Alice is a Harvard professor, published author, and nationally respected expert in her field of study. Early-onset Alzheimer's disease nails her in mid-career and is especially devastating to her self-esteem because so much of her identity is wrapped up in her intellectual gifts and stellar memory. The story follows the gradual deterioration of Alice's mental capacity, and the attendant frustration and heartache for Alice and those who love her. There are also small triumphs along the way. Alice discovers that there are support groups for caregivers, but none for patients. She successfully starts her own support group, and feels useful and helpful for having taken the initiative. Everything is covered here, including the denial, hiding of symptoms, doctor visits, testing of cognition, and dashed hopes for new drugs. Most painful of all is the potential breakdown of family relations as they cope with the reality of losing the essence of their wife and mother to this cruel disease. Who will do the caregiving? What is best for Alice as the disease progresses? Where is the balance between caring for Alice and meeting their own needs for a fulfilling life?The prose is often clinical and uninspired, almost as if the author took a case study and turned it into a novel. However, I still recommend reading the book for the knowledge gathered about the effects of Alzheimer's disease on the lives of patients and their families. I think Still Alice can be a valuable resource for those fearing the disease in themselves or a loved one. It's like a primer on Alzheimer's in a fictional setting, so perhaps less daunting than a nonfiction book on the subject.