Still Alice Nook Edition by Lisa Genova
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Alice Howland - Harvard professor, gifted researcher and lecturer, wife, and mother of three grown children - sets out for a run and soon realizes she has no idea how to find her way home. She has taken the route for years, but nothing looks familiar. She is utterly lost. Medical consults reveal early-onset Alzheimer's. Alice's slowly but inevitably loses memory and connection with reality, told from her perspective. She gradually loses the ability to follow a conversational thread, the story line of a book, or to recall information she heard just moments before. Genova's debut shows the disease progression through the reactions of others, as Alice does, so readers feel what she feels - a slowly building terror.
Reviews Alice is a 49 year old professor at Harvard and has been one there for twenty five years. She is often invited to lecture around the world in her area of research which is linguistics. Speaking eloquently comes naturally but when she suddenly loses her train of though and words she wants to convey are amiss the alarms go off for her. One day as she is going on her usual daily run she panics because she loses sight of how to get home. The odd thing is it is the route she is very familiar with and now is like uncharted territory for her. This is when Alice decides to she a specialist and get testing done. Hoping it is related to her age or something curable, Alice is devastated to hear she is in early onset of Alzheimer's, meaning no cure. Alice must now face telling her husband and family and what's worse her colleagues where she has been a very well known and successful well sought after professor, a life she loves and has strived for. Lisa Genova brings the inside of an Alheimer's life so brilliantly. I laughed and cried reading this book and could not put it down.Having a father with Alzheimer's this story was very relatable for me. Any one going through this disease with a family member or close friend should read this book. I found it most helpful.
An absolutely beautifully, yet simply written book about early-onset Alzheimer's disease. The author wrote such a compelling story about a woman who is diagnosed with the disease, a woman all-too young to deal with the downside of dementia. I feel so grateful to have taken the time to read this, as it has filled me with a sense of understanding and empathy I wouldn't have known otherwise. The process of losing oneâ€™s mind was presented in such an insightful way, and I couldn't help but get emotionally involved and feeling for all the books characters. Prior to reading this book, I thought I knew what Alzheimer's was. How bad I feel for laughing with others when a grandmother suffering asked the same thing a few times in a row. It is not something that is just associated with old age, but damaged neurological functioning. This book was so educational in ways that I will be grateful for for many years to come. I have such a great respect and sadness for those who are suffering from this, whether aware of it or not, and by reading this book alone I feel that I have grown, as I can now act accordingly with a sense of understanding.
As someone whose father and three aunts suffered from dementia, I've known about this book for years but have been reluctant to read it. I was afraid of becoming too emotional and some of the hesitation was from fear of my someday falling victim to this insidious disease. I finally read it from start to finish in a few hours, and I'm so glad I did. It was heartbreaking, but rather than merely making me sad, this book brought a measure of comfort. It was such a touching, realistic and loving story. Anyone going through the journey of "the long goodbye" with a loved one can find something to relate to in this novel. I didn't realize until I started to read that it was told from the point of view of Alice, the woman with Alzheimer's, which makes it an even more remarkable accomplishment. I appreciate how the author had Alice retain her internal essence and dignity in the middle of all the chaos going on inside her mind. Like Alice, my father was gifted intellectually, as well as the best person I have ever known, and I hope there was a part of him deep inside that was "still James" until the bitter end. More than likely, your own life be impacted by Alzheimer's in some fashion, so I urge you to read this book.
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