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Still Alice ☀ [PDF / Epub] ★ Still Alice By Lisa Genova ✍ – Still Alice is a compelling debut novel about a 50 year old woman's sudden descent into early onset Alzheimer's disease written by first time author Lisa Genova who holds a Ph D in neuroscience from H Still Alice is a compelling debut novel about a year old woman's sudden descent into early onset Alzheimer's disease written by first time author Lisa Genova who holds a Ph D in neuroscience from Harvard University 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.

10 thoughts on “Still Alice

  1. Annalisa Annalisa says:

    After you read this you will never look at Alzheimer's the same again Nor will you ever forget it Oh the ironyI'd always correlated Alzheimer's disease with old age and heard the best way to combat it was to exercise your brain I do my fair share of reading can solve a Sudoku puzzle faster than 98% of the population and I shun mindless chick flicks for your intelligent thrillers but I'll never be as brilliant as Alice a 50 year old Harvard professor diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's If she had been a little shallow to begin with or 20 years older If my own aunt weren't suffering from an advanced stage of the disease right now If I weren't feeling a little hazy myself when I'm up half the night with an infant Maybe then I could have put another barrier between me and Alzheimer's but I can't Alice's story scared me A lot After all what are we without the identity of our thoughts? So much for those Sudoku puzzlesI lived Alice's story right along with her crying when she cried and smiling at her accomplishments Telling your story from such an unreliable witness is a tough job and Genova handles it beautifully As the book progresses the scenes feel and misplaced As a reader I was thrust into the situation along with Alice unsure of the setting or the time or what had happened five minutes before Genova also offers some poignant scenes where we the reader know what Alice has forgotten and our heart breaks for her When she forgets her daughter her husband the layout of her house how to lick an ice cream cone we mourn the Alice lost right along with her and her family I can't imagine losing everything I learned all the way back to basic needs like how to walk feed or even use the bathroom I felt Alice's frustration at forgetting words and people and most of all being shut out because she was stigmatized with this disease as though she were already deadBecause the narration is told through Alice there are a few plot points that get lost but I think we gain than we lose from her perspective And those lost points add to all she loses Sometimes the descriptions of Boston get a little lengthy and the medical descriptions cold and drawn out giving the novel a little bit of a medical journal instead of novel feel but I was still captivated by Alice and her plight and I loved that Genova had the background to give us a real look into Alzheimer's to make it come alive in the pages view spoilerMy other disappointment with the story was that John got a chapter It's only a page and half but where Genova managed to tell everything else in the novel from a not always reliable Alice she could have managed that chapter as well Not a big issue and it didn't take away from the impact of the story hide spoiler

