Book Club: Still Alice

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Author: Lisa Genova
ISBN: 978-1-7411-4906-1
RRP: $19.99

Still Alice was originally published by Simon & Schuster in 2009. It has now been re-released with a new cover in conjunction with the major motion picture, starring Julianne Moore, released on January 29th.

I hadn’t heard of this one before but the premise certainly grabbed my attention. Still Alice is the story of early onset Alzheimers sufferer Alice Howland and is told in the third person from her perspective.

Alzheimers is not going to be pleasant for anyone, there is no preferred age or profession, but I found that this story touched me profoundly because of Alice’s age and profession.

Alice Howland is a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard, a world-renowned linguistics expert and fifty years old. This is a brilliant mind, a challenged mind and certainly an exercised mind but Alzheimers didn’t care and took it anyway. It started with small moments of forgetfulness or disorientation, attributed to being overstressed, menopausal and a normal part of the aging process. The diagnosis is not easy to swallow, for Alice or her husband.

Still Alice takes us from the early signs through to the late stages of the disease. From a time when Alice was still lecturing and a respected member of her field, needing only to leave herself lots of extra notes and reminders through to her no longer being able to work and needing more and more care.

At one of her earliest appointments the neurologist tells Alice she is an unreliable source of information about what’s going on and yet it is her that tells her story, and she tells it well. Touching, heartbreaking and sympathetic Alice is a character you can’t help but feel for. She was at the peak of her career with plans ahead of her and they were all well and truly taken away from her, one slowly atrophying neuron at a time.

Language is one of the touchstones of Alice’s career, her public speaking has always been exemplary and extensive travel one of the highlights of her calendar so I found it to be doubly tragic that language was one of the first areas to let her down. An increase in disorientation made solo travel inadvisable and the highly independent Alice is suddenly at the mercy of her husband’s busy schedule.

Still Alice takes us through the stages of grief as well as the disease, we are party to the denial, the anger, the bargaining, the prayers and ultimately the acceptance.

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The book is fiction but Genova certainly did her homework and worked hard to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s and give a voice to its sufferers.

Alice fights to retain her sense of self and to let everyone know that she is still here, she is still useful and she still has a voice. Her story illustrates the lack of support for early onset sufferers and the stigma felt by them. Alzheimers isn’t necessarily life threatening so as an early onset sufferer Alice could have 30 or 40 years to live with this disease, how is a woman of her independence and reputation going to cope as she slowly loses herself, and can see herself getting lost. She puts in place her own contingency plans with the hope that she can follow them through before it’s too late.

Alice’s family are all career driven and for the most part intellectually focused. John is a biologist dedicated to his work at Harvard, son Tom is a surgeon, daughter Anna is a lawyer and so is her husband. Lydia, the baby of the family, chose to pursue an acting career instead of going to college and her relationship with her mother has always been fractious to say the least. Alice wanted her to go to college and study for a backup plan but Lydia refused. In all the changes faced due to Alice’s disease the most rewarding is the change in her relationship with Lydia.

Still Alice is haunting, it’s poignant and it certainly shines a spotlight on early onset Alzheimer’s. It raises valid questions and issues that we should all keep in mind when dealing with sufferers. I am interested to watch the movie and see how the extremely talented Moore brings Alice to life.

At times Still Alice is a little hard to follow and connect with but I think that’s all part of getting inside of Alice’s head, it is her disconnection that we are feeling. A promising debut which leaves me wondering about what will be next from Genova.

A selection of our lucky readers will be reading Still Alice as part of the Beauty and Lace Book Club so I will be interested to see what they have to say about the book.

Please be advised that there may be spoilers contained in the comments below.

36 thoughts on “Book Club: Still Alice

  1. OH WOW – this sounds like a brilliant, if challenging and I’m sure harrowing read. My Mum had Alzheimers but she was over 80 when it took over. To have something as difficult as this at a young age would be incredibly hard to cope with.

    Well done to Lisa Genova for being brave enough to produce something like this.

  2. I’m delighted to have been selected to receive and review Still Alice. I can only imagine what it must be like to be faced with something as debilitating as Alzheimers as a young person. From Michelle’s lovely review I am quite confident that the subject will be handled with sympathy and honesty. Looking forward so much to receiving this inspiring sounding book. Thanks so much, Beauty and Lace.

