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Still Alice

by Lisa Genova

Gallery Books | January 6, 2009 | Trade Paperback

Still Alice is rated 4.5303 out of 5 by 198.
In Lisa Genova’s extraordinary New York Times bestselling novel, an accomplished woman slowly loses her thoughts and memories to Alzheimer’s disease—only to discover that each day brings a new way of living and loving. Now a major motion picture starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth, and Kristen Stewart!

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 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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.25 × 5.44 × 0.8 in

Published: January 6, 2009

Publisher: Gallery Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1439102813

ISBN - 13: 9781439102817

I read the publisher’s jacket copy of Still Alice and decided the last thing I wanted to read was a story about a woman who gets Alzheimer’s. How fortunate that I decided to crack open this little jewel. You will be drawn into this story from the first paragraph and become totally connected to the unfolding life of Alice Howland. Alice is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At fifty years old, she’s at the height of her success, a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with an equally successful husband and three grown children. Her students are enthralled by her lectures and she has reached that point in her life where she is stimulated and fulfilled both at work and at home. But, when she becomes increasingly disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life and her relationship with the world, forever. At once beautiful and terrifying, Lisa Genova’s novel Still Alice is a moving depiction of life with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. We are with her as she fights against what is happening to her. Try as she might, Alice cannot deny the reality of her diagnosis; slowly, inexorably, her brain lets her down. This is an extraordinary debut novel about an accomplished woman who slowly loses her thoughts and memories to a harrowing disease - only to discover that each day brings a new way of living and loving.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A ‘must-read’ for anyone dealing with Alzheimer’s in any way, or wanting to know more about what it’s like – from the inside of it. This is a book I discovered at a meeting of our local Alzheimer’s Support Group. I was urged to read it, so months later – when I felt I was ready – I borrowed it. [As an aside: We meet once a month, and I highly recommend that you join a support group if you are a caregiver of anyone with dementia.] At first I put off reading this book. I lent it to my sister to read, she said, “Read it!” I lent it to one of our respite workers, he said, “Read it!” Finally, yesterday .. I read it. This book will open your eyes to, and broaden your understanding of, some of the inner workings of Alzheimer’s disease and what it is like to be its victim. Even though this is a work of fiction, the author did extensive research and study to get it right. It is so very believable. To me, it felt as if I were reading the memoir of an actual person, I felt the frustration and pain of her family, and I laughed out loud at one incident which was both funny because of what happened and sad because of why it happened, and in another place I had tears in my eyes because of the truth of it. This is a painful and terrifying disease. Even as I write this review I feel the emotion of it. Alzheimer’s steals its victim away, a little at a time. Lisa Genova so aptly described the disease through her characters and helped me better understand the cruel reality of what I (and my sister) deal with every day in some capacity. Lisa’s main character, Alice, is a very intelligent, highly regarded and respected professor of cognitive psychology at Harvard University. She and her husband (also a Harvard professor) had brought up their three children and now, at only fifty years of age, Alice knows something is seriously wrong with her memory. She puts off telling anyone and sets out on her own, at first, to find out what is going on. What she learns changes her whole world, and that of her family. The author draws the reader into the lives of Alice and her family in a very smooth and captivating way. I wanted to know, I needed to know, and Lisa does not disappoint as she covers two years in Alice’s life. At the end of the book, there is a section of Discussion Questions for a group, or for personal study of the novel. There is also an interview conversation with Lisa Genova. Lisa Genova, holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Harvard University and Still Alice is her first novel.
Date published: 2014-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Still Alice I bought the book a month ago and just could not put it down.I didn't like the ending though as my sister inlaw has alzheimer's for some time now and its a never ending struggle.I just wanted to learn more about this sickness.She was a very smart ladie and I miss her very much.
Date published: 2014-01-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from a bit disappointing This book was just okay for me. I liked how it gave the reader insight to what it's like for the person going through Alzheimer's. I found it interesting and informative. But for a story..everything just kinda came together too easily. The ending left me hanging and dissatisfied.
Date published: 2014-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still Alice was such an amazing book This is one of the rare books that after you finished the last chapter, your thoughts still linger on the conversations and the events that took place for a long time. There was one part when Alice condition was seriously declining and she was attending a seminar where she offered some very brilliant comments about the topic. The participants all nodded their heads appreciatively. (From Alice's perspective: well, even Alzheimer patients did not totally lose their minds. They could still think quite logically and provide useful insights) A few minutes later, totally forgetting she already said those comments, Alice raised the SAME suggestions to the speaker! This time the response she received was cold. People looked away. (From Alice's perspective: people were biased because she had Alzheimer. But even Alzheimer patients could come up with some valuable insights!) What a heart wrenching episode. Not many books could describe the events from the patient's point of view so realistically and so touchingly. I would love to read it the second time!
Date published: 2014-01-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Would Not Recommend After seeing all the hype about this book, I definitely had high expectations. However, I must say I considered taking it back to redeem my $17 I spent to purchase it. I found the story simply repeated the same thing over and over, but it was slightly different as Alice's disease progressed further. I found it a challenge to finish this book and would not suggest it.
Date published: 2013-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book really brought tears to my eyes and made me start thinking about my parents. I couldn't put it down. I read it in one day and then went back and read it for a 2nd time, just read it slower, cause I liked it so much! This is a fantastic book!
Date published: 2013-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Buy this book now! The story of Alice is heart breaking. I couldn't put this book down. Read about the strength of a woman who slowly forgets the people she loves around her. I highly recommend this book. One of the best books I have ever read.
Date published: 2012-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking but fantastic Really well written novel. Enjoyed every minute of it, even through the tough parts. Can hit a little close to home if you are close to someone with Early Onset Alzheimers, but it's interesting to read it from the perspective of a character with the disease. Really opens your eyes on the whole subject. All in all, really great read.
Date published: 2012-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! What an amazing novel. Gives you such insight into Early On Set Alzheimer's, through the eyes of the person who has the illness. Very moving and thought provoking, heartbreaking at times. Makes you think about your own life and how you would deal with having a loved one with Alzheimer's or having the diagnosis yourself. Absolutely loved it!
Date published: 2012-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great debut Fantastic book. I din't want to put it down. It really shows you how devastating a disease like Alzheimers can be, but also shows that life can go on and what some of the options are. Great debut Lisa
Date published: 2012-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Haunting Such an amazing book, It left me screaming out NO after it was over, i wanted to know more
Date published: 2012-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Amazing Debut! ***MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS*** Still Alice is exactly what I came to expect when I picked up Lisa Genova’s debut novel, which was released in 2008. The main character, Alice, is a 50-year-old professor at Harvard. Organized, efficient, highly-educated, smart, and sharp, she never thought in her wildest dreams that someone like her could be diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimers. Just like with Genova’s second novel, Left Neglected, Still Alice is written in great detail—Genova obviously does her research quite carefully (and being a neurologist-turned-writer, I would expect no less). Still Alice doesn’t rush itself—the diagnoses of Alice comes after she notices changes in her memory and starts having symptoms she attributes to monopause. At first, Alice’s memory lapses are the same kind that anyone could have—forgetting a certain word, misplacing items, not recognizing cues on her to-do list. But as the months go by, the symptoms get more and more severe. I really appreciate how Genova wrote Still Alice by having each chapter outline a month in Alice’s life, so the reader can see how quickly the disease progressed. It’s disconcerting to think that within just a year (the book span is a mere 2 years), Alice’s symptoms advanced as much as they did. One of the most notable parts of the novel, in my mind, that showcased the symptoms Alice was put up against was when Alice was preparing for a class she taught regularly. Rushing off to class, telling herself that they can’t start with her, she enters the room with the mindset that she’s a student—waiting the encouraged 20 minutes before leaving the class with the rest of her students because the professor—Alice—did not show up. Another part that really hit home for me was when Alice and her husband are at their cottage for the summer. John, her husband, has been asked to run with Alice, since she could get disoriented and not know where she is or where she should be going. John asks her if she’s ready to go for a run, Alice goes in for a fleece, sees a book on the nightstand, grabs it, and proceeds to go to the porch to read. When John asks if they’re going for a run, she says she needs to use the bathroom first. John goes to wait outside and Alice gets disoriented in her own house and can’t find the bathroom in time. One of the things Alice is disappointed about is that soon she won’t be able to read—even trying to comprehend a simple conversation is difficult at times—and there are so many books she wants to devour! Reading this made me sad—I can’t even fathom what it would be like to lose the ability to read, to lose the ability to put words and sentences together. The fact that Alzheimers snuck up on Alice so early in life—a disease that usually attacks in the 60th or 70th years—really made me think, as a reader. Leaving the novel, you’ll want to devour all the books that have been sitting, neglected, on your nightstand. You’ll want to do things that have been sitting, undone, on your to-do list. Those things you’ve always dreamed of doing? Travel, bungee jumping, taking that art class, or learning to ski—you’ll want to do that after reading Still Alice because you’ll realize that life is too short to be wasted. “My yesterdays are disappearing, and my tomorrows are uncertain, so what do I live for? I live for each day. I live in the moment. I will forget today, but that doesn’t mean today didn’t matter.” Genova crafted a beautiful novel. The characters are flesh and blood—you could imagine them being in the same room as you while you read. As I reader, I sympathized with Alice when she had a memory lapse and repeated herself or expressed forgetfulness in front of someone who’s never seen it happen (e.g. asking the same question within minutes at a seminar, having no recollection of previously asking it). I’ve never known anyone who was diagnosed with Alzheimers, but seeing reactions of Alice’s colleagues, family, and friends, I understand how they would act how they did. One can only hope that reading Still Alice will make readers more compassionate towards people who have been thrust into a heartless disintegration. Lisa Genova is a force to be reckoned with. I look forward to reading her next novel and will continue sharing her first two works with everyone I know. A highly recommended author.
