zoemajik (zoemajik) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Book #21: 50 Book Challenge 2012

Still Alice - Lisa Genova

This is about a 51-year Harvard professor named Alice, who discovers she has early-onset Alzheimer's disease.  The book begins with her forgetting an appointment, and continues well into her illness.  Being with Alice as she forgets simple things, and getting to know her as she loses her memories and her identity, is heartbreaking.

This book started off slow but after getting through the first couple of chapters it spirals quickly into Alice's descent into the disease.

This book was very thought-provoking and at times, too honest. I loved that it was written from Alice's point of view, though.  I learned quite a bit about Alzheimer's, as the author used a lot of real research to include in the story, and I didn't realize before that early-onset Alzheimer's could ruin a life so quickly.  I also didn't realize how much of the disease the medical community has figured out so far.  I hope the drugs in trials do more than "show promise."

From a caretaker's point of view, It must be torture to see a loved one lose their memory and self-identity, especially so fast and at such a young age.

I'm glad I read this.

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