Still Alice (Hardcover)
|Author: Lisa Genova|
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|Lisa Genova graduated valedictorian from Bates College with a degree in Biopsychology and holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Harvard University. She is a member of the Dementia Advocacy, Support Network International and DementiaUSA and is an online columnist for the National Alzheimer''s association. She lives with her husband and two children in Cape Cod. "Still Alice" is her first novel.|
From the Publisher:
An extraordinary debut novel about an accomplished woman who slowly loses her thoughts and memories to a harrowing disease -- only to discover that each day brings a new way of living and loving
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 world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she becomes increasingly disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's disease changes her life.
As the inevitable descent into dementia strips away her sense of self, fiercely independent Alice struggles to live in the moment. While she once placed her worth and identity in her celebrated and respected academic life, now she must reevaluate her relationship with her husband, a respected scientist; her expectations of her children; and her ideas about herself and her place in the world.At once beautiful and terrifying, Still Alice is a moving and vivid depiction of life with early-onset Alzheimer's disease that is as compelling as A Beautiful Mind and as unforgettable as Ordinary People.
Drawing from her long career as a Harvard-based neuroscientist, Lisa Genova, in her debut novel, depicts the inevitable hardships of early onset Alzheimer's disease. Alice, a renowned Harvard professor at the height of her career, begins to experience little slips of memory, which eventually are identified as the beginnings of her terrible, gradual descent into the darkness of Alzheimer's. Genova's expertise on the subject is on display throughout, as she alternates scientific discussion of the disease with the heart-wrenching details of watching a beloved family member endure mental disintegration.