Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Still Alice

By Lisa Genova

  • Release Date: 2009-01-06
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 137 Ratings
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From New York Times bestselling author and neuroscientist Lisa Genova comes the definitive—and illuminating—novel about Alzheimer’s disease. Now a major motion picture starring Oscar winner Julianne Moore! Look for Lisa Genova's latest novel Inside the O’Briens.

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 changes her life—and her relationship with her family and the world—forever. As she struggles to cope with Alzheimer’s, she learns that her worth is comprised of far more than her ability to remember.

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.


  • Good read

    By Mz_lada
    I enjoyed reading this book. When I think of getting old, I am most afraid that either myself or my husband won't be able to recognize each other, just kind of my worst case scenario. It was scary to read at times, even brought tears to my eyes a few times. I am going to have to re read it though, as I think I may have missed some things trying to read fast. Such as, what happens to the pills? Does her husband know about her plan? Ahh! It ended very quickly and I wished for more
  • Great book... Didn't love the movie.

    By racitraci
    I was so excited to see this movie for the best scene from the book ( I had visualized it, and would laugh out loud when I thought of it) know what scene I'm talking about. They didn't include it in the movie. Loved this book from front cover to the very last page, which made me daydream about what might have happened next. Great book Lisa... thank you!
  • Still Alice

    By Marmendy
    I am so grateful that someone like Lisa has written a wonderful book on early onset Alzheimer. My own mother started her symptoms at age 39 and had a terrible time with family and friends. Not knowing about this disease in the 60's made it that much worse. I now volunteer for an Alzheimer's group. It is my way of giving back. The book was well written. Thank you. 5 stars
  • A beautiful read

    By Yehudus
    This is one of my favorite books. While watching Alice's deterioration is terrifying, the book is so beautifully written that it manages to be inspiring. This is one of the few books I bought, kept and re-read from time to time. Don't miss this one!
  • An incredible journey into the mind...

    By Kiki twins22
    Wow!!! I heard of the book through my father and read it in a day...what an amazing story!! One I will not soon forget!!
  • Still Alice

    By Antsanna
    More than just a glimpse inside the life and mind of Alice who has early onset Alzheimer's disease, this is an up-close-and-personal account of living with one's decline, dealing with the unknown, and trying to maintain 'normal' for as long as possible. Beautifully written, terrifying at times, profoundly sad, impossible to let go once the last page has been read.
  • Excellent

    By Dina F.
    This was a fantastic and very well written book. Watching Alice spiral into this unpredictable, devastating and unwavering world of loss was just heartbreaking. Learned a lot about the disease and humanity. Hope they find a cure soon. I also read Left Neglected by the same author and it's a great read.