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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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Still Alice
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4.4 / 5
Powerful perspective
August 27th, 2015
An easy read with a new perspective that touches the heart. Happy I experienced this touching story.
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Good book, just not as good as I expected.
August 11th, 2015
I did enjoy this book for the most part. It is not a bad book by any means. I just thought it lacked depth in certain areas. It was very informative regarding Alzheimer's disease, but I wish i knew more about all the characters thoughts and feelings.
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Riveting
July 30th, 2015
I hesitated reading this book but once started I could not put it down. What makes the book so powerful is that it is written from Alice's perspective. I highly recommend reading it.
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Still Alice
July 15th, 2015
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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Simply Amazing!
July 9th, 2015
Still Alice is a very hard book to read. It's an extremely sad and poignant book, and it deals with very difficult issues... It's also a story I believe everyone should read at least once. This book will change you and your view of Alzheimer's disease. Lisa Genova wrote this book from the perspective of Alice, who is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's at the age of fifty. Therefor, Still Alice offers an inside view on how a person lives with Alzheimer's. And AD patient still do live. It's an important message the author gets across. Still Alice teaches a lesson: people suffering with Alzheimer's disease still matter, their feelings still need to be considered, and their opinion and what they can bring to the world is still important. This book will also make you realize that the only thing you have some control over is now. You might forget yesterday, and you might not be sure of tomorrow, but you can live today. The point of view chosen by the author also makes the reader experience everything Alice goes through: the confusions, the forgetfulness, the disorientation, and all the frustration and sadness. It makes the book interesting, realistic, and rich. Still Alice is beautifully written and is definitely one of the best books I have read so far. It's going on my favorites shelf for sure. Simply amazing!
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Outstanding
July 9th, 2015
This was one of the best books I have read in a long time. I was right there with Alice. I cried for her and for me, putting myself in her shoes
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Still Alice .
June 23rd, 2015
Captured my interest immediately. This is happening more and more .Would recommend it to anyone .Allows us to appretiate our health .
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Still Alice
June 7th, 2015
Although fictional, the author has done tremendous research into alzheimers disease and I found that so many instances described in this book ring so true with my own Mother who has dementia. Great insite as to how those with this disease think and feel and makes the reader realize that those inflicted are still our loved ones and need to be treated with love and respect.
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Great
June 3rd, 2015
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was very well written and opened my eyes to what Alzeimers can be like
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Eye opening
May 29th, 2015
Even as a nurse I never thought much about what my dementia patients went through or wrre goimg through. I never realized what it would be like for them to slowly lose themselves. This book was eye opening and enlightening. I wish that I would have read I while attended university for my BScNursing, and that it was required reading for health professionals.
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Still Alice
May 3rd, 2015
This book was so interesting that it hard to put down. A person going through this disease is devasting for them, but also their families. Very well written book. I did a lot of crying while reading this.
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Still Alice by Lisa Genova
May 1st, 2015
An excellent read. Written from the perspective of a woman suffering from early onset Alzheimer's disease, this book gives a poignant yet never maudlin depiction of what Alice feels as she slips deeper and deeper into the claws of Alzheimer's. Never boring, it is a page-turner that gives us an honest but not too technical idea of what it is to have Alzheimer's. A book I highly recommend!
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Well worth the read
April 29th, 2015
Gripping and infomative, and a bit too cl0se to home. A great insight to a fearsom disease. Looking forward to the next read.
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Life
April 21st, 2015
This book was amazing. Make sure you have tissues handy. My Grandmother had Alzheimer's and it was heartbreaking.
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Still Alice
April 18th, 2015
This book certainly put Alzheimer's into a very relatable disease. It's almost scary as the reader discovers that no one is totally immune from this frightening disease. But it gives hope to those with a genetic disposition - especially in the form of genetic testing and accurate accounts of current research findings. I couldn't put the book down. I'm sincerely hoping there will be a sequel, perhaps chronicalling from the husband's or childrens' viewpoints! A totally captivating read!!