  2. Emily May Emily May says:

    Is my identity something that transcends neurons proteins and defective molecules of DNA? Is my soul and spirit immune to the ravages of Alzheimer's? I believe it is I read this book for three reasons 1 I have never read a book about Alzheimer's disease 2 For personal reasons I have an interest in Alzheimer's and 3 It has an incredibly high average rating on goodreads That being said I have to confess that I didn't really go into this expecting to like it I picked it up from the library so I wouldn't have to spend money on it and so I could return it uickly when I realised it was nothing than the regular Nicholas Sparks style melodramatic chick lit I started it with a bored sigh thinking I would soon be putting it aside to distract myself with the internet or any of the million TV shows I'm currently trying to keep up with But something unexpected happenedThis is not chick lit whatever you want to interpret that to mean It isn't melodramatic or emotionally manipulative It isn't the Alzheimer's euivalent of the standard forgive me cancer book Instead this is a deeply moving psychological portrait of a woman's deteriorating mind and how this gradually affects her relationships with the people around her It's about an intelligent woman suddenly finding that she can no longer rely on her mind she tries every day to hold onto her memories her sense of understanding and we are taken on a terrifying journey into what it must be like to know you are slowly losing pieces of yourself day by day I have no desire to trivialize cancer or any other disease I have lost several people I've loved to cancer and know how horrible it is But Alzheimer's is a whole different type of monster There's one part of the book where Alice says she wishes she could swap her disease for cancer and then instantly feels bad about it but I understand where the feelings come from With cancer you can fight There's chemotherapy radiotherapy and yes they don't always work but you can go down fighting With Alzheimer's there's still no way to fight it no chance of overcoming the disease The diagnosis carries a tragic hopelessness with it because all you can do is sit around and wait for your mind to deteriorate Sometimes you can really tell when an author knows their subject and in my opinion it makes all the difference I recall Split by Swati Avasthi in particular and the way the author's background working with abuse victims helped her have a deeper understanding of the characters she was dealing with and the story she was telling Genova holds a Harvard PHD in Neuroscience and there is a surety and confidence in her scientific explanations of the disease that makes this fact evident in her writing She knows the small details of what she's talking about and so the bigger picture is naturally convincingOn a personal note there is a history of Alzheimer's in my family I don't understand it enough to know whether it's genetic or a coincidence that many of the women on my mother's side have suffered from the disease I do know my mum is afraid of it though she doesn't talk about it often But every time she forgets where she put something she was holding just minutes ago every time she reaches for a word a word she uses every day and it slips away just out of her grasp every single time she wonders if it's a sign of something serious than getting older and having a busy schedule It's this small scale stuff that makes the novel so terrifying We could all be Alice We all forget small things every day that's just a fact and it happens to everyone but what if one day those forgotten memories don't come back straight away? And the next time what if they go a bit longer? The progression from the small things to the serious stages of the disease is truly scaryThis book is frightening on both a biologial and psychological level When I think of Alzheimer's I think of forgotten memories of faces you can't put a name to of everyday places that seem unfamiliar But the author's haunting descriptions of the biological truth are entirely different and frightening on a whole new level I don't think about what is really happening in the brain neurons being destroyed bit by bit dying some every day eroding pieces of who you are Memories for me are those things that disappear for a while but come back to you later But Alzheimer's doesn't make you forget memories it goes in and completely destroys them As if they were never thereAnd that is the important uestion for Alice how much can she lose and still be herself? If our entire personalities are built from memories sensory experiences from the things we've said and done who are we when we no longer remember any of that? How can you make today matter when tomorrow you won't even remember it? It's a sad book but it doesn't fail to leave you with a glimpse of light in the darkness too But I'll leave you to find out what that is for yourselfThe final comment I'd like to make is not so much a criticism of the book but a comment on what I'd personally like to see on this subject in the future As I said at the beginning I've never read a book about Alzheimer's before and I may be missing a very good one that already exists but I kept thinking while reading this that I'd like to read a story about someone who wasn't as successful as Alice Alice gains comfort from the fact that she has had a fantastic career a husband who loves her and three intelligent children She's obviously right to cling to all the good things in her life but I wonder how the story would be different if told about a man or woman without Alice's financial prosperity There has to be so many different stories and experiences to be told about this disease and I suddenly find myself wanting to read of themBlog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | Store

  3. Shannon Shannon says:

    I give this book 5 stars not because its an amazing piece of literature but because of its impact on me I can't stop thinking about it and when I was reading it I couldn't put it down It is the story of Alice a brilliant professor of cognitive psychology at Harvard and a world renowned expert in linguistics who discovers she has early onset Alzheimer's disease This book is beautiful and terrifying ringing true in every word To uote a reviewer with a master storyteller's easy elouence Genova shines a searing spotlight on this Alice's surreal wonderland You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to read this book It will inform you it will scare you It will change you It has changed me

  4. Petra-Eggs Sunny Side Up Petra-Eggs Sunny Side Up says:

    Update I just watched the film It was very moving an awful depiction of a terrible disease I forget words I worry that maybe I don't even want to think of it Good as the film was it wasn't as good as the book It could stand alone though as a separate work that just shared names and a title June 2015Still Alice reads like a memoir of Alzheimer's disease written by a family member but is in fact the first novel by a neuroscientist who apart from being a great deal younger lives the successful life of a top academic as does AliceThe book is unputdownable I read through the night; dawn came and went and still I couldn't put it down but I don't really know why The writing was ok a bit heavy handed at times the denoument was predetermined and inevitable but still the book was as gripping as any top ten thriller Perhaps it was the progress through a disease that strikes at random and about which we know almost nothing from the sufferer's point of view?Lisa Genova self published the book and it has reached the rank of 150 in 'books' on When I see a self published book with 10 or 15 glowing reviews mostly written by people who've never written a review before I think they are probably the author's friends and dismiss the review in favour of one by an independent publication if there is one But when a self published book attracts 190 reviews and a 5 star rating I know that the book is definitely worth considering not just for my own reading pleasure but also to order for my bookshop This book is than worthy of consideration its ourselves our families as we might be and its a good read too

