I don’t usually review books here on my blog. But now I am reading “Still Alice” by Lisa Genova and I have to tell you about it. In this novel, Alice is a 50-year-old woman who is diagnosed with early Alzheimer’s disease. This is a very real story, though not based on actual people.
The author had a grandmother with Alzheimer’s disease. She grew up to be a neuroscientist and wanted to write a fictional truthful depiction of life with Alzheimer’s. And she told this story from Alice’s viewpoint.
I found this to be a real page-turner. I felt like I was Alice. Then I was the husband, the daughter, the colleague. How do people react before being told that a parent or friend has Alzheimer’s disease? I am going to go back to my chair and finish the book tonight after I finish writing this post.
Still Alice was chosen by Target to be one of its “bookmarked” or book club editions. This added to the popularity of the book. Nevertheless, I admit I hadn’t heard of it until my daughter recently suggested that I read this book which she enjoyed. I got mine from the library, but wherever you get a copy, you should read this book.
Here is a link to Still Alice on Amazon.com. You can read the reviews there or look for it on goodbooks.com.
Now I’ve got to go and finish this book!