Still Alice



❰Reading❯ ➶ Still Alice Author Lisa Genova – E17streets4all.co.uk Still Alice is a compelling debut novel about a 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 H Still Alice is a compelling debut novel about ayear 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.Still Alice

Lisa Genova graduated valedictorian, summa cum laude from Bates College with a degree in Biopsychology and has a PhD in Neuroscience from Harvard University Acclaimed as the Oliver Sacks of fiction and the Michael Crichton of brain science, Lisa has captured a special place in contemporary fiction, writing stories that are equally inspired by neuroscience and the human spirit She is author of the New York Times bestselling novels, STILL ALICE, LEFT NEGLECTED, LOVE ANTHONY, and INSIDE THE O BRIENS STILL ALICE was adapted into a film starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth and Hunter Parrish Julianne Moore won the Best Actress Oscar for her role as Alice Howland In , Lisa was named one of the US Top Influencers in Aging by Next Avenue She has appeared on Dr Oz, the TODAY show, CNN, PBS Newshour, and NPR Her TED Talk, What You Can Do To Prevent Alzheimer s has been viewed over three million times She received The Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square, for distinguished storytelling that has enriched the public dialogue, The Sargent and Eunice Shriver Profiles in Dignity Award, The Global Genes RARE Champions of Hope Award, and The American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Media Award for informing the public about Treatment and ongoing research in medical illness In , she received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Bates College, The Alzheimer s Association s Rita Hayworth Award, and The Huntington s Disease Society of America Community Awareness Award An instant international bestseller, EVERY NOTE PLAYED was a Library Reads pick, an Indie Next pick, a Bookreporter Bets On pick, anBest Book of the Month, and was voted Best Fiction title for by Goodreads Choice AwardssagenovaFacebook authorlisagenovaInstagram authorlisagenova.

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    Paperback · Still Alice PDF/EPUB ò 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."/>
  • Paperback
  • 292 pages
  • Still Alice
  • Lisa Genova
  • English
  • 27 September 2017
  • 0595440096

10 thoughts on “Still Alice

  1. says:

    After you read this, you will never look at Alzheimer s the same again Nor will you ever forget it Oh the irony.I d always correlated Alzheimer s disease with old age and heard the best way to combat it was to exercise your brain I do my fair share of reading, can solve a Sudoku puzzle faster than 98% of the population, and I shun mindless chick flicks for yourintelligent thrillers, but I ll never be as brilliant as Alice, a 50 year old Harvard professor diagnosed with early onset Alzhe After you read this, you will never look at Alzheimer s the same again Nor will you ever forget it Oh the irony.I d always correlated Alzheimer s disease with old age and heard the best way to combat it was to exercise your brain I do my fair share of reading, can solve a Sudoku puzzle faster than 98% of the population, and I shun mindless chick flicks for yourintelligent thrillers, but I ll never be as brilliant as Alice, a 50 year old Harvard professor diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer s If she had been a little shallow to begin with or 20 years older If my own aunt weren t suffering from an advanced stage of the disease right now If I weren t feeling a little hazy myself when I m up half the night with an infant Maybe then I could have put another barrier between me and Alzheimer s, but I can t Alice s story scared me A lot After all, what are we without the identity of our thoughts So much for those Sudoku puzzles.I lived Alice s story right along with her, crying when she cried and smiling at her accomplishments Telling your story from such an unreliable witness is a tough job and Genova handles it beautifully As the book progresses, the scenes feelandmisplaced As a reader I was thrust into the situation along with Alice, unsure of the setting or the time or what had happened five minutes before Genova also offers some poignant scenes where we the reader know what Alice has forgotten and our heart breaks for her When she forgets her daughter, her husband, the layout of her house, how to lick an ice cream cone, we mourn the Alice lost right along with her and her family I can t imagine losing everything I learned, all the way back to basic needs like how to walk, feed, or even use the bathroom I felt Alice s frustration at forgetting words and people and most of all being shut out because she was stigmatized with this disease as though she were already dead.Because the narration is told through Alice, there are a few plot points that get lost, but I think we gainthan we lose from her perspective And those lost points add to all she loses Sometimes the descriptions of Boston get a little lengthy and the medical descriptions cold and drawn out, giving the novel a little bit of a medical journal instead of novel feel, but I was still captivated by Alice and her plight, and I loved that Genova had the background to give us a real look into Alzheimer s, to make it come alive in the pages view spoiler My other disappointment with the story was that John got a chapter It s only a page and half, but where Genova managed to tell everything else in the novel from a not always reliable Alice, she could have managed that chapter as well Not a big issue and it didn t take away from the impact of the story hide spoiler Even though the story is told through Alice s unreliable eyes, I felt for each of the characters in her family as well When I wanted to be angry at John for avoiding the disease, I couldn t I felt for him Having a spouse go through Alzheimer s must be one of the hardest things Not only do you watch your spouse suffer and take on the role of full time caretaker, a major life changing physical and financial burden, but you lose your partner and confidante And to experience early onset when you should be experiencing some of the best of life is devastating I could see why he didn t want to deal with it.I wouldn t want to see a parent go through this either view spoiler It didn t surprise me that Lydia was the one who adapted best to her mother s illness Not only was she the most adaptable, but she had the most ground to repair with her mother Sometimes I wanted to hug her Anne was scheduled and meticulous and this didn t fit into her plan for life I think I would reactlike Anne, or maybe even John hide spoiler I don t know It s hard to think about I hope I never have to.I can t stop thinking about Alzheimer s and hoping they come up with a cure soon Genova has done a fabulous job bringing attention to this debilitating disease and I love that she self published because it was too important to wait Kudos, Genova

