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Inside the O'Briens
Inside the O'Briens | Lisa Genova
The breathtaking new novel from the author of STILL ALICE, now adapted into an Academy Award-winning film starring Julianne Moore. Joe O'Brien is a Boston cop; his physical stamina and methodical mind have seen him through decades policing the city streets, while raising a family with his wife Rosie. When he starts making uncharacteristic errors, he attributes them to stress. Finally, he agrees to see a doctor and is handed a terrifying, unexpected diagnosis: Huntington's disease. Not only is Joe's life set to change beyond recognition, but each of his four grown children has a fifty-fifty chance of inheriting the disease. Observing her potential future play out in his escalating symptoms, his pretty yoga teacher daughter Katie wrestles with how to make the most of the here and now, and how to care for her dad who is, inside, always an O'Brien. Praise for Inside the O'Briens: 'I urge you to read this book. The story is so uplifting and redeeming that it fills you with hope ... Quite simply brilliant' Judy Finnigan 'Devastating. We climb into the hearts of a normal, chaotic, loving family. A story about the resilience of love in the face of a tragic, inevitable fate' Julie Cohen, author of Dear Thing
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Reviewsbylola
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Starbucks dropped their holiday drinks today. It was pandemonium. It took 50 minutes for my mobile order, and they were out of the reusable cups and holiday cups, BUT I got my chestnut praline latte and that‘s all that matters! Those poor Sbux employees.

Now I need to read a bit to decompress. 😅 I‘m midway thru this one and it‘s not grabbing me the way her other books do but I‘m enjoying it.

LauraBeth I had a Peppermint Mocha this morning 😋😋 6d
TrishB I really enjoyed this one 👍🏻 but I never do Starbucks! 6d
Cathythoughts Book sounds good 👍🏻❤️ 6d
MommyOfTwo Wow, that‘s a crazy wait. My husband and I were both able to get the reusable cups. Now I just need to get in the habit of taking them when I‘m planning a trip to SB. 6d
JulAnna I didn‘t like this one as much as Still Alice or Left Neglected, but it was still good! 6d
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Coleen
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Another great read by Lisa Genova. I can never decide which is my favorite because I love them all. This one centers on Huntington‘s Disease, which I really knew very little about. Genova is great at creating novels about neurological conditions and how they affect family dynamics.

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Megabooks
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Thank you to @Clwojick for hosting the #summersendreadathon this past week! She is such a wonderful, vibrant presence on Litsy, and this was a very fun time!

While I didn‘t meet my stretch goal of 10 books, I did meet my original goal of 8 books! 📚🥳🥳🎧 I made a nice dent in my physical book collection, too!

The best were the tagged book and Queenie! 👍🏻👍🏻

Crazeedi I loved the Obriens!! 2mo
Megabooks @Crazeedi It was really good!! 2mo
Bookwormjillk Wow! 2mo
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Clwojick Thanks so much for joining! It was a pleasure to host, and I‘ll definitely be doing it again. ♥️ 2mo
Megabooks @Bookwormjillk Thanks! 😊 2mo
Megabooks @Clwojick Awesome! 🎉 I‘m excited! 2mo
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Megabooks
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Man can Lisa Genova research and write a book!! As a doctor/scientist, I appreciate thorough research. Not only does this book humanize Huntington‘s Disease, it also presents an honest picture of what it‘s like for an individual and their family. The choice to find out if an adult child is gene positive and family planning are also explored. 5⭐️ 🔽

