Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Still Alice

By Lisa Genova

  • Release Date: 2014-12-11
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 100 Ratings
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Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At fifty years old, she's a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a renowned expert in linguistics, with a successful husband and three grown children. When she begins to grow forgetful and disoriented, she dismisses it for as long as she can until a tragic diagnosis changes her life - and her relationship with her family and the world around her - for ever.
Unable to care for herself, Alice struggles to find meaning and purpose as her concept of self gradually slips away. But Alice is a remarkable woman, and her family learns more about her and each other in their quest to hold on to the Alice they know for as long as possible. Losing her yesterdays, her short-term memory hanging on by a couple of frayed threads, she is living in the moment, living for each day. But she is still Alice.


  • Yes, she's still Alice

    By Motherroad
    Just the most heart warming inspirational book I've read in a long time. Couldn't put it down. I wish I'd read it years ago when my own mum had a form of dementia, not Alzheimer's, but caused from brain damage. I would have understood better how she really was, and support her more than I did. A worthwhile book for everyone to learn about this tragic debilitating disease that can strike anyone, anytime. Wish I could give more than 5 stats😊
  • Excellent

    By Heartemily2
    A detailed account of the decline of the neurological disorder that effects the whole family. Well researched and written.
  • Still Alice

    By Monkeyboydance
    This book meant so much to me. My father had vascular dementia and just as is the norm for all of us to do, we used to just put it down to a bit of forgetfulness or him getting older and having less of an attention span that he used to have. Then I cared for him and he moved into our home and lives and I saw it more clearly when faced with it on a daily basis. Unfortunately there came a time when he could no longer live with us as his condition worsened. I have lived with huge guilt over having to put him into care, of stripping down his personal items to the size of a small suitcase. After reading how the Alzheimer's progressed so quickly with Alice and she forgot their holiday home, she forgot who her own husband and children were - it somehow gave me some hope that when Dad did finally pass away, that he didn't know of everything he had lost in his life only to end up in this small shared room in a nursing home. It has given me hope that I didn't hurt him emotionally as much as I think. It gave me a small window of opportunity that there may be some hope in that one day I can truly forgive myself for having to put my father into full time care and take away his life as he once knew it. That maybe the brain atrophy was to blame for that. That maybe I can be guilt free and not feel like I just betrayed the most important man in my life. Still Alice is just an excellent book, to help to give insight into the actual sufferer's own thoughts is insightful, informative and genius.