  2. says:

    Is my identity something that transcends neurons, proteins, and defective molecules of DNA Is my soul and spirit immune to the ravages of Alzheimer s I believe it is. I read this book for three reasons 1 I have never read a book about Alzheimer s disease, 2 For personal reasons, I have an interest in Alzheimer s, and 3 It has an incredibly high average rating on goodreads That being said, I have to confess that I didn t really go into this expecting to like it I picked it up from the Is my identity something that transcends neurons, proteins, and defective molecules of DNA Is my soul and spirit immune to the ravages of Alzheimer s I believe it is. I read this book for three reasons 1 I have never read a book about Alzheimer s disease, 2 For personal reasons, I have an interest in Alzheimer s, and 3 It has an incredibly high average rating on goodreads That being said, I have to confess that I didn t really go into this expecting to like it I picked it up from the library so I wouldn t have to spend money on it and so I could return it quickly when I realised it was nothingthan the regular Nicholas Sparks style melodramatic chick lit I started it with a bored sigh, thinking I would soon be putting it aside to distract myself with the internet or any of the million TV shows I m currently trying to keep up with But something unexpected happened.This is not chick lit, whatever you want to interpret that to mean It isn t melodramatic or emotionally manipulative It isn t the Alzheimer s equivalent of the standard forgive me cancer book Instead, this is a deeply moving psychological portrait of a woman s deteriorating mind and how this gradually affects her relationships with the people around her It s about an intelligent woman suddenly finding that she can no longer rely on her mind, she tries every day to hold onto her memories, her sense of understanding, and we are taken on a terrifying journey into what it must be like to know you are slowly losing pieces of yourself day by day I have no desire to trivialize cancer or any other disease, I have lost several people I ve loved to cancer and know how horrible it is But Alzheimer s is a whole different type of monster There s one part of the book where Alice says she wishes she could swap her disease for cancer and then instantly feels bad about it, but I understand where the feelings come from With cancer, you can fight There s chemotherapy, radiotherapy and yes, they don t always work, but you can go down fighting With Alzheimer s, there s still no way to fight it, no chance of overcoming the disease The diagnosis carries a tragic hopelessness with it, because all you can do is sit around and wait for your mind to deteriorate Sometimes you can really tell when an author knows their subject and, in my opinion, it makes all the difference I recall Split by Swati Avasthi in particular and the way the author s background working with abuse victims helped her have a deeper understanding of the characters she was dealing with and the story she was telling Genova holds a Harvard PHD in Neuroscience and there is a surety and confidence in her scientific explanations of the disease that makes this fact evident in her writing She knows the small details of what she s talking about and so the bigger picture is naturallyconvincing.On a personal note, there is a history of Alzheimer s in my family I don t understand it enough to know whether it s genetic or a coincidence that many of the women on my mother s side have suffered from the disease I do know my mum is afraid of it, though she doesn t talk about it often But every time she forgets where she put something she was holding just minutes ago, every time she reaches for a word a word she uses every day and it slips away, just out of her grasp, every single time she wonders if it s a sign of somethingserious than getting older and having a busy schedule It s this small scale stuff that makes the novel so terrifying We could all be Alice We all forget small things every day, that s just a fact and it happens to everyone, but what if one day those forgotten memories don t come back straight away And the next time, what if they go a bit longer The progression from the small things to theserious stages of the disease is truly scary.This book is frightening on both a biologial and psychological level When I think of Alzheimer s, I think of forgotten memories, of faces you can t put a name to, of everyday places that seem unfamiliar But the author s haunting descriptions of the biological truth are entirely different and frightening on a whole new level I don t think about what is really happening in the brain, neurons being destroyed bit by bit, dying someevery day, eroding pieces of who you are Memories, for me, are those things that disappear for a while but come back to you later But Alzheimer s doesn t make you forget memories, it goes in and completely destroys them As if they were never there.And that is the important question for Alice how much can she lose and still be herself If our entire personalities are built from memories, sensory experiences, from the things we ve said and done, who are we when we no longer remember any of that How can you make today matter when tomorrow you won t even remember it It s a sad book but it doesn t fail to leave you with a glimpse of light in the darkness too But I ll leave you to find out what that is for yourself.The final comment I d like to make is not so much a criticism of the book but a comment on what I d personally like to see on this subject in the future As I said at the beginning, I ve never read a book about Alzheimer s before and I may be missing a very good one that already exists, but I kept thinking while reading this that I d like to read a story about someone who wasn t as successful as Alice Alice gains comfort from the fact that she has had a fantastic career, a husband who loves her, and three intelligent children She s obviously right to cling to all the good things in her life, but I wonder how the story would be different if told about a man or woman without Alice s financial prosperity There has to be so many different stories and experiences to be told about this disease and I suddenly find myself wanting to readof them.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Store

