I read Still Alice several years ago and it remains one of the most personally meaningful books I have ever read. I have recommended it over and over, have literally pressed it into the hands of people whose family members have been recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia.
I was so pleased to see that this book had been made into a movie, that Julianne Moore was cast as Alice (good pick, I think), that she was awarded a Golden Globe this past weekend for her performance and that this story will be available to so many more people. I don't know if I will see it in a theater or not. I have this vision of myself sobbing, so I will likely wait until I can view it in my own home.
Getting back to the book group, I had a lovely time. I think we surprised the librarian who was moderating by the number of people who attended. She asked who liked the book or loved the book and it was virtually everyone there. Often a discussion lags when all agree. However, that was not the case. And I was pleased to just sit by and be a regular member. I shared a bit of my reading experience and how Still Alice touched my life at a very difficult time. My go-to analogy of family members and their caretakers experiencing Alzheimer's concerns dark storm clouds and silver linings. And especially living in the moment with the individual. You will be surprised by joy when you least expect it. I promise.
I plan on returning to this book group next month. We'll be discussing The Good Lord Bird by James McBride. I'm looking forward to it. Leaving you with the trailer for Still Alice: