Still Alice by Lisa GenovaStill Alice by Lisa Genova

Still Alice

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Lisa Genova’s New York Times bestselling debut novel is now available, unabridged, at a new low price.

Fifty-year-old Alice Howland, a Harvard professor of cognitive psychology, is at the top of her game. Her kids are grown, her marriage secure, her career on fire when suddenly, after mere months of forgetfulness, she finds herself in the rapidly downward spiral of early onset Alzheimer’s Disease.

With no cure or treatment, Alice struggles to find meaning and purpose in her everyday life as her concept of self gradually slips away, leaving her unable to work, read, take care of herself, recognize her loved ones—even understand that she has a neurodegenerative disease. Without memory or hope, she is forced to live in the moment, which is in turns beautiful, terrifying, and maddening.

Genova uses the successful, articulate, and independent Alice as the perfect vehicle to capture what it feels like to literally lose your mind. You’ll admire Alice’s strength and resourcefulness even as you cry over her losses. Still Alice brings new understanding for all those affected by this terrible neurological disease.

Heather's Review

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. Ali...

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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.
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Title:Still AliceFormat:Audio Book (CD)Dimensions:5.88 × 5 × 0.8 inPublished:May 4, 2010Publisher:S&S AudioLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9781442336209

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insightful Loved this book. We usually get a small glimpse into Alzheimer through witnessing the elderly. But this book allows the reader to better understand the fear and loss that people truly feel when this disease takes control.
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really good !! Still alice is a a great book that really allows people to see Alices journey with alzheimers. It is done in a way that really showcases the symptoms and brings to light how altered her perception becomes. its also a bit of a tear jerker but nonetheless its a great read.
Date published: 2017-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart wrenching This was a wonderfully sad story. It brought tears to my eyes. Probably doesn't help that Alice is my mother's name
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book This was a great story about a young woman's diagnosis and experience with Alzheimer's.
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really great book! I was recommended this book by my mother-in-law, and honestly I was really hesitant to start it. Partly because my MIL said that it made her cry many times, and also because the plot didn't seem all that interesting to me. But, I was itching for a book to read, and this book was available. And wow, this book was amazing! The author does a great job of letting you into Alice's face, it is like you are her. The author was very well-researched, I learned a lot about Alzheimer's that I didn't know before. 10/10 must read
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely book I enjoyed the insights into the mind of someone suffering from Alzheimer’s.
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well written! This was recommended reading from my daughter, a nurse. I really liked it, although it is a sad story. It's good reading, too, because we are seeing more and more Alzheimer's in society.
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from such a great novel! This book was fabulous! It was such a raw look into the life of someone with Alzheimers. It was very real and was sad at moments but it was insightful and relatable as well. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully written This book is beautiful. It is sad as many people have gone through this exact situation, including myself. My grandmother had Alzheimer's and there were so many moments in this book that were relatable.
Date published: 2017-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! such a well written book. throughly enjoyed.
Date published: 2017-10-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great An amazing book that everyone should read
Date published: 2017-10-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great story; narration a bit disappointing This was a nice quick listen this week while not feeling well. I liked the story itself just as much as when I read it in print years ago. I only had one issue. I have always thought that having the author narrate their own book would be ideal because they would know the book intimately. I discovered, at least in this case, that I was wrong. I enjoyed listening to Left Neglected much more than this one. The author narrated this one herself, but it took me quite a while to get into the story because she really had very little voice inflection. I have been spoiled by narrators such as Kristine Hvam who does every voice differently, so I was disappointed. It's still a good story, regardless, but it just takes longer to warm up to her reading style.
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommended! I bought this book because I work in the health field and work daily with alzheimers. Once I put my head into the book I could not put it down! Definitely worth reading!!
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Will recommend to everyone! A story which ask me many questions, about love, family, career and relationship.
Date published: 2017-09-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I finally read it! I was very touched by this novel. The characters are flawed, real. Their love for each other is palpable, and their anguish is so easily imaginable. You can't help but grieve for their loss. My own grandmother suffered from dementia as a result of a very aggressive brain cancer. She began repeating herself far more than was to be expected at her age, became easily lost in the familiar, and near the end of her life, was often unsure of the time of day or which meal she was eating. While we miss her every day, we are grateful that the cancer took her body before the dementia had taken full hold of her mind. To her very last day, although she had a bit of trouble with our names, she always knew who we were in relation to her and always lit up when she saw our faces. As a cognitive psychologist, I find it rather surprising that it took Alice so long to come to the conclusion that something was wrong with her, and even more surprising that her diagnosis was such a shock. I also had trouble with John's character. His typical reaction's to Alice's illness were ones of annoyance and frustration over how inconvenient Alzheimer's was to his life, rather than ones of concern and devotion... John should have either been portrayed more sympathetically OR their relationship issues should have been delved into. As it stands, he just comes across as an unfeeling jackass most of the time.
Date published: 2017-09-01
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: 2017-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One to read This is one of the best books I've read. Good for all ages. Well-described and told from the beginning to the end. In retrospect after finish reading the book, the author began dropping subtle hints/symptoms at the very start before escalation. Beautiful read.
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I couldn't put this book down. An amazingly well written and a fantastic read.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully Crafted This novel is a powerful account of the harsh reality of Alzheimer's disease. The book is very powerful but relate-able. The novel is a honest account on how Alzheimer's disease affects the individual and also their loved ones. I highly recommend this novel, especially for individuals who have someone in their life that is struggling with the disease.
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Five stars book I finished this book for two days. I became Alice's family member. I was with her every minute and tried to support her.
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Touching and Scary Book This book engaged me right from the start. It gave me all the feels as I went though Alice's journey with her and got brought into her life as it disappears from her. Bring tissues.
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So so so good Such a good book to read for a book club or for pleasure.
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Heavy This book really gets into the psychological aspects of how the person feels when all this is happening to them and it was really heartbreaking at times. I feel like I know a whole lot more about Alzheimer's than I did before so I would reccommend you to check it out
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful book After years of watching someone very close to me suffer from Alzheimer’s, this was a very difficult book to read for me, but it helped me to understand it from their perspective. It is an emotional read that many times left me in tears. Deeply moving, but I would highly recommend it.
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional Such a touching and vivid depiction on how an individual's life is altered by Alzheimer's as well as everyone surrounding them. I would recommend this to anyone!
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking I watched the movie afterwards, and the book is ALWAYS better! Such a tough story but very real!
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved the book difficult subject matter. many of us have relatives with Alzheimers . beautiful book, sensitively written. Love all Lisa Genova's books.
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book I've done a few clinical placements in long term care homes, so I have a some knowledge of people dealing with Alzheimer's. It was an interesting read to have the point of view of a person's mental condition slowly declining. Definitely hit me emotionally when putting it into this perspective.
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read I hadn't watched the movie yet when I picked this up. Dealing with Alzheimer's is a scary thing, I could not imagine living with this when memories are so important to me. Watching someone go through this must be as painful.
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this I read the book before watching the movie, as I always do as the books are usually better. I loved this book, it was a great read. Coming from a family where Alzheimer's is a issue it was so easy to relate to this book, and definitely give you a look at life through their eyes
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I found this book fascinating and hard to put down. At first I thought it was based on a real person but as I read I realized that this clearly could not have been the case. I wonder how much of what Alice thinks and feels is accurate for people with Alzheimer's, especially the early onset version. It was so incredibly sad at times and I could totally see Alice as a real person. The author did a great job of really developing emotions in her characters without being overly descriptive and preachy about the choices one should make in their lives. There were some slow parts in the book where I skimmed but overall great read.
