Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

My Rating:  A MUST READ....5 stars out of 5!

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

Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children and a house on the Cape, is a celebrated Harvard professor at the height of her career when she notices a forgetfulness creeping into her life. As confusion starts to cloud her thinking and her memory begins to fail her, she receives a devastating diagnosis: early onset Alzheimer's disease. Fiercely independent, Alice struggles to maintain her lifestyle and live in the moment, even as her sense of self is being stripped away. In turns heartbreaking, inspiring and terrifying, Still Alice captures in remarkable detail what's it's like to literally lose your mind...

Reminiscent of A Beautiful MindOrdinary People and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-timeStill Alice packs a powerful emotional punch and marks the arrival of a strong new voice in fiction.

My Review:  Still Alice is just amazing. I couldn't read it fast enough. It is a very powerful book. My MMROC Book Club was talking about it (most of the ladies had read it) and I decided to give it a try. I am so glad I did. The story has really stuck with me and I can't get Alice or her family out of my head (or my heart). I think anyone and everyone would learn something from this book about Alzheimer's disease. Still Alice is so much more though. You will learn about early onset Alzheimer's, but you will also read a beautifully written story from Alice's point of view. Make sure you have some tissue on hand, as I guarantee you will cry. Still Alice is going on my top 10 favorite books. It is just that good. I must read Lisa Genova's second book, Left Neglect

Meet the Author:  Lisa Genova graduated valedictorian from Bates College with a degree in Biopsychology and holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Harvard University. She is a member of the Dementia Advocacy, Support Network International and DementiaUSA and is an online columnist for the National Alzheimer's association. She lives with her husband and two children in Cape Cod. Still Alice is her first novel.


  1. I loved this one too! It was such a powerful portrayal of Alzheimers. I'm so gllad you loved it too.

  2. I'll be looking for this at my library. Left Neglected was one of the best books I read last year!


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