alice's point of view. Most books written about Alzheimer's is from the caregivers point of view. I believe that because of her background, and the book being recognized by the Alzheimer's Association, her description of what life is like for a victim of early-onset Alzheimer's is as close to factual as one can get. Those of us who have a loved one with this disease can relate to much of what is written in this book because we have seen it firsthand. What we don't know is what if feels like for the person experiencing the deterioration of their mind and body. I would recommend this book for anyone caring for a person with Alzheimer's disease, to get a better understanding of the feelings and their loved one may be experiencing. I certainly gained more compassion and perhaps a better sense of what is important to them.
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Kelly if you liked Still Alice, you may like my new book The Bird House. Library Journal called it a "a great title for book clubs and fans of 'Still Alice.' "

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