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Still Alice [Kindle Edition]

Lisa Genova
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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. Soon to be 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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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. (Jan.)
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‘Incredibly compelling and engaging’ Natalie, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

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  • File Size: 722 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; 1 edition (January 6, 2009)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NLKXK2
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419 of 426 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Moving May 2, 2008
Format:Paperback
When Dr. Alice Howland first starts forgetting things like words when giving a speech, she thinks it might be because of menopause. But when she gets lost jogging near her house, on a route she has taken many times, she knows something is seriously wrong and seeks medical help. Not quite fifty, she is totally unprepared for the diagnosis - early onset Alzheimer's. As the disease progresses, Alice and her husband John learn everything they can about the disease and treatments, but Alzheimer's quickly takes its toll on both Alice and her family.

"Still Alice" is a beautifully written, heartbreaking novel about the devastating affect Alzheimer's has on its victims and their families. Author Lisa Genova's choice of Alice - young, in shape, and intelligent (she's a Psychiatry Professor at Harvard) - shows that Alzheimer's can strike anyone, not just the elderly. The book is written from Alice's viewpoint, but Genova does a good job of showing the affect of Alzheimer's not only on Alice, but how her family (John, and their children - Anna, Tom, and Lydia) struggle with the changes in Alice. Genova does an excellent job of describing what is going on in Alice's head as the dementia increases. In fact, Genova does such a good job that I sometimes forgot the book was fiction and not about a real person.

"Still Alice" takes place over a relatively short period of time (September 2002 to September 2005) and it is frightening how fast the Alzheimer's takes over Alice. Genova skillfully captures the bewilderment Alice feels and there are some moments in the book that are very moving - especially a moment involving a black rug and a moment involving a message a healthier Alice left for a sicker Alice.
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110 of 110 people found the following review helpful
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I read this book on a flight to Dallas, Texas to see my father. Through a series of small strokes he was showing the effects of progressive dementia. Family was trying to decide what we should do. I cried all the way through the book. I had seen my father twice beffore this trip and had observed enough to br concerned.

Alice Howland taught cognitive psychology courses at Harvard for over twenty-five years. Alice and her husband, John authored Molecules to Mind, she published papers, and lectured around the world. Her three children were grown and on their own paths (not that she was very happy about Lydia's choice of acting, but she hadn't given up trying to influence her to go back to real school). Her son Tom was doing well in school, daughter Annie and her husband, Charlie are attorneys trying to conceive a first grandchild.

Facing a busy schedule and travel and everyday stress, Alice isn't concerned when she begins to forget little things, where the keys are, names of acquaintances or a momentary sense of disorientation. After all she is fifty and that is part of menopause. .

A trip to her family doctor to get some suggestions for cognitive memory reinforcement and to see if medication is available does not help. Alice is stunned to learn that she has Early Onset Alzheimer's and that there is not very much available for treatment. Telling her husband and children is even harder to face. Eventually she has to face the loss of her teaching and life's work.

"Still Alice" is Alice's voice as she struggles with the advancement of Alzheimer's. As the disease advances, she is living more in the now, and often hurt by her interpretations of family member's words and actions.
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145 of 156 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Perceptively haunting February 20, 2010
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Alice Howland is a respected Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. Her research has earned her a distinguished position in the literature of psycholinguistics; her publications have become cornerstones of knowledge in her field; her speeches and lectures are in high demand, allowing Alice to remain active in travel. She's married with three adult children, is 50 years old, at the height of her career, but can't remember simple words during lecture, forgets to board a plane, and loses her way on a run back home. In just a few short months Alice is diagnosed with early on-set Alzheimer's Disease.

The rapid decline of Alice's condition is heart-breaking and alarming. Lisa Genova's expertise as a Neuroscientist gives her a unique perspective on the science of Alzheimer's; her personal experience with the disease gives her an emotional understanding. The narrative is painstakingly verbose with the language of neuropathy, cellular biology, and pharmaceuticals. It's clear from the beginning that Genova's own knowledge fuels Alice's scientific rationalizations. In fact, Alice's husband is a cancer cell biologist; her son, Tom, is a surgeon--what better excuse to exercise the clinical lingo of Alzheimer's than between fellow scientists and intellectuals trained around the words most of us feel we need a translator to understand? While these characters justify the liberal application of unforgiving, medical descriptions, I couldn't help feeling the narrative suffered more from this than it benefited.

