Thursday, March 12, 2009

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

I just finished reading this gem of a novel after months of avoiding it. Since my mother is currently suffering from dementia and speech loss due to strokes, I didn't know whether a book narrated by an early onset Alzheimer's patient would be too close for comfort. Genova draws on her own expertise as a Harvard educated neuroscientist to render an authentic view of the world from inside the mind of one slowly slipping into the darkness of dementia. I did not weep as I supposed I would, but rather appreciated Genova's frank portrait of struggle so many people are dealing with as parents and loved ones live with this disease.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

After hearing the Gaiman had won the Newberry Award, I became intrigued by the awesome reviews I was reading of the movie Coraline in 3D. Of course, I figured I needed to read the book before seeing the movie. Coraline is