Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Still Alice by, Lisa Genova ~~Review

Product description: What if every memory you've ever had will be erased from your mind, and you have no choice but to carry on...powerless to stop it?
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 begins to grow disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life -- and her relationship with her family and the world -- forever.
At once beautiful and terrifying, this extraordinary debut novel by Lisa Genova 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 Ordinary People.

My Review:
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.
4 1/2 Stars


  1. I almost picked this up at the book store. Thanks for the review! Will be sure to read this when I'm reading for a "heavy" read.

  2. Loved this book and even more because my dad has Alzeimer's.

    I think this will be the year for Lisa Genova.