Date published: 2012-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page turner Not many books keep my attention throughout but this is an exception.
Date published: 2011-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Emotional Splendid book! I cried....a lot. (It brought back memories of friends and family members) but I also laughed which was a great balance. I had my reservations at first but I'm happy to have read it - I feel more informed and aware. I enjoyed seeing her relationship with Lydia, as a result of the Alzheimer's disease, strengthen. I read that when writing this book she did not want to "overdramatize, or romanticize this disease, yet not minimize it either" and I feel she accomplished that with this novel.
Date published: 2011-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth Reading Not an easy read since my mom is, in some respect Alice. Would recommend this story to anyone. A book I plan to share.
Date published: 2011-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A truly touching story I have no words to describe how great this book is. It was touching, amazing, outstanding, excellent, fabulous and anything awesome you can think of. I have never cried as much as I did while reading this book. I love the way the author writes, it literally gives you a sense of the deterioration Alzeihmer's has on someone's mind. You could read the progress of the disease and the toll it was having on Alice. I highly recommend this book to everyone. It has changed my life and my outlook and I'm sure it will yours too!
Date published: 2011-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Educational Great book. I learned so much about this awful disease called Alzheimers. Very sad what it can do to a person. The story was very well told, and I would recommend it. I actually am making my mother in law read it. I think she'll love it. : )
Date published: 2011-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible book. I laughed and I cried when I read this book. As someone who has witnessed this disease and seen it rob my grandmother or her memories. I want to scream and tell the world to read this book. It will break your heart over and over again and you will pray to God that you wont learn first hand what Alice and her family went through. Do yourself a favour and read this, for all the Alices out there and to come.
Date published: 2011-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best read in yrs One of the best books I've read in years. I also enjoyed learning so much about the disease.
Date published: 2011-09-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Alzheimers - seen through the eyes of a patient Alice Howland is a 50 year old Harvard professor with three grown children. She has begun to notice some forgetfulness but becomes alarmed when she goes out for her customary run and gets lost. This must be more than menopausal symptoms. It is. A diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimers is devastating. The reader follows Alice through her increasing fogginess and confusion. Her family deals with the disease in varying ways. I found it very difficult to read this book as my mother had Alzheimers. Every test that Alice took, I took and failed. Every single thing I forgot got blown out of proportion. Several of the earlier things that Alice forgot were things that had happened to my mom that the family put down to busyness and forgetfulness. To read the book as through Alice's eyes gave me an insight into my mother's problems. Like Lydia, I took charge and could relate to her. I had a hard time with how John, her husband dealt with the disease. It seemed to me to be selfish and not very caring. A fascinating book from the eyes of an Alzheimer patient.
Date published: 2011-09-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Got to my emotions Enjoyed it so much. My hubby took the book away when I was sobbing out loud 3/4 of the way through the book. I needed to steel it back to finish it. :)
Date published: 2011-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Please read this book. It is an amazing journey through the eyes of an alzheimers patient. It will make you laugh, cry and you will find yourself asking why? For all the Alices' out there, we hear you and we will never forget you....
Date published: 2011-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very appropriate Absolutely a riveting read on a very sad topic - Alzheimer's Disease . Very well written and it keeps your interest - read it over a weekend . Delves into the mind of an early Alzheimer's sufferer , a place we could never imagine before .A must read for everyone .
Date published: 2011-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Read! An amazing read that I found almost impossible to put down. It is well written and and I found it incredibly easy to fall in love with the character. It captures you from start to finish.
Date published: 2011-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow ... An Incredible Book!! A MUST READ!! Lisa Genova is an Amazing author! Thank you for this book. You know you love a book when you get towards the end and you try not to read too many pages at once, or you'll finish too soon. I'm still worried about Alice.....
Date published: 2011-06-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Still Alice My father has Alzheimer's and he is often living in his past. He has a teddy bear that he likes to play with and I am unsure if he knows who I am. Being of a medical background none of his progression in his disease has surprised me, but it has saddened me. Reading "Still Alice" by Lisa Genova did bring tears to my eyes and yes I could relate to Alice's family and how they dealt with her Alzheimer's. I was also able to better understand my father and what he has gone through. What a devastating disease for both the bearer of the disease and for the family. To lose one's memory of language skills is unfathomable and to lose the ability to love someone is heartbreaking and to lose the ability to recognize your family is devastating. I found the book a bit too simple for my tastes, but I am the type of person who likes to know everything and with a science background and a medical background I found the books description of the drugs used to treat Alzheimer's and the description of the disease itself just too simplistic. I also found there was not enough history about the family; I would have liked to have known more about everyone including Alice. Some parts of the book seemed cheesy, like the description of Alice's daughter Anna and her reaction to her sister Lydia not going to university and how it pleased her that Lydia was on the outs with Alice; it seemed like a middle school fiction book of sister rivalry. The book could use more depth and character and a bit more growth.
Date published: 2011-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing I loved this book! Very good eye into alzheimers and understanding the effects it has on not only the family but even the individual with the disease. Heartbreaking, but a very good raw book.
Date published: 2011-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books ever read! This book was amazing. It's a book that you can't put down until you have finish. A really great read. Recommed it to anyone
Date published: 2011-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I absolutely loved this novel. I read it many months ago, but for me, the true test of a novel is when you can look back and think "that one stood out". I could not put this book down. The story is so sad, yet the journey is so interesting. You can really feel the triumphs and the failures that the characters experience. I can't really say much mroe about. It's a masterpiece, and I would suggest it to anyone. The only thing that was difficult for me was all the doctor-terminology. But that's just because it was beyond my reading level, possibly. But some parts I felt were hard to read because of all the words that I didn't know... Doctor terminology, like I said. The characters are great and the story progresses at a believable rate. An excellent choice for any reader.
Date published: 2011-02-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Moving This book is so beautifully written you don't want to put it down even though you're about to cry. It is a very honest portrayal of someone with Alzheimer's and since it's written from Alice's point of view it's helpful to understand the feelings that a loved one would be experiencing.
Date published: 2011-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply beautiful. After having been too busy to crack open a good book in a long while, I was fortunate enough to have fallen upon "Still Alice". Page after page, it's evident that Genova knows what she's writing about in how she can draw you into the story so that you not only ache for Alice, but with her. This truly was the gem that I needed to remind me of what I loved so much about reading. "Still Alice" is a heartwrenching story about trying desperately to remain true to oneself as it becomes increasingly difficult to remember who that is, exactly.
Date published: 2011-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Incredible and Heart Wrenching Read One of my new favourites. Beautifully written from the perspective of Alice, a woman diagnosed with early onset alzheimers disease, and her plight with the illness. Characters were very real, as well as situations/ storyline that arose. At points exhausting to read, but in a good way. Made it very real. Lisa Genova truly did an amazing job with this, her first, novel.
Date published: 2011-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good. 4.25 stars Alice is a 50-year old Harvard professor of psychology who is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's. She and her family have to learn to live with this degenerative disease, knowing that Alice will only get worse. This was really good. Told from Alice's viewpoint, as she slowly starts forgetting things, you really feel scared, from her point of view. It shows how it affects, not only her life at home, but in her work at Harvard. It's frustrating to see how it affects her family, and there's nothing that can be done about it. I am thankful that I haven't known anyone close to me (knock on wood) with Alzheimer's. It's got to be such an incredibly scary feeling. I can't even imagine.
Date published: 2010-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! Wonderful story. I felt like I was living with the characters. It was a beautiful yet tragic story. I could not put it down! All I can say is go buy this book, you will not be disappointed. Incredible!
Date published: 2010-12-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Touching This was our third book club pick. I had heard about this book before we started to read it, and had been looking forward to reading it, however I didn't enjoy it quite as much as I anticipated too. It was still definitely a good book to read, and the others in the book club really enjoyed this book. What made the impact for me is my uncle is battling Alzheimers.
Date published: 2010-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This story was very well written. I teared up in some parts. If you have a heart, you will tear up as well. You are proud in some parts and just sadened in others. It was a sad and sweet book. I didn't like it too much - not because it was a bad book or anything - it's just that it was too real for me. This i the hard truth about Alzeimers. Scary stuff.
Date published: 2010-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing, touching, and terrifying I absolutely loved this novel. It gave such an amazing insight into world of someone suffering from Alzheimers. Truly a touching story for anyone. I could not put it down.