  5. Cristina Monica Cristina Monica says:

    I spent the last hour trying to convince my family to put aside the trashy entertaining movies they usually watch and watch the movie adaptation of this one instead as if they’ll ever read the book LOL But as soon as I mentioned ‘‘Alzheimer’’ they started to lose interest I’m guessing it’s like that for other people too Please don’t think that this is just about a disease and that it’s going to be super boring and ‘‘textbook y’’ It’s about so much – family love what it means to live a meaningful life the pieces that hold us together I learned so much from this book and enjoyed it thoroughly and you guys know how rarely I read adult fiction Hope to break that cycle soon

  6. deLille deLille says:

    The biggest problem with self published work is the lack of an editor who tells you how to go from good to great “Still Alice” has a wonderful premise let’s tell the story of Alzheimer’s from the patient’s point of view but somehow the book sounds like a professor telling you the Alzheimer’s story from a patient’s point of view rather than having the patient tell her own story Using first person rather than third would have been effective I felt that I was reading nothing than an extended patient case study in a research journal Additionally the character of Alice blurred with the author’s identity at times I found myself asking “Who’s really telling the story here Alice or Lisa Genova?” Or one minute you felt like you were inside Alice’s head you really knew what she was thinking but then the frame of reference would shift to being outside of her observing from someone else’s perspective I never totally felt connected with Alice as a real personI thought that the supporting cast around Alice could have been better developed but her children were fairly one dimensional people and her conversations with them were about one subject only given that the children had only one thing that defined each of them ie having a baby auditioning for a play The one relationship that rang partly true was the one she had with her husband who waffled between wanting to do his best to support his wife but also feeling that he needed to look after his own interests given that Alice might not be around in his future His practicality tended to overrule his emotions which is typical in many menHaving lived with Alzheimer’s in my family I felt that the book glossed over some really hard hitting aspects of Alzheimer’s While it touched on the concept of suicide the book sidestepped the issue by making Alice unable to find her pills when she momentarily realized that the time had come Therefore the book was able to end with Alice presumably slipping away into oblivion in the arms of a warm loving happy family Ha My own personal experiences with Alzheimer’s would suggest that this is not an accurate portrayal of what it feels like to actually DIE of Alzheimer’s I felt bad that Alice had been unable to find her pills and therefore would have to go through something that she when she was still lucid enough to write her thoughts down had adamantly expressed that she did not want to have to deal with

  7. Idarah Idarah says:

    No one understands the high stakes associated with making a book recommendation like a serious reader especially when it's to a good friend co worker or family member Books that we love say a lot about our personalities things that we're passionate about and even shed light on our past experiences good and bad That's a lot to share with someone Along with that pressure is the fear of introducing the wrong book to the wrong reader or getting the timing wrong What if they absolutely hate it? Where does that leave us? The flip side is eually scary When someone you esteem recommends a book that they hold dear and upon reading it you find that you hated it that can make things a little awkward How'd you like that book I loaned you? might just be the subject of your recurring nightmare I've sometimes found myself wondering Why on earth would this person think this book would speak to me? Obviously we're not as close as I thought we wereI exaggerate but no one understands these common reading kerfuffles like readers do It's why I struggle to keep silent when I see someone bypassing a book I thought was brilliant and on sale no less at a bookstore I want to run after them and say Put that corny romance novel back and take this It changed my life It's also why I try to avoid talking to strangers in bookstores who want to unload all their favorites on me without knowing a thing about me On several occasions I've dutifully waited until said person cleared out of the store before returning Jimmy Buffet's latest book to its shelf along with the copy of Zane's current bestseller I'm not knocking them I just know what I likeand it's not thatThis summer when I was shopping for books at a local thrift store a woman shoved Still Alice into my overflowing shopping cart I was a bit annoyed She didn't know me All she kept saying was that if I hadn't read it I needed to Apparently it had changed her life There in that aisle a complete stranger started talking to me about caring for her mother who had Alzheimer's and how this book turned the tables by giving the reader the perspective of the victim of the disease Before I knew it I was sharing my story about my grandmother and her current battle with ALS an eually progressive degenerative disease with no cure Talk about books bringing people together Though I didn't get her name I left the store with this book based solely on that woman's recommendationand I absolutely loved it I wish I could tell her how right she was This book hit a raw nerve and really took me out of the caregiver role in order to focus on the real heroes battling neurological disorders every day What must it be like to wish for a logical disease that one could fight with medication or radiation? One particular uestion that Alice the protagonist asks really struck me to the core Is the part of my brain that's responsible for my uniue 'me ness' vulnerable to this disease? Or is my identity something that transcends neurons proteins and defective molecules of DNA? Is my soul and spirit immune to the ravages of Alzheimer's? I'm going to be as eually pushy as my nameless thrift store friend Read this book Don't make me chase after you because I wear my running shoes to the bookstore nowadays That is all

