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Still Alice: a novel

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Genova, Lisa(2009)
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Still Alice: a novel

Fifty-year-old Alice Howland is a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard University. While serving as guest speaker for a psychology colloquium series, she has a memory lapse about a subject that she has spoken about countless times. This will be the first of many cognition failures that the reader will experience through Alice’s eyes. Once the diagnosis is made – early onset Alzheimer’s disease – her professional and personal life begins to unravel. Family relationships are affected – but surprisingly, a relationship long at risk becomes stronger at book’s end. Genova, a neuroscientist herself, provides an informative look at a disease that erases so much of what makes us who we are. Heartbreaking, yet, remarkably uplifting.

Reviewed by Susanne W., South County Regional

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