Date published: 2010-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ALICE....What a legacy!! A very emotional and informative book. A must read for all professionals dealing with dementia patients and for families going through this fog of uncertainty. This book has helped my sister and myself look at our mother through her eyes and try to see her daily frustrations of dealing with this disease. Thank you Alice for being so courageous to put your life story out there to help us all understand better what a patient with onset dementia is going through on a day to day basis.
Date published: 2010-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very unique I really loved this story. It's a quick read and a very worthwhile one. It was amazing to see inside the mind of an alzheimer patient along with all it's madness and sadness. Highly recommend it.
Date published: 2010-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing fast read. Such a incredible book on early onset Alzheimer. I was nervous about reading this book but I am so glad I did. This book is full of information about the disease. The characters are so alive and real. I did wonder for a while if I did have this disease as you start to really relate to the character.
Date published: 2010-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this novel! could not put this book down!!!
Date published: 2010-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Frickin' fantastic! Too complicated to write to Lisa herself so i am writting it here....FANTASTIC BOOK! I suggest this to any geriatric nurse (like myself) and anyone with a friend or family member going through the same thing. Eye opening! I AM SO HAPPY SHE HAS ANOTHER ONE COMING IN JANUARY! I can't wait!
Date published: 2010-08-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from so-so I picked up this book because it was a Heather's Pick (and I generally enjoy her picks) and it also received a lot of good review. Boy, was I disappointed. It was a good book, but I didn't find it as outstanding as some. It was definitely an easy read as I read it in about a day.
Date published: 2010-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from sTILL ALICE what a most interesting book.I couldn't put it dowm.It has given such good information on on the disease.An excellent read.I would give this a 4 out of 5.
Date published: 2010-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book of Dignity I could not put this book down. If you are lucky enough not to be dealing with this crippling disease or to know someone who is coping with it. You can still feel empathy towards the main character and her family. I laughed, I cried I was mad at the impatience of some. But loved them all. Lisa Genova has written a beautiful story about one woman' struggle and how her family pulled towards and away from her. You can't not feel for each character in this book.
Date published: 2010-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Moving great book...must be so painful to go through
Date published: 2010-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING book This book was great. Really helps you understand more of what millions of people go trough.
Date published: 2010-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A truly touching story. This book made me feel as if I were actually seeing what Alice saw, minus the complicated Harvard terms, this book was very easy to follow. It was detailed and written very well. It was also a moving story and it made you feel as if you were touched by Alice. You were there. It's as simple as that.
Date published: 2010-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional I just couldn't take it anymore! Mom was leaving me so quickly. So full anger was she that I, overcome with exhaustion and frustration, knew this would be have to be our last visit. I was filled with remorse, "how could I abandon her when she needed me the most"? Sure, I had read a lot about her affliction and I knew her widely fluctuating moods were the disease but I couldn't quite 'get it'. Then a very good friend loaned me her copy of 'Still Alice'. Wow, everything started making sense, I started to 'get' what was happening to Mom and that she need my love more than she needed me to help her stay connected to her memories. From the moment I picked up the book my understanding of what Mom was going through helped us establish a more rewarding loving relationship, until the time of her death which was just a few weeks ago. Although Dr. Genova never met Mom she helped me understand that Mom was "Still Mom" and for that I am ever grateful. Thank you Dr. Genova, thank you!
Date published: 2010-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely moving Alice is a 50-year old psychology professor at Harvard who is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's Disease. The novel follows Alice as she begins to recognize memory loss, diagnosis, denial, and acceptance. It's a truly moving and eloquently written book. The relationships between Alice and her professional life and personal life are so real that early on you feel like Alice could be your professor, your coworker, your moth, your wife or your mother. You simply MUST read this book!
Date published: 2010-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very introspective I found this book riveting and lovely. It gave such an insight from the Alice's thoughts as she was declining into her own world. This very intelligent woman was expressing her own thoughts as she was losing her memories after being such a dynamic force in the academic world. My only criticism might be that in the latter stages when it was giving her thought processes I felt the descriptions were given in a language that she couldn't possibly have manufactured at that stage of her disease. Still, it was a lovely read and I loved how her children came together and were so protective. I would highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2010-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unforgetable Dealing with a family member with Alzheimers, this book by Lisa Genova from the perspective of the individual with the disease, provides valuable insight. The novel was well written, and you could feel the main characters struggle with changes beyond her control to her life and those around her. The book was difficult to put down and a really good read.
Date published: 2010-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not a book to forget ! Before reading this novel, I knew a little about Alzheimer's itself, but I never even thought about how dramatically it can change someone's life. Still Alice presents a touching book where love, strenght and family mean everything. I recommand it to people who want a glimpse of hope and faith.
Date published: 2010-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! Since I read this extraordinary novel, my perception of serious diseases completly changed. It made me realize how life can quickly turn upside down when we expect it the least. Indeed, the powerful and realistic characters of this story helped me to understand these important values: love, family, strength, perseverance and solidarity. When the members of Alice's family learned about her Alzheimer's disease, they were first shattered but then gradually accepted her new condition by dealing unselfishly with it. Jonh, Anna, Tom and Lydia provided good cares to Alice and tried to keep her spirits up constantly. Finally, this novel fascinated me from the beginning to the end and I couldn’t stop reading it once I started. Lisa Genova is a very talented author!
Date published: 2010-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A breathtaking story! Still Alice is the story of a 50 years old woman who gets diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease. While reading the novel, you realize the difficulties of life: sad and sometimes harsh. I truly recommend it since the story is captivating, moving and you can't stop reading once you start.
Date published: 2010-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A touching story Lisa Genova, with her realistic characters, is taking the reader into the universe of a family who never will be the same. After Lisa Genova, with her realistic characters, is taking the reader into the universe of a family who never will be the same. After Alice learns she’s affected by Alzheimer’s disease, she starts to see her life differently. At first, she has to deal with her husband, John, who refuses to accept that her wife will lose her memories. Afterwards, it’s her children, Anna, Lydia, and Tom, who have to live with the hurtful idea to see their mother forgetting more and more things about them. Month after month, we can see the progression of Alice’s disease and how it affects her entourage and her every day life. I think it was a great idea of the author, because it helps the reader to understand what the characters are living. I had to read this novel for my English class, but only after a few pages, I started to read it for my pleasure. Since I know some people affected by this disease, Still Alice has helped me to realize what they were dealing with. I recommend this novel to everyone!
Date published: 2010-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So true Still Alice is a wonderful novel. Lisa Genova is able to make us relate to the story so easily in every word. Indeed, as the story goes on, and Alice on set Alziehnmer disease evolves, we relate so much to each character. We find a little part of us, in every character witch Lisa give life to, we deeply understand some behavior that before we may have judged before and even, realize we would probably act the same in that situation.
Date published: 2010-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book for people who want to learn from a special disease ! I had to read Still Alice in my English class. First, I thought it was not necessary to read a book in English because I had a lot more to do in other classes. After reading one chapter, I started to find the story very interesting. The fact that the story was about Alzheimer's disease made the book attractive for me because I actually study in Health Science. Finally, it took me three days to read it ! It is a very good story with no overlong passages.
Date published: 2010-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A nice book I had to read Still Alice for my English class and at the beginning I was not sure about how I would like the story. My teacher discribed the book in class and she said that it was about the evolution of the Alzheimer disease. I was wondering if it was more description and information instead of a story. Finally, I recommand this book. It is a very nice and emotional story that helped me to understand the real evolution of someone going through this disease during 2 years. Enjoy !
Date published: 2010-04-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, but not great Since this book is about the progression of a disease in a 30-year-old teacher, it should be really fun to read it for people who have a disease and feel alone in it, especially Alzheimer's. It might also be great to read it if you are a teacher or have a job related to school. As for me, I am an eighteen-year-old student in cegep and I thought it was interesting, but maybe not quite as if I had a disease. I couldn't really identify myself to the principal character.
Date published: 2010-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book This book as surpised me in many ways. Through the failure of her brain, Alice becomes an intriguing personnage that wants to be followed. This novel is very touching in many ways. It's now your turn to find out about it. 5/5
Date published: 2010-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book not to forget! This novel tells the story of Alice, a women with early onset Alzheimer`s disease. The chapters goes by as Alice's state deteriorate through the months. Alice will eventually be forced to stop teaching at Harvard, which was her principal motivation.The story then becomes more and more dramatic as we see how her life is affected by the progresion of the disease. The novel is written in a wonderfull way that really make us feel what Alice is going through. This is a book that I will remember.
Date published: 2010-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from GREAT SAD STORY The author is capturing our attention throughout the novel. This book takes us through the feelings, by telling the story of a Harvard University professor who discovers that she suffers from Alzheimer's disease. I cried the last 20 pages.
