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.
I listened to the Audio of this, it was very good. Listening to Audio
while I'm driving gives me a whole different out look to a story/book
brings it more to life.
Don't miss this New York Times Best Seller.
"What if every memory you've ever had will be erased from your mind, and you have no choice but to carry on...powerless to stop it?"
There are strong promises implied in this tag for the book, Still Alice, at Simon and Schuster's web site, and author Lisa Genova duly delivers. Indeed, for a first time novelist this well-crafted drama is a tour de force. Additionally, for any novelist it's both a creative achievement and important contribution to a vastly under-researched and even under-reported disease.
I won't summarize the book's plot here, as other reviewers have done quite appropriately. What I will say, however, is that it's both a novel that succeeds with its gripping and heart-rending plot, fulfilling the publisher's promise, and also a truer-than-life testament to those coping with early-onset Alzheimer's Disease. So, the book will appeal to general readers like me with no direct experience with or prior knowledge of the disease and also to those immediately involved in the role of care-giver and (more importantly) to those struggling with the debilitating effects of the disease. This book is well-written from a craft standpoint and a phenomenal contribution to the existing literature from the standpoint of those who have early-onset Alzheimer's Disease. This focus on those who suffer with the disease is truly unique and sets the book apart from the existing body of literature. Prediction: Future New York Times Top 10 and a Book Pick by Oprah. You heard it here first.
Simon and Schuster wrap up their description of the book thusly, "At once beautiful and terrifying, this extraordinary debut novel by Lisa Genova 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," and in this instance the hype delivers.
amazing in many ways
factual, scary, well written, it's all there. REad this book!