by: Lisa Genova
Genre: Drama, Heartwarming
Review: Alice Howland is a psychology professor at Harvard University and an accomplished linguistics expert. Her extensive knowledge in these subjects is revered by her colleagues and she travels the world teaching about the nature of language. She has three wonderful and intelligent adult children and a loving husband. Life seems perfect. But Alice is keeping a secret from her husband. She’s forgetting things: words, lesson plans, things very out of character. When Alice gets lost on a run in her neighborhood, she knows something is really wrong.
Still Alice is a touching story about a woman’s struggle with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease. It is written in the first person giving the reader a unique insight into the mind of someone suffering from this awful disease. I have worked with dementia patients (mostly with Alzheimer’s) and that experience has made me very sympathetic to the later stages. However, Still Alice gives a unique perspective of how the knowledge of losing yourself bit by bit is devastating not only for the individual, but also to loved ones.
Alzheimer’s Disease, especially Early Onset, must be something that is very close to the author. She writes with heart, passion, and knowledge. Although she does allude to some of Alice’s husband’s struggles, I feel that the story would have benefitted if his character had been more developed.
This is a short and easy read and well worth the time. It is a book that will change you.
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