Still Alice

Still Alice

by Lisa Genova
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Still Alice by Lisa Genova

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439102817
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 01/06/2009
Edition description: Original
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 223,126
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: 860L (what's this?)

About the Author

Acclaimed as the Oliver Sacks of fiction and the Michael Crichton of brain science, Lisa Genova is the New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice, Left Neglected, Love Anthony, and Inside the O’Briens. Still Alice was adapted into an Oscar-winning film starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, and Kristen Stewart. Lisa graduated valedictorian from Bates College with a degree in biopsychology and holds a PhD in neuroscience from Harvard University. She travels worldwide speaking about the neurological diseases she writes about and has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, Today, PBS NewsHour, CNN, and NPR. Her TED talk, What You Can Do To Prevent Alzheimer's, has been viewed over 2 million times.

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Still Alice 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1218 reviews.
2866exile More than 1 year ago
For anyone whose life has been touched by Alzheimer's disease (as so many have been, and many more will be), or for anyone who is approaching the far side of middle age, this book is at the same time clarifying and terrifying. The author takes the perspective of the Alzheimer's patient herself, one which is frequently overlooked by more "scholarly" works on the topic, and changes the whole tone of her writing as well as the subjects portrayed, as the narrator progresses further into the grip of the disease. She brings out many seldom-contemplated factors such as quality of life, support groups and counseling for the patient as well as the caregivers, and provides a gripping, touching, and horrifying sense of how it must be to feel yourself slipping away. I highly recommend this book to anyone. I have already passed around my advance copy and plan to buy several copies for family members and friends when it is released. A must-read for caregivers, relatives, and persons in the early stages of Alzheimers, and a goldmine for book groups.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lisa Genova takes a subject that is so difficult to deal with and turns it into a time that all can learn from. If you have ever had a parent or sibling die from this disease, you will find this book a must to understand what happens from the patient's perspective of this long good bye. Lisa Genova takes the time to show how difficult it is for the patient as well as the family. As a caretaker you sometimes forget that there is a person locked inside this disease that is unable to remember but can still function at some level. Each stage is handled with care and openness, but will leave the reader asking questions about their own reactions if faced with such a situation. No one is left out. If you have not been confronted with this disease, you will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for both the patient and caregivers through this piece of literature.
janicelynn61 More than 1 year ago
Once I started reading Still Alice, I couldn't stop!! I have had some personal experiences with a few friends that developed early onset of Alzheimer's Disease and I believe that the author totally captured all of the nuances that seem to go along with the disease. I think that the author depicted the progression of the disease very accurately as well as what happens to the family and friends that watch the person slowly but surely deteriorating no matter what the lifestyle or education of that person is. It was a book that touched my emotions because of my personal experiences. As I read the book, I sometimes found myself having to put it down because of my feelings....but moments later picking up the book to continue reading it. A must read!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a slow reader and our book club chose this book for the month and I read it in 3 days. I always take the month to read the book. This is a book that really stays with you in your thoughts and will be a great discussion book for the club.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could identify with so much in this book -- my husband was diagnosed 7 years ago with early onset Alzheimer's Disease when he was only 56 years old. He now knows none of his family and is in institutional care. The book was very accurate about the denial by patient, family members, friends -- and about the stigma of all forms of dementia. As portrayed in the book, friends often disappear, even family members eventually fade away as the patient's mind fades also. I think everyone should be encouraged to read this heartbreaking account of Alzheimer's and equally important, the story of caregiving. An excellent book, be prepared to be shocked, saddened, and educated by this story.
BLUEEYEBE More than 1 year ago
Still Alice is a compelling story about a Harvard Professor's decline into Alzheimer's disease and the revelation of what a person goes through on his or her journey down the road to dementia. This will tug at your heart as you feel 50 year old Alice's confusion and the toll it takes on family and friends.
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Kteach More than 1 year ago
This was one of the most powerful stories I've read in a long time. Having a family member suffering from dementia, reading the book gave me a deeper insight into our relative's behaviors. While it is a disturbing story, it is also one that will provoke conversation and give a greater understanding of those suffering from one of the illnesses involving memory loss.
TriscuitQueen More than 1 year ago
I have to admit, I'm mostly a sci-fi person. I have no idea why I purchased this book, all I know is that I'm glad that I did! "Still Alice" takes you on a journey through the mind of a woman (Alice) who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. Most of the book is told through Alice's eyes, and it is a fascinating and yet sad story of how Alice feels as she progresses through the different stages of the disease, as well as the conflicts within the family as each family member learns to deal with their own emotions about Alice having Alzheimers. When the family learns that the type of Alzheimers that Alice has is the type that is genetic, each of her three children must decide whether or not to get tested for the gene that carries the disease, and then make choices on whether or not to have children of their own who might also carry the gene. I found the trials of Alice's two daughters intriguing, as they are almost a story within the story as each daughter begins to make choices in her life based on Alice's diagnosis. I found this story to be acurate, intense, terrifying, heartbreaking and yet felt immense joy at a family who came together in the time of need.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have early-onset. It scares me to death when i can't remember a word , a sentence or why i went into the kitchen 3 times in the last hour. What scares me most is i see my husband struggling trying to remember a word or where he put his key's or the checkbook. You will need kleenex but enjoy those laugh's you'll get. Please please please read this book. It's worth so much more than money & much more than 5 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very accurate picture of what a family goes through when a parent is diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer's its hard to believe that its actually a fictional account. My father was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer's and many of the things that happened to my father was exactly like the book. I just wish I had this book before he was diagnosed. It is uncanny how much Lisa Genova details in the book apply to people diagnosed with this disease. I can remember my father talking to me about his daughter when we where sitting at the kitchen table and having to tell him that I was his daughter. Just as Alice was speaking to Lydia the night of the play and not knowing who she was. This book was a great read. I would highly recommended it .