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites This book drew me into Alice's life with Alzheimer's in a way I didn't expect. The first hand account made it all the more heartbreaking, and it's stayed with me throughout my career in healthcare
Date published: 2017-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Instructive and captivating! I've read all of Lisa Geneva's books, and I love how she portrays the reality of a medical condition, as much for the person living it and how it impacts the family/support system. I read "still Alice" years ago and I remember it. Still have the watch the movie.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Will stick with you After working with seniors with Alzheimers I can say this book eloquently recounts the effect on persons and their families
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from all time fav Great read, hits you right in the feels
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this Book! Read this book in a day, even during my workout couldnt put it down
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Easy read, heartbreaking and touching all at the same time.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thoughtful book, Quick Read A thoughtful book that presents Alzheimer's disease in a way that is easy to understand, and that offers the reader a glimpse into the mind. I found that it offered a solid foundation of what one's experience could be like (the appointments, the cognitive testing, the loss of dignity). Some of the characters did feel a little simplistic and to only have "one note" however overall the book was good and made for a quick read.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Emotionally Compelling I broke with my usual tradition and watched the film before I read the book. I am a fan of both. I felt that the writing really made the struggles of each of the characters real and relatable. I am not sure (because I have no personal experience) if the book accurately portrays Alzheimer's, but I do think that it is a beautifully written book.
Date published: 2017-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Title resembles how she must feel This book was so touching and you feel the love and sadness at the same time.
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the Best! This thoughtful, insightful and heartbreaking novel was one that I was so happy I bought. I had heard from friends and colleagues that it was a phenomenal read, but I was truly blown away. Genova brings Alice and her whole family to life, understanding the intricacies of Alice's personality, thoughts, interests and passions while being witness to how these things that make Alice...well..."Alice" deteriorate pulls at your heart strings. Alice is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's, the fear of the diagnosis is terrifying, but what we don't necessarily understand is how overwhelming and tiring it can be for not only the caregiver, but the actual patient. Alice brings life to those that are affected and often overlooked with minimal support. The reader sees how it breaks down and challenges some relationships, and helps build others. A read you will not regret, I promise.
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional Exceptional and well written but sad.
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from it was okay their was no point to the plot
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good read Well thought out story very believable. Couldn't put it down
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional Exceptional book. Hit close to home as I had a grandmother with alzeheimers.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from deeply impacting The clarity of writing and the prespective taken left me feeling worried about my own memory lapses. Truly, I had trouble shaking this.
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read Such an extraordinary look at this horrific diesease and the impact on not only Alice but family, friends and colleagues. A different perspective when seen through Alice's eyes. Truly well written.
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Still Alice well written, though sad read. Lisa Genova brings a unique perspective to story telling and make awareness of the disease.
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully written With her background Lisa Genova brings such a unique perspective to story telling. I love how she made Alice's story unique yet relatable. This is a great, albeit sad read.
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Well done, interesting read. Very interesting read - gives a very detailed look into what might be going on inside the mind of someone with Alzheimer's. It was interesting to see Alice's perception of people's reactions to her memory issues, both framed in awareness of her mistakes, and also at times when she wouldn't be aware. I also appreciated the exploration of the different relationships in her life and how they were impacted. Gave me a different appreciation for the struggles people with dementia must experience. Well done, interesting read. Would certainly recommend it.
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the read Was debating reading this for a long time because of the subject matter (since it hits close to home), but I am glad that I did. Lisa brings the reality and great insight to the victims and families hit by dementia.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from not as good as I hoped decent read; a bit slow at times but not bad.
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from READ THIS BOOK! This, and everything else by Lisa Genova, is fantastic prose. Such a heartbreaking look into the world of early onset alzheimer's dementia.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Accurate This is great read, and give's a great representation of the impacts of dementia on the individual, their families, and their life.