#summersendreadathon @Clwojick
#24b4monday @Andrew65 @TheReadingMermaid @jb72

Megabooks This book only briefly touches on suicide/euthanasia, and the MC ultimately chooses life. As I said in an earlier post, I do believe in the right of the individual to choose euthanasia with terminal illness. Obviously, this is still controversial. (edited) 3mo
Andrew65 Great review 👏👏👏 3mo
Andrew65 @Megabooks Agree with you about terminal illness, we should have that choice / right. 3mo
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Megabooks @Andrew65 Thank you! Seeing it in vet med, I know how euthanasia has the dual position of being a burden and a gift, but I guess this has become my most libertarian position! 3mo
TrishB I thought this was a good read too 👍🏻 and I‘m all for choice. 3mo
Megabooks @TrishB I‘ve liked all her books that I‘ve read. I think this makes 4/5. And 👍🏻👍🏻 3mo
jb72 Good review! And I agree...someone with a terminal illness should have the right to choose. 3mo
Megabooks @jb72 Thanks!! 😊😊 3mo
Clwojick Yes! Great review! I‘m going to move it up on my tbr. 3mo
Megabooks @Clwojick Great! I hope you enjoy it! 3mo
BittersweetBooks Loooooved this one! 3mo
Megabooks @BittersweetBooks 😁😁😁 3mo
Reviewsbylola I have always enjoyed her books and been very touched by them. I recently read 3mo
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola I enjoyed that one, too! The only one I haven‘t read is 3mo
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Megabooks
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I‘ve been pro human euthanasia since long before I was a vet. I was just talking to my mom about it the other day. The protagonist has Huntington‘s Disease.

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Megabooks
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#summersendreadathon @Clwojick
#24b4monday @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 @jb72

Happy interruption: lunch with a friend 🍣
Sad interruption: car maintenance 😒

Halfway through the tagged book and making good progress in the audiobook! 👍🏻👍🏻

TheReadingMermaid Woop woop 😎 3mo
Clwojick Sushi for lunch? I‘m jealous! ♥️ 3mo
Andrew65 Going well despite interruptions. 👏👏👏 3mo
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Megabooks @TheReadingMermaid 👍🏻👍🏻 3mo
Megabooks @Clwojick it was hilarious. My friend and I eat there about every other week and usually sit at the same table. I order before she gets there because her work is a few miles away. The waitress was all, “your friend will have a cucumber salad and a spicy tuna roll with avocado added. You‘ll have a spicy tuna roll and eel nigiri. You both want low sodium soy sauce and waters.” Me: 🤯🤯🤯 what‘s funny is the cucumber salad is different every time! 🤣 3mo
Megabooks @Andrew65 I‘m pleased, but I‘m upset I forgot to start my timer yesterday!! 3mo
Andrew65 @Megabooks Oh no, but so easy to do! 😔 3mo
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suvata
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Continuing my TBR project:
This is one the oldest selection on my TBR list - Originally added October 3, 2015.

Authentic, heart-breaking and informative story about a family in Boston that is plagued with Huntington‘s Disease. I‘ve heard about HD on a few television medical dramas but had absolutely no idea how devastating this disease is or how it runs in families. I loved this novel and all its memorable characters!

LeeRHarry This book was my first post on Litsy - great author ! 3mo
suvata @LeeRHarry I agree. I definitely want to read more books from her. 3mo
TrishB I enjoyed this book 👍🏻 3mo
sisilia Wow you are very good. My oldest TBR was added in 2001 🙈😅 3mo
suvata @sisilia It‘s one of my pet projects - to read them according to the year that I added them. I only have six or seven more from 2015 and then it‘s on to 2016. 3mo
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Megabooks
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1. 8 books in 8 days!
2. I‘m trying not to limit myself because I‘m such a mood reader, but I‘m starting this one tonight. Ollie‘s find!
3. Chicken nuggets and frozen blueberries! I‘m weird.
4. My adjustable bed and unsweetened iced tea
5. Absolutely! It‘s a must!
6. Thanks for the tag @Clwojick If you‘re participating in the #summersendreadathon (which you should!) consider yourself tagged! 🤩

Clwojick Mmmmmm Nuggets 🤤🤤🤤 And I almost put that book into my stack too! Another book that I‘ve had on my unread shelf for way too long! 😝 3mo
Megabooks @Clwojick Like ¾ of my books are in storage, but I still have what one might call a “book buying problem” but I choose call a “TBR extending solution.” ?? And nuggets are awesome! (edited) 3mo
JazzFeathers 8 books in 8 days? 😱 l'll be cheering you along! 😁 3mo
Megabooks @JazzFeathers Thanks!! 😁😁 3mo
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jnichole
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This has been on my TBR list since it came out. Because I have a parent that suffers from Huntington's this book could be a wrong choice. Fingers crossed I can get through it.

