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Subject: Hidden Gem - 5/5 stars - IMO
Date Posted: 6/6/2010 1:58 PM ET
Member Since: 12/17/2006
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I just read Still Alice by Lisa Genova.  I don't give many books 5 stars.  I don't read very fast; but I read this in less than 2 days. 

It was a great story.  Check it out!

Subject: 5 ***** Books
Date Posted: 6/6/2010 2:40 PM ET
Member Since: 9/13/2008
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Based on books read the last two years or so, these books were the cream of the crop:

The Help by Katherine Stockett

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris

The Moonlight Cage by Linda Holeman

Shanghai Girls by Lisa See

Currently reading The Saffron Gate by Linda Holeman

Date Posted: 6/8/2010 4:27 PM ET
Member Since: 10/27/2007
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Ack!  Irene, I just got that book in the mail today... Still Alice.  From what everyone says I don't think I will be dissappointed.  I hope to start that book this weekend.

Date Posted: 6/8/2010 6:06 PM ET
Member Since: 8/10/2005
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I agree with you, Irene. It's a very interesting book written from the point of view of a *patient* with Alzheimer's, and it's early Alzheimer's at that--she is only 50. This is why, IMO, it stands out so much--most books about the subject are written for/about the caregiver. This one scared the crap out of me!

Cheryl

Date Posted: 6/10/2010 12:37 PM ET
Member Since: 2/13/2007
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With all your positive comments I just put it on my wishlist. Sounds like a must read for me!

Date Posted: 6/10/2010 2:40 PM ET
Member Since: 12/22/2008
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Still Alice should be required reading for everyone.  Definitely 5/5.

Date Posted: 6/10/2010 3:50 PM ET
Member Since: 9/8/2009
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EXCELLENT book.  If you liked "Still Alice," and haven't read "My Stroke of Insight," it's equally compelling. 

Date Posted: 6/10/2010 9:18 PM ET
Member Since: 4/4/2006
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I have Still Alice. I just not sure I want to read something that is hitting so close to home. My mil is in the beginning stages of Alzheimers.

Date Posted: 6/12/2010 5:37 PM ET
Member Since: 6/12/2008
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It's a very touching and sad story. My Dad (and all his brothers) had alzheimers and I spent 8 years caring for him. Although it was hard to read I'm glad I did. I am constantly evaluating myself for signs and symtoms and I guess I feel better trying to understand it even though I know I can't prevent it.