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from seeing life through alice's life i loved this book, it really makes you think about your own life after reading/seeing hers
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful Read the book before the movie - as i usually do - as a movie will never be as good as a book - and this book was very emotional :(
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Great book very insightful
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This book was absolutely amazing. It truly makes you appreciate and see life in a different light. Must read.
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Alice. Seeing life from her eyes was great - so many of us do not know enough. Such a good read.
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Emotional Read A great book, I could not put it down. Quite an emotional read.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotional This book was a very emotional read! Alzheimer's has affected my family... so this book struck a nerve with me. Excellent read.
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow This book was beautifully written! You really sense the struggle the character goes through! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Loved it! Beautifully woven story that you will soon not forget!
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 3.5 stars This book had so much potential to tell a powerful story of such a terrible disease. Fell a little short for me. Too many information drops at once and felt a little too much like a clinical pamphlet. As a work of fiction (albeit, realist fiction), the ending had so much potential to take it from a good book to a great book. The fact that it is endorsed by the Alzeheimer’s Association is a definite plus. Wanted to rate it a 3.5 but rounded down to a 3 because chapters doesn't allow half star reviews
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking and fantastic Lisa Genova excels at writing fully-formed, well-rounded characters that feel multi-dimensional and real. That realism is what tugs on your heartstrings as you follow Alice on her journey, from her initial diagnosis onward, as she grapples with what this will mean for her identity. Loved it, would highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book As a family that had a parent who is experienced Alzheimer's you have no idea how it affects a family and this book will give you a look inside a family who does.This book is a must read.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from WOW I just wanted to cry with her family. If you have someone you know going through this, I would not recommend it really hits home, but otherwise a really great book. Very honest and powerful
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brilliant This is an amazing story. If you have family or not who,are experiencing Alzheimer's this book is a much read.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good but sad/realistic I thought this was well written and had an excellent point of view but I found this book to be very sad because it made me realize how people with alzheimer are/would live. The storyline seem very realistic which was refreshing.
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Very real, very raw, very touching. Definitely recommend it.
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Difficult to Read - but important This book provided me with insight into what it would be feel like to have Alzheimer's and dementia. This is important to understand what people are going through, but it was a little bit scary to place myself so intensely into this character's situation.
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Recommend? Yes! Quite a book, a definite recommend.
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! This is a wonderful book, although tough to read at times.
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Emotional read! Very scary what can happen to our minds. I really feel for anyone who has to deal with the awful disease of Alzheimer's
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing. I thought the movie was great, but this book broke my heart in so many more ways. Knowing people who are struggling with this, it hit close to home and made me reevaluate a lot of things. Thank you.
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brilliant This novel pin points exactly what is like for someone living with Alzheimer's. It's tragic, yet eye-opening. I found it to be brilliant and compelling.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Read This book was a good read on a scary topic. I was paranoid for a long time after reading it about when I would forget little things. I think the author shed a different light on the topic of Alzheimers
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book Was definitely tearing up while sitting on a plane! Kept my attention throughout for sure!
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still Alice Great book. I learned a lot about Alzheimer’s.
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! I really enjoyed this book. It touches on some real issues and makes you think about the future. Not only was it a great story, it was very informative and helped educate me on a topic that I knew embarrassingly little about. Overall, really great read!
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thoroughly enjoyed this one! Great insight into the stages of Alzheimer's disease and the life experiences
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great novel This book opened my eyes to the truth of Alzheimer's. I cried over and over again reading this novel. It is beautifully written on such an emotional level about truth.
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Read Don't pass up just from reading the jacket. Great read you won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sad but true This is a sad but insightful read.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Still Alice I got this as a gift and it was very good! The narrative makes you feel as if you are in Alice's head. It was sad and hard to put down!
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read! This book both terrified me and made me laugh. Couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read this book over the course of two days. The story is completely heartbreaking , funny and a page turner!
