Title: Still Alice
Author: Lisa Genova
“This title has been around awhile, so we’ve probably had it on the list before, for good reason. Genova does a wonderful job writing from the point of view of a woman with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. The emotions feel genuine. The narrative is painful at times, but never overly sentimental. The book raises millions of issues and questions, a great book discussion book.”
—Penni at KDL’s Service Center
Still Alice is a compelling debut novel about a fifty-year-old woman’s sudden descent into early onset Alzheimer’s disease, written by first-time author Lisa Genova, who holds a PhD 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 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.