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Still Alice by Lisa Genova

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Still Alice by Lisa Genova
Published by Simon and Schuster in 2009

Alice Howland is proud of the life she has worked so hard to build. A Harvard professor at the height of her career, she has a successful husband and three grown children. When Alice begins to grow forgetful at first she just dismisses it, but when she gets lost in her own neighborhood she realizes that something is terribly wrong. Alice finds herself in the rapid downward spiral of early onset Alzheimer’s disease. She is only 50 years old.

While Alice once placed her worth and identity in her celebrated and respected academic life, now she must re-evaluate her relationship with her husband, her expectations of her children and her ideas about herself and her place in the world. As confusion starts to cloud her thinking and her memory begins to fail her, Alice struggles to prevent her life from unravelling discovering along the way that each day brings a new way of living and loving. Losing her yesterdays, her short-term memory hanging on by a couple of frayed threads, she is living in the moment, living for each day. But she is still Alice.

Told from the perspective of the sufferer, Still Alice is a moving and vivid depiction of life with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

Still Alice is Lisa Genova’s first book. She holds a Ph. D in neuroscience from Harvard University and travels worldwide, speaking about Alzheimer’s Disease, traumatic brain injury, and autism. Still Alice has spent over 40 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and has been translated into 25 languages.

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