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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (4 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847396240
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847396242
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (946 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lisa Genova is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Still Alice, Left Neglected, Love Anthony, and Inside the O'Briens. Lisa graduated valedictorian from Bates College with a degree in biopsychology and holds a PhD in neuroscience from Harvard University. She travels worldwide speaking about Alzheimer's Disease, traumatic brain injury, and autism. She lives with her family in Massachusetts.

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'Remarkable... illuminating... highly relevant today' Daily Mail

'The most accurate account of what it feels like to be inside the mind of an Alzheimer's patient I've ever read. Beautifully written and very illuminating' Rosie Boycot

'Utterly brilliant' Chrissy Iley

'A crisp, straightforward and wrenching depiction' -- New Yorker --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Lisa Genova graduated valedictorian from Bates College with a degree in Biopsychology and holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Harvard University. She is a member of the Dementia Advocacy and Support Network International and DementiaUSA and is an online columnist for the National Alzheimer's Association. She lives with her husband and two children on the Cape. Still Alice is her first novel. She is currently at work on her second that also centers on a neurologist impairment called Left Neglected.

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96 of 101 people found the following review helpful By Mandy Boat on 21 April 2009
Format: Paperback
Having read the other 2 reviews on this book I felt compelled to voice my own opinion. I have to disagree with the previous reviewer and say that STILL ALICE really is as good as it sounds. It deals with the topic of Alzheimers and whether you have experienced this first/second hand in your life or not, I find it hard to believe that you won't be moved by this tale.

You follow Alice through her descent into the depth of dementia and see how it affects her life and those closest to her. Without going into too much techinical detail it helps the reader understand the cruelty of this disease. The author could have gone down the schmaltzy overly-emotional route but didn't. The outcome is an incredibly emotional read that you'll find very hard to put down.

I have already recommended this book to many friends and they have all come back raving about it. 5 STARS without a doubt - the best thing I have read this year.
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90 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Lovely Treez TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 May 2010
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"She wished she had cancer instead. She'd trade Alzheimer's for cancer in a heartbeat. She felt ashamed for wishing this and it was certainly a pointless bargaining, but she permitted the fantasy anyway. With cancer, she'd have something that she could fight. There was surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. There was the chance that she could win. Her family and the community at Harvard would rally behind her battle and consider it noble. And even if defeated in the end, she'd be able to look them knowingly in the eye and say good-bye before she left.

Alzheimer's disease was an entirely different kind of beast. There were no weapons that could slay it. Taking Aricept and Namenda felt like aiming a couple of leaky squirt guns in to the face of a blazing fire."

And there you have it in a nutshell - our protagonist, Alice Howland, professor of Cognitive Psychology at Harvard, is 50 years old when her world is rocked by the diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer's disease. It's a foregone conclusion, there is no hope so what do you do - give up? hide your head in the sand? or play it by ear, knowing that one day your own body won't remember how to swallow or even breathe unassisted?

It would have been all to easy to deliver a mawkish novel dwelling on the heartache caused by dementia or an insensitive one which focuses on the disintegration of the self as the building blocks of one's memory shatter one by one. Perhaps, the author's own experience as a neuroscientist puts her in pole position to relate the story of Alice without indulging in oversentimentality yet whilst retaining a very human touch.

This story is told in the 3rd person yet, uncannily, it feels as if Alice is standing outside herself relating events which happen to her beyond her own control.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By doublerainbow on 25 Mar. 2015
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The irony of Alice's privileged life being hit with eoad is so painful. I did get a little frustrated with the constant middle class worries, obsession with academic life and career for both Alice and John. But I appreciate the book wouldn't have had the same impact had Alice been a shop assistant from a small town in northern England! I also doubt whether the author could have opened any of th e doors she managed to, if that :had been the story. Despite my frustrations, the book is very sensitively written and thought-provoking. Ended too soon though and using the last 14%of the book to discuss the novel,the author,book club guidance and advertise the next 2 novels are an absolute copout!!!! That's why it lost stars!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Unsworth on 2 Jun. 2012
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I finished this book a few days ago and have had to leave the review a little while until my thoughts about the book have distilled and settled.
It's a great book because it tackles Alzheimer's disease from the point of view of the sufferer. It takes you on that roller coaster journey through the dawning of a problem through its progression and with heart-rending inevitability.
I `enjoyed' Still Alice (perhaps enjoyed is not quite the right word) very much. I felt that Alice's husband's response to this devastating affect on their marriage was probably quite a realistic one for at least some faced with such catastrophic changes.
As an account of the disease, I have no idea how accurate this book is but I felt that it had probably been reserached well.
Purely as a novel, I was a little disappointed with the characters of the three children who I felt fell into rather too -neat slots and covered all possibilities without ever really letting the reader get to know them. They were vital to the story, rather than to the account of the disease, and it was a pity more time was not spent on them.
If it wasn't for the subject matter I would probably have given this three stars but because it brought into my mind so vividly the reality of this disease whose name is often used rather casually to encompass any weakening of memory and confusion in old age, it has to be four.
Alice thinks, at one point, she would rather it have been cancer because it is something she could at least fight. I had a personal experience with cancer many years ago and fought and I hope never to have to go through that again. It would not have seemed to me that a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease would have been half so shattering - well, now I know differently.

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