Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Early this month we learned of the dire predictions being made regarding the expected increase in the number of Alzheimers cases. It points to the importance of research and awareness. January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Lisa Genova’s hugely successful novel, Still Alice, offers a glimpse into the heartbreak of early onset Alzheimer’s Disease.

Alice Howland is happily married, has 3 grown children, a house on the cape and is a distinguished Harvard professor. She begins to notice her failing memory and clouded thinking. She receives the devastating diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Alice struggles to maintain her dignity and independence as her sense of self is stripped away.

This book has been described as heartbreaking and terrifying, and an inspired must-read.

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