Monday, September 26, 2011

Book Review: Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Title: Still Alice
Author: Lisa Genova
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Subject: Alzheimer's disease
Publisher: Pocket
Release date: July, 2007
Length: 293 pages
I got this book: From the library

From Goodreads:
"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 of early-onset Alzheimer's disease changes her life.

As the inevitable descent into dementia strips away her sense of self, fiercely independent Alice struggles to live in the moment. While she once placed her worth and identity in her celebrated and respected academic life, now she must re-evaluate her relationship with her husband, a respected scientist; her expectations of her children; and her ideas about herself and her place in the world."

Personal opinion:
I heard many good things about this book, so when I found out they had it at the library, I was very happy. Being in the Netherlands, the selection of English books isn't that grand. Anyway, I really enjoyed reading this book. It is very realistic and also scary to read. This is one of those stories that is beautiful and painful at the same time. I think the author did a very good job here combining all these aspects of this disease into a wonderful story. I don't give full marks to books often, but this is a five star book. I can highly recommend it, and I will be on the lookout for other books from this author.

Loved it!

Purchase links: Amazon
From the same author: Left Neglected
Other reviews: So many books, so little time, An Armchair by the Sea
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  1. I'm glad you enjoyed it! I haven't read it yet but like you I've heard only good things about it.

  2. Thanks for stopping by, I really enjoyed it too (as you saw) it is still playing on my mind despite being half way through a totally different kind of book.


  3. I finished reading this book last night and literally just wrote a review about it on my blog. How fantatsic is this novel?! Gripping and inspiring, I loved every word.