Friday, September 7, 2012

Book It - Still Alice

This week’s featured book:

Still Alice
Author: Lisa Genova

Overview:

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's it's like to literally lose your mind...


My Comments:

I read this book quite awhile ago and I still think about Alice. The story takes such an intimate look at her descent into Alzheimer’s, as well as her emotional handling of it, that you feel as if you are going through it with her. Your heart will break as you witness her struggle to hold onto her independence and her identity. This story deepens your compassion for individuals suffering with this devastating disease, and it increases your understanding of it.

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