  3. says:

    I give this book 5 stars not because its an amazing piece of literature but because of its impact on me I can t stop thinking about it and when I was reading it I couldn t put it down It is the story of Alice, a brilliant professor of cognitive psychology at Harvard and a world renowned expert in linguistics who discovers she has early onset Alzheimer s disease This book is beautiful and terrifying ringing true in every word To quote a reviewer, with a master storyteller s easy eloquence, I give this book 5 stars not because its an amazing piece of literature but because of its impact on me I can t stop thinking about it and when I was reading it I couldn t put it down It is the story of Alice, a brilliant professor of cognitive psychology at Harvard and a world renowned expert in linguistics who discovers she has early onset Alzheimer s disease This book is beautiful and terrifying ringing true in every word To quote a reviewer, with a master storyteller s easy eloquence, 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 It has changed me

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    Update I just watched the film It was very moving, an awful depiction of a terrible disease I forget words I worry that maybe I don t even want to think of it Good as the film was, it wasn t as good as the book It could stand alone though as a separate work thatjust shared names and a title June 2015_____Still Alice reads like a memoir of Alzheimer s disease written by a family member but is in fact the first novel by a neuroscientist who, apart from being a great deal younger, li Update I just watched the film It was very moving, an awful depiction of a terrible disease I forget words I worry that maybe I don t even want to think of it Good as the film was, it wasn t as good as the book It could stand alone though as a separate work thatjust shared names and a title June 2015_____Still Alice reads like a memoir of Alzheimer s disease written by a family member but is in fact the first novel by a neuroscientist who, apart from being a great deal younger, lives the successful life of a top academic, as does Alice.The book is unputdownable I read through the night dawn came and went and still I couldn t put it down but I don t really know why The writing was ok, a bit heavy handed at times, the denoument was predetermined and inevitable but still the book was as gripping as any top ten thriller Perhaps it was the progress through a disease that strikes at random and about which we know almost nothing from the sufferer s point of view Lisa Genova self published the book and it has reached the rank of 150 in books onWhen I see a self published book with 10 or 15 glowing reviews, mostly written by people who ve never written a review before, I think they are probably the author s friends and dismiss the review in favour of one by an independent publication if there is one But when a self published book attracts 190 reviews and a 5 star rating, I know that the book is definitely worth considering, not just for my own reading pleasure but also to order for my bookshop This book isthan worthy of consideration, its ourselves, our families as we might be, and its a good read too