As someone with personal experience with Alzheimer's, I appreciated the effort that went into the research for Still Alice. It's a merciless, brutal disease with exhaustive explanations and an overwhelming amount of treatment information.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Heartbreaking, insightful, a must read for everyone, but particularly healthcare professionals. My heart is full of love for these fictitious characters, which i genuinely forgot... Read more
Published 6 hours ago by Lea
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't imagine
What a gut wrenching story. Hits hard when you know someone with this horrible disease. Knowing it's coming is like standing in front of a speeding train and you can't... Read more
Published 9 hours ago by Novelle Lathrop
5.0 out of 5 stars "Still Alice" is both scientifically accurate and emotionally engaging
This novel, which tells the story of a Harvard professor's experience with early-onset Alzheimer's Disease, from beginning to the advance stages, from and through the professor's... Read more
Published 1 day ago by S. L. Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars This story was sad and enlighting,this disease is a terrible thing...
I loved this story,my mother passed away from this disease the story brought back so many memories to me as my sister and myself took care of our mother I cannot wait for the movie... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Linda Schoen
5.0 out of 5 stars so heartfelt yet educational.
Loved the balance of emotion and logic displayed in this book. This really helped put a lot of concepts from my neuroscience class in perspective. Great read.
Published 3 days ago by Drea
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
Well written and researched. Helps one understand what happens to a brilliant mind or even average mind when this disease takes over. Easy to get into. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Mimi in Colorado
4.0 out of 5 stars A Book That Gains Momentum
The early part of this book is somewhat predictable, but it definitely gains momentum and improves as you read on. Read more
Published 3 days ago by J. M. Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Read
I totally enjoyed reading this book. In fact, I could hardly put it down. The writing was so good that you felt the loss of Alice's control and memories as the disease and the... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Hope Hoenig
5.0 out of 5 stars loved this book
This is a great book looking from the inside of Alzheimer disease, it was a big help to me and very inspiring while I was dealing with my husband and this disease, I would... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Joyce R. Faust
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It really kept my interest right up to the last sentence. It provided me with an insight to an actual patient. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Andrea Hopkins
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Lisa Genova graduated valedictorian, summa cum laude from Bates College with a degree in Biopsychology and has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Harvard University. She is the author of the New York Times Bestselling novels STILL ALICE, LEFT NEGLECTED, and LOVE ANTHONY.

STILL ALICE spent 41 weeks on the New York Time bestseller list. It won the 2008 Bronte Prize and the 2011 Bexley Book of the Year, and it was nominated for the 2010 Indies Choice Debut Book of the Year by the American Booksellers Association. It was the #6 Top Book Group Favorite of 2009 by Reading Group Choices, a 2009 Barnes & Noble Discover Pick, a 2009 Indie Next pick, a 2009 Borders Book Club Pick, and a 2009 Target Book Club pick. There are over a million copies in print, and it has been translated into 25 languages. It was chosen as one of thirty titles for World Book Night 2013.

LEFT NEGLECTED, also a New York Times bestseller, was the #1 Indie Next Pick for January 2011, the Borders "Book You'll Love" for January 2011, and the #4 Indie Reading Group Pick for summer 2011. It was chosen by the Richard and Judy bookclub in the UK.

Lisa's third novel, LOVE ANTHONY, also a New York Times bestseller, was an Indie Next Pick for October 2012 and a People Magazine Great Read.

Lisa travels worldwide, speaking about Alzheimer's Disease, traumatic brain injury, and autism. She has appeared on the Dr. Oz Show, the Diane Rehm Show, CNN, Chronicle, Fox News, and Canada AM and was featured in the Emmy award-winning documentary film, TO NOT FADE AWAY.

Lisa's fourth novel focuses on Huntington's Disease. She lives with her family on Cape Cod.

Find out more at www.LisaGenova.com.

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I agree with you Hadassa! There are only 5 publishing companies controlling book prices in America today. That is effectively a monopoly and I thought monopolies were against the law. They are fixing prices dog on it. And we need to get the government to regulate them better. They are indeed greedy.
Oct 27, 2012 by John J. Higgins |  See all 3 posts
Still Alice - Great Alzheimer's Disease book.
This is a fantastic book that anyone devouring information about AD must read. I also loved "I'll Be Seeing You: A Wife's Journey With Her Husband's Alzheimer's" a much different book that lets you be in the shoes of a wife whose husband has come down with AD.
Apr 15, 2013 by Austin Morledge |  See all 2 posts
Despite Monster, she is 'Still Alice'
Thanks Ms. Genova for the newest information about the book. I've heard there was something on TV here in the Boston area about it- can you confirm this or provide more info?
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