Date published: 2010-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from TRY IT!!!! At first, when I was told by my teacher that I had to read a book about Alzheimer’s disease I thought it would be another boring book. I felt like I had no connection at all with that disease, so I didn’t really know how I could like the book. But after reading it all, I can say it was great. As it is written in the point of view of the person with the disease, I feel it helped me to connect more with the character and I have to say in the end, I loved the book.
Date published: 2010-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Novel Still Alice is a wonderful story that shows the reality of Alzeimer's disease. Reading this book is a good opportunity to learn more about the disease and to have a better comprehension of the way people affected by the disease live. I totaly recommand this book because once you've start reading it, you can't stop and finally I'm really anxious to see what Lisa Genova's next book will be about.
Date published: 2010-04-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good story Still Alice is a good novel because it make you see how it feels to have disease like Alzheimer's disease. It explain the steps that a person has to face, in this novel Alice, and how it can affect the life of a person who has it, also how it can affect the rest of his family. It is a good story, and you can learn a lot on Alzheimer's disease if you read this novel.
Date published: 2010-04-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Well... I've been forced to read this novel for an English course in CÉGEP. And overall, I think it was not as bad as some other books I've read for a course. In fact, the medical aspect of the book is very realistic and that's what kept me into the whole story. There are some slow parts a little less interesting, but overall, I believe Still Alice is one of the best book related to a course I've read.
Date published: 2010-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Good Novel Still Alice is one of the books that can really touch you in a profond way. Everyone who knows someone that has Alzeimer's disease should take a moment to read this book. It takes you, from the point of view of the person that is touched by the disease and to understand the way the disease hurt them. I would recommand this book to really understand the way a person live with Alzeimer's disease, how they could manage their life and the way their family reacts to all this.
Date published: 2010-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Story This is an amazing story about a mother that just got the news that she is suffering of Alzheimer`s disease. It shows all the courage that the mother has to fight the disease. It`s worth to take the time to read the book. Beautiful and touching story.
Date published: 2010-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely great Excellent book! The author got my attention from the first line until the very last one, so much that I was sad the book was already finished. I would recommend it to anybody of all ages. The story and the characters were really touching which made it easy to read.
Date published: 2010-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A memorable Novel I have to admit that reading is really not a part of my favorite pastime.Usually, when I start reading a book and I don't fall in the story, I'm not able to finish it. Still Alice is a very realistic story and this is probably why i couldn't stop reading it. It was very difficult to see Alice get through all the situations she lived, but the more you read it, the more you realized how the people around you are important and how every little moment of your life makes you who you are. Still Alice is a book that I'll never forget.
Date published: 2010-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME This book was absolutely great and i recommend to everyone. It took me some time to get into the story, but once it started, i couldn't stop reading it. I always wanted to know what was going to happen next. Now, i really understand what a person with Alzheimer's has to go through and i strongly appreciated getting into the life of Alice Howland. This story really sticks with reality and that's why this book is unique. I also really liked the way Still Alice was written and Lisa Genova is an awesome author. I'm pretty sure that Still Alice is one of the best book i will ever read.
Date published: 2010-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Deep!!! This book opened my eyes to a very hard disease. Alzheimer's isn't known enough by our society. I had some difficulties to relate with the main character. While I was reading, I was thinking about every man and women who are in this situation.
Date published: 2010-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! I am not what I would consider an "avid reader" - but I was loaned this book and, after letting it sitting on my kitchen island for months, I was looking for something to pack for the flight of an upcoming trip! Once I picked this book up I COULD NOT put it down! I was actually taking the trip with 20 other people - as our destination wedding! And I must say I was almost guilty of ignoring all of my guests for the final day of the trip just so I could sit and read this book! Again, I don't read constantly, but this book took me two days and by the end I felt entirely satisfied and felt the book ended in a not totally expected way. Several years ago I lost my grandma, and all of her memories, to dementia, and I sit on the Board of Directors for a local Alzheimer Society chapter to honour her; this book tells an honest story of this disease that is terrifying and horrific - thank you for a perfectly honest, human portrayal of this disease.
Date published: 2010-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Still Alice is the story of a 50-year old woman's sudden unexpected decent into early onset Alzheimer's. Few novels have the power to bring me to tears but the ending of this had them streaming down my face. This book is beautiful in its ability to capture the emotions of its characters, and terrifying in its portrayal of what Alzheimer's can do to a brilliant mind. You cannot help but relate to Alice and love her as a character. Lisa Genova has done an incredible job. Her writing is both compelling and informative. I devoured this book in less than 5 days and would recommend it to anyone, especially to anyone dealing with a family member or friend who may be suffering with this horrible disease.
Date published: 2010-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inspirational Lisa Genova has written a great testimony on living with early onset Alzheimer's disease. Lisa Genova demonstrates well the fact that living with Alzheimer's disease does not change the person but only the capacity of keeping track of things. The value of the person sould never be diminished because of the disease. The life of Alice Howland, depicted in the book, shows that life can still be fullfillig, even living with an illness.
Date published: 2010-04-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Still Alice If you have questions about Alzheimer's disease read it. You get all the informations you need by spending a good time. You really get in the mind of Alice, you evolve with her through the disease. Lisa Genova made an amazing jog describing all the difficulties a family have to get through when one of their member face an incurable illness. But most of all she send a message of hope.
Date published: 2010-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A remarkable story! Usually, reading is not my favorite activity, but for this novel I simply couldn’t stop reading it. This story makes you realize how important is to have a healthy life and how friends and family will always be there for you. I recommend this book for everyone, because anyone can be affected in many ways by this disease.
Date published: 2010-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from worthy of honor When our teacher summurized the novel we would have to read, we all noticed how thick was "Still Alice". I started reading it hoping I would not find it too hard to understand, since my fist language is French. After first chapters, I thought it was impossible not to fall for Alice and her disease. I remembered how Alzheimer's was a devastating illness. As I was reading, I thought this novel was a source of courage and I felt bad when I was complaining for little things.
Date published: 2010-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Reality of Alzheimer's disease During the novel, we follow a family that encouters the path of a family member diagnosed by Alzheimer's disease. Still Alice is a very touching book that almost makes us part of the main caracter's family. The end was quite desapointing but in general the book is a most read.
Date published: 2010-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very recommended This book gets you hook from the beginning with the intense level of detail the author puts throughout the book. I know people who are affected with the Alzheimer's disease and it helped me understand their perspective on this problem and how I can help them overcome what they're feeling. I greatly recommend this book to anyone who is interested with the Alzheimer's disease.
Date published: 2010-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Honorable Mention I think this is a really good book. Throughout the story we can see the deteriotion of Alice's life step by step. It help people who don't know about Alzheimer's disease understand the consequences of the disease on a family. I recommend it to people that want to learn about this disease, especially if someone in your family is living whit it.
Date published: 2010-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it!!! At first, when the teacher told us about the book I was curious about it, it doesn't happen often to read a story about Alzhmeir's diseas. But when I start reading it I just couldn't stop!! Lisa Genova wrote this book in a amazing way that makes want to know more and more about what happens with Alice as the story goes by.
Date published: 2010-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Realistic "Still Alice" shows the evolution of Alzheimer's disease and how it affects not only the victim, Alice, but also her family and her coworkers. The novel presents a sad truth,sometimes harsh, that everyone must face when someone in their entourage is diagnosed with Alzheimer's. It opened my eyes on the reality of the disease and made me understand a little bit more about what people affected by Alzheimer's must go through.
Date published: 2010-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really moving! Still Alice is a very good book based on the struggle of a woman and her family with Alzheimer's. The book shows the progressive effects of this sickness and the devastating consequences that come with it. If you didn't know about Alzheimer's before, reading Still Alice could be a fun way to learn about it.
Date published: 2010-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Alzheimer's real face Still Alice takes place and evoluates in Boston, near Harvard campus. All along the book, I learned a lot fallowing Alice with her growing disease. Although, I did not really liked the end, because I like when things are resolved. I think the book was a poignant portrait of Alzheimer.
Date published: 2010-04-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay + The novel Still Alice certainly has a moving story about a woman diagnosed with an early-onset Alzheimer's. We can without doubt feel what she has been through. However, the novel becomes a little bit slow throughout the reading. Without being said, I think there's a little bit too much of ''clichés'' such as Alice is a successful woman teaching at Harvard or had such of a great life before the disease.
Date published: 2010-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! This book was really good. I have learned a lot of things about the Alzheimer's disease. The symptoms were well explained. You could clearly see the progression of the disease and the degenaration of Alice's health because each chapter was a month of the year. It was a great book full of emotions!