  3. Let me start by saying, once I started this book, I couldn’t stop reading it. I felt so badly and deeply for Alice. I couldn’t ever imagine a life living with Alzeihmers. I was felt so frustrated when things weren’t happening or working out for her and I also thought her husband had to be the most insensitive man that claimed to be a loving husband. I know that helping someone and living with someone with Alzeihmers would be hard but he seemed to just give up on her at the get go. I disliked him immensely. To me, there was no happy ending to this story, it was just too sad to comprehend. As soon as I put this book down upon finishing it, I said to my husband “if I ever get Alzeihmers, and I get bad, I would absolutely rather be dead and I would plan for that to happen”. It was a pretty confronting read in my opinion and It has left me feeling completely blessed for the things I have and sometimes we all take for granted. Thanks for the chance to review this book.

    1. Thank you Beauty & Lace for letting me review ‘Still Alice’. This story makes you really think about how you are living your life in the present, how to make the most of your time on this earth and how you would like to be remembered.

      It would be devastating to receive a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s in your early fifties. It would be a terrible thing to lose control over your own mind and thoughts.

      As they say ‘it can happen to anyone’.


  4. I have just finished reading Still Alice for the second time. Being a big bookworm, I came across this book back when it was first published in 2009, and read it back then, but must admit that the time since, combined with the amount of books I have read between then and now had dulled my memory of it.
    I recently went to see Still Alice at the cinemas, prior to reading it as part of this review, so it was great to be able to compare the movie to the book when it’s now so fresh in my mind.
    I am familiar with Lisa Genova’s other novels, all of which, like Still Alice, are often confronting but very real, and emotional. If you haven’t read any of her other books, then I highly recommend you do so.
    Ok, so Still Alice begins with Alice realising that something slowly but surely is going on with her mental health, and straight from the outset, my heart really felt for her.
    Here she was,a woman just turned 50, in the peak of her career, and she is faced with this.
    I know that this is a work of fiction, but Alice just seemed so real to me; she could be an older sister, a neighbour, a colleague…
    Her struggle as she is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s is sad, and watching her illness gradually take it’s toll on the person she is, is just shattering. She faces things that others in her position would face, and they are things that I take for granted every day, without a second thought. Simple things like tying a shoelace, doing some exercise, using a telephone, or putting on a jumper..
    This book opened my eyes and made me realise just how blessed and fortunate I am.
    Without giving it all away, I must say that her support from her children was really great to see, but John’s way of dealing with it all was, in my opinion, just not right.
    I am so glad that there is a book out there like this to be the voice for those with Alzheimer’s, and to raise awareness about it, and get people talking more about ways in which we can help raise funds so hopefully one day there will be a cure.
    I must say that I didn’t like the ending of the book; it just seemed a little unfinished to me. The movie ended the same way and I did hear people commenting on it’s abruptness. It just needed something a little more for me, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it.
    The book cover shows actress Julianne Moore, who plays Alice in the movie. She did a beyond remarkable interpretation of her, although in the book, Alice is described as having black curly hair, whereas Julianne has her beautiful straight red hair. Nonetheless, she was perfectly suited for the role in every other way!
    I would highly recommend this book, and thank Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to review it.

  5. Thank you for the opportunity to review this book. I flew through it because I couldn’t seem to put it down! I’ve not read any other books written by Lisa Genova, but I will read her other books after having read Still Alice. I enjoyed how the book went through the timeline and allowed me, as the reader, to see how Alzheimer’s not only affected Alice, but also how it impacted on her family and colleagues. I think that it shows how relationships can change with such a diagnosis and how it is frustrating and confusing for the person who receives the diagnosis. Being an academic myself, I kept thinking about myself in that same position and how I would feel at such a loss if my mind was deteriorating. The book goes through an emotional, gripping, and thought provoking story and I’m interested in seeing the movie to see how it compares to the book. I’ve already recommended the book to a number of people so I would certainly recommend reading it if you get the chance!

