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Still Alice~ not in wonderland

Still Alice

a novel

by: Lisa Genova


This is not an Alice in Wonderland story.

This is a story of a woman who becomes lost….in her mind….

This is a story of a Harvard professor

This is a story of a highly intelligent woman

This is a story of a Harvard Professor, a  highly intelligent woman who due to a gene, due to dumb luck, has developed Alzheimer’s.

It is a powerful, compassionate, heartbreaking, realistic look at what Alzheimers does to a person.

Just two quotes to hopefully get you to want  read this book:

“Disorientation, mental confusion, memory lapses. Check, check, and check.  She leaned back in her chair and raked her fingers through her curly black hair.  She looked over the picture displayed on the shelves……her Harvard Graduation day….This was natural, next phase in her life as a woman….Nothing life-threatening. Nothing abnormal…”(page 25)

“I can barely breathe when I think about it.  But we have to think about it.  I don’t know how much longer I have to know you.  We need to talk about what’s going to happen”(page 100)


I would recommend this book for anyone say perhaps middle school and up.


Especially for anyone that has a relative with Alzheimer’s or Dementia, it takes you into their world…what they are thinking,  what their caregivers are going through.

and really

This book is for anyone who wants to have a better understanding of true humanity. I

Alzheimer’s took away many of Alice’s memories but she is still Alice, a human being, with a heart that longs to love and be loved and who doesn’t long for that.





About ellasurreau

I was first grade religious education catechist I have been teaching for 20 years I have a BA in Religious Studies I have continued taking classes in religious studies since graduating. I grew up Methodist, and became catholic after marrying.

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