Date published: 2010-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The story of the lost memories Still Alice is a book that describes a fifty years old women that is diagnostic Alzheimer's disease. As long as the story continu, we see the effects of this disease to herself, her family members and in her relationships. Alice, the main character is a Harvard teacher, she is a very intelligent person and she never taught somebody like her could have a early onset Alzheimer's disease dignostic. After all her memories losses and her desorientation,she can't denied that she do have Alzheimer's disease.
Date published: 2010-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story! At first, when the teacher talked to us about Still Alice, I was not so sure about it...But, I started to read it and I really liked it. It's a great story that talks about a reality some people have to face. It's not easy to live with someone who is suffering from Alzheimer. This book can help friends and families to understand the disease and to live with it. This book gives them hope. It's well written and the characters are great. It's a must.
Date published: 2010-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A novel to read At first, I thought the book wouldn't be too good, because it isn't usually the book that I read. However, I loved it! It is about Alice's life, living with Alzheimer's. Because of that, we can easily be attach to Alice.We can see the evolution of her disease and the impact in her family. Today, Alzheimer's is a subject that tuch a lot of people, so it is interesting to see how this disease has developed and affected people's life. I would definitively recommend to read this novel, for all of you, female adults.
Date published: 2010-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book ever! When I first started to read the book, I was not sure of how the story would be like because I didn't know much about Alzheimer's and I didn't know how we could make a story about this disease. However, only after a few pages, Lisa Genova caught my attention and that, until the end of the book. I really liked Alice's character. Throughout the whole book, the way Lisa Genova wrote Alice's story made me really get into the story. Indeed I was experiencing every new symptoms of the disease with Alice and at the end of the book, I was even as lost as Alice was! Really, this was an excellent book because it made me realize and experience what Alzheimer's disease really was.
Date published: 2010-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent book :) I learned a lot about Alzheimer's through Alice's character. Lisa Genova is excellent to develop and show to the reader the progression of Alice's disease. Because the book was telling us about Alice's thoughts, we could really feel what it is like to live with Alzheimer's. WE were Alice. Also, the descriptions were realistic and that could make us more attached to the story.
Date published: 2010-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extraordinary! Still Alice is an extraordinary novel! I really appreciated getting into the life of someone living with Alzheimer's disease and to see how her close family reacted. The book is really captivating and it allowed me to see how Alzheimer's disease progresses from the point of view of someone diagnosed with it. The story also sticks with the reality and the main characters are really touching. Finally, I believe that the way the novel was written is just perfect. I learned a lot about the disease, but there were not to much scientific facts. I think that Lisa Genova just found the most beautiful way to describe how hard life can suddenly be.
Date published: 2010-04-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Learn about Alzheimer's disease While you read Alice's story, you constantly learn about Alzheimer's disease. I think it is a good way to understand how people who live with this degenerative disease struggle to still be recognised for who they realy are. I recommand this novel to people who have a family member or friend that suffers from this disease.
Date published: 2010-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING ! Still Alice is an excellent book referring to the issues related to Alzheimer's. Alice, a demanding mother of three children, has more and more difficulties as the disease progresses. Indeed, her relationship with John, her husband, and her relationship with her children worsens as the misdeeds of Alzheimer's are becoming more prevalent. Moreover, the evolution of this disease seems very real in this particular novel: Lisa Genova has been very successful in demonstrating her knowledge about Alzheimer and how much it affects her.
Date published: 2010-04-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed ! When I started reading Still Alice, I thought that the disease would make her do crazy things. However, all the symptoms and the events she forgot were common and not prominent. I didn't learn anything about the dementia. Nevertheless, I kind of enjoy my reading and it's a good book to read on a car trip.
Date published: 2010-04-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Usually, I prefer police and detectives stories or fantastic characters so I was not sure to like a novel as serious and dramatic as Still Alice. I was afraid to find a kind of biography of someone suffering from Alzheimer's, but it was not the case. I really appreciated reading this book even though I am too young to feel concerned about Alzheimer's disease. As a teenager, I did not really recognized myself in the main character of Alice who is a 50-year-old accomplished woman, mother and professor at Harvard University but it did nothing to lessen my pleasure to read this novel and my ability to understand the character's situation and feelings. I recommend it to anyone who is eager to discover new perspectives about the mysterious but devastating disease that is Alzheimer's.
Date published: 2010-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A nice and touching book When I first learned that the principal character of the book is a 50 years old woman, I wasn't too attracted to it honestly, I thought I wasn't going to relate to the story. Little do I know, I actually felt very close to Alice and what was going on inside of her even if I didn't have the same problemes as her. The book was very well written and it put me right into the life of Alice and her family.
Date published: 2010-04-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Well written This book is very well written! It si ovious that the author knows a lot lot about Alzheimer's disease. Even if I learned a lot about Alzheimer's, I wasn't able to relate with the main charater. For this reason, i didn't really enjoy reading this novel.
Date published: 2010-04-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful story I really liked this book, it is easy to read and simple to understand. You get attached to the characters really fast and it is a emotional story that makes you think a lot about what's important in life.
Date published: 2010-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book to read It is an interesting novel. It presents Alzheimer's desease with a different point of view. It is a beautiful and touching story, very easy to understand. I learned a lot about the desease and find the story moving, knowing someone who had it.
Date published: 2010-04-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Absolutely great I had to read this book for school and I'm not sure I would have bought it if I it wouldn't have been for school. So I started to read with a bad feeling of the book, but I soon realized that is was not that poor. In fact, as much as my reading went, I was more and more captivated by the story. FInally, I tought this book was really great because we could see the evolution of the main character very well through our reading.
Date published: 2010-04-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful This remarkable book shoes the struggle of an intelligent woman that lives with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Through the life of this woman, we can feel her fears as she looses her abilities and we understand the subtilities of this vigourous disease.
Date published: 2010-04-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great When I first strated to read «Still Alice», I was not sure of the book. But as I continued to read it, I found it interesting to learn more about Alzheimer. The book was well written, it was simple to read. There was not a lot of actions and sometimes maybe not enough but it is normal because it is the description of a real story.
Date published: 2010-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wonderful! I read the book Still Alice for my english class. At first I wasn't sure I was going to like it, because it was a book I had to read, not that I chose. But, when I started reading it, I was suprised how I found it interesting ! I loved that book! Once you start reading it , you can't stop!
Date published: 2010-04-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Well Written Still Alice is about a Harvard proffessor who gets diagnosed with Early On-set Alzheimer's Disease in her early forties. It deals with her work and family life, as she goes through her trials and tribulations. As the months go on she struggles to keep hold of herself and the people and things that matter most to her. The thing I like about Still Alice the most was the way it was written. You actually thought alongside Alice in a realistic way. While in the middle of a conversation, the text wouldn't say anything like "Alice forgot she already asked this question", but instead she just kept talking, nothing to show that she may have already asked that question. I actually did at one point turn the page back to make sure I hadn't accidentally reread a page. Kudos Lisa Genova. This book took me a lot longer to read then it should have because I had to keep putting it down, or I would look at it because I would want to read it but just couldn't bring myself to do so. That's personnally just me, though, as real life and real life issues tend to freak me out a little. I had to stop reading it with only 20 pages left at work because it was seriously depressing me and I didn't want to know how it ended with a half day of work still ahead of me.
Date published: 2010-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great What a great book and has given me some insight into the mind of people who suffer dementia. Lets hope research will find a cure one day.
Date published: 2010-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazingly well written and not as traumatizing as I expected! Was nervous to read this book because I thought that I might feel too much of the pain. It made me sad yet helped me to better understand Alzheimer's and all parties affected by it.
Date published: 2010-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredibly moving This book was absolutely amazing. As we follow the main character through her experiences with early on-set Alzheimers, you feel like you are actually there with her. This book examines what impact the disease has on the family, but most importantly you are privy to her inner thoughts as well, which allows you to experience some of the effects that come with Alzheimers first-hand. I found this story both moving and inspirational. I never want to waste a minute of my life not doing what I'm happy doing, because life is too short.
Date published: 2010-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating and deeply moving This story can be enjoyed on many different levels. I found the scientific information fascinating and the author provokes some deep, spiritual inquiries. If I am not my memories, nor what I may say or do, then who am I really? Still Alice would be an excellent choice for a book club.
Date published: 2010-03-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good story, flat characters Lisa Genova tells the heart wrenching story of Alice Howland's journey and struggles with Alzheimer's disease. It's an emotional story that shares the highs and lows of a family affected by this terrible illness. The story itself is beautiful, unfortunately, Genova's characters remain fairly flat throughout the entire book. They are archetypes, predictable, and don't have any real depth. More thoughts at http://bookdork.wordpress.com
Date published: 2010-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book! What a great story. The book takes you through alzheimers through the eyes of the affected person. This book makes you think, it makes you aware of the disease and helps you to understand what individuals with alzheimers go through. The author does an excellent job... I couldn't stop readin once I started!