    1. I wanted to write my comment before reading any other comments and now that I have, I must also note that I did not care for John by the end of the book. I appreciated how some of the other relationships flourished. However, I guess that is showing us, as the readers, how the disease can also affect loved ones and be incredibly sad for them as well to see a person they know and love just disappear over time.

  6. I received my book on Friday before we left town Saturday for a weekend trip. My plan was to read it while away but I found myself a little bit anxious to start so I didn’t begin until this morning on the way home (sunday) I have just finished it! My heart goes out to all that are surrounded by people with this disease as well as those living with it. My choice now is do I give it to someone I know whos mother MAY have this terrible disease as she seems so dead against that this is what she may have.

    Still Alice opened up my eyes to so much I had never even considered before and perhaps (hopefully) will change my perception and the way I will react when I come across someone with dementia.

    What a beautiful book to write, So much praise for the author, Lisa, and I cannot wait to see the movie, I hope that it lives up to the book.

    Thank you for the opportunity to read Still Alice, I think it will change many, many peoples lives for a long time yet.

    Regards Katrina

  7. I am honoured to be chosen to review this book.
    My best friend’s husband has just been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at 65, so this book is a way for me to learn how he might feel, so that I can assist them both, especially with emotional support.

    The book was well written, easy to read, and difficult to put down once started. The characters are believable, and unlike those reviews above, I feel for the husband John, and the choices he makes. To have your spouse of many years begin to change in so many ways would be confronting and horrible, and each of us may act differently.

    Alice’s experiences of memory loss, small things at first, and then terrifying when suddenly she can’t remember how to get home, are described well and make me wonder about my own forgetfulness (I am just a few years older than Alice.)

    I did not know the extent of heredity involved in Alzheimer’s, I thought it was a random disease. I can understand Alice’s children’s horror of learning this, and the fear and choices of being tested for it.

    The book shows the reader how everyone who knows Alice is affected by her diagnosis: the friends & workmates and their reactions, and her family and the decisions they make, and Alice herself. None of us know how we would cope if it was our loved one (or us!) who received this diagnosis, so the different attitudes in the storyline I find believable, if not agreeable.

    I felt the book portrayed the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease and peoples fear, dread, and then reluctant acceptance of it in a very readable way.

    Thank you Lisa Genova for a warm, well written story with accurate information. Thank you to Beauty and Lace Book Club for including me in this review.

  8. What can I say? This book left my nerves and emotions frayed and raw. Such a brilliant but heart wrenching book, I found myself sitting and looking at my own children and wondering how awful would it be to look at those faces and not recognise the people that belong to them and the faces of those that I love.
    This book had my eyes constantly welling up, reading Alice’s struggles and gradual decline over what really was a short amount of time, and when she no longer recognised her husband was simply heartbreaking. With her moments of lucidity decling at a rapid rate, the feeling that poured off the pages was confronting and frightening.
    I had never given a lot of thought to Alzheimer’s but this has really opened my eyes to the horror of such a debilitating disease, especially for those who are diagnosed with early onset symptoms.
    There was so much love in the book, especially seeing how such tragic circumstances bought Alice and Lydia closer together, and how even though he was obviously struggling with seeing his wife dissappear in front of him, John tried to be the best husband he knew how to be, even if had to be reminded by his children every now and then.
    I would definitely recommend people to read this book, such a good story, but make sure you have tissues handy.

  9. Still Alice is written with alot of realism and compassion. The author Genova writes about a very difficult subject, but does so in a very gentle and caring way. The book certainly gives the reader a sense of what it must be like to live with Alzheimer’s disease.

    I would definately recommend this book, it is a beautiful book that tackles a real and sad issue and really touched by heart.

