Monday, December 14, 2009

Lisa recommends "The Circle"

I could not wait for The Circle by Bon Jovi to come out as I have all of their cds and it did not disappoint. The musical style is similar to Lost Highway (summer 2007). Most of the songs are more ballad-like, rather than hard rock, but the overall effect is excellent. There aren’t many groups today that are as timeless as Bon Jovi.

Recommended for all ages.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Colette recommends "Still Alice" by Lisa Genova

One can NEVER presume to understand what it is like to have Alzheimer’s. That being said, "Still Alice" is not a memoir, but a well researched novel that provides the reader with the rare opportunity to see through the eyes of Alice Howland, PhD & Harvard neuro-linguistics superstar, from diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 50 through the unrelenting progress of the disease during the following year.

The reader shares in Alice’s confusion and determination as she struggles to maintain control over the distorted reality that is Alzheimer’s. Most information available about Alzheimer’s is written from the point of view of family/caregivers. What a rare privilege to read this book and gain some insight and perception into what it like to lose yourself and know that it is happening. A tragedy.

Highly recommended for adults.

Brutally heartbreaking, but worth it. I couldn’t put it down.