Date published: 2010-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Stunning An amazing and powerful exploration of Alzheimer's disease. A must read for anyone who is facing or has faced a lvoed one deal with this horrible disease. I couldn't put this book down.
Date published: 2010-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still Alice, Fantastic! I am still carrying this book around in my handbag three days after I have finished it and occassionally pick it up and flip to a favorite part. This book gave me a profound understanding/education of a disease that I new little of. A must read. It will stay with you long after you have put the book down. Brilliant!
Date published: 2010-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thank you Lisa Genova Very well written. Alice became my friend and hero in this book. I almost felt like I've known her for so long. My Grandmother passed away from this unforgiving disease and this book really put me in her shoes and opened my eyes to what was going on while she was still living. I coulnt put this book down~!
Date published: 2010-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good I quite enjoyed this book. When I first started reading it, I felt that the progression of her disease was too fast. It felt like it was going to be an academic book disguised as a narrative novel. I was wrong, as the story progresses you really get attached to Alice and what she's going through and some of the betrayal she feels. Overall, an excellent novel. I was a bit annoyed with the ending, it's kind of sad in a way, but maybe some people will have trouble seeing it. *possible spoiler* I just wish she got to carry out what she wanted to do.
Date published: 2010-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really great This was my pick for our book club and I am so glad I did. What a wonderful story. I love the way it is written. The reader went on the same road as Alice in her memory loss. Just a wonderful story that I know I will read again and recommend many times.
Date published: 2010-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth Reading I really enjoyed this book. Give it a try.
Date published: 2010-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mesmerizing I read this novel in just a few days -- I couldn't put it down. The author has created a main character so believable that I was drawn instantly into the story and felt like I was experiencing the main character's memory loss along with her. Incredible. Full review: http://www.chantelsimmons.com/2010/01/2010-reading-list-book-1-still-alice/
Date published: 2010-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from stunning When you finish, this story will haunt you. The words you have read, each line, paragraph, and chapter will linger in your mind for days after. It is a stunning story about loss--identity, occupation, relationships, status. This is a heart breaking story and for once, the ending is realistic.
Date published: 2010-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic, emotional, heartbreaking... and very eyes opening. I don't think I -or anyone, for that matter- really understands Alzheimer’s disease until reading this book. I know my grandmother who died had it, and the grandmother I have left has it too, but I never really understood what the disease does to the person. You know she's going to forget things and people. You know it. And yet, when it happens, even though it's evident... your heart breaks. It starts with small things but slowly, it's more important things and it's hard to see a woman who is so smart become this shell of the person she is. But she's still Alice. The novel is very well written - Lisa Genova did a fantastic job. The more Alice's mental state degrades, the more the writing is simple. Very well done on that. Very, very moving and eyes opening. I recommand it to everyone, honestly.
Date published: 2010-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Profound My mother "suffered" with Alzheimer's and I was able to relate to the frustration levels that Alice experienced. There were times that my mother would be reduced to tears because of what she couldn't remember and what she feared. There were times of total panic because she didn't know who visiting family member were, but they were sleeping in the guest room and she felt very unsafe. There were numerous phone calls to let me know that she had gotten moved (the move had taken place 15 years previous). I think the author has very acurately described what it is like on the "other" side. I remember a comment a facilitator at a dementia workshop making. She said that we all have misplaced our car keys at one time or another, but it is when we have them in hand and can't remember what they are for that we may have a problem.
Date published: 2010-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eye Opener A rollercoaster of emotions with this book. My Grandma is living with Dementia and it opened my eyes to the other side of Alzheimer's, being the person with it. It made me look back to all the signs and could relate as to what my grandma may have been thinking about and going through at that time and will help me in the future. A GREAT read!
Date published: 2010-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotional An unforgettable book. Heart breaking. Emotional. Beautiful. Agonizing. Incredible. One of the best books I've ever read.
Date published: 2010-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very touching It made me laugh and cry. It is a very emotional and sad story. I couldn't put the book down till I finished it. I don't have personal experience with AD, but I feel like I do now.
Date published: 2010-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from excellent story, believable I thought this book was a very well written story of an alzheimer's patient. It took me awhile to actually buy the book, because I didn't think a book about alzheimer's would be that good. But it was very easy to relate to the characters in the story and to put myself in their place, any of them. It was a quick read but left me with a lot of knowledge concerning this disease. It was very emotional and I could feel Alice losing what she seen as her dignity but no matter how hard she tried to set things up so that she would be aware of it, she just couldn't do it. I didn't like how the book just ended. There were a lot ofloos ends regarding Alice's family. This may have been done on purpose in a symbolic sense, but I don't like when a book leaves me wondering about what happens with the rest of the characters. I would recommend this book for anyone who likes a good emotional story and definately to anyone who is in any way dealing with this disease. It is very eye-opening.
Date published: 2010-01-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A journey This book was truely a journey. Great read that was both inspirational and emotional. I definately have a better understanding for alzheimer's and dementia and how hard it is on the person with the disease. Well written novel that keeps you thinking and remembering.
Date published: 2009-12-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Didn't Want to Put Alice Down! It is always nice (and rare) when I come across a book that I don't want to put down. This was one of those books. I agree with another reviewer that her eloquent speech delivered at the end of the book wasn't "believable", given her advanced state of demetia. This is why I gave this book a 4 versus 5 star rating.
Date published: 2009-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Moving This book was a fantastic read. I've passed it along to several family members who were equally impressed. Anyone struggling with family or friends suffering from Alzheimer's or Dimentia should read this and pass it along. Coming from a family that understands the loss of someone to alzheimers, it's amazing to me how well this was written!
Date published: 2009-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully written, highly recomended Heart wrenching story line but an eye opener too. A great book to read on a plane as it's easy to pick up where you left off. Straight forward and easy to read, captivating story.
Date published: 2009-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Something I have never read before... I am privileged to say that I have never read a book quite as this one before. The story of a brilliant woman named Alice - Harvard teacher of Linguistics - who is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's at the young age of fifty. Join Alica and her family - John (husband), Anna, Tom and Lydia (children) - on their journey of a dwindling wisdom, forgotten yesterdays and of unknown tomorrows. Lisa Genova has written this novel - Still Alice - in the most fluent and dynamic words that makes this disease so remarkable to read and learn about. I highly recommend this book to ANY ONE. Each person that picks up this story will feel something that they have not felt before and believe in life in a whole new way. Let's not take our mind for granted and remember the world as we know it and the memories that shape it.
Date published: 2009-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heart Wrenching I took this book with me on a business trip, as it is the next selection for my book club. I am very glad that I didn't read it until I got to the privacy of my hotel room, as this book made me cry about 20 times!!! It was so well done, but so, so sad. I was absolutely riveted, and read the entire book in one day! An excellent read and very emotional! Have kleenex handy!
Date published: 2009-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Should Be Required Reading This is a fantastic book. The story of Alice, stricken with Early Onset Alzeimer's Disease at the age of 50, should be required reading for all of us. I will never look at other person suffering from this dreadful disease the same way again. The book is told from Alice's perspective. It is real, honest and heart-wrenching. As many of us reach middle age and have aging parents, this book reminds all of us about what it means to be "me".
Date published: 2009-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unforgettable I must admit that I was nowhere near eager to pick up a book about early onset Alzheimer’s. I purchased the book after reading an inordinate number of rave reviews, thinking that at some point I might be so exceedingly happy that I might need to temper my mood with it. In the end, curiosity got the best of me (as it always does). And in this case, I am glad that it did. Still Alice is the story of Alice, a Harvard professor, who in her early fifties becomes diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. As it progresses, she must learn more and more elaborate ways to cope with the demands of her life while keeping her diagnosis a secret from her colleagues and family. Written from the perspective of Alice, the novel allows the reader a rare look at the impact of Alzheimer’s on the individual as well as those around her. Presumably due to the fact that the reader’s memory is relatively intact, we are able to relate to those around Alice while maintaining the ability to recognize the magnitude of her loss. Written by a neuroscientist, Still Alice is not surprisingly well-researched; however, it is also remarkably well-written. It offers the perfect balance of reality and hope. I was thoroughly impressed with this novel and would highly recommend it to anyone who has been touched by this devastating disease as well as those who may in the future.
Date published: 2009-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from provides incredible insight This is an easy and quick read! "Still Alice" provides a remarkable window into the plight of people faced with living with AD. Genova gives us a thoughtful, realistic, emotional, gripping, humorous, sad glimpse into the life of a woman striken with AD. This book reminds us that the individual is still alive somewhere within the body now suffering from AD. My copy is being passed along to my colleagues all of whom work with clients suffering from dementia.