  10. I am halfway through this book, naturally I know of Demintia and Alzheimers but no one in my family has ever had this hideous disease, I am finding some parts of the book quite distressing, I just can’t imagine that some one that educated can succumb to this awful disease I think that is why I find this book upsetting as this disease can affect poor rich educated any body I will finish this book as I need to know what John and the family do, when Alice went to check out the care facility I burst into tears I just can’t imagine myself doing this I would put my head in the sand and hoped it would go away I will post again when I finish the book I love reading but this is one book I have to keep walking away from

  11. I found this book to be a massive eye opener, as much as I have heard of this disease, not actually coming in contact with anyone who had or has it made me realise how little I actually knew or what effects it has on the person and people around them.
    The writing in this book is so detailed and full of emotion, really makes you feel as if you are inside her mind going through the roller coaster ride and frustrations that she is experiencing.
    Very heart wrenching and quite sad, but I really enjoyed reading it to feel like I know more about this horrid disease and knowing that I would be more understanding and compassionate to those I encounter through life who are going through it.
    thankyou for this empowering book to read

  12. It has taken me a couple of days to decide how to put my thoughts down after reading Still Alice and I am still not sure what to say. I feel in love with the story and Alice, fell out of love with John and was a little annoyed at times with their children. Having said that, the story is so real and honest and raw that you are compelled to try to understand each individual’s role. Like many others there is Alzheimer’s in my family and I wish I had a better understanding earlier. Well researched, written and educational. Will I read again? Definitely. Being emotional about this story I say “thank you”.

  13. Still Alice is an absolutely wonderful and beautiful book. I loved every part of it. Lisa Genova has done an incredible job in handling such a difficult subject so caringly and lovingly with such honesty. Her research is impeccable and her writing brilliant.

    My Mum had Alzheimer’s Disease but she was over 80 when it took over. I can only imagine the horror for Alice, a brilliant mind, as well as her entire family, when she realised something was wrong and was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimers at the age of 50. Alice revelled in public speaking, which she did brilliantly and she loved teaching. These were stripped from her so much sooner than they should have been due to the effects of the disease.

    “Everything she did and loved, everything she was, required language.” She’d rather die than lose her mind. Who was she if she wasn’t a Harvard psychology professor?

    The way the story unfolds is so beautifully handled and we really know the rest of Alice’s family and can understand them all. I loved the way the relationship between Alice and her younger child, Lydia, developed. The way her children were prepared to organise their lives so they could support their mother was beautifully and realistically handled. I could well understand the difficulty Alice’s husband, John, had in coming to terms with the situation. John is losing his wife, watching her become unrecognisable in front of him and he doesn’t cope particularly well. I can’t possibly condemn him for not wanting to be confronted with a stranger who used to be someone he loved so much.

    Alice’s passion for understanding how language works inspired Dan, her last student, and others. The ability to use language was leaving her.

    The book was sad but not depressing and incredibly emotional. I loved every part of it and felt that Lisa Genova finished it perfectly. It will stay as one of my favourite books of all time and I am incredibly grateful and thankful to Beauty and Lace and Simon and Schuster UK for the opportunity to read and review this wonderful novel.

  14. Upon finishing this book I felt grateful for the opportunity to of read it.
    I still think about the effect it had on her family quite often after reading. Heartfelt and truly a page turner, you couldn’t help but keep reading.
    Well written and great in depth information about this dreadful disease.
    To see her lose her lifestyle and family before her eyes was heartbreaking. The husband John understandably took time to come to terms with his wifes disease and was very well his way of dealing with this whole new being.
    So emotional and heartwrenching, I couldn’t put it down.
    Im hoping my mother doesn’t end up on this path also as she has some signs..Thank you, a really good book to read, pulls at the heartstrings.

  15. What a wonderful, heart-wrenching book. A wonderful portrayal of a brilliant woman with a spectacular career she adores and the heart-wrenching downhill spiral into a unforgiving disease. I am so glad this was written through Alice’s eyes and the struggle she had to adjust to what she knew was her hardest fight she ever had to do.
    The difference in the way family and friends deal with mental illness such as Alzheimer’s Disease is as confronting to the reader as to the people involved. I would have disliked John if I did not come into contact with family and friends of Alzeimer’s sufferers in my job and went through my Mother’s terminal Brain Tumours. Everyone deals with this in their own way. John’s way was to distance himself while Alice had no choice but to deal head on with what was going on with her. Alice’s children did their best to help.
    I really liked how the Euthenasia Issue was brought into play and the way Alice decided when she was unable to answer 5 simple questions about her life, loved ones and what was dearest to her, she would do this and the steps she went to, to make sure she would still be able to complete the plan.
    I smiled, laughed and cried many times while reading this book.
    Lisa Genova has certainly done a lot of research into this disease and the effects on the sufferer and those around her, from family, friends and workmates.
    Alzheimer’s Disease is unforgiving not just to the sufferer but to everyone around them.
    I have already passed my copy onto a friend and have recommended this book to many people.
    Thank you so much for the opportunity to read this, it certainly has opened my eyes a lot and has made me a lot more tolerant with the patients at my work. Cheers.

