I'm not necessarily a book blogger, but I just finished a book that so touched me. Friends, I had to share it with you. If you or anyone in your life is affected by Alzheimer's, I suggest this book. It tells the story from the perspective of the person with dementia. It also speaks to one of the questions asked above in the description: How is our concept of happiness shaped by internal and external factors?
Here's the review I posted on Goodreads.com:
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I chose to read this book because my Grandmother is experiencing dementia. I must say that Lisa Genova so very tenderly and accurately captured the truth of someone with Alzheimer's, the emotional turmoil of the caregiver, and the family's struggle to find understanding.
I admit that I cried and had to put the book down and walk away, but I ran back to it quickly. :-) Even if you haven't dealt with this disease personally, it's still a great book! Through Alice and her husband, John, she also explores how we define who we are and how it affects our perspective of the world. The question in my head in the end?--What really matters?
The only reason I didn't give this book 5 stars is because it was so good I wanted more! :-) I would love a sequel Ms. Genova--maybe "Holding on to John"??
If you've read it, please tell me your thoughts about the book. Thanks!