  8. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    Still Alice Lisa GenovaStill Alice is a 2007 novel by Lisa Genova set in Boston The novel is about a woman who suffers early onset Alzheimer's disease Alice Howland a 50 year old woman is a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and is a world renowned linguistics expert She is married to an eually successful husband and they have three grown children The disease takes hold swiftly and it changes Alice’s relationship with her family and the world It was Genova's first novelعنوانها همیشه آلیس؛ من هنوز آلیس هستم؛ هنوز آلیس؛ هنوز آلیس هستم؛ نویسنده لیزا جنووا؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش روز بیست و نهم ماه ژانویه سال 2011میلادیعنوان همیشه آلیس؛ نویسنده لیزا جنووا؛ مترجم آرش طهماسبی؛ تهران، افسون خیال؛ 1389؛ در 394ص؛ 9786009200627؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان ایالات متحده امریکا سده 21معنوان من هنوز آلیس هستم؛ نویسنده لیزا جنووا؛ مترجم حمید یزدانپناه؛ تهران، نشر علم؛ 1390؛ در 322ص؛ 9789642242924؛ عنوان هنوز آلیس؛ نویسنده لیزا جنووا؛ مترجم شهین احمدی؛ تهران، نشر چشمه؛ 1390؛ در 454ص؛ 9786002291158؛ عنوان هنوز آلیس هستم؛ نویسنده لیزا جنووا؛ مترجم آمنه مجذوب صفا؛ تهران، موسسه نگارش الکترونیک کتاب، مانا کتاب؛ 1394؛ در 270ص، شابک 9786008009283؛ دسترسی از وبعنوان فیلم هنوز آلیس؛ کارگردان گلن مور؛ واش وستمورلند؛ تهیه‌ کننده جیمز براون؛ پاملا کوفلر؛ لکس لوتزوس؛ فیلمنامه نویس ریچارد گلتزر؛ واش وستمورلند؛ بر پایه داستان هنوز آلیس، از لیزا جنوا؛ بازیگران الک بالدوین؛ هانتر پریش؛ جولیان مور؛ کیت باسورث؛ کریستن استوارت؛ و ؛ آلیس استاد زبان شناسی دانشگاه استروزگار خوب و زندگی صادقانه ای داردایشان به مرور زمان درمییابند، که مسائل ساده را به آسانی فراموش میکنند، و مبحثی را که باید در کلاس درس دهند یادشان میرودنخست موضوع را چندان جدی نمی‌گیرند، اما با افزون شدن دشواری، پیش پزشک میروند و پس از انجام آزمایشات، درمییابند که به نوعی بیماری آلزایمر بسیار ویژه مبتلا هستندآلیس هرچند از شنیدن خبر شوکه میشود، ولی تلاش میکند تا تسلیم بیماری نشود؛ ؛ فیلمی نیز با مشخصات زیر از این رمان ساخته شده استا شربیانی

