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Still Alice characters ✓ 109 ☆ Even then than a year earlier there were neurons in her head not far from her ears that were being strangled to death too uietly for her to hear them Some would argue that things were going so insidiously wrong that the neurons themselves initiated events that would lead to their own destruction Whether it was molecuHer of what was happening before they diedAlice Howland Harvard professor gifted researcher and lecturer wife and mother of three grown children sets out for a run and soon realizes she has no idea how to find her way home She has taken the route for years but nothing looks familiar She is utterly lost Medical consults reveal early onset Alzheimer'sAlice slowly but. 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 viewLisa 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

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Inevitably loses memory and connection with reality as told from her perspective She gradually loses the ability to follow a conversational thread the story line of a book or to recall information she heard just moments before Genova's debut shows the disease progression through the reactions of others as Alice does so readers feel what she feels a slowly building terror. 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

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Still AliceEven then than a year earlier there were neurons in her head not far from her ears that were being strangled to death too uietly for her to hear them Some would argue that things were going so insidiously wrong that the neurons themselves initiated events that would lead to their own destruction Whether it was molecular murder or cellular suicide they were unable to warn. 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