ePub Ý Still Alice ó 292 pages Download º Lisa Genova

ePub Still Alice

ePub Ý Still Alice ó 292 pages Download º Lisa Genova ✓ Still Alice is a compelling debut novel about a 50 year old woman's sudden descent into early onset Alzheimer's disease written by first time author Lisa Genova who holds a Ph D in neuroscience from Harvard University Alice Howland happily marriedDisease 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's it's like to literally lose your mi No one understands the high stakes associated with making a book recommendation like a serious reader especially when it's to a good friend co worker or family member Books that we love say a lot about our personalities things that we're passionate about and even shed light on our past experiences good and bad That's a lot to share with someone Along with that pressure is the fear of introducing the wrong book to the wrong reader or getting the timing wrong What if they absolutely hate it? Where does that leave us? The flip side is eually scary When someone you esteem recommends a book that they hold dear and upon reading it you find that you hated it that can make things a little awkward How'd you like that book I loaned you? might just be the subject of your recurring nightmare I've sometimes found myself wondering Why on earth would this person think this book would speak to me? Obviously we're not as close as I thought we wereI exaggerate but no one understands these common reading kerfuffles like readers do It's why I struggle to keep silent when I see someone bypassing a book I thought was brilliant and on sale no less at a bookstore I want to run after them and say Put that corny romance novel back and take this It changed my life It's also why I try to avoid talking to strangers in bookstores who want to unload all their favorites on me without knowing a thing about me On several occasions I've dutifully waited until said person cleared out of the store before returning Jimmy Buffet's latest book to its shelf along with the copy of Zane's current bestseller I'm not knocking them I just know what I likeand it's not thatThis summer when I was shopping for books at a local thrift store a woman shoved Still Alice into my overflowing shopping cart I was a bit annoyed She didn't know me All she kept saying was that if I hadn't read it I needed to Apparently it had changed her life There in that aisle a complete stranger started talking to me about caring for her mother who had Alzheimer's and how this book turned the tables by giving the reader the perspective of the victim of the disease Before I knew it I was sharing my story about my grandmother and her current battle with ALS an eually progressive degenerative disease with no cure Talk about books bringing people together Though I didn't get her name I left the store with this book based solely on that woman's recommendationand I absolutely loved it I wish I could tell her how right she was This book hit a raw nerve and really took me out of the caregiver role in order to focus on the real heroes battling neurological disorders every day What must it be like to wish for a logical disease that one could fight with medication or radiation? One particular uestion that Alice the protagonist asks really struck me to the core Is the part of my brain that's responsible for my uniue 'me ness' vulnerable to this disease? Or is my identity something that transcends neurons proteins and defective molecules of DNA? Is my soul and spirit immune to the ravages of Alzheimer's? I'm going to be as eually pushy as my nameless thrift store friend Read this book Don't make me chase after you because I wear my running shoes to the bookstore nowadays That is all