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Spell binding.
April 13th, 2015
An interesting commentary of how someone with dimension sees the world, from the time first diagnosed until the illness worsens. You cannot help but being drawn into Alice's thoughts and life.
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Still Alice
April 7th, 2015
This should be a must read for anyone who has or had a family member with dementia. The author shows remarkable insight to the person with dementia and the impact on family members.
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Still Alice
March 26th, 2015
An amazing depiction of a real person and how she feels and sees life with the horrible desease "Early Onset Alzheimer's".
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Heartbreaking
March 26th, 2015
Touching, heartbreaking, and yet terrifying as well. The thought that this could possibly happen to you is always at the back of your mind while reading. Gives you a much greater understand of what Alzheimer's suffers go through.
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Still alice
March 26th, 2015
A must read, the novel is writren in first person and tells the story of early onset Alzheimers from Alice's perspecrive. A compelling story of ones will to live and to be treated as a membee of society. Emotional amd real, It helped me ro relate to what my friend is expeeiencing rhis joueney wirh hwe dsthee amd coisin with his wife. No one is immune.
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Still Alice
March 15th, 2015
A must-read for anyone who knows or has lived with someone who has been affected by this debilitating disease. A reminder that even though outwardly the affected person may not seem to be in the present, there is still a human being there who needs our patience and understanding AND above all, love. A beautifully written chronicle. Alice will remain in my memory.
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Still Alice
March 4th, 2015
A very realistic account of life with alzheimers I don't want to day more bit the review won't post with less than 100 characters >:-{
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Loved it
March 4th, 2015
This was such an incredible book! I read it a few years ago. It has stuck with me ever since. Such an emotionally powerful book.
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Still AIice
March 1st, 2015
The saddest book I ever read - but I could not put it down - horrifying disease cleary illustrated -so sad
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very interesting . . . a book everyone should read
February 24th, 2015
I found this book very interesting and a book everyone should read. It was full of individual and family challenges. So insightful
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Another prospective
February 23rd, 2015
I work daily with people who have Alzheimer's and this made me cry and think of every single one of them. I think reading this gives me more of a prospective as a professional care giver
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Enlightened
February 17th, 2015
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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Beautiful tale
February 12th, 2015
Loved Alice's journey with early onset Alzheimers. Haunting, yet courageously funny and filled with love.
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It just ends...
February 10th, 2015
Waiting and waiting for some excitment and bam...its done. It was good but no can't put it down what's going to happen next.
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Most definitely a great read
February 1st, 2015
This is one of those rare books that pull you in deep and makes you think about what is really important in life
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Thank you Lisa
January 19th, 2015
This book was absolutely awesome. My mother is doing with dementia and this touched me so deeply. May we always treasure every moment. Thank you for this book
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Still alice
January 15th, 2015
My family has this awfiul disease. I know it will be my time one day me the lecture of this book g a vr me more hope that I can tell you? Thank you
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Still...Amazing!
January 11th, 2015
Oh my, what a poignant story created for a determined strong woman! I will always remember this amazing character: Alice!
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remarkable
January 10th, 2015
this was a beautiful passionate story that keeps you seeking every detail into the life of alice, it touches the heart yet gives you the ability to see through her own eyes.
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Heartbreaking and very worthwhile
November 1st, 2014
This book moved me to tears in quite a few places. It tells of Alice Howland, a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard, and her grapple with early-onset Alzheimer’s. Particularly beautiful and sad was Genova’s portrayal of a professional communicator who starts to lose language. Ironically, I stumbled on some of the book’s sentences and was made aware that Genova is a neuroscientist first, rather than a writer/storyteller.
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Still alice
September 9th, 2014
Made me look through the other side of Alzheimer's disease
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Still Alice
March 27th, 2014
I so enjoyed reading this book !
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Mesmerized
March 12th, 2014
Absolutely loved and hated this book at same time because it was so real. Such a scary disease.
