Still Alice

Reviewed by Leslie on May 10, 2017


This novel is a beautiful story of a woman “Alice” who is going through the stages of Alzheimer’s. It is written from the patients view which is something that was very different and unnerving to experience. It does however give you a different perspective on the illness and makes you think more about what the individual losses and not just the struggles that the families are faced with.

This book at first glance looked like it was going to be a sad story and I honestly wasn’t all that interested at first, but I can’t help myself is someone recommends a book to me. So I dove in and thankful I did because it is a beautiful story and is about more than just loss. It shows a family that overcomes struggles and brings out heroes. It also does a perfect job of showing us that everyone needs a little help and understanding sometimes, and not to write anyone off until they stop breathing. I give this read five tear covered moose tracks.

Still Alice Book Cover Still Alice
LIsa Genova
Contemporary, Fiction, Psychology, Adult Fiction, Adult, Realistic Fiction
Pocket Books
January 2009

Description and synopsis from GoodReads.

Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At fifty years old, she’s a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she becomes increasingly disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life--and her relationship with her family and the world--forever.

At once beautiful and terrifying, Still Alice 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 Judith Guest's Ordinary People.

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