I have been going for the past few years to a small book group hosted at my church. The woman that leads the group was a previous English teacher. The books that she has been picking have been more historical fiction books. This was the most recent pick for the group. The book is called “Still Alice” by Lisa Genova, she also wrote “Left Neglected” which I just finished and really enjoyed.
Here is the summary of what this book is about courtesy of Barnes and Noble:
Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children and a house on the Cape, is a celebrated Harvard professor at the height of her career when she notices a forgetfulness creeping into her life. As confusion starts to cloud her thinking and her memory begins to fail her, she receives a devastating diagnosis: early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Fiercely independent, Alice struggles to maintain her lifestyle and live in the moment, even as her sense of self is being stripped away. In turns heartbreaking, inspiring and terrifying, Still Alice captures in remarkable detail what’s it’s like to literally lose your mind…
This book was all to real for me as I have a coworker who has a family member with Alzheimer’s disease. Some of the stories are incredible. It was very interesting sitting in this book group because I am the youngest of the group. Most of the woman in the group have a close family member that has been diagnosed with this disease. One of the women in this group shared that when she was caring for her loved one, that has since passed, when they are going though this disease she had to reminder herself that the person she was caring for was not the person she grew to know and love. As the person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease progresses they slowly loose who they are.
I loved reading this book and thought it was a good fast read.
If you read or have read this book please leave your thoughts in the comments section!