What I’m Reading: Still Alice

A friend of mine was reading the book Still Alice by Lisa Genova.  So when I saw that it was available as an audio book at my lending library, I put my name on the list.  I like reading the same book as someone else is as it’s fun to discuss them.


I found the book to be good and very interesting…but move than all that, sad.  Our daughter Kalissa has work with many dementia and Alsheimer’s residents at the nursing homes she has worked at so I especially found it interesting.  I learned things medically too and living in a house with lots of medically educated people, I like that aspect too.  It was a good read..but like I said..SAD.  The book isn’t very long so it was a quick read too.

Here’s what Amazon has to say about it, “In Lisa Genova’s extraordinary New York Times bestselling novel, an accomplished professor diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease learns that her worth is comprised of more than her ability to remember. Now a major motion picture from Sony Pictures Classics starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth, and Kristen Stewart! Look for Lisa Genova’s next 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.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.”

Amazon readers give the book 4.7 stars.  I’d go a little less….The book doesn’t have a real ending that brings the book to a conclusion.  I was looking for something more to happen but then maybe that’s the point of the book…Alzheimer’s just goes on.

4 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: Still Alice

  1. Kathy E.

    This book has been on my reading list for a while now, but each time I check the library, it’s not on the shelf. I will have to get on a waiting list, I guess! 2 of my closest friends have parents with Alzheimer’s and they are going through a rough time dealing with it. Thanks for the review!

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  2. Melanie

    This is a must read for anyone who might/could eventually deal with Alz in their life, to know what it feels like for the patient to gradually slip away …. Although a fictional story, it is quite real. Also recommend for anyone who has an Alz family member, The 36 Hour Day, great information and a great help for families needing to be aware of the stages and what to expect. It helped us (hubby and me) so much.

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  3. Bonnie Baker Lippincott

    I haven’t seen the movie or read the book, but I know several people have said they are both good. Too hard for me. My mother, also named Alice, died in 2013 at the age of 87. She lived the last 12 years of her life with ever advancing dementia. Luckily for me and my siblings she still remembered us and kept her sense of humor right up to the end.

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  4. Mary

    I read this book a couple years ago and did a double-take as the main character’s last name is the same as mine. It’s the only time I’ve encountered that situation, i have read all of this author’s books and would recommend each. Know that each isn’t your typical novel yet has a good story within and you’ll enjoy the books as they give you something to think about. Another author I would recommend is Louise Penny and the Inspector Gamache series. Be sure and go in order. I didn’t care for the second one so didn’t keep reading but just came back to them this summer. I can’t wait to get the next one!

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