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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 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...

Reminiscent of A Beautiful Mind, Ordinary People and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Still Alice packs a powerful emotional punch and marks the arrival of a strong new voice in fiction.

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    A eye opening book. Anyone that knows someone in the early stages to moderate stages of Alzheimer's should read this. It's sad but sweet at the same time. You do feel like you connect with Alice and the family especially if you have been through it.

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    Enlightened

    Wow, great story on alzheimer's. My mother in law dealt with similar situation w. Her dad. I understand better to be respectful and patient.

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    Still Alice.

    Such an incredible book. Gave me so much insight to what dementia is and how it develops.

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    Anyone would be touched by this book. I could not put it down, it hits a spot in your heart. The story is told so well you feel so attached to it. Best read in a long time. I thank the author for sharing this story in such a touching way.

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    Still Alice

    I think this book should be required reading for everyone. The truth about dimentia from inside and out. What a great read/information guide!

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