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Haunting and Beautiful This book describes my biggest fear and so accurately captures early onset dementia in a way that is easily relatable and extremely powerful. This is a must read - the movie was terrible compared to the holy grail page turner that was this book.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful I found this book funny and heartbreaking and uplifting. Beautifully written
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well Written I read this book years ago and thoroughly enjoyed this book. It made me cry, made me laugh. Well written and beautifully done. I was skeptical to see the movie but was very impressed on how well they captured the book.
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully done Although heartbreaking, this book is so well written.
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read for any nurse! I am a nurse, who has seen Alzheimer's disease affect my family. I read this story and it gave me a whole new level of compassion and understanding to those enduring this disease and their families.
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a heart-breaking and well-woven story This book was amazing and I honestly think everyone needs to read it. The best books are written by authors who "write what they know" and this book is no exception. It is clear that an immense amount of work went into this book in order to make it seem like a realistic account of early onset Alzheimer's disease. The author used experiences within her own family, the personal experiences of others, and actual medical research to write Alice's story. The way the book is written made me feel for the characters and what they were experiencing. So many emotions poured out of me and I could not put the book down because I wanted so badly to see what would happen to Alice. I cried multiple times throughout the book or found that even though I didn't want to put the book down, I'd have to do so for a few minutes just to recompose myself. I know I will not forget this book in the near future. I have already been recommending it to several people. In fact, I found myself recommending it when I hadn't even finished reading it. The only problem I have with the book is the ending. I did not like the ending because it felt unfinished and unresolved. I mean maybe reading about Alice's death would have been emotionally scarring, but I wish there was a more concrete ending to the book. But, once again, I was already quite emotionally invested in the story by that point so maybe cutting the ties between reader and character at that point was a good way to end it.
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love it! Not my usual type of read but I really loved this book very sad and engaging would recommend. Even saw the movie!
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautifully sad story An eye opening book that gives insight and awareness to the disease. I would recommend this to anyone!
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thought-provoking This book covers a topic that is not often discussed, early on-set Alzheimer's. It continuously pulls on the heart strings as Alice's mental capabilities deteriorate, it's a wonderful yet sad story.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read Still Alice is a very hard book to read. It's an extremely sad and poignant book, and it deals with very difficult issues... It's also a story I believe everyone should read at least once. This book will change you and your view of Alzheimer's disease. Lisa Genova wrote this book from the perspective of Alice, who is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's at the age of fifty. Therefore, Still Alice offers an inside view on how a person lives with Alzheimer's. And AD patient does still live. It's an important message the author gets across. Still Alice teaches a lesson: people suffering with Alzheimer's disease still matter, their feelings still need to be considered, and their opinion and what they can bring to the world is still important. This book will also make you realize that the only thing you have some control over is now. You might forget yesterday, and you might not be sure of tomorrow, but you can live today. The point of view chosen by the author also makes the reader experience everything Alice goes through: the confusions, the forgetfulness, the disorientation, and all the frustration and sadness. It makes the book interesting, realistic, and rich. Still Alice is beautifully written and is definitely one of the best books I have read so far. It's one of my all-time favorites for sure. Simply amazing!
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Absolutely beautifully written. It really touches the heart.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! This book is beautifully written and tells heartbreaking reality about Alzheimer’s. It is definitely eye opening and gives insight and awareness to the disease. I would recommend this to anyone!
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful read Still Alice was the first book by Lisa Genova I read and it quickly became one of the best books I've ever read! It was beautifully written from Alice’s POV about how she recognizes her symptoms, her diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and ultimately how her condition takes over. It was a very moving and highly emotional story in which I would highly recommend!
