Nov. 2: Still Alice by Lisa Genova
First published in 2007 and turned into the Oscar-winning film starring Julianne Moore in 2014, Still Alice by Lisa Genova is a compelling portrayal of the descent into Alzheimer’s disease.
Alice Howland is proud of the life she has worked so hard to build. A Harvard professor, she has a successful husband and three grown children. When Alice begins to grow forgetful, she first just dismisses it but, when she gets lost in her own neighborhood,she realizes that something is terribly wrong. Alice finds herself in the rapid downward spiral of Alzheimer’s disease. She is only 50 years old.Genova graduated valedictorian, summa cum laude from Bates College with a degree in Biopsychology and has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Harvard University. Acclaimed as the Oliver Sacks of fiction and the Michael Crichton of brain science, Genova writes novels focusing on people living with neurological diseases and disorders who tend to be ignored, feared, or misunderstood. Through fiction, she is dedicated to describing with passion and accuracy the journeys of those affected by neurological diseases, thereby educating, demystifying, and inspiring support for care and scientific research. She has written about Alzheimer's disease, traumatic brain injury, autism, Huntington's disease, and ALS.
Susie Nee, team leader of PC Reads, said the idea of a monthly book group grew from the success of last year's program to have book groups throughout PebbleCreek read Belgravia by Julian Fellowes and then gather as part of the Sunday Series to learn about the book and its setting. Many of the Sunday Series attendees said they would be interested in a “drop-in” program, particularly in the summer months, when the days are hot and there are far fewer events to attend.
There is no charge, but monthly registration is required and is limited to 24 people. Registration for October 5 is open. The book is These Is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901 by Nancy Turner.
Books read thus far are:
- June 2017: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
- July 2017: The Rosie Project: A Novel by Graeme Simsion.
- August 2017: 3mph: The Adventures of One Woman’s Walk Around the World by Polly Letofsky
- September 2017: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
- October 2017: These is My Words by Nancy Turner
Upcoming books are:
- Nov. 2, Still Alice by Lisa Genova
- Dec. 7, A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman
- Jan. 4, Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
- Feb 1, Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
- March 1, Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
- April 5, Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
- May 3, Hands of My Father: A Hearing Boy, His Deaf Parents, and the Language of Love by Myron Uhlberg
- June 7, When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
We now have 30 groups on our list. Is your group included?