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Originally when my book club suggested this book to read I didn't think I would enjoy reading it as I feared it would be too emotionally heavy. However, I thought it was sensitively written and did not leave the reader feeling sorry for Alice but more intrigued by how she dealt with her condition. It was also interesting to see how her family handled the changes in Alice and how it impacted even the youngest members of the family. It made me wonder how my own family and spouse would handle such a situation if it happened to me.
LovelyLitLady More than 1 year ago
If you have ever searched for a word while mid-sentence in a conversation you will unfortunately be able to relate to Alice and have a small taste of her frustration of losing her mind. The author writes in a way that is easy to understand and straight to the point. As other reviewers pointed out, there is little literary merit but I just don't think that is what the book is about. The language does have a clinical and cold feeling at times but I think that is a wonderful way for the story of Alice to unfold. If it was all roses and sunsets or even a dark metaphorical path, we wouldn't be gaining any favors. Disturbing. Haunting. Depressing. You will feel the mind numbing sorrow that Alice experiences and find yourself praying that this horrible disease doesn't affect you or your loved ones.
Sherry_Young More than 1 year ago
When I first picked up this book at the store to read the jacket, my first thought was "I don't know if I want to read something that will be so sad." I am so glad that I didn't listen to that first thought. Still Alice gives us a look into the world of Alzheimer's from Alice's point of view - an intelligent woman who is trying to figure out how to deal with her mind. How many of us know someone with this disease? Do you treat them differently after you have learned? Once you read this book, you may look at your own actions in a different light.
charlottesweb93 More than 1 year ago
It has been a long time since I have read a book that has had such an emotional impact on me as Still Alice did. Alice and her story gripped my heart. I found myself tearing up on more than one occasion, my heart ached as if Alice were my own mother. Well, let me just say that I was profoundly moved. Lisa Genova did an outstanding job of putting the reader inside the story. Inside of Alice's shoes. Frankly, it was a frightening place to be. I was very impressed with her way of telling Alice's story. I can see why the book has been so successful and I look forward to reading future works by Lisa Genova.
bookbabeNS More than 1 year ago
As a 56 year-old professional, this book evoked both fear and an appreciation for life. As a nurse, I have worked extensively with adults in the later stages of dementia and have never been a witness to the earlier, frightening evolution. An excellent look into the torment of memory loss.
honoraryvet More than 1 year ago
Lisa Genova has captured the Alzheimer's victim from the inside out in her story 'Still Alice' and in such a way the reader finds themself as part of Alice's story. The research is extensive with regard to this disease and it, too, becomes a part of Alice's story. Because of this research, the reader sees the parallels between early onset Alzheimer's and Alzheimer's disease that affects so so many of our elderly. Many who read this book will purchase it because of the subject matter. I did. I had no idea the impact it would have on me. I believe for some time to come, this story and its impact will remain - I will think of Alice, a passage in Lisa's book, and each time I look at my mother who has Alzheimer's, I will remember. Lisa Genova has educated, enlightened, and she has written a book on a sensitive subject that will stay with you for a long time.
DHWPA More than 1 year ago
This is an ncredibly interesting book, not to be read where others will see you cry though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in a weekend. Im not sure how realistic it is, but it seemed very real to me. Alice's kids seemed very involved once Alice got sick. I think most kids would be uncomfortable and stay away if possible. I hope I never get AD, or anyone I know. So sad
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must read...excellent writer
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a nurse of 30 years and having worked with dementia and Alzheimers for years, this book is terrifyingly "on" and really close to home as i am the same age as Alice and i was spooked for weeks after reading this. Excellent point made when comparing the quality of life and perception of the public of an Alzheimer victim vs a person with a cancer diagnosis. Alice's husband is all too real and true in his actions and emotional struggles. Love the support group for the patient as that is one thing that i have never heard of aside from care of the alzheimer person. Enlightening.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book is a must read for anyone that has alzhimers or anyone that has a loved one with the diease. it is a wonderful book, must read for everyone. Loved it, it will break your heart, sad but very good book.
Jennisixx More than 1 year ago
After seeing this book at my local Wal-Mart, I decided to give it a shot. I was blown away at the journey you take along with Alice. You can feel her pain and confusion. It is so heart breaking yet you have a front row seat to her experience. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand this condition.
librarysusie More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book, moving and heartbreaking in every way. Alice has early onset Alzheimer's and this book is told by her point of view which is scary and heartbreaking to see this professor at Harvard go downhill. You feel for her as she loses more than memory she loses herself, her comfort, her meaning in life. Her husband kind of made me mad I've seen how hard Alzheimer's can be on the caregiver but this was the first thing I've read from the person with the disease's perspective, because of that it was harder for me to be sympathetic towards her husband. I hope to never be in Alice's shoes it must be so awful to not recognize your own children and family. This is a very powerful read that I would recommend whole heartedly. If you know anyone whose lives have been touched by Alzheimer's they need to read this book.
BookGma More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down. This fictional (but, oh, so real!) family's story broke my heart and scared me to death, while at the same time provided me understanding and hope. I loved the Alice character so much. The author combined research and her own neuroscience knowledge to incorporate Alzheimer's facts into a fictional case based on real experiences pulled from her interviews and research. I will keep this book in the event that Alzheimer's Disease enters the lives of my friends or family in the future. Everyone should read "Still Alice." This book includes discussion questions for book clubs and an interview with Dr. Genova.