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Still Alice is a compelling debut novel about a 50 year old woman's sudden descent into early onset Alzheimer's disease written by first time author Lisa Genova who holds a Ph D in neuroscience from Harvard University Alice Howland happily married with three grown children an Is my identity something that transcends neurons proteins and defective molecules of DNA? Is my soul and spirit immune to the ravages of Alzheimer's? I believe it is I read this book for three reasons 1 I have never read a book about Alzheimer's disease 2 For personal reasons I have an interest in Alzheimer's and 3 It has an incredibly high average rating on goodreads That being said I have to confess that I didn't really go into this expecting to like it I picked it up from the library so I wouldn't have to spend money on it and so I could return it uickly when I realised it was nothing than the regular Nicholas Sparks style melodramatic chick lit I started it with a bored sigh thinking I would soon be putting it aside to distract myself with the internet or any of the million TV shows I'm currently trying to keep up with But something unexpected happenedThis is not chick lit whatever you want to interpret that to mean It isn't melodramatic or emotionally manipulative It isn't the Alzheimer's euivalent of the standard forgive me cancer book Instead this is a deeply moving psychological portrait of a woman's deteriorating mind and how this gradually affects her relationships with the people around her It's about an intelligent woman suddenly finding that she can no longer rely on her mind she tries every day to hold onto her memories her sense of understanding and we are taken on a terrifying journey into what it must be like to know you are slowly losing pieces of yourself day by day I have no desire to trivialize cancer or any other disease I have lost several people I've loved to cancer and know how horrible it is But Alzheimer's is a whole different type of monster There's one part of the book where Alice says she wishes she could swap her disease for cancer and then instantly feels bad about it but I understand where the feelings come from With cancer you can fight There's chemotherapy radiotherapy and yes they don't always work but you can go down fighting With Alzheimer's there's still no way to fight it no chance of overcoming the disease The diagnosis carries a tragic hopelessness with it because all you can do is sit around and wait for your mind to deteriorate Sometimes you can really tell when an author knows their subject and in my opinion it makes all the difference I recall Split by Swati Avasthi in particular and the way the author's background working with abuse victims helped her have a deeper understanding of the characters she was dealing with and the story she was telling Genova holds a Harvard PHD in Neuroscience and there is a surety and confidence in her scientific explanations of the disease that makes this fact evident in her writing She knows the small details of what she's talking about and so the bigger picture is naturally convincingOn a personal note there is a history of Alzheimer's in my family I don't understand it enough to know whether it's genetic or a coincidence that many of the women on my mother's side have suffered from the disease I do know my mum is afraid of it though she doesn't talk about it often But every time she forgets where she put something she was holding just minutes ago every time she reaches for a word a word she uses every day and it slips away just out of her grasp every single time she wonders if it's a sign of something serious than getting older and having a busy schedule It's this small scale stuff that makes the novel so terrifying We could all be Alice We all forget small things every day that's just a fact and it happens to everyone but what if one day those forgotten memories don't come back straight away? And the next time what if they go a bit longer? The progression from the small things to the serious stages of the disease is truly scaryThis book is frightening on both a biologial and psychological level When I think of Alzheimer's I think of forgotten memories of faces you can't put a name to of everyday places that seem unfamiliar But the author's haunting descriptions of the biological truth are entirely different and frightening on a whole new level I don't think about what is really happening in the brain neurons being destroyed bit by bit dying some every day eroding pieces of who you are Memories for me are those things that disappear for a while but come back to you later But Alzheimer's doesn't make you forget memories it goes in and completely destroys them As if they were never thereAnd that is the important uestion for Alice how much can she lose and still be herself? If our entire personalities are built from memories sensory experiences from the things we've said and done who are we when we no longer remember any of that? How can you make today matter when tomorrow you won't even remember it? It's a sad book but it doesn't fail to leave you with a glimpse of light in the darkness too But I'll leave you to find out what that is for yourselfThe final comment I'd like to make is not so much a criticism of the book but a comment on what I'd personally like to see on this subject in the future As I said at the beginning I've never read a book about Alzheimer's before and I may be missing a very good one that already exists but I kept thinking while reading this that I'd like to read a story about someone who wasn't as successful as Alice Alice gains comfort from the fact that she has had a fantastic career a husband who loves her and three intelligent children She's obviously right to cling to all the good things in her life but I wonder how the story would be different if told about a man or woman without Alice's financial prosperity There has to be so many different stories and experiences to be told about this disease and I suddenly find myself wanting to read of themBlog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | Store

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Still AliceD 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 The biggest problem with self published work is the lack of an editor who tells you how to go from good to great “Still Alice” has a wonderful premise let’s tell the story of Alzheimer’s from the patient’s point of view but somehow the book sounds like a professor telling you the Alzheimer’s story from a patient’s point of view rather than having the patient tell her own story Using first person rather than third would have been effective I felt that I was reading nothing than an extended patient case study in a research journal Additionally the character of Alice blurred with the author’s identity at times I found myself asking “Who’s really telling the story here Alice or Lisa Genova?” Or one minute you felt like you were inside Alice’s head you really knew what she was thinking but then the frame of reference would shift to being outside of her observing from someone else’s perspective I never totally felt connected with Alice as a real personI thought that the supporting cast around Alice could have been better developed but her children were fairly one dimensional people and her conversations with them were about one subject only given that the children had only one thing that defined each of them ie having a baby auditioning for a play The one relationship that rang partly true was the one she had with her husband who waffled between wanting to do his best to support his wife but also feeling that he needed to look after his own interests given that Alice might not be around in his future His practicality tended to overrule his emotions which is typical in many menHaving lived with Alzheimer’s in my family I felt that the book glossed over some really hard hitting aspects of Alzheimer’s While it touched on the concept of suicide the book sidestepped the issue by making Alice unable to find her pills when she momentarily realized that the time had come Therefore the book was able to end with Alice presumably slipping away into oblivion in the arms of a warm loving happy family Ha My own personal experiences with Alzheimer’s would suggest that this is not an accurate portrayal of what it feels like to actually DIE of Alzheimer’s I felt bad that Alice had been unable to find her pills and therefore would have to go through something that she when she was still lucid enough to write her thoughts down had adamantly expressed that she did not want to have to deal with