Still Alice - Lisa Genova

Still Alice

By Author Lisa Genova

  • Release Date: 2009-01-06
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Still Alice
Book Rating: 4.5/5
Based on 915 Reviews

Still Alice - Lisa Genova Book Description

From New York Times bestselling author and neuroscientist Lisa Genova comes the definitive—and illuminating—novel about Alzheimer’s disease. Now a major motion picture starring Oscar winner Julianne Moore! Look for Lisa Genova's latest novel Inside the O’Briens.

Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At fifty years old, she’s a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she becomes increasingly disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life—and her relationship with her family and the world—forever. As she struggles to cope with Alzheimer’s, she learns that her worth is comprised of far more than her ability to remember.

At once beautiful and terrifying, Still Alice is a moving and vivid depiction of life with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease that is as compelling as A Beautiful Mind and as unforgettable as Ordinary People.

Book Reviews

  • Emotional and Eye-Opening

    By onlyserendipity9
    I couldn't put this book down; I looked forward to reading it every evening. As a nurse, I've experienced Alzheimer's up close and personal as well as knowing loved ones that have been affected, including my husband's grandmother. This book opened my eyes even more and put me in Alice's shoes, the fear and the pain of knowing one is losing their mind. Terrifying and sad. Amazingly written. Loved this book!!!
  • Incredible

    By Kep1220
    What an amazing read! Once I started I couldn't put the book down. I've worked with patients with EOA and this truly gives a good perspective into their lives. I don't think I want to see the movie now, though, as I'm afraid it won't portray the true feelings and emotions you can get with the book. I've already downloaded Lisa Genovas next book and I can't wait to start reading it!
  • Still Alice

    By Maria3lv
    A well written story, easy to read and understand. Very informative look into the life of someone with this horrific disease. I couldn't put it down. Interesting to see how each person Alice had in her life handled the news, her husband, kids, and work associates. Seeing it from her perspective kept it very interesting.
  • Still Alice

    By Ciaobellasf
    Great read!
  • So powerful

    By uprise24
    This book made me laugh & cry ... And, not gonna lie, a little scared, too. It was a celebration of a life well lived and ended too soon. I will never forget the characters - no spoiler alerts. Just read it. I'll give you 5 bucks if you're not glad you did. HAH! I love books with all of my heart and I'm so glad I read this one.
  • Beautiful

    By ChrysaJ
    Lisa Genova is a wonderful author. Still Alice is engaging, thought-provoking, well-written, and smart. It takes you through the life of an Alzheimer's patient and shows the good and the bad of the awful disease. I highly recommend this book!
  • Wonderful portrayal of the progression of Alzheimer's

    By Winnie Warner
    I loved this story! Having cared for and watching over my father his last few years, I recognized so many of the symptoms that Alice experienced. And, in the same order of progression as I saw them in my father. The author did a great job at writing an important story! Now, I am looking forward to the movie!
  • Gut wrenching

    By Simplycyn99
    So true to life. Beautifully written and without embellishment.
  • Deceptive

    By Cham2.0
    This is not a true story. Genova takes her years of work in the field of Neuroscience and decides to compose a book based on her research and twist into a seemingly charming tale. Too bad that the reader discovers that this a web of Alzhiemer's related cases all tangled up in the book's main character Alice.
  • I absolutely loved this book

    By got2luvMC!`
    Huntington's disease runs in my family, I have about a 50% chance of getting the disease. While the diagnosis may not be Alzheimer's it's the same: your body is left a diseased shell of who you once were, you've been betrayed by your brain. I watched my aunt and grandfather slowly dying from Huntington's and it was terrifying. While reading this I thought of them the whole time. I absolutely love this book, despite its depressing subject matter, you get to see it a little from the perspective of the person actually suffering. I recommend it to everyone. Read it, make a call to action, and let's find a cure for these horrible neurological disorders! No one should have to see their loved ones literally losing their minds.