  16. Second Post Review
    Well I have finished the book and now my husband is reading so disturbing how Alice went downhill so fast I guess all family’s deal with this hideous disease differently in my heart I think John was trying his best and maybe was in denial, as I know I would be from reading this book I will be keeping a closer eye on my elderly mum Thanks for chosing me to review this book

  17. Still Alice, a touching story of a woman’s struggle through a frightening diagnosis with Alzheimers was a difficult read for me as i struggled to connect initially with Alice’s character and her family situation. i think more depth could have been gained by giving us the husbands point of view also. Saying that, I do acknowledge the powerful nature of this story and the important messages that lie therein.

    Having recently read ‘Elizabeth is Missing’ – Emma Healey with follows a similar theme, I was interested to read ‘Still Alice’ and find another perspective on the emotional trauma portrayed by the protagonist.

    The book is well written without overbearing the reader with complicated language and packs a powerful emotional punch for the reader. Although a slow burner, i would recommend to those interested in the subject. Looking forward to seeing the film adaptation shortly.

  18. Thank you for the opportunity to review this book. It was a hard read, because it was terrific- I kept forgetting it was just a novel and because I am a fellow psychologist, it was just difficult to distance myself at times from the main character. There is honesty in the feelings expressed and the author has really done her homework. I am looking forward to spending some time deconstructing the book in more depth in my blog.

  19. Thank you for the opportunity to review Still Alice. I have just finished reading it, and found it be very well written although a bit difficult to follow in some areas.

    The book is about a middle age lady Alice who shows early signs of Alzheimer’s and the journey she encounters as the disease progresses. It was a deeply sad and emotional book and I found myself following Alice’s journey intently as a close family member o mine also has Alzheimer’s.

    I found the characters in the book very likeable, except for her husband John. I found him selfish, unsupportive and arrogant. This is happening to Alice not to himself and I wish he was there for her more. As the disease slowly wrecks havoc in Alice’s life, its really to good to read that she fights its as best she could, with the support of her children and her blackberry.

    I think its a bold move of alice to be able to plan when her life ends but things don’t go to plan. I cound relate to that bit as no one wants to live in a world that doesn’t exist.

    It is absolutely heartbreaking to think there is no cure as yet, but hopefully this book and movie can help raise awareness and funds to find a way to prevent this terrible disease from taking away precious memories for those who are affected by it.

    I haven’t seen the movie nor heard of it until this book review, so its now on my to do list. I will also keep an eye out for any other books written by Lisa Genova as she is an excellent author.

  20. This book really has touched me. We have just recently had to deal with a death, and this book has helped me.

    It is amazingly written, emotional, confronting, yet a story that is realistic and you can relate to.

    It is heartbreaking there is no cure, heartbreaking that people have to struggle with this.

    After finishing this book, i am passing this to my mum, to help her with the death of her mum from this disease.

  21. Still with Alice was a very life like story, very close to my heart.
    My Mum died in August 2009 exactly 3 months after her 90th birthday. having suffered from the disease for at least 3 years, probably longer undiagnosed. She was too elderly to understand the changes in her life and those around her.
    Alice understood the impact on her life, but was determined to carry on living a full life for as long as she could before being forced to make huge lifestyle changes. It explained the treatment to keep her brain stimulated. It also revealed how her husband and family adjusted to the changed her life and how they assisted her in staying safe. One touchimg moment was when she held her baby granddaughter for the first time. Their daughter who didn’t meet her Mum’s ambitions for her was the one who dedicated herself to caring for her Mum the most and was most supportive, often staying with her and accepting different acting roles she could stay close to her Mum and Dad rather than where more work was readily available. Last Monday I went to see the Movie adapted from the book. Not many books make successful movies. It did the book full credit, very little was changed, if any, and really brought home the full impact on Alice’s life. I will admit I shed a few tears while reading the book which was very compelling reading. I literally read it until I fell asleep each time. I will probably read it again fairly soon. I think I will absorb and understand more of the story with the disease by reading it again.

