Still Alice – Lisa Genova

still aliceI was frightened to read this book about a woman slipping away due to Alzheimer’s, but fortunately a good friend twisted my arm, and it turned out to be one of those books you stay up with all night.  A 50-year-old Harvard professor is at the pinnacle of her career, with an enviable family and lifestyle, when she begins to notice a bit of forgetfulness. Diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s, the forgetfulness rapidly turns to loss of memories and confusion.  The author holds a PhD in neuroscience from Harvard which lends the setting and the rapidly progressing disease a very real authenticity.  This is a disturbing book to read because we can all imagine ourselves in Alice’s position.  Yet, it is so well done and so compelling, to NOT read it would be the bigger mistake.  A fascinating, visceral look at a devastating disease.

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