Lisa Genova is an American neuroscientist and author. Still Alice was self-published in 2007 after what the author described as 100 unsuccessful quire letters. The author describes selling the book “out of the trunk of my car” until Simon Shuster published the book in trade paper back and it debuted at #5 on the New York Times best seller list. Julianna Moore won an academy award for best leading actress in 2015 for her role in “Still Alice.”
Still Alice is about the onset of dementia from young Alzheimer’s disease occurring in a 50-year-old psychology professor. It starts as she experiences moments of forgetting and confusion. She eventually loses her ability to rely on her own thoughts and memories as well as her cerebral life at her job where she placed all her worth and identity. As the disease worsens and continues to steal what she had always thought of as herself we see her discover there is more to her than what she can remember.
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