Friday, May 7, 2010

Book Review - Still Alice by Lisa Genova

From Goodreads:

She didn't want to become someone people avoided and feared. She wanted to live to hold Anna's baby and know it was her grandchild. She wanted to see Lydia act in something she was proud of. She wanted to see Tom fall in love. She wanted to read every book she could before she could no longer read.

Alice Howland is proud of the life she has worked so hard to build. A Harvard professor, she has a successful husband and three grown children. When Alice begins to grow forgetful at first she just dismisses it, but when she gets lost in her own neighborhood she realizes that something is terribly wrong. Alice finds herself in the rapid downward spiral of Alzheimer's disease. She is only 50 years old.

While Alice once placed her worth and identity in her celebrated and respected academic life, now she must re-evaluate her relationship with her husband, her expectations of her children and her ideas about herself and her place in the world.

Losing her yesterdays, her short-term memory hanging on by a couple of frayed threads, she is living in the moment, living for each day. But she is still Alice.

My Thoughts:

This book literally brought me to tears. Lisa Genova did her research well and it shows in this tender yet heartbreaking story. I could relate to Alice's character, especially since my mother is in the early stages of Alzheimer's. A lot of the same things Alice said, my mother has said. This story touched me so deeply that I will never forget it. It was on my wish list for over a year, and it was well worth the wait.

Highly Recommended!

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery; Original edition (January 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439102813
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439102817
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Anonymous said...

This book is extremely powerful, isn't it? It's one that I think any person who has been touched with dementia/Alzheimer's should read.

I'm sorry about your Mom. I truly understand. My father had Alzheimer's and died about 18 months ago. My Mom has dementia and has had a significant deterioration during the last 4 months. Sigh.

Hang in there. There are silver linings around the dark clouds. You just have to look for them. Sometimes very, very hard. Hugs.

MarceJ said...

My father also has Alzeimers and it touched me also. Especially helped on understanding when family is all around and getting overwhelmed with conversation.

I loved it, it is on my all time favourite list now.

Marie said...

I loved this book too and was brought to tears many times while reading it.

itsJUSTme said...

Yes, I loved this book! I thought it read just like a memoir! You would never know it was fiction. Very sad and powerful book.

Jo-Jo said...

I'm glad you enjoyed this one Missy and I can understand how painful it would have been for you to read it. I do have this on my shelf at home...i just need to move it closer to the top now!

Julie P said...

I have this book, but I haven't read it yet. I am looking forward to it! Thank you for the review.

Lynne said...

I loved this book too, Missy :)

SmallWorld at Home said...

I really loved this--it had me weeping for sure!

Kim said...

I'm glad you liked this. It's on my 100 best books list.


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