Five Stars for Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Book cover for Still Alice: A Novel by Lisa GenovaThere are four things you need to know about Still Alice: A Novel by Lisa Genova before you read the rest of this blog:

1. You will not want to read this book.

2. You will not be able to put this book down.

3. This book will stay with you long after you read the final page.

4. You will tell all your friends, family and coworkers to read this book.

Lisa Genova, a Harvard neuroscientist and first time novelist has written an unforgettable novel. Still Alice follows the path of Alice Howland in her journey through Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Alice is an accomplished Harvard cognitive psychologist who teaches, conducts research and lectures all around the world. Then one day she is given the dreadful news that she is suffering with Early Onset Alzheimers and her whole world goes out of kilter.

Genova does an impressive job of portaying the struggles of Alice and her family as they accept the changes that will soon occur in Alice and all of their lives. Alzheimer’s is a dreadful and ultimately fatal disease with no known cure but the book, Still Alice, is filled with hope, empathy and compassion. Reading it is an important learning experience.

Originally the author self published this novel, but after receiving accolades from the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alzheimers.org), this book has thankfully begun to receive a much deserved wider audience after it was published by Pocket Books. Please pick this book up and read this artfully written story about the precarious and unrelenting disease of Alzheimer’s as you join Alice on her journey.

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