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2 of 3 people found this helpful
Still Alice.
March 5th, 2014
Such an incredible book. Gave me so much insight to what dementia is and how it develops.
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January 24th, 2014
Very powerful novel about the impacts of Alzheimer's on the individual and their family.
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January 24th, 2014
This was one of the most memorable books I've read in recent years. I enjoyed it tremendously and regardless of the fact that I hardly ever deviate from mystery stories, this kept me totally engrossed to the end. Highly recommended!
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January 23rd, 2014
Lisa Genova did a wonderful job writing this book. She definitely was able to make it very real, understanding what it is like to go through this disease.
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November 30th, 2013
A book that makes you think about life and all the things that we take for granted. It brought a tear to my eye. Very well written and a read I would recommend.
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
November 14th, 2013
This book opened my eyes to stuggle Alzimers causes for all members of a family, the victim, the spouse and even the future generations. Alice was a great read and a great reality check.
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4 of 4 people found this helpful
November 3rd, 2013
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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November 2nd, 2013
A very insightful beautifully written book. I could not put the book down! This book truly tugs at your heart strings. Such a good book!
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Still Alice
October 22nd, 2013
Another novel by Lisa Geneva that will touch you deeply and never leave you.
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October 14th, 2013
Loved it....went on to search and wait for more from Lisa Genova....puts you in the shoes of characters, and experience fear, pain, shock, and joy....and understand events are shared by everyone...
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September 28th, 2013
Excellent book, brought tears to my eyes, so true to life.
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September 28th, 2013
Inspiring, my Dad has dementia, :( is all I can express right now
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September 28th, 2013
Still Alice is so frightening true that you will not be able to put it down...It delves into one of our most basic fears - What if we lost our minds? What if we lost our "self"....? Read it and be terrified as well as touched. A book like no other.
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September 28th, 2013
I found this book so very interesting, I cried reading it but yet enjoyed it. It is a wonderful true story about that terrible disease , I think if anyone is in your family with Alzheimer's it is a very good read
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September 28th, 2013
Alice makes you open your eyes and heart to people with Alzheimer's. It gives an insight on how it effects them personally and how a mind can turn things off and on without warning. Still Alice is an amazing lady who realizes that even though she is and will continue to go through changes in the end she is still Alice.
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September 28th, 2013
I loved this book - couldn't put it down after starting. It just reinforces the fact that life is so unexpected, that we need to cherish the good times and be happy for the things we have before we lose them and nothing is more sad than losing one's self and that is exactly what this disease does.
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September 28th, 2013
Loved this book it touched close to home..read it in a day through the airports..passed it on to family members.. They are loving it!
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September 22nd, 2013
I worked on an dementia wing at a long term care facility for 10 years and every day I thanked The Good Lord for the opportunity of being there and making a difference. Dementia is a devasrating affliction not only for the person but for tthe family members who have to watch it takes tole. This novel is awesome
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September 19th, 2013
A real dose of reality and how quickly this can hit families and change everyone's lives. Personally, the inside look at how Alice coped with her changes and compensated as this disease took pieces of memory away from her was enlightening and heartwrenching to go through with her. A great read, a great cry and a much greater understanding of how this disease takes over a family at the peak of their lives.
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1 person found this helpful
September 14th, 2013
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
July 11th, 2013
I felt depressed reading this book and yet I still couldnt put it down. My grandmother has Alzheimers and doesnt know anybody anymore. This book gave me an amazing appreciation for my grandmother. This is the 2nd book by Ms. Genova I've read and it wont be the last!
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A must read.
July 9th, 2013
A very powerful story which if it were to happen to me would be a fate worth then death itself.
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Still Alice
May 9th, 2013
Phenomenal read!!!! One of the best books I've read in a long time
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Still Alice
January 28th, 2013
It's amazing book! The most difficult disease to face in life, no matter it's a patient or caregiver.
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