#810: Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Still AliceAlice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At fifty years old, she’s a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she becomes increasingly disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life–and her relationship with her family and the world–forever.

At once beautiful and terrifying, Still Alice is a moving and vivid depiction of life with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease that is as compelling as A Beautiful Mind and as unforgettable as Judith Guest’s Ordinary People.
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Review: Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber

Sybil by Flora Reta Schreiber

‘How are you today?’ the doctor asked. ‘I’m fine’, was the reply. ‘But Sybil isn’t. She was so sick she couldn’t come. So I came instead.’

Sybil is the story of a woman with sixteen separate personalities, and was instrumental in influencing the definition and diagnosis of multiple personality disorder.

Sybil’s diagnosis has since been called into question – but, forty years after it was first published, her story remains a gripping and disturbing account of one woman’s struggle for mental stability and happiness.

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Review

I began reading Sybil with an idea of the story’s surrounding controversy. When the author’s account of Sybil’s story came out, it made quite an impact and resulted in a movie. Why wouldn’t it? This poor woman had sixteen personalities and her life was not liveable. Her childhood was horrible, reading about it is traumatic enough, and then she’s constantly questioning everything around her. Even if it’s not true, the story itself has some serious details to create a riveting tale. Continue reading

BA News: Too Stuffed for Posting

Just a short post today. If you’ve been following my BA posting challenge, you would have known I missed yesterday. Well, I’m not going to be posting it or anything else for the next few days by the looks of things. I had a lovely bug over the weekend that cleaned me out and left me feeling pretty spaced. I swear, if I wasn’t sick, I would have thought someone had drugged me.

As of today I’m feeling better though. I’ve stopped throwing up and have been able to eat almost normal meals. Huzzah! Except being without food for 36 hours does a number on you so now I’m getting over that too. Woo. Hence no posting… Too delirious to post. That’s me!

If you’re waiting for my challenge post to go up, don’t worry, you don’t have to. Follow the badge on the side there and you can link up to that page if you’d prefer. Otherwise, I’ll have my post up before the weekend, just might be like right on the beginning of the weekend…