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This novel is an in-depth, accurately-depicted account of the way Alzheimer's Disease robs its victims of their very selves. Moving, heartbreaking, and written so well is seemed like nonfiction, this novel is absolutely beautiful. A trained neuroscientist with a PhD. from Harvard, first time author Lisa Genova knows her stuff and it shows. Poignant, stunning and haunting.
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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.

An estimated 5.2 million Americans of all ages currently have Alzheimer’s Disease, including 13 percent of all people age sixty-five and over. Approximately 500,000 of those suffer from early onset.

Synopsis:

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

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 of early-onset Alzheimer's disease changes her life.

As the inevitable descent into dementia strips away her sense of self, fiercely independent Alice struggles to live in the moment. While she once placed her worth and identity in her celebrated and respected academic life, now she must reevaluate her relationship with her husband, a respected scientist; her expectations of her children; and her ideas about herself and her place in the world.

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 Ordinary People.

Synopsis:

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, a first-time novelist, holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Harvard University and is an online columnist for the National Alzheimer's Association. She lives with her family in Massachusetts.

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tricia scheele, January 4, 2011 (view all comments by tricia scheele)
Loved this book. gives a wonderful perspective into losing touch with reality and yourself.
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reaganjt, March 22, 2009 (view all comments by reaganjt)
Alice is a Harvard professor and world famous linguistics expert. She has an exciting and full life teaching, traveling the world speaking at various conferences, encouraging her husband's famous career and research (also a Harvard professor), and enjoying her three grown children. She begins to forget words (a terrifying thought for a linguistics expert), becomes disoriented and lost a few blocks from her home, and after tests and medical consultations is diagnosed with Alzheimer's. The book follows her struggle to maintain normalcy in her life, her emotional struggles and those of her husband, children, co-workers, and students. It is well written, brutally honest, and heart-breaking.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781439116883
Author:
Genova, Lisa
Publisher:
Gallery Press
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Alzheimer's disease
Subject:
Women college teachers
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Alzheimer’s; Alzheimer’s novel; book club pick; Jodi Picoult; women’s fiction; neuroscience; women’s health; family drama; bestseller; Cape Cod; Harvard; neurology
Subject:
Alzheimer s; Alzheimer s novel; book club pick; Jodi Picoult; women s fiction; neuroscience; women s health; family drama; bestseller; Cape Cod; Harvard; neurology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20090131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.44 in 17.115 oz

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"Staff Pick" by ,

This novel is an in-depth, accurately-depicted account of the way Alzheimer's Disease robs its victims of their very selves. Moving, heartbreaking, and written so well is seemed like nonfiction, this novel is absolutely beautiful. A trained neuroscientist with a PhD. from Harvard, first time author Lisa Genova knows her stuff and it shows. Poignant, stunning and haunting.

"Synopsis" by ,

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

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 of early-onset Alzheimer's disease changes her life.

As the inevitable descent into dementia strips away her sense of self, fiercely independent Alice struggles to live in the moment. While she once placed her worth and identity in her celebrated and respected academic life, now she must reevaluate her relationship with her husband, a respected scientist; her expectations of her children; and her ideas about herself and her place in the world.

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 Ordinary People.

"Synopsis" by , 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.

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