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Bklover
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Mehso-so

Definitely not her best. While I imagine her portrayal of Huntington‘s Disease is deadly accurate, I found the rest of the book to be a bit tedious. Four adult kids (who all still live at home?!?!) trying to decide whether or not to find out if they carry the gene that will give them HD. I did learn a lot about this horrific disease, but overall was a bit disappointed.

tammysue I agree with everything, a so-so for me too. 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for the card!! I‘m responding and updating you on my life history 🤣🤣 7mo
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Bookwormjillk
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A very good book, but a very unresolved ending. I wasn‘t ready to let the O‘Briens go.

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LibraryCin
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Wow! This was so good! In addition to learning about Huntington‘s Disease (which is quite rare), Genova did an amazing job, I thought, of bringing the O‘Brien family to life. I loved the Sunday dinners with the family and all their interactions. Cont in comments...

LibraryCin The book followed Joe and Katie, and how they each dealt with Huntington‘s, so we got to see how Joe was dealing with living with it, and how Katie was trying to deal with her father having it, and how it would potentially affect her and her new relationship, and her struggle to decide if she wanted to know if she carried the gene or not. This will make my favourites this year. 8mo
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C.Perone
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More than just a look at a family dealing with Huntington's disease; a reminder that Now is all any one of us has

Bklover I love Genova‘s books and every one of them scare the crap out of me! I just read Every Note Played about ALS. 😳 7mo
C.Perone @Bklover I do too! I've only read this one and Left Neglected; found both of them fascinating and scary. I've had Still Alice for years but I just can't bring myself to read it because Alzheimer's is my biggest fear. I want to read her others though. Her writing is so captivating. 7mo
Bklover Still Alice was the first of hers I read. It definitely was the most personally terrifying- I know what you mean about being petrified by Alzheimer‘s. What a horrible disease! 7mo
C.Perone @Bklover Yeah, the thought of losing who you are and all you've experienced to *become* is just too scary to contemplate; never mind what it does to one's loved ones. Someday I may gather my courage and give it a go; I've heard good things about it as far as story goes. 7mo
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C.Perone
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Started this in the wee hours of the morning

#currentread

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Bookwormjillk
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Count me as another person sucked in by the Barnes & Noble sale.

SmartSassery That's a great book. 8mo
BookishClaire I love The Other Boleyn Girl! 8mo
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Rupi
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Book #8

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Amiable
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This book was smack in my wheelhouse--I've lived in Boston, so I'm familiar with the locations and the people and the dialect and the fanatical obsession with sports. The characters were real people to me; Genova did a great job making them all come alive. I laughed in parts and teared up in others. Genova was also very adept at explaining Huntington's Disease in layman's terms without using overly technical language.

Day 24: #adventrecommends

Megabooks Definitely read all her books! She‘s one of my favorite authors. 11mo
Amiable @Megabooks Yes, I've read them all! "Inside the O'Briens" is my favorite of hers. 11mo
Megabooks @Amiable Oh great! Me too. 😁 My favorite is between Left Neglected and Inside the O‘Briens. 11mo
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Amiable @Megabooks I also love "Still Alice." Although I didn't think the movie did the book justice. 11mo
Megabooks @Amiable I love that too, but my grandmother lived with Alzheimer‘s for ten years, so it was a tough read. 💜 11mo
Amiable @Megabooks My grandmother, too. I get it. Hugs. 💕 11mo
Megabooks Definite hugs. 💕 I‘m sorry. 11mo
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rachlols
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Second book club book of the month, only available on audiobook from the library which is a bummer. Was a nice portrait of the ethical questions and hardship faced by those with huntington's or other genetic diseases. Good read in these times of DNA mail in testing. Some characters and plot bits were overly convenient, but did at least add something to the ethics discussion.