  22. I have just finished reading Still Alice I seen the movie and the book is just as good as that . I have known people with this disease most of them family it is a terrible thing to happen to our loved one’s . The book really touched me in so many ways seeing the movie was heart breaking but then to read about it also really puts things into perspective for me loved the book thank you for the opportunity so much

  23. Many thanks for giving me this opportunity to read this moving book.
    It was very hard for me not to put it down as I felt compelled to read and read.
    It make me think about my own vulnerability. What a confronting and heartbreaking story!
    Like Alice I love the world of words and thoughts .I thought about her frustration and despair.
    It moved me to tears her children’s attitude, especially her younger daughter Lydia. The author Lisa Genova wrote a compelling, touching book, full of compassion.
    Again, many thanks Beauty and Lace from the bottom of my heart.

  24. I thought this book was very well written and easy to read. It gives a heart wrenching insight into the world of of this horrid debilitating disease, not only for the sufferer and also for the carers, family etc.

  25. I found the book hard to put down once I started it. The author made the book very easy to read and it was filled with such emotion that I became lost in the book until it was finished. I could relate to so many things in the story as I too have had my life effected by a close relative with this horrid disease. There are so many stages that the sufferer goes through and one feels so helpless watching them suffer.

    I look forward to Lisa Genova producing another book of such high quality

  26. I loved this book and at the same time found it scary and disturbing.
    Alzheimers runs in my family and I have always had this fear that it was in my future. I watched my Aunt forget her siblings and her children but oddly she was always able to remember my daughter without missing a beat.
    I felt that I understood some of things that Alice went through. I suffer from Migraines and once experienced a different type of Migraine where there was no pain but I was unable to think clearly or mores the truth I wasnt able to put my thoughts into actions. I was online and chatting to a friend but then found I didnt know how to say certain words so I had to use other words to say what i wanted to say. I started to panic and decided I must be tired and should go to bed so I got offline and went to brush my teeth before bed. I held the toothpaste in one hand and the toothbrush in the other and I knew I had to put toothpaste on the brush but for the life of me I couldnt work out how to do this. I was so scared that this was the start of Alzheimers. I went to bed and decided to test myself with my phone number, address, etc but then i wondered if my answers to myself were correct or not. I ended up visiting the Doctors and was relieved to find it was a type of migraine but it also scared me. What if Alzheimers was the same and you could think clearly but couldnt put these things into words or actions and so you were trapped inside yourself?

    We tend to think of this disease as being something that hits the elderly and not a 50 year old woman. My age and I also have 3 children although im not as well educated as Alice but I do like to think that although i might be slack with physical exercise I am always doing crosswords and such to exercise my brain.

    This book is one that is very much worth reading especially if you know someone who is battling the disease. It gives you an insiders view and shows you how very scary it is. To have the knowledge that you are slowly losing yourself.

    I tried to get my eldest daughter to read this book she wouldnt. She is like me and carries the fear that it might be her future as well.

    Please read this book. It will make you smile, cry and at times feel scared.

  27. I won’t recap the story as that’s been outlined above.

    “Still Alice” was an interesting and challenging book to read. By choosing to use Alice’s perspective, Genova gives us a strong and unusual insight into the experience of Alzheimer’s, and how you lose yourself. I found this strongly empathetic, and both sad and moving.

    However, there were some challenges with this. Most notably, because Alice herself has trouble with time, so too do we; it was a little tricky to keep any sense of the timeline of her deterioration. Alice is an unreliable narrator in many ways, but generally Genova finds ways around this; it didn’t quite seem to work with the timeline. The result is that her deterioration seems very abrupt.

    Perhaps the biggest negative to me about this novel was the things left out of it. Alice and her husband never seem to have a conversation about the future, about what will happen, her wishes, her expectations of him and his care for her. Similarly, Alice’s three children react differently to the idea of being tested for the gene causing her Alzheimers, and announce yes or no – but there is no discussion of why one child chooses “no”. Wouldn’t you at least ask “Why not?” It seemed odd that a professor of linguistics would not discuss such important issues with her family.