  9. Brandice Brandice says:

    Alice Howland is a well respected Harvard linguistics professor who at age 50 finds herself starting to lose her mind forgetting words not recalling why she walked into a room unsure of the recipe for a dessert she’s made for several years Through a series of doctor appointments and tests Alice learns that she has early onset Alzheimer’s disease In Still Alice she attempts to cope with this new life along with her family which includes her husband her two grown daughters son and son in law It is tough for all of them to accept and challenging to cope with as the disease progresses over time Still Alice was terrifying I can’t imagine learning this was happening to me or to a loved one It’s hard to process at any age but seems especially shocking for a brilliant woman who’s just 50 years old The story felt realistic from Alice’s behavior to her family’s differing opinions about the best course of action for her yet I also enjoyed how they ultimately came together despite their disagreements

  10. PattyMacDotComma PattyMacDotComma says:

    5★Read this on my birthday while I still have enough marbles to appreciate how well the author illustrated Alice’s gradual disintegration with Alzheimer’s Alice tried to leave herself reminders and notes and I suspect I would do the same but as you lose your memory you may not trust your former self or even recognise that person so perhaps it’s pointlessAlice Howland is only 50 a Harvard professor of cognitive psychology and in a perfect position one would think to chronicle how she will deal with her diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer’s Like many readers I’ve experienced dealing with dementia in others and wonder if it will strike me too This book certainly covers her symptoms her diagnosis her test taking and her reactions but than that it gives us an idea of how a particular family deals with thisShe is one of those hubs around which other family members circle – a scientist husband and three grown children two of whom are professionals with degrees which she values and one who is an actor She has opted out of university much to Alice’s dismay and studies acting and drama supported not so secretly by Dad He may be a scientist but he appreciates The Arts and her independenceShe gets lost one day very early in the story just walking as usual when a woman confronts her with a pamphlet which unnerves her so she crosses the street And that was enough to do it She’s lost her bearings She walks another block She can read the signs and the names of the places She is terrified“It all lacked a context People cars buses and all kinds of unbearable noise rushed and wove around and past her” But she closes her eyes opens them and voila “Just as suddenly as it had left her the landscape snapped snugly back into place”Later she thinks her brain’s battery is running low and wishes she could give it a zap with jumper cables What a good idea – if onlyShe visits an Alzheimer’s unit by herself to see how the residents are faring She is appalled not only at their debilitated state but also at how costly the care is She wishes she had cancer instead At least there are treatments and a chance of a positive outcomeShe continues her work at Harvard longer than she should and her husband tries hard to be supportive but he is a busy and successful scientist absorbed in his research and that’s who they have always been Without her teaching position who is she? She—who has always valued education and intellect and degrees—who is she?Meanwhile her tests show she has inherited a gene for Alzheimer’s and chances are good her children have it and any grandchildren that eventuate may inherit it too What to do? Whom to tell? Daughter Anne is trying to get pregnantShe’s so smart that she manages well for as long as she can even starting a support group of fellow patients There are many groups for carers but she found none for those with the conditionAfter again urging Lydia her actor daughter to please go to college Alice begins to reminisce about her college years“ the punchy all nighters before exams the classes the parties the friendships meeting John—her memories of that time in her life were vivid perfectly intact and easily accessed They were almost a little cocky the way they came to her so full and ready like they had no knowledge of the war going on just a few centimeters to their left”The book is divided into sections by date and each section has a place where she asks herself the same five uestions she knew the answers to when she was diagnosed address of office daughter’s birthday etc and we see her answers gradually grow vagueWhy this isn’t depressing than it is I’m not sure Genova has done a terrific job of telling a very real story and my edition contains a conversation with her where she discusses watching her grandmother disappear with Alzheimer’s not early onset Genova was then studying for her PhD in neuroscience at Harvard so she knows her subject She understand what it means to say something is going on a couple of centimetres to the left of the memories in Alice's brainThere is a good general description of the brain and its workings and the medications being used but I'm aware that this was written in 2007 and things keep changing We keep hoping but it’s not cured yetI was also reminded of the 1985 film with Joanne Woodward Do You Remember Love about an English professor going through a similar diagnosis haven't seen Julianne Moore as Alice yet but she won an Academy Award for it and I have no doubt I'll enjoy it when it rolls around againWonderful book Don’t be frightened to read it

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