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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.

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"Neuroscientist and debut novelist Genova mines years of experience in her field to craft a realistic portrait of early onset Alzheimer's disease. Alice Howland has a career not unlike Genova's — she's an esteemed psychology professor at Harvard, living a comfortable life in Cambridge with her husband, John, arguing about the usual (making quality time together, their daughter's move to L.A.) when the first symptoms of Alzheimer's begin to emerge. First, Alice can't find her Blackberry, then she becomes hopelessly disoriented in her own town. Alice is shocked to be diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's (she had suspected a brain tumor or menopause), after which her life begins steadily to unravel. She loses track of rooms in her home, resigns from Harvard and eventually cannot recognize her own children. The brutal facts of Alzheimer's are heartbreaking, and it's impossible not to feel for Alice and her loved ones, but Genova's prose style is clumsy and her dialogue heavy-handed. This novel will appeal to those dealing with the disease and may prove helpful, but beyond the heartbreaking record of illness there's little here to remember." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"With grace and compassion, Lisa Genova writes about the enormous white emptiness created by Alzheimer's." The Improper Bostonian

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"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

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"This book is as important as it is impressive, and will grace the lives of those affected by this dread disease for generations to come." Phil Bolsta, author of Sixty Seconds

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"With a master storyteller's easy eloquence, Lisa Genova shines a searing spotlight on this Alice's surreal wonderland. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to read this book. It will inform you. It will scare you. It will change you." Julia Fox Garrison, author of Don't Leave Me This Way

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"Heartbreaking." The Cape Cod Chronicle

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"After I read Still Alice, I wanted to stand up and tell a train full of strangers, 'You have to get this book.'" Beverly Beckham, The Boston Globe

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 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.

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 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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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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grapefruitnothingness, November 1, 2014 (view all comments by grapefruitnothingness)
This book is not only good, it's incredibly important. It tells the story of the beginning stages of Alzheimer's disease from a first person narrative. Anyone who has been affected by Alzheimer's will find it relateable from start to finish. It's an accurate depiction of the disease, and also accurately depicts the way loved ones cope with this news - which is often initially dealt with through denial. This book will give you a better understanding of what is going on inside the mind of those affected. This brings more awareness to the disease which in turn creates more compassion, and hopefully will help lead to more varied treatment options.
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Scooter, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Scooter)
Written in the first person, this novel describes the onset and progress of Alzheimer's disease in the life of a university professor. She is aware of the onset of the disease but can do nothing to slow its effects.
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Kathy L Parkin, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Kathy L Parkin)
This was an excellent book about a woman's horrific struggles with Early Onset Alzheimer's. It was written in such a way that I didn't realize until I was quite a ways into the book that it is actually a work of fiction. The writing style was informative as far as the disease itself, but not above what the average person could understand. The best part of this book was seeing it from the eyes of the afflicted, as well as how it affects family and friends. Even though it is a work of fiction, this is a book I would recommend to anyone dealing personally with this terrible disease.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781439102817
Author:
Genova, Lisa
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Subject:
Alzheimer's disease
Subject:
Women college teachers
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Contemporary Women
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Alzheimer's disease -- Patients.
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
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Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20090131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.44 in 13.51 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Neuroscientist and debut novelist Genova mines years of experience in her field to craft a realistic portrait of early onset Alzheimer's disease. Alice Howland has a career not unlike Genova's — she's an esteemed psychology professor at Harvard, living a comfortable life in Cambridge with her husband, John, arguing about the usual (making quality time together, their daughter's move to L.A.) when the first symptoms of Alzheimer's begin to emerge. First, Alice can't find her Blackberry, then she becomes hopelessly disoriented in her own town. Alice is shocked to be diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's (she had suspected a brain tumor or menopause), after which her life begins steadily to unravel. She loses track of rooms in her home, resigns from Harvard and eventually cannot recognize her own children. The brutal facts of Alzheimer's are heartbreaking, and it's impossible not to feel for Alice and her loved ones, but Genova's prose style is clumsy and her dialogue heavy-handed. This novel will appeal to those dealing with the disease and may prove helpful, but beyond the heartbreaking record of illness there's little here to remember." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "With grace and compassion, Lisa Genova writes about the enormous white emptiness created by Alzheimer's."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "This book is as important as it is impressive, and will grace the lives of those affected by this dread disease for generations to come."
"Review" by , "With a master storyteller's easy eloquence, Lisa Genova shines a searing spotlight on this Alice's surreal wonderland. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to read this book. It will inform you. It will scare you. It will change you."
"Review" by , "Heartbreaking."
"Review" by , "After I read Still Alice, I wanted to stand up and tell a train full of strangers, 'You have to get this book.'"
"Synopsis" by , 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 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.

"Synopsis" by , 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 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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