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impossible not to fell her frustration Incredibly well written and eye opening to the frustration and terrifying nature of loosing your words.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hits close to home #plumreview A sad and truthful book about a horrible disease. Difficult to read when there is a family connection.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved this book what a beautiful book. really puts a terrible disease out there for people to become educated. great book
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking I thought this was extremely well written. It feels like you inhabit the mind of someone suffering from Alzheimer's, and feel what they feel as their mind slowly slips away from them. As well, the tough topic of the inheritability of Alzheimer's is tackled, which adds further depth to the story. - great read. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic from Start to Finish Before undergoing this novel you might be inclined to feel intimidated. Will the story focus too much on the biological and scientific aspect of Alzheimer's, or will it simply be too saddening to bear? While the novel does go through some scientific detail, and it certainly has its depressing moments, it is an altogether wonder to read. It managers to completely encapsulate the reader from the very first page and keeps them fully occupied until the very last paragraph. This book was happy, sad, emotional, specific, vague, exciting, depressing, and everything else all at once.
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from tear jerker this book left me in tears - highly suggest if you want a new perspective on Alzheimer's #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WTF It's hard to go on after reading this. What a ride. And the pain?! Oh my God the pain! It squeezed my heart and I was left in a daze for a while. It literally affected my mood for a few days. The illness is just a horrible experience for everyone involved but I'm so glad Lisa Genova brought us on this ride. It had to be done. Astonishing!
Date published: 2016-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVED IT! Genuine, will make you cry and laugh and then cry again!
Date published: 2016-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really good book! This book stays in your mind, very well written, I passed it on and they passed it on!
Date published: 2016-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I often start reading books and then lose interest in them quickly, but I was very invested in the main character's story and finished the book quickly. After reading the book, I immediately watched the movie but I was a bit disappointed with it and definitely preferred the book.
Date published: 2016-05-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Book That can Scare You I read this book for my Toastmaster Book Club awhile ago. Alice is a fifty year old university professor that is at the top of her field. Students want to be in her class. She is invited to speak at other universities. Her husband is successful and her children are doing well. Then she starts to forget little things. Then big things. Her life changes in ways she could never imagined. Alzheimer's disease was not in the plans. This book scared me. I am close to the same age as the lead character. I started to think I had it every time I forgot something. Sometimes a good book makes you think. The lead character was well developed and the transition that her character made very believable. I was put off by the character of the husband at one point. I realize that it was part of the story, but the change in him at certain points was hard to follow at times. I enjoyed this book immensely. If you want to know more about the disease. Start here and do more research. I recommend this book.
Date published: 2015-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great novel She is a fantastic writer, this is an indepth story giving us an empathetic view on how a disease affects person and family, and what really matters in life.
Date published: 2015-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fascinating read A great example of bringing real life issues to the forefront. The story of Alice was absolutely fascinating, her transition with early onset Alzheimer's brings the reader into the lens of those who may be affected by this disease. Excellent writing and a great read.
Date published: 2015-10-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Powerful perspective An easy read with a new perspective that touches the heart. Happy I experienced this touching story.
Date published: 2015-08-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book, just not as good as I expected. I did enjoy this book for the most part. It is not a bad book by any means. I just thought it lacked depth in certain areas. It was very informative regarding Alzheimer's disease, but I wish i knew more about all the characters thoughts and feelings.
Date published: 2015-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Riveting I hesitated reading this book but once started I could not put it down. What makes the book so powerful is that it is written from Alice's perspective. I highly recommend reading it.
Date published: 2015-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Read it in a day! Couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2015-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still Alice I think this book should be required reading for everyone. The truth about dimentia from inside and out. What a great read-information guide!
Date published: 2015-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply Amazing! Still Alice is a very hard book to read. It's an extremely sad and poignant book, and it deals with very difficult issues... It's also a story I believe everyone should read at least once. This book will change you and your view of Alzheimer's disease. Lisa Genova wrote this book from the perspective of Alice, who is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's at the age of fifty. Therefor, Still Alice offers an inside view on how a person lives with Alzheimer's. And AD patient still do live. It's an important message the author gets across. Still Alice teaches a lesson: people suffering with Alzheimer's disease still matter, their feelings still need to be considered, and their opinion and what they can bring to the world is still important. This book will also make you realize that the only thing you have some control over is now. You might forget yesterday, and you might not be sure of tomorrow, but you can live today. The point of view chosen by the author also makes the reader experience everything Alice goes through: the confusions, the forgetfulness, the disorientation, and all the frustration and sadness. It makes the book interesting, realistic, and rich. Still Alice is beautifully written and is definitely one of the best books I have read so far. It's going on my favorites shelf for sure. Simply amazing!
