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Still Alice by [Genova, Lisa]
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"Heartbreaking." -- "The Cape Cod Chronicle"

"After I read "Still Alice," I wanted to stand up and tell a train full of strangers, 'You have to get this book.'" -- Beverly Beckham, "The Boston Globe"

'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 Boycott "

'Incredibly moving and humbling' "Louise, ""London"

'There are few page turners in this field of literature but this is one of them'

"Alzheimer's Society"

'Incredibly compelling and engaging' "Natalie"", ""Newcastle-Upon-Tyne"

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

'Beautiful, heart-breaking and haunting' "Sara-Jade, ""London"

"After I read "Still Alice", I wanted to stand up and tell a train full of strangers, 'You have to get this book.'" -- Beverly Beckham, "The Boston Globe"

"Heartbreakingly real.... So real, in fact, that it kept me from sleeping for several nights. I couldn't put it down....Still Alice is a story that must be told." -- Brunonia Barry, New York Times bestselling author of The Lace Reader

"After I read Still Alice, I wanted to stand up and tell a train full of strangers, 'You have to get this book.'" -- Beverly Beckham, The Boston Globe

"This book is as important as it is impressive, and will grace the lives of those affected by this dread disease for generations to come." -- Phil Bolsta, author of Sixty Seconds

"With a master storyteller's easy eloquence, Lisa Genova shines a searing spotlight on this Alice's surreal wonderland. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to read this book. It will inform you. It will scare you. It will change you." -- Julia Fox Garrison, author of Don't Leave Me This Way

"A work of pure genius." -- Charley Schneider, author of Don't Bury Me, It Ain't Over Yet

"A masterpiece that will touch lives in ways none of us can even imagine. This book is the best portrayal of the Alzheimer's journey that I have read." -- Mark Warner, Alzheimer's Daily News

"With grace and compassion, Lisa Genova writes about the enormous white emptiness created by Alzheimer's." -- The Improper Bostonian

"Heartbreaking." -- The Cape Cod Chronicle

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A moving and insightful story of a woman with early onset Alzheimer's disease, now a major film starring Academy Award nominee Julianne Moore and Kristen Stewart. Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At fifty, she's a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a renowned expert in linguistics, with a successful husband and three grown children. When she begins to grow forgetful and disoriented, she dismisses it for as long as she can until a tragic diagnosis changes her life - and her relationship with her family and the world around her - for ever. Unable to care for herself, Alice struggles to find meaning and purpose as her concept of self gradually slips away. But Alice is a remarkable woman, and her family learn more about her and each other in their quest to hold on to the Alice they know. Her memory hanging by a frayed thread, she is living in the moment, living for each day. But she is still Alice.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 788 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; Film Tie-In edition (23 July 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003X271YU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 1,799 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,377 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Alice Howland is a fifty year old woman that works at Harvard as a cognitive psychology professor and is a renowned expert in linguistics. She’s proud of the life she has built for herself, her husband and her three children. Then one day, during a lecture, she finds herself struggling to remember a simple word that she uses on a regular basis during her lectures. She dismisses it as old age combined with tiredness but eventually the problem becomes more regular until one day when out jogging she can’t remember where she is even though it’s the same route she always takes. Finally deciding that she can’t hide from this any longer, Alice visits the doctor where she is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. “Still Alice” follows her journey as the disease has a major impact on both her professional and personal life.

Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of Dementia and according to the Alzheimer’s association an estimated five million Americans are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. I decided to read the book because I had seen the movie (starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin and Kirsten Stewart) advertised and it piqued my interest. I am a care worker in a residential home for those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other forms of Dementia but the service users I look after are primarily in their later years, averaging around the age of eighty. To think such a cruel illness could start at fifty was baffling and also slightly terrifying, especially knowing that currently there is no cure for Alzheimer’s.
Genova writes Alice’s struggles with the disease flawlessly. The loss of vocabulary, places and faces were done gradually and were very realistic.
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A very informative book very well written factually and covering all the problems of alzheimers.. My main critism is that the characters were a highly intelligent rich family and could afford to pay to resolve many of the problems of caring for Alice with a happy ending. Not Often the case and caring for a Alzheimer's patients in the family is a long, hard, stressful journey whIch I didn't feel was reflected on this book.
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This is a very sad story, it moved me to tears more thank once, yet it isn't as bleak as one might imagine.

There are two reasons for that.

Firstly, Alice is not a typical Alzheimer's sufferer. She's very clever, very educated and very aware, she admits to the disease rather than hides.

Secondly, the book ends earlier than it might, which allows less bleakness than if it followed Alice's journey for longer.

A good read, very moving, an insight into the victim's mental life.
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This book is about Alice who has early on set dementia. She's a professional, she gives lectures, she is highly regarded but her life is changing dramatically due to her diagnosis and she is struggling to cope. Her husband doesn't know how to treat her and seems to be burying his head in his work and all the while Alice is feeling more and more alone.

This is an amazing story which highlights the lack in facilities for younger people who have dementia. It is not just an old persons' disease and it's difficult to imagine what it must be like to have such a diagnosis so young.

I really liked that this book made me think about how this illness must affect everyone and how frightening it is. I highly recommend this book and would love to hear more from Lisa Genova in future.
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Do I give this five stars ? "A must-read for those who wants to find out about dementia", because the author knows her stuff, she's done her research, or perhaps has the been-there-done-that experience to deliver the facts...
Or, do I give it a nought? meaning " Do not read this if you've ever lost someone to dementia" , because it'll bring back years of buried memories, painful memories that'll blur the vision and wet the face of any 'care-giver' ( never liked that name) that relives it. Alice's unraveling is all too real.
In the end I settled for a four: There remains , in the story, an implication that somehow dementia in worse if the victim is young, and worse if the victim is 'smart' . Bollocks! , no one thinks of them self as old or dumb, the results of dementia, the loss of 'self' , are made no less horrifying, no less frightening by a few years of age or the odd point of IQ. Dementia is an awful disease, where sanity is as frightening as madness. It rips into everyone that has to deal with it and leaves only despair.
The book also has one of those an awful Hollywood endings , fading out at a happy moment for fear of scarring the audience with the true horror of the real end-game.
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Interesting to read from Alice's point of view. Lots of people suffer but it is mainly the carers side of the illness and support they get that you here about not the suffers view.
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Terrifyingly realistic, devastatingly heart-breaking and utterly compelling. The moving story of one woman's experience of early-onset Alzheimer's and the effect on her family and career.
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