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    I spent the last hour trying to convince my family to put aside the trashy entertaining movies they usually watch and watch the movie adaptation of this one instead as if they ll ever read the book LOL But as soon as I mentioned Alzheimer, they started to lose interest I m guessing it s like that for other people too Please don t think that this is just about a disease and that it s going to be super boring and textbook y It s about so muchfamily, love, what it means to liv I spent the last hour trying to convince my family to put aside the trashy entertaining movies they usually watch and watch the movie adaptation of this one instead as if they ll ever read the book LOL But as soon as I mentioned Alzheimer, they started to lose interest I m guessing it s like that for other people too Please don t think that this is just about a disease and that it s going to be super boring and textbook y It s about so muchfamily, love, what it means to live a meaningful life, the pieces that hold us together I learned so much from this book and enjoyed it thoroughly, and you guys know how rarely I read adult fiction Hope to break that cycle soon

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    The biggest problem with self published work is the lack of an editor who tells you how to go from good to great Still Alice has a wonderful premise let s tell the story of Alzheimer s from the patient s point of view, but somehow the book sounds like a professor telling you the Alzheimer s story from a patient s point of view, rather than having the patient tell her own story Using first person rather than third would have beeneffective I felt that I was reading nothingthan The biggest problem with self published work is the lack of an editor who tells you how to go from good to great Still Alice has a wonderful premise let s tell the story of Alzheimer s from the patient s point of view, but somehow the book sounds like a professor telling you the Alzheimer s story from a patient s point of view, rather than having the patient tell her own story Using first person rather than third would have beeneffective I felt that I was reading nothingthan an extended patient case study in a research journal Additionally, the character of Alice blurred with the author s identity at times I found myself asking, Who s really telling the story here, Alice or Lisa Genova Or, one minute you felt like you were inside Alice s head, you really knew what she was thinking, but then the frame of reference would shift to being outside of her observing from someone else s perspective I never totally felt connected with Alice as a real person.I thought that the supporting cast around Alice could have been better developed, but her children were fairly one dimensional people and her conversations with them were about one subject only given that the children had only one thing that defined each of them i.e., having a baby, auditioning for a play The one relationship that rang partly true was the one she had with her husband, who waffled between wanting to do his best to support his wife but also feeling that he needed to look after his own interests given that Alice might not be around in his future His practicality tended to overrule his emotions, which is typical in many men.Having lived with Alzheimer s in my family, I felt that the book glossed over some really hard hitting aspects of Alzheimer s While it touched on the concept of suicide, the book sidestepped the issue by making Alice unable to find her pills when she momentarily realized that the time had come Therefore, the book was able to end with Alice presumably slipping away into oblivion in the arms of a warm, loving, happy family Ha My own personal experiences with Alzheimer s would suggest that this is not an accurate portrayal of what it feels like to actually DIE of Alzheimer s I felt bad that Alice had been unable to find her pills and therefore would have to go through something that she when she was still lucid enough to write her thoughts down had adamantly expressed that she did not want to have to deal with