Date published: 2015-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding This was one of the best books I have read in a long time. I was right there with Alice. I cried for her and for me, putting myself in her shoes
Date published: 2015-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still Alice . Captured my interest immediately. This is happening more and more .Would recommend it to anyone .Allows us to appretiate our health .
Date published: 2015-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still Alice Although fictional, the author has done tremendous research into alzheimers disease and I found that so many instances described in this book ring so true with my own Mother who has dementia. Great insite as to how those with this disease think and feel and makes the reader realize that those inflicted are still our loved ones and need to be treated with love and respect.
Date published: 2015-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great I really enjoyed reading this book. It was very well written and opened my eyes to what Alzeimers can be like
Date published: 2015-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eye opening Even as a nurse I never thought much about what my dementia patients went through or wrre goimg through. I never realized what it would be like for them to slowly lose themselves. This book was eye opening and enlightening. I wish that I would have read I while attended university for my BScNursing, and that it was required reading for health professionals.
Date published: 2015-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Enjoyable Book I really enjoyed this book and Lisa Genova's other books, I can appreciate her medical background and that her themes may not be happy ones but important still the same.
Date published: 2015-05-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sad, but important message I liked this book but I didn't love it. Some parts I found boring and others were riveting. The one thing I really liked about this book was the fact that the author started the story when Alice was already ill. I felt bad for her and sympathized, but in a disconnected way, like a friend of a friend of a friend kind of thing. I think if the author had written more about the Alice before she became ill, this book would have been too devastating to read. I prefer not having known that Alice. I think I might watch the movie, it will be interesting to see what they did with the story.
Date published: 2015-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still Alice This book was so interesting that it hard to put down. A person going through this disease is devasting for them, but also their families. Very well written book. I did a lot of crying while reading this.
Date published: 2015-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still Alice by Lisa Genova An excellent read. Written from the perspective of a woman suffering from early onset Alzheimer's disease, this book gives a poignant yet never maudlin depiction of what Alice feels as she slips deeper and deeper into the claws of Alzheimer's. Never boring, it is a page-turner that gives us an honest but not too technical idea of what it is to have Alzheimer's. A book I highly recommend!
Date published: 2015-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well worth the read Gripping and infomative, and a bit too cl0se to home. A great insight to a fearsom disease. Looking forward to the next read.
Date published: 2015-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So realistic it hurts This story touched me in the same way that Alzheimers and early-onset Alzheimers has touched our family. Although it is a work of fiction, the author has researched the subject thoroughly and the book depicts this disease in the most realistic way. The author has gotten into the mind of the person with this condition and the story gripped me until the end. Sometimes poignantly funny, sometimes heartbreaking... always a compelling read. I loved it.
Date published: 2015-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life This book was amazing. Make sure you have tissues handy. My Grandmother had Alzheimer's and it was heartbreaking.
Date published: 2015-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still Alice This book certainly put Alzheimer's into a very relatable disease. It's almost scary as the reader discovers that no one is totally immune from this frightening disease. But it gives hope to those with a genetic disposition - especially in the form of genetic testing and accurate accounts of current research findings. I couldn't put the book down. I'm sincerely hoping there will be a sequel, perhaps chronicalling from the husband's or childrens' viewpoints! A totally captivating read!!
Date published: 2015-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spell binding. An interesting commentary of how someone with dimension sees the world, from the time first diagnosed until the illness worsens. You cannot help but being drawn into Alice's thoughts and life.
