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August 31, 2012

Still Alice By Lisa Genova………What A Book!

Filed under: Book Recomendations,Still Alice — susanbright @ 9:00 pm
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I resisted reading this book for months. Yes, I heard wonderful things about it, but the subject matter turned me off. In fact it down right scared me. A 50-year-old woman who is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. Why would I read this book? Why would I do that to myself? I guess I had a weak moment. I was at the library looking through their selection of Playaways and there was Still Alice. I picked it up and read the back as I have done on several other trips to the library. This time I did not place it back in its spot on the shelf. This time I took it home with me, popped in a triple A battery and pushed play.

Dr.Alice Howland lived in Cambridge with her husband John and had 3 grown children. She was a Harvard professor, loved her early daily runs and enjoyed walking to work.  When Alice started misplacing things, especially her blackberry she was not too concerned. After all she was 50 years old. When she googled Menopause she was reassured that forgetfulness was a common complaint among women her age. But when she began to forget words and even became disoriented during one of her runs she decided that it would be a good idea to see a doctor. What could it hurt, surely her doctor would just confirm that, yes, it was Menopause and it was normal.

John Black

42 West Street

Brighton

But it was not normal. Alice could not remember and could not repeat the name and the address the doctor had told her just minutes before. Alice received the most devastating news she could imagine. She had Alzheimer’s and she was smart enough and with it enough to know exactly what was going to happen to her and to her family.

John Black

42 West Street

Brighton

Still Alice was a beautiful book and yes I am glad that I read it. It seemed to give a very realistic picture of this terrible disease, how it progresses and how it affects the entire family. It was a wonderful audio book and probably one of the most touching books I have listened to in a long time. I laughed and I cried along with Alice and her children. I took the memory tests along with her and have to admit that I began to get a little paranoid. After all, I misplace my phone all of the time and am terrible with names. Should I be worried or is it just Menopause? I will probably never forget this book or John Black and his West Street address.

Still Alice…. a 5+ omelet book. Did you read it? I would love to hear your thoughts!

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5 Comments »

  1. i cried my way through Still Alice. it was a beautiful book and the name John Brown is forever etched in my brain.It is a must read book.

    Comment by Reena — September 1, 2012 @ 4:17 pm | Reply

    • Welcome Reena. I agree 100 %. I loved this book and highly recommend it.

      Comment by Susanbright — September 1, 2012 @ 4:19 pm | Reply

  2. This book has also been on my ‘to read’ list for a while. I was reluctant to read it until I read your review. Now it’s a ‘must read’!
    BTW, have you read “A Walk Across the Sun” by Corban Addison? I couldn’t put it down. Also just read “The 3 Day Road” by Joseph Boyden — very good.

    Comment by moondance38 — September 3, 2012 @ 3:56 pm | Reply

  3. Hi Moondance! Please read Still Alice and let me know what you think! I need to talk about it, but don’t seem to be able to talk anyone into reading it.I have not read A Walk in the Sun, but will put it on my list. Thank you!

    Comment by Susanbright — September 3, 2012 @ 4:49 pm | Reply

  4. Hi, Susan, I finally read Still Alice and agree with your review. I didn’t have a very good idea of how Altzheimer’s affects people before reading this book. When I first started the book I was afraid to continue because it’s something I don’t want to think about. The author did a beautiful job of portraying the illness from the victim’s point of view. Her comparison of how people react to a diagnosis of cancer versus Altzheimer’s really stands out in my mind. I have to say that reading this book was also difficult for me because my mother’s name was Alice and she died suddenly last year from a heart attack. One of her greatest fears was getting dementia. Funny, she never worried about her heart. She also loved butterflies and believed that they represented people who were gone. I can’t see a butterfly without saying ‘Hi Mom!’ Thanks for encouraging me to read this book!

    Harriet

    Comment by moondance38 — December 4, 2012 @ 2:50 pm | Reply


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