Saturday, October 10, 2009

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

I suspected the book, as selected by my book club, would scare me a bit. And it did, but it also surprised me.

At a young age, I remember watching a television movie about a lady with a relatively unheard of disease called Alzheimer's. The show made me feel very sad. Then Nicholas Sparks came along with The Notebook, and those sad feelings about the awful disease resurfaced.

So I prepared myself for tears and worry before I delved into the novel. But the novel was compelling to me - and not so much in a scary or sad way.

At first, as I watched a brilliant professor lose her faculties, I became acutely aware of my own memory lapses. Once I miraculously remembered that my forgetfulness has plagued me since the first grade, I was able to engage in the story and its message.

As the professor lost her ability to remember and to reason, an amazing transformation occurred. She was finally able to put her busy schedule aside to grow closer to her children. If she could save nothing else about herself, she saved what was most important.

Anyway, for all of you who find yourself beyond busy on your quest for achievement, read this book. It just might change your perspective.

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