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peacegypsy
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Another insightful read from Lisa Genova.

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Lcsmcat
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Mehso-so

#UnpopularOpinion time, but I found this to be heavy-handed and uninspired. Yes, it‘s good to educate people about Huntington‘s, but if you‘re writing a novel you also need something else. Plot? Believable characters? Gorgeous prose? Something! Narrator was pretty good (although if I had to hear him say “HD, HD, HD” one more time I might have screamed) but he couldn‘t save the material.

Lcsmcat One more rant and then I‘ll move on with my life. She kept comparing the sisters‘ feet and saying the dancer‘s feet were prettier than the yoga instructor! Has she ever SEEN a ballerina‘s feet! 1y
ValerieAndBooks What!! My daughter is 19 and a ballet dancer (college dance major) and I cringe when I look at her feet 😩 ! But the condition they‘re in doesn‘t stop her. (edited) 1y
Lcsmcat @ValerieAndBooks Exactly! My sister and my daughter both danced on pointe, so that mistake just jumped out at me. 1y
JFB TBH, I felt Still Alice was flawed in pretty much the same way you describe this book. 1y
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Melissa_J
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It‘s #bookmail from Britain 🇬🇧Thank you @TrishB I love everything 😊 My daughter has already claimed the Malteser, although I‘m keeping the Diary Milk and Lindt bunnies for myself 🤣

Turns out Royal Mail is faster than Canada Post 📮

TrishB Yay glad it arrived safely - and relatively quickly 😁 2y
LeahBergen How lovely! 💕💕 2y
batsy Nice 😍 2y
Reviewsbylola I just bought that same book! 2y
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Lauren.Archer
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This was my first book by Lisa Genova and it was so so good. Heartbreaking and felt very real. I am definitely going to read the rest of her backlist.

Megabooks Definitely do! She also has a new book out 2y
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Kshakal
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Lisa Genova sure knows how to make you feel all of the feels. I have not made it through one of her books without having tears streaming down my face. This one deals with Huntington‘s disease and the all important question of would you take a blood test to know your future. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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slhbooks
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Nearly as good as Still Alice and better than her other two. This time a look at the hereditary disease, Huntington‘s, and it‘s devastating impact on a family.

That‘s my bookend, Louie. #catsoflitsy

Megabooks She‘s an excellent writer! 2y
rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 2y
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perfumed_bookshelf
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Finished this book today. It was a good book, not my favorite from L.Genova but an interesting, insightful and informative read!!

jfalkens Welcome to Litsy and happy reading 😊🎊📖🎉📚🤓 2y
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Beck9lol
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Went a little crazy at the discount store last night. Some pretty sweet finds though! Stocking up for winter hibernation. 😄

Jess7 💙 2y
Books_Wine_Repeat Lily and the Octopus!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2y
Grim_Reader Great haul 👌🏻 2y
Beck9lol @Grim_Reader thanks 😊 2y
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GirlWellRead
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Genova's novel does for Huntington‘s Disease what her debut Still Alice did for Alzheimer‘s. I adored the family and the family dynamic. Genova writes characters you care about and can relate to, while educating the reader at the same time.

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sb3626
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This wonderful audiobook kept me company during my long move. Such a great book of a family who go through the diagnosis and living with the scary disease that is Huntington's, something that I have not known much about. Highly recommend!!

