Sunday, April 19, 2015

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

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Synopsis: Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At fifty years old, she’s a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she becomes increasingly disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life--and her relationship with her family and the world--forever.

At once beautiful and terrifying, Still Alice is a moving and vivid depiction of life with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease that is as compelling as A Beautiful Mind and as unforgettable as Judith Guest's Ordinary People.

Thoughts: This book really blew me away. The journey of Alice and her family as they deal with her diagnosis and her ever-changing symptoms is heartbreaking.  We get a lot of insight into things from Alice's point of view as the disease progresses. As a woman in her fifties who has Alzheimer's in her family history, I can relate to this story on several levels.

I can't wait to see the movie, which I hope will truly do this story justice.

My ratings: Five stars

1 comment:

Diane Coto said...

This sounds good, but sad. To me, Alzheimers is one of the scariest illnesses I can think of. My sister told her grown children, "If I ever don't remember you, just know that I'll remember you always in my heart."