    The other difficulty was the occasional lack of emotion in the novel – I found sometimes that everyone seemed a little flat, with no emotional life. This made it hard to fully engage with Alice’s plight.

    Despite these flaws, I’m glad I read this novel. It’s a well written exploration of a woman facing something terrible, and re-discovering some of the essentials of life. It’s an important issue, and a perspective we don’t often hear. I’m not sure I’d exactly use the word entertaining, but it’s a readable and accessible presentation of the illness and its consequences.

  28. I’d like to thank Beauty and Lace for allowing me to review this inspiring book. Still Alice sounded like a book that I’d be interested in reading. That was confirmed when I opened the book and didn’t put it down until it was finished!
    This book delved into a topic that most people shy away from and avoid and allowed for me to understand just a little about what it would be like for someone with this horrible condition.
    I really enjoyed reading this novel and am excited for her next one to be released!

  29. still alice is a well written book!
    Alot of people dont like to talk or delve into alzeimers, the fact that it can happen to anyone proves it through this book.
    Everyon needs to be supported through this horrible disease.

  30. Thank you Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to review “Still Alice”.

    I must confess that I am an avid reader but books of this nature I do tend to shy away from… they are confrontational and the subject matter is Hard.
    Hard to think that this could be someone you love, know or perhaps even yourself.

    Regardless I must confess I enjoyed the style of writing and in the end the book overall. It made me feel the value of life and most importantly to not take for granted what we have.

  31. Thank you to Beauty & Lace for giving me the opportunity to read Still Alice by Lisa Genova.
    I had heard a lot about the book as my Sister and Mum have both read the story….I found this book terrifyingly good. I cried so much and felt so heavy of heart throughout the story.
    The story evolves around a cognitive psychology Professor at Harvard, Alice Howland, who is happily married with 3 children and also a World-renowned linguistics expert. Life appears to be good until Alice begins to forget things and become disoriented, as the symptoms increase Alice is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
    What I loved about this story is how it was written from Alice’s point of view. I watched my Grandfather go through Alzheimer’s after losing my Nan, within 4 months of losing her, his mind started to go and he could no longer live alone. He lived with my parents for a month but within that month he went downhill so quickly and was doing things that could easily have resulted in his harm or even death, so he had to go into a home. I remember watching him relive the death of my Nan, his wife, over and over again because we would want to know where she was and at the beginning we thought telling him was right, but that was just torture for him. At the end we realised that making up excuses for her absence was good enough as he’d forget all about it within a few minutes. But I so often wondered what was going on in his mind….this story written from a Alzheimer patients point of view gave me amazing insight. And while reading the book I could understand the families feelings also as I have been there.
    I often worry myself that I will get Alzheimer’s as I have ‘brain fog’ all the time and go to say a word I know off by heart and cannot get it out…I’ve always been an excellent reader and speller but reading now has changed and I find myself having to read paragraphs over and over so they sink in…but I have CFS/Fibro so this could also explain it.
    Still Alice had a huge impact on me and it’s one book I won’t ever forget. I really want to see the movie but am extremely glad that I got to read the book first – books are always better than the movies.

  32. Wow, from the moment I picked up this book I struggled with it. From the first few pages I was hooked but as it drew you in I found myself wanting to pull away. Seeing such a strong, empowered woman going through the stages of Alzheimers was confronting and my heart went out to the characters as they face the challenges of loosing something.

    Through out the book I kept wondering, is this me? I forget things all the time! The personal insight into this disease is real and honest. I never truly understood how profanely affected all those that live and love Alzheimer sufferers.

    This book is one which has enriched my life and opened my heart to those who face these kinds of challenges on a daily, hourly and moment to moment basis.

    Highly recommend this book but be warned, it forces you to confront your own mortality and strengthens the need to embrace life and memories whilst you still have them!

  33. Thank you for letting me review this fantastic book. l have a family member with this issue so this book was read from the heart. l urge anyone that has a friend or relative with this condition to buy it. So very well written and researched, and l learnt so much from this book . l would give this book a 10/10 l shed several tears but was worth the knowledge and more understanding l have of this condition.

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