Still Alice by Lisa Genova

We were lucky enough to see a preview of the movie Still Alice which stars Julianne Moore in her Golden Globe winning role. It is based on the book of the same name, written by Lisa Genova which came our a few years ago. The movie is terrific, and is faithful to the book in the most important ways. I loved the book when I read it back then and Julianne Moore gives a terrific performance of Alice who at 50 years of age is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. It is all the poignant for Alice to be struck down by something that robs her of language, and she is a professor in linguistics, and communication has been her field of expertise. Lisa Genova is herself a neuroscientist who has worked in the field of Alzheimer’s and autism. Lisa’s second book, Left Neglected is about a woman who after a car accident suffers from Left Neglect, where she no longer recognizes anything about the left side of her body. She has a new book coming in April this year which is about a family dealing with Huntingdon’s disease. I’m looking forward to that very much.

So see the movie, and read the book!

still alice

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