Date published: 2015-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Still Alice This should be a must read for anyone who has or had a family member with dementia. The author shows remarkable insight to the person with dementia and the impact on family members.
Date published: 2015-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still Alice An amazing depiction of a real person and how she feels and sees life with the horrible desease "Early Onset Alzheimer's".
Date published: 2015-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking Touching, heartbreaking, and yet terrifying as well. The thought that this could possibly happen to you is always at the back of your mind while reading. Gives you a much greater understand of what Alzheimer's suffers go through.
Date published: 2015-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still alice A must read, the novel is writren in first person and tells the story of early onset Alzheimers from Alice's perspecrive. A compelling story of ones will to live and to be treated as a membee of society. Emotional amd real, It helped me ro relate to what my friend is expeeiencing rhis joueney wirh hwe dsthee amd coisin with his wife. No one is immune.
Date published: 2015-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wonderful book This book was an emotional read, especially since I have had an Aunt pass from Alzheimer's and my boyfriends Grandmother is battling dementia. I love reading books from people's perspectives. Will definitely re-read this book.
Date published: 2015-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still Alice Wow! What an emotional read. Some pages had me smiling to myself, others had left me with a tear in my eye. I would read this again, and again.
Date published: 2015-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible One of my favourite books. I read it 3 years ago and I still think about it and recommend it to anyone looking for something new to read.
Date published: 2015-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read This book brought me to tears, it is so well written I couldn't put it down. Lisa Genova did such an amazing job capturing each emotion explicitly! there was not a single character which was out of proportion. I dont normally read tragic books like this, but Lisa Genova has made me her fan. she ended the book at a beautiful note but it left me craving for more, and three days after reading the book I am still thinking about it, it definitely touched my heart. the story flows smoothly without any hitch, every character was written beautiful and the emotions were spot on. I recommend this book to everyone!
Date published: 2015-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really enthralling This book was so well-written and takes you through so many intricacies of the experience of Alzheimer's. The characters were so real I found myself feeling so emotional that I even needed to vent about the book to my husband! Absolutely excellent!
Date published: 2015-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Still Alice was such a touching book about the struggle of having Alzheimer's early on in life. The struggles that Alice has to face every minute of her day luckly her family helps her fill in the blanks. I have learned a lot from this story and would recommend this book to anyone.
Date published: 2015-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Amazing Journey Through Alzheimer's As a Nurse working with Alzheimer's and Dementia residents I was touched by this book. It is a real journey through the mind of someone coping with the disease. It is difficult for family and caregivers to see their loved one cope with this disease. We need to keep in mind the person who is living with it themselves and what they struggle with.
Date published: 2015-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Remarkable Debut Novel I read this book about two years ago while trying to understand and help my mother-in-law and the family cope with her illness. This book describes the events from the patient's point of view so simply and realistically. Two years later, I am considering reading it again. Lisa Genova is such an amazing writer and my interest in neuroscience lead me to read her other books that followed, namely "Left Neglected" and "Love Anthony".
Date published: 2015-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still Alice is Phenomenal! My sister gifted me this book for Christmas and what a gift it is. This is the story of a successful, if somewhat OCD, woman who has her life and career on track - after having worked while her husband first got his education finished and career started; raised two children - one of whom she has a slight estrangement from and climbed the ladder to obtain her tenured position as a university prof. This is the story of a 'normal' woman coping with the early onset of Alzheimer's and learning to recognize and deal with the signs of her failing cognitive abilities. About how it affects not only her personal and professional lives but, more, about how it affects the way other people - her family, her friends, her associates - react to it and treat her. It is a thought provoking, well written epistle. Everyone should read this book and think about 'what if'.
Date published: 2015-01-06
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 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 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 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

Editorial Reviews

"Heartbreakingly real.... So real, in fact, that it kept me from sleeping for several nights. I couldn't put it down....Still Alice is a story that must be told." -- Brunonia Barry, New York Times bestselling author of The Lace Reader