Still Alice

By Lisa Genova
(Pocket Books, Paperback, 9781439102817, 293pp.)

Publication Date: January 6, 2009

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the January 2009 Indie Next List
“This wonderful debut novel tells the story of 50-year-old Harvard professor Alice Howland as she grapples with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Lisa Genova's writing style, and her compelling story, will leave you thinking of, and wanting to talk about, Alice after finishing this powerful, beautiful work.”
-- Caitlin Doggart, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Chatham, MA
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Fall '09/Winter '10 Reading Group List
“Still Alice tells the story of a 50-year-old Harvard psychology and linguistics professor in the year following diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer's disease. Her struggles with the effect on her work life, and her family's attempts to cope, are compelling and entirely believable. Genova's doctorate in neuroscience lets information flow naturally as part of a tender story, perfect for book groups.”
-- Carla Jimenez, Inkwood Books, Tampa, FL


Description
In Lisa Genova's extraordinary "New York Times" bestselling novel, an accomplished woman slowly loses her thoughts and memories to Alzheimer's disease--only to discover that each day brings a new way of living and loving. Now a major motion picture starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth, and Kristen Stewart
Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children and 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 disease. 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 it's like to literally lose your mind...
Reminiscent of "A Beautiful Mind," "Ordinary People, " and "The Curious Incident of the Dog" "in the Night-time," "Still Alice" packs a powerful emotional punch and marks the arrival of a strong new voice in fiction.



About the Author
Lisa Genova is the "New York Times" bestselling author of "Inside the O'Briens", "Love Anthony", "Left Neglected", and "Still Alice". Her first novel, "Still Alice", has been adapted into a film starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, and Kristen Stewart. Lisa graduated valedictorian from Bates College with a degree in biopsychology and holds a PhD in neuroscience from Harvard University. She travels worldwide speaking about Alzheimer's disease, traumatic brain injury, and autism. She has appeared on "Dr. Oz", "The Diane Rehm Show", CNN, "Chronicle", Fox News, and Canada AM and is featured in the Emmy Award-winning documentary film "To Not Fade Away". She lives with her family in Massachusetts.


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  1. When Alice becomes disoriented in Harvard Square, a place she's visited daily for twenty-five years, why doesn't she tell John? Is she too afraid to face a possible illness, worried about his possible reaction, or some other reason?

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