Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Another book recommendation from the pigpen

The start of school has brought a bit of structure back to our lives, but it is still a work in progress as evidenced by my recent lack of blogging.  Although I haven't had much time to blog, I did some how manage to find time to read a book which is something I haven't done in a very long time and I love to read.  The book I read is actually the book of the month of the book club I recently joined.  Now, I realize I have no business adding a new activity to my already full schedule, but I thought a book club was just what I needed.
The club meets once a month to discuss the recent book and to socialize.  I figured that was a commitment I could make to myself in this busy world.

September's book is Still Alice by Lisa Genova.  I was very apprehensive about reading this book as it deals with early onset Alzheimer's.  Although my Gramma didn't have early onset Alzheimer's, I didn't know if I could read a book dealing with Alzheimer's at all as it has been indescribable to watch my Gramma slip away.  (My Gramma is currently 91 and has lived in Alzheimer's unit of the nursing home for over 2 years now.  She was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in her 80s.) I debated whether I should read this book or not especially since I can't make the September book club meeting when they will discuss this book.

Well after much thought, I decided to check it out from the county library and give it a go.  Needless to say I was hooked after the first chapter and finished the almost 300 page book in 3 days.

It is hard to say a book about Alzheimer's was good, but it truly was an excellent book as it was told from the perspective of the patient with Alzheimer's.  Although it is a fiction book, I truly believe it accurately depicted life as an Alzheimer's patient and gave me some great insight into what Alzheimer's has been like for my Gramma.

I shed many tears while reading this book for both the main character, Dr. Alice Howland, and for my Gramma.  Despite the tears, I would recommend this book as Alzheimer's truly is like no other disease.


  1. Heather, I love to read too! Books offer a way to relax and escape from the day, an out let to experience new or different perspectives on life and so much more. I like to read non-fiction; it amazes me the way people triumph over the adversity they have experienced in their lives.

    Thanks for the book suggestion and prayers to your Grandmother and family.


  2. Try Sarah's Key. It's a very good read!

  3. I will put it on my reading list-thx for review!


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