I cut my last post short so that some of you could get to the library or bookstore this weekend to check out The Bonesetter’s Daughter, and I heard that some of you did! After you finish reading that one, you might want to check out my next recommendation.
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
The author of this book was an academic studying Alzheimer’s Disease and other neurological disorders before she became a best-selling novelist. Lisa Genova earned a PhD in neuroscience from Harvard University, so you can bet that she has the scientific knowledge to back up what she writes. The beauty of what Genova has done for Alzheimer’s Disease in Still Alice (and for traumatic brain injury in Left Neglected) is that she has revealed another layer of truth about this disease, moving beyond clinical observations and scientific study to a deeply personal level of compassion and empathy.
Still Alice is written from the perspective of Alice, a Harvard professor and researcher at the peak of her career who starts having some very disturbing spells of confusion and memory loss. She receives a definitive diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease based on genetic testing, then has to cope with all of the life changes that come with a degenerative neurological condition. Continue reading