Date published: 2009-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Part of the cure is in our hands "Still Alice" is an amazing book - not solely because it is well researched, or that it invites us to see things from the angle of a person who is afflicted with Alzheimer's disease, from the perspective of a family that comes to term and learn to care for one of their own, but the portrayal of an individual who lives with dignity, through a difficult journey to understand the important components of life. I thank Lisa Genova for using her gifts (as a neuroscientist and a novelist) to spread the words in such a touching way. For researchers of neurodegenerative diseases, please know that you are not simply dealing with molecules or chemicals to try to solve a puzzle, but we thank you for contributing to the saving of lives. At the same time, research can only do so much to seek a cure to the disease, if without the support and care of family members, friends, and the public. Many of us are probably unaware of the misguided image we have on Alzheimer's, when all the exposure we have are from daily humours such as these: "I kept on forgetting things, I must have Alzheimer's," said Miss A. "How can you have left it on the kitchen top again, go check on your Alzheimer's," said Mr. B. From now on, let us go beyond this, knowing full well that part of the cure is in our hands.
Date published: 2009-10-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from topical but strangely clinical Lisa Genova’s novel 'Still Alice' is the story of Alice Howland, renowned Harvard professor, mother of three, happily married to John, also a Harvard prof. After seeing her doctor because she’s suffering from strange lapses in her memory, Alice is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. She is 50. The novel traces Alice’s diagnosis and subsequent decline. At first she merely struggles to find words (and I don’t do this, but sometimes I start a story and totally forget what I was going to say!) but then her lapses in memory become more pronounced: she gets lost walking a familiar route, she forgets people who were introduced to her only moments before, she mistakes a mat on the floor for a black hole. 'Still Alice' isn’t literature. Okay, yes, it tells a story, but often times I felt like the author was trying to convey information. Alice says to her neurologist: “You should also tell them about DASNI. It’s the Dementia Advocacy and Support Network International (247).” There are several other instances of this sort of writing, places where I felt Genova had an agenda and she was writing to fulfill it. Somehow it lessens the emotional impact of the story because as a reader I was more interested in Alice and her life than I was in hearing about clinical trials. I can only imagine that being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is the worst torture imaginable. The disconnect between your life and the lives of the people you love would be beyond horrific. The thought of losing the ability to read (I can’t even imagine my life without books!), to watch a movie, to do simple tasks, to recognize the faces of my children and husband fills me with dread. Yet near the end of the novel, Alice still has the wherewithal to stand up in front of the delegates of a Dementia Care Conference and give an impassioned lecture about how, despite her symptoms, she is still a person worthy of note. “Please don’t look at our scarlet A’s and write us off. Look us in the eye, talk directly to us. Don’t panic or take it personally if we make mistakes, because we will” (253). The whole lecture seemed like authorial commentary…and it didn’t work for me. Strangely, the part that I found most moving in the novel was when Alice attends the graduation of her last grad student, Dan. Even though we’ve seen very little of their relationship and hardly anything of Dan in the novel, his post-graduation moment with Alice is very touching. People will love 'Still Alice'. My feeling about it is that it’s a timely topic written without artifice.
Date published: 2009-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotionally Engaging Incredible tale that gets you involved in more ways than you can imagine. And if you are a person devoting your life to academic field, study, research, teaching, you can only connect more with the story being told here. Do not get deceived by the apparent simplicity in the way of author's narrative.“ it is so much more than trivial. In my opinion - absolutely necessary story for majority of us to know.
Date published: 2009-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreakingly Real... An absolute must read, the author has such an easy eloquence, I found it impossible to put the book down. Give yourself a few hours - you'll read it in one sitting. Impressive, scary, heartbreaking real. Don't miss out on this book, it will change you and the way you look at the world around you.
Date published: 2009-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Immersive and Spellbinding None of us know what it's like to be a victim of Alzheimer's, or what it would be like for a family to deal with the problems and pain. This is a book that will take you into the head of a very intelligent woman who has early onset, and at some point you will start to gain insight into your own brain's dealings with lost information -- beware, at some point you will feel losses just like Alice, and also know how you make up for those losses - just as Alice made up for hers.
Date published: 2009-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely amazing Since Alzheimers has touched my life, this book gave me a look into the mind of a woman that this disease has touched. I have recommended this book to a few people already and will continue to recommended it to anyone.
Date published: 2009-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best read of the year ..... This book had me from the first word - ......... not a book to read on the subway (can be extremely heart pulling at times) ........... makes you think and contemplate - a great read!
Date published: 2009-09-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Touching Book Very emotional and thought-provoking book. Written from the prospective of Alice who was diagnosed with early-onset alzheimer's disease. It takes you from the beginning stages when she was first diagnosed through to the progressive stages of the disease and how she and her family copes with her life-altering changes. An incredible portrayal of this dreaded disease. It was as touching as it was informative.
Date published: 2009-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book was sooo real and truthful. I sat down with this book earlier this afternoon and managed to finish it only a few hours later. Great book.
Date published: 2009-09-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Deadly By "deadly", I mean that it hit close to home. Like Alice, I, too, am 50. Those times when you go upstairs and then forget why you went up... that's what happens to Alice in the beginning of the book. Silly little slips we put down to being preoccupied, busy, whatever. The scary thing was how quickly Alice's condition worsened. The book was very realistic and believeable, which is what made it scary. Fortunately for Alice (without giving away the ending), she and her husband were extremely well off, and she had the supportive of her grown children. I worry for the rest of us. This book may not make you cry, but it will give you a jolt.
Date published: 2009-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Everyone NEEDS to Read! This is definatly a book that captures you from the beginnning to end. One everyone should read in their lifetime. You'll smile, cry, and laugh as you put yourself in their shoes. Enjoy!
Date published: 2009-09-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Was an excellent book. Very well written and very moving - had me thinking and thinking!
Date published: 2009-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW I live with a family member with alzheimers and now I understand his actions and the way he thinks. This story is so real I saw my family member in this book, and felt from his point of view. How people without trying or understanding and just fearful of someone different can be so hurtful. This story has changed my life and my life with him.
Date published: 2009-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lost in Alice's World I loved this book so much. Every time I read it I became so lost in Alice's world. For me, the moment where I gained the greatest understanding was when the author compared the feeling with having woken up from a dream and not being able to remember what the dream was about. It is really difficult to understand what a person afflicted with Alzheimers is going through and this book was able to give me just a glimpse of understanding. Very well researched and written, a must read!
Date published: 2009-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great I was hesitant in picking up this novel, as the subject matter is just a liitle too close to home. My mother suffers from alzheimers . A friend of mine highly recommended that I read it.and I am very glad I did. Alice's journey in this disease is so accurate, it was as though Lisa Genova had a video camera in my house and documented the last 6 years.This book helped me so much in really understanding the disease as we see it through the eyes of Alice. This book made me laugh, made me cry and made me mad .( John especially) It is an extremely sensitive and gripping story. I highly recommend this to anyone. I had hoped for a different ending, which is why I did not give it 5 stars.
Date published: 2009-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from poignant and bright i was enthralled and i completely believed in the characters, their depth and their lively personalities. it is not often that heros are intellectuals, it seems, and i appreciated it. so we respond emotionnaly and intellectually to the challenges facing Alice. i totally recommend it.
Date published: 2009-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read Lisa Genova captured the character of Alice so vividly that the novel read like a memoir. I have recommended this book as a must in everyone's library. The one sentence that stuck with me is when Alice says " I wish I had cancer because at least there is hope." Thank you Lisa Genova for making us understand a little bit better the struggles of the patient and the family.
Date published: 2009-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW. I found this book to be incredibly addictive, I read it in two days. The characters were wonderful and it really shed light on such a worldwide affliction that we cannot even begin to understand unless it happens close to home. This book made me understand. I read it again right after I finished it. I love it, what a real triumph for Lisa Genova--absolutely brilliant!
Date published: 2009-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awsome! I just couldn't put this book down! I cried time to time and I just couldn't wait to read next chapter. Its about Harvard Professor diagnosed with Alzheimer and it shows how she changes over time and how her family comes together for her. Must read!
Date published: 2009-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Realy great Very Nice story its kind of a Kind like story Defently a must read if you like the Shack you would like this one and vice versa
Date published: 2009-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent...heartbreaking Still Alice is a heartbreaking real depiction of Alice a 50 year old woman descent into early unset Alzheimer. It must be so hard to know that you can't think or do what you have been doing, living and loving....also how a person can be so unsure of everything all the time and miss feeling needed and wanted. Alice said it so well in her speech quote unquote " My yesterdays are disappearing, but that doesn't mean that I didn't live every second. I will forget today but that doesn't mean that today didn't matter." This book is very informative ...it just so real...
Date published: 2009-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read I hesitated in reading this book as it is such a frightening topic. But I was intrigued and gave it a try. I'm so glad I did. This book grabbed me from the beginning. You can identify with the main character and move through her illness with her. You feel her confusion, fear, frustrations, anger, determination and love. The book provides a view of Alzheimer's Disease that we don't get very often. Most talk is of the struggles and heartaches of the caregivers, not the victim. I would highly recommend reading this book, you won't be sorry.
Date published: 2009-06-18