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    No one understands the high stakes associated with making a book recommendation like a serious reader, especially when it s to a good friend, co worker, or family member Books that we love say a lot about our personalities, things that we re passionate about, and even shed light on our past experiences good and bad That s a lot to share with someone Along with that pressure is the fear of introducing the wrong book to the wrong reader, or getting the timing wrong What if they absolutely ha No one understands the high stakes associated with making a book recommendation like a serious reader, especially when it s to a good friend, co worker, or family member Books that we love say a lot about our personalities, things that we re passionate about, and even shed light on our past experiences good and bad That s a lot to share with someone Along with that pressure is the fear of introducing the wrong book to the wrong reader, or getting the timing wrong What if they absolutely hate it Where does that leave us The flip side is equally scary When someone you esteem recommends a book that they hold dear, and upon reading it, you find that you hated it, that can make things a little awkward How d you like that book I loaned you might just be the subject of your recurring nightmare I ve sometimes found myself wondering, Why on earth would this person think this book would speak to me Obviously we re not as close as I thought we were I exaggerate, but no one understands these common reading kerfuffles like readers do It s why I struggle to keep silent when I see someone bypassing a book I thought was brilliant and on sale, no less at a bookstore I want to run after them and say, Put that corny romance novel back and take this It changed my life It s also why I try to avoid talking to strangers in bookstores who want to unload all their favorites on me without knowing a thing about me On several occasions, I ve dutifully waited until said person cleared out of the store before returning Jimmy Buffet s latest book to its shelf, along with the copy of Zane s current bestseller I m not knocking them, I just know what I likeand it s not that This summer when I was shopping for books at a local thrift store, a woman shoved Still Alice into my overflowing shopping cart I was a bit annoyed She didn t know me All she kept saying was that if I hadn t read it, I needed to Apparently, it had changed her life There in that aisle, a complete stranger started talking to me about caring for her mother who had Alzheimer s, and how this book turned the tables by giving the reader the perspective of the victim of the disease Before I knew it, I was sharing my story about my grandmother, and her current battle with ALS, an equally progressive degenerative disease with no cure Talk about books bringing people together Though I didn t get her name, I left the store with this book based solely on that woman s recommendationand I absolutely loved it I wish I could tell her how right she was This book hit a raw nerve, and really took me out of the caregiver role in order to focus on the real heroes battling neurological disorders every day What must it be like to wish for a logical disease that one could fight with medication or radiation One particular question that Alice, the protagonist, asks really struck me to the core Is the part of my brain that s responsible for my unique me ness vulnerable to this disease Or is my identity something that transcends neurons, proteins, and defective molecules of DNA Is my soul and spirit immune to the ravages of Alzheimer s I m going to be as equally pushy as my nameless thrift store friend Read this book Don t make me chase after you, because I wear my running shoes to the bookstore nowadays That is all

  8. says:

    This was a very powerful book I had never really intended to read this, but after watching the movie recently, I couldn t resist I would definitely recommend both the book and the movie, but read the book first if you don t want to spoil the experience for yourself The way it s written really adds a lot of feeling to the story.

  9. says:

    Still Alice, Lisa GenovaStill Alice is a 2007 novel by Lisa Genova, set in Boston The novel is about a woman who suffers early onset Alzheimer s disease Alice Howland, a 50 year old woman, is a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and is a world renowned linguistics expert She is married to an equally successful husband, and they have three grown children The disease takes hold swiftly, and it changes Alice s relationship with her family and the world It was Genova s first novel Still Alice, Lisa GenovaStill Alice is a 2007 novel by Lisa Genova, set in Boston The novel is about a woman who suffers early onset Alzheimer s disease Alice Howland, a 50 year old woman, is a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and is a world renowned linguistics expert She is married to an equally successful husband, and they have three grown children The disease takes hold swiftly, and it changes Alice s relationship with her family and the world It was Genova s first novel 2011 1389 394 9786009200627 21 1390 322 9789642242924 1390 454 9786002291158 1394 270 9786008009283

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    Alice Howland is a well respected Harvard linguistics professor who, at age 50, finds herself starting to lose her mind forgetting words, not recalling why she walked into a room, unsure of the recipe for a dessert she s made for several years Through a series of doctor appointments and tests, Alice learns that she has early onset Alzheimer s disease In Still Alice, she attempts to cope with this new life along with her family, which includes her husband, her two grown daughters, son, and so Alice Howland is a well respected Harvard linguistics professor who, at age 50, finds herself starting to lose her mind forgetting words, not recalling why she walked into a room, unsure of the recipe for a dessert she s made for several years Through a series of doctor appointments and tests, Alice learns that she has early onset Alzheimer s disease In Still Alice, she attempts to cope with this new life along with her family, which includes her husband, her two grown daughters, son, and son in law It is tough for all of them to accept and challenging to cope with as the disease progresses over time Still Alice was terrifying I can t imagine learning this was happening to me or to a loved one It s hard to process at any age, but seems especially shocking for a brilliant woman who s just 50 years old The story felt realistic, from Alice s behavior to her family s differing opinions about the best course of action for her, yet, I also enjoyed how they ultimately came together despite their disagreements

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