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Download Still Alice ò PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ü 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 and a houDisease 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. Alice Howland is a well respected Harvard linguistics professor who at age 50 finds herself starting to lose her mind forgetting words not recalling why she walked into a room unsure of the recipe for a dessert she’s made for several years Through a series of doctor appointments and tests Alice learns that she has early onset Alzheimer’s disease In Still Alice she attempts to cope with this new life along with her family which includes her husband her two grown daughters son and son in law It is tough for all of them to accept and challenging to cope with as the disease progresses over time Still Alice was terrifying I can’t imagine learning this was happening to me or to a loved one It’s hard to process at any age but seems especially shocking for a brilliant woman who’s just 50 years old The story felt realistic from Alice’s behavior to her family’s differing opinions about the best course of action for her yet I also enjoyed how they ultimately came together despite their disagreements

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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. After you read this you will never look at Alzheimer's the same again Nor will you ever forget it Oh the ironyI'd always correlated Alzheimer's disease with old age and heard the best way to combat it was to exercise your brain I do my fair share of reading can solve a Sudoku puzzle faster than 98% of the population and I shun mindless chick flicks for your intelligent thrillers but I'll never be as brilliant as Alice a 50 year old Harvard professor diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's If she had been a little shallow to begin with or 20 years older If my own aunt weren't suffering from an advanced stage of the disease right now If I weren't feeling a little hazy myself when I'm up half the night with an infant Maybe then I could have put another barrier between me and Alzheimer's but I can't Alice's story scared me A lot After all what are we without the identity of our thoughts So much for those Sudoku puzzlesI lived Alice's story right along with her crying when she cried and smiling at her accomplishments Telling your story from such an unreliable witness is a tough job and Genova handles it beautifully As the book progresses the scenes feel and misplaced As a reader I was thrust into the situation along with Alice unsure of the setting or the time or what had happened five minutes before Genova also offers some poignant scenes where we the reader know what Alice has forgotten and our heart breaks for her When she forgets her daughter her husband the layout of her house how to lick an ice cream cone we mourn the Alice lost right along with her and her family I can't imagine losing everything I learned all the way back to basic needs like how to walk feed or even use the bathroom I felt Alice's frustration at forgetting words and people and most of all being shut out because she was stigmatized with this disease as though she were already deadBecause the narration is told through Alice there are a few plot points that get lost but I think we gain than we lose from her perspective And those lost points add to all she loses Sometimes the descriptions of Boston get a little lengthy and the medical descriptions cold and drawn out giving the novel a little bit of a medical journal instead of novel feel but I was still captivated by Alice and her plight and I loved that Genova had the background to give us a real look into Alzheimer's to make it come alive in the pages view spoilerMy other disappointment with the story was that John got a chapter It's only a page and half but where Genova managed to tell everything else in the novel from a not always reliable Alice she could have managed that chapter as well Not a big issue and it didn't take away from the impact of the story hide spoiler

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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