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Still Alice

by Lisa Genova

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.25 × 5.44 × 0.8 in

Published: January 6, 2009

Publisher: Gallery Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1439102813

ISBN - 13: 9781439102817

About the Book

"Still Alice" is a compelling debut novel about a 50-year-old woman's sudden descent into early onset Alzheimer's disease, written by a first-time author who holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience. Reminiscent of "A Beautiful Mind" and "Ordinary People," this work packs an emotional punch.

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SEPTEMBER 2003 Alice sat at her desk in their bedroom distracted by the sounds of John racing through each of the rooms on the first floor. She needed to finish her peer review of a paper submitted to the Journal of Cognitive Psychology before her flight, and she''d just read the same sentence three times without comprehending it. It was 7:30 according to their alarm clock, which she guessed was about ten minutes fast. She knew from the approximate time and the escalating volume of his racing that he was trying to leave, but he''d forgotten something and couldn''t find it. She tapped her red pen on her bottom lip as she watched the digital numbers on the clock and listened for what she knew was coming. "Ali?" She tossed her pen onto the desk and sighed. Downstairs, she found him in the living room on his knees, feeling under the couch cushions. "Keys?" she asked. "Glasses. Please don''t lecture me, I''m late." She followed his frantic glance to the fireplace mantle where the antique Waltham clock, valued for its precision, declared 8:00. He should have known better than to trust it. The clocks in their home rarely knew the real time of day. Alice had been duped too often in the past by their seemingly honest faces and had learned long ago to rely on her watch. Sure enough, she lapsed back in time as she entered the kitchen, where the microwave insisted that it was only 6:52. She looked across the smooth, uncluttered surface of the granite countertop, and there they were, next
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From the Publisher

In Lisa Genova’s extraordinary New York Times bestselling novel, an accomplished woman slowly loses her thoughts and memories to Alzheimer’s disease—only to discover that each day brings a new way of living and loving. Now a major motion picture starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth, and Kristen Stewart!

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 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.

About the Author

Lisa Genova has a degree in Biopsychology, from Bates College, and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Harvard University. Lisa is the author of the New York Times Bestselling novel STILL ALICE. Her second novel is LEFT NEGLECTED. She lives with her family on Cape Cod.

Editorial Reviews

“Because the full, internal experience of Alzheimer’s is an account that fiction alone can deliver, it’s no surprise that the go-to book for caretakers and early-stage sufferers is a novel. “Still Alice,” written by the neuroscientist Lisa Genova, offers a crisp, straightforward, and wrenching depiction of the fifty-year-old Harvard professor Alice Howland’s descent into the swift, early-onset form of the disease.”

Bookclub Guide

Discussion Questions:

1. When Alice becomes disoriented in Harvard Square, a place she''s visited daily for twenty-five years, why doesn''t she tell John? Is she too afraid to face a possible illness, worried about his possible reaction, or some other reason?

2. After first learning she has Alzheimer''s disease, "the sound of her name penetrated her every cell and seemed to scatter her molecules beyond the boundaries of her own skin. She watched herself from the far corner of the room" (pg. 70). What do you think of Alice''s reaction to the diagnosis? Why does she disassociate herself to the extent that she feels she''s having an out-of-body experience?

3. Do you find irony in the fact that Alice, a Harvard professor and researcher, suffers from a disease that causes her brain to atrophy? Why do you think the author, Lisa Genova, chose this profession? How does her past academic success affect Alice''s ability, and her family''s, to cope with Alzheimer''s?

4. "He refused to watch her take her medication. He could be mid-sentence, mid-conversation, but if she got out her plastic, days-of-the-week pill container, he left the room" (pg. 89). Is John''s reaction understandable? What might be the significance of him frequently fiddling with his wedding ring when Alice''s health is discussed?

5. When Alice''s three children, Anna, Tom and Lydia, find out they can be tested for the genetic mutation that causes Alzheimer''s, only Lydia decides she doesn''t want to know. Why does she decline? Would you want to know if you had the gene?

6. Why is her mother''s butterfly necklace so important to Alice? Is it only because she misses her mother? Does Alice feel a connection to butterflies beyond the necklace?

7. Alice decides she wants to spend her remaining time with her family and her books. Considering her devotion and passion for her work, why doesn''t her research make the list of priorities? Does Alice most identify herself as a mother, wife, or scholar?

8. Were you surprised at Alice''s plan to overdose on sleeping pills once her disease progressed to an advanced stage? Is this decision in character? Why does she make this difficult choice? If they found out, would her family approve?

9. As the symptoms worsen, Alice begins to feel like she''s living in one of Lydia''s plays: "(Interior of Doctor''s Office. The neurologist left the room. The husband spun his ring. The woman hoped for a cure.)" (pg. 141). Is this thought process a sign of the disease, or does pretending it''s not happening to her make it easier for Alice to deal with reality?

10. Do Alice''s relationships with her children differ? Why does she read Lydia''s diary? And does Lydia decide to attend college only to honor her mother?

11. Alice''s mother and sister died when she was only a freshman in college, and yet Alice has to keep reminding herself they''re not about to walk through the door. As the symptoms worsen, why does Alice think more about her mother and sister? Is it because her older memories are more accessible, is she thinking of happier times, or is she worried about her own mortality?

12. Alice and the members of her support group, Mary, Cathy, and Dan, all discuss how their reputations suffered prior to their diagnoses because people thought they were being difficult or possibly had substance abuse problems. Is preserving their legacies one of the biggest obstacles to people suffering from Alzheimer''s disease? What examples are there of people still respecting Alice''s wishes, and at what times is she ignored?

13. "One last sabbatical year together. She wouldn''t trade that in for anything. Apparently, he would" (pg. 223). Why does John decide to keep working? Is it fair for him to seek the job in New York considering Alice probably won''t know her whereabouts by the time they move? Is he correct when he tells the children she would not want him to sacrifice his work?

14. Why does Lisa Genova choose to end the novel with John reading that Amylix, the medicine that Alice was taking, failed to stabilize Alzheimer''s patients? Why does this news cause John to cry?

15. Alice''s doctor tells her, "You may not be the most reliable source of what''s been going on" (pg. 54). Yet, Lisa Genova chose to tell the story from Alice''s point of view. As Alice''s disease worsens, her perceptions indeed get less reliable. Why would the author choose to stay in Alice''s perspective? What do we gain, and what do we lose?

Enhance Your Book Club:

1. If you''d like to learn more about Alzheimer''s or help those suffering from the disease, please visit www.actionalz.org or www.alz.org.

2. The Harvard University setting plays an important role in Still Alice. If you live in the Cambridge area, hold your meeting in one of the Harvard Square cafŽs. If not, you can take a virtual tour of the university at: http://www.hno.harvard.edu/tour/guide.html

3. In order to help her mother, Lydia makes a documentary of the Howlands'' lives. Make one of your own family and then share the videos with the group.

4. To learn more about Still Alice or to get in touch with Lisa Genova, visit www.StillAlice.com.

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