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Sharpeipup
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Finished book 7 and more than halfway through 8 but I think I will be just shy of the goal. #24in48 #readathon

Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻📚📚👏🏻 2y
Megabooks Btw, loved this book! 2y
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JulAnna
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Car reading on the way home from vacation. This was a purchase from Island Bookstore 📚in Kitty Hawk. 😊

Bookladylinda I loved this one, the audio was fantastic!!! 2y
Landagail I'm a neurology nurse and this is such a devastating disease 2y
JulAnna @Landagail -- It is! The book did an excellent job of describing and personalizing the disease. @Bookladylinda --It was really good, I liked Still Alice and Left Neglected too. 2y
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Eggs
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Joe O'Brien, a cop with Boston PD, discovers his mom did not deteriorate and die due to alcoholism when he was young; she had Huntington's disease. Now he's been diagnosed, as well as two of his and Rosie's four kids. What havoc can be wreaked when the DNA sequencing has a different pattern.

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Readingrobin
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After hearing the author at the Simon & Schuster book club matinee in March, I was eager to delve into this one.

TrishB Great book, soooo sad though! 3y
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MPL
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Our Roaming Readers book club took it to the streets today to discuss this gem! 🏃🏾‍♀️🏃🏼

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AceOnRoam
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My heart is breaking for this family :(

#ReadingOnRoam

TrishB Such a sad book 😢 3y
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Megabooks
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One more #autobuyauthor. I love the accuracy of her science in fiction. ❤️📚❤️ #marchintoreading

Librarylady I heard her next book is about ALS. 3y
emilygatlin I loved LEFT NEGLECTED. 3y
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Megabooks @emilygatlin it's my favorite of hers!! 3y
KathyODilbeck I love her books. I have learned a lot from them 3y
Megabooks @KathyODilbeck Yes, definitely! 3y
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Bookloverforever
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Only disappointment is we don't find out Katie's results or what happened to the family.

LeeRHarry I like that we don't find out Katie's result, it gives the reader more to think about 😊 3y
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Yamich49
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An important and sad book. It's weird to say I enjoyed a story when it's about something as serious as Huntington's Disease, but this was an engrossing and personal look at one family's experience with this disease. I couldn't help but become invested in the O'Briens lives and I learned a lot about this disease that I was unfamiliar with. ❤

TrishB This was a good, sad book! 3y
Reviewsbylola I loved Still Alice so I started reading Left Neglected and was seriously underwhelmed. I've been too afraid to try any of Genova's other books since then but maybe I'll give this one a shot. 3y
Yamich49 @TrishB Agreed! 3y
Yamich49 @Reviewsbylola I have yet to read Still Alice (although the film version was very good so I'm sure the book is fantastic) or any of her other books but this one was pretty good. 3y
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MPL
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A depressing start to the weekend, yet SO GOOD at the same time. Highly recommend on Audiobook.

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Shemac77
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The author excels at making neurological disorders accessible and giving a human face to the disorders. Enjoyable. The poor editing was a little distracting from the story though.

#readeverydayeverywhere
#nslitten
#readingissexy
#paramediclitten

Megabooks I love her books too!! 3y
slhbooks I loved Still Alice. Haven't read this one yet. 3y
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Shemac77
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readinginthedark I need to read this one! I loved Still Alice. 3y
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carrceli
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wonderful book about love and family

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Book club read for September.

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BittersweetBooks
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Every breath is a risk. Love is why we breathe 💚☘

Megabooks Lisa Genova is one of my all-time favorite authors! 3y
BittersweetBooks @Ebooksandcooks I can see why! I definitely want to read Love Anthony and Life Neglected too. Have you read those? 3y
Megabooks Yes, and Still Alice too. I didn't like Love Anthony as much as the other three, but they are all good! 3y
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Megabooks
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5🌟This story of a family facing a father's diagnosis with Huntington's disease and how it effects his job, wife, and adult children is an amazing novel. Genova's books are so well researched. One of my favorites of 2015. I've enjoyed all of her books. #recommendsday #wcw #womancrushwednesday

Reviewsbylola I thought Still Alice was amazing but Left Neglected fell short. I definitely want to give this one a try though. 3y
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola It's really hard for me to choose a favorite among these three. I didn't enjoy Love Anthony. Still