Still Alice

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Still Alice

Format:  Paperback,

292 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publish Date: Jan 2009

ISBN-13: 9781439102817

ISBN-10: 1439102813

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Still Alice is a compelling debut novel about a 50-year-old woman's sudden descent into early onset Alzheimer's disease, written by first-time author Lisa Genova, who holds a Ph. D in neuroscience from Harvard University.
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's 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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Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: Jan 2009
ISBN-13: 9781439102817
ISBN-10: 1439102813
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 292
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.8
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.75 x 8.25 x 1.0

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Review by Library Journal (2009-05-01)

Fifty-year-old Alice Howland, a highly respected linguistics professor, suddenly begins feeling disoriented and confused. Her diagnosis-early-onset Alzheimer's-irrevocably changes her life as well as the lives of her husband and three grown children. First-time novelist Genova holds a Ph.D. in ne uro science from Harvard University and writes an online column for the National Alzheimer's Association. These qualifications help to make her story realistic and compelling. Genova reads her own work, conveying meaning through emphasis and inflection. Of interest to all listeners. -joanna M. Burkhardt, Univ. of Rhode Island Lib., Providence

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (2009-01-27)

Verdict: While the characters feel flat and the plot contrived, this first novel contains rich descriptions of the genetic and clinical aspects of Alzheimer's. Best suited for larger public libraries. Background: At 50, Alice Howland is enjoying a rewarding career teaching cognitive psychology at Harvard when she receives a life-altering diagnosis of early-onset Alzheime's. First-time writer Genova is a ne uro scientist with a Ph.D. from Harvard; her background becomes obvious via the details surrounding both the Harvard environs of her protagonist and the disease that creeps into her life. Those seeking a more emotional treatment of the implications of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's should see the 2006 movie Away from Her, with Julie Christie, directed by Sarah Polley.

-Julie Kane, Sweet Briar Coll. Lib., VA

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

Still Alice is a compelling debut novel about a 50-year-old woman's sudden descent into early onset Alzheimer's disease, written by first-time author Lisa Genova, who holds a Ph. D in neuroscience from Harvard University.

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's 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.

Customer Product Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5★ by 5reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Very moving story Loved the book. I'll read it again soon. Would be a great book club read. 06/26/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Heart Wrenching Insight into Alzheimer's My mother has Alzheimer's and the story made me cry as I recognized the stages in the book. However, viewing it from Alice's eyes made it even more clear. I purchased several copies to share with my family, all of whom have given it the highest of praise. The Alzheimer's facility where my mom is a resident is considering making it required reading for the caregivers so they can remember and understand the real person between each of their dementia patients. 03/06/2011
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Wonderful book. Easy read. I finished it in 5 hours - couldn't put it down. 07/04/2011
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