Still Alice

Smile, sit down, and read
by Lisa Genova | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: Global Overview for this book
Registered by quietorchid of Saint Paul, Minnesota USA on 6/10/2013
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3 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by quietorchid from Saint Paul, Minnesota USA on Friday, June 21, 2013
Alice Howland is a chaired full professor at Harvard. At 50, with books and numerous articles published, and international conventions and conferences requesting her presence, she has a full and rich life. Occassionally too harried, as happens to all of us, she starts forgetting small inconsequential things..... Then she is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's Disease.

The book follows Alice as the central character, while her family and colleagues agonize over what is happening. Alice remains the focus, even as she loses piece by piece of herself. Never mawkish, this is an affecting portrait of 'still Alice'. Fly far little book!

Journal Entry 2 by quietorchid at Saint Paul, Minnesota USA on Monday, September 30, 2013

Released 7 yrs ago (9/30/2013 UTC) at Saint Paul, Minnesota USA

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Journal Entry 3 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Thursday, October 10, 2013
I'm taking this from the Medicine Chest bookbox - thanks!

Later: This is a very affecting book, not least because Alzheimer's is one of the most fearful ailments I can contemplate; to realize that one's own mind is failing is unnerving even in its mildest "having a senior moment" form, and when an irreversible, early-onset syndrome is involved it's that much more nightmarish... Alice has the educational background to understand her own illness more thoroughly than many people do, but that only makes it more poignant. The novel goes into the ups and downs of diagnosis and attempted treatments, including experimental drug trials, with all their side effects and potential heartbreak.

The story is told from Alice's viewpoint - up until the final bit, anyway - which I felt gave an immediacy to her situation, even though as the illness progressed it was clear that her own perceptions might not match reality. This was... disconcerting, touching too closely to my own darkest fears; a very affecting story.

Journal Entry 4 by wingGoryDetailswing at Little Free Library, Elm Rd. in Westford, Massachusetts USA on Sunday, January 05, 2014

Released 7 yrs ago (1/5/2014 UTC) at Little Free Library, Elm Rd. in Westford, Massachusetts USA

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I plan to leave this book in the Little Free Library at around 12:30 or so; hope the finder enjoys it!

Journal Entry 5 by zamanam at Westford, Massachusetts USA on Tuesday, January 07, 2014
I've been so excited to read this book! Thank you to whoever dropped this off in my free little library. Hopefully it will be back in the box within 2 weeks or so.

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