Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Alice Howland—Harvard professor, gifted researcher, and lecturer, wife, and mother of three grown children—sets out for a run and soon realizes she has no idea how to find her way home. She has taken the route for years, but nothing looks familiar. She is utterly lost. Medical consults reveal early-onset Alzheimer's.

Alice slowly but inevitably loses memory and connection with reality, as told from her perspective. She gradually loses the ability to follow a conversational thread, the story line of a book, or to recall information she heard just moments before. Genova's debut shows the disease progression through the reactions of others, as Alice does, so readers feel what she feels: a slowly building terror.

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  • Sidney

    Am just now almost done with the book and my question is this...how can one NOT cry while reading this????

    March 30

  • AG G.

    I had a great time, very stimulating and of course learned a lot.

    March 30

  • Rita M.

    If this book, and the previous selection, are an indication of the "kind" of books selected for reading by this club - I wonder if I want to continue.... - although well written and well researched. I personally found both seriously depressing, sad, and upsetting. A steady diet of this would not be for me. Two in a row, was one too many. I need to read something a little more uplifting, at least occasionally.
    Hope the next one is a bit lighter.

    March 21

    • Kendra

      Rita, I think you are really going to enjoy the book club selection for June, " The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion: A Novel" by Fannie Flagg.

      1 · March 28

    • Kendra

      Aloha From-Maile, I recommend the author Fannie Flagg. All of her books have uplifted, inspired, and made me laugh out loud. I look forward to the June book club meeting where we will be discussing her latest novel "The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion".

      2 · March 28

  • Mary B.

    It was well written, and even with the difficult subject it was hopeful

    March 27

  • Bernadette M.

    Although I didn't make it to book club last night, I had read the book when it first came out. Having a mother who suffered from dementia (not Alzheimer's) I found it tremendously interesting in understanding what she had gone through. Since then, whenever anyone mentions to me that someone they know has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's my first recommendation is that they read this book. It is rare to get such insights from the insider's perspective

    2 · March 27

  • Robert S.

    It is a fairly well-written book that made me think about my future.

    2 · March 27

  • Sidney

    I only read a bit of it but, gained an insight into the rest of the book. According to most everyone who had read the book in its entirety, it was well liked.

    1 · March 26

  • Alice W.

    Read the book...it was very good, won't be able to make the meeting as we are taking in son to visit some colleges during his Spring Break .

    1 · March 8

    • Marcia Staley S.

      I have not read this book as I just started but will read the next one and attended the one in April.

      1 · March 21

    • AG G.

      Am looking forward to the meet up. I am also bringing a friend. See you all there!

      1 · March 24

  • Ingrid S.

    Unfortunately I will not be able to attend as the meeting coincides with one of the FIT lectures. Reading Rita McCarthy's comment, I wholeheartedly agree and feel that we should try to get away for a while, from "Bestsellers, fashionable subjects, Ophra promoted books" however "true" or revered by the press they might be . There are so many interesting authors.

    March 21

    • Rita M.

      Thanks Ingrid! I will attempt to read just about anything, certainly enjoy learning but would appreciate variety - after all it is the spice of life right?

      March 22

  • Sidney

    Thank you for your welcome, Wendy. I know that I will enjoy attending this on Wednesday. I am bringing a friend with me and expect that she will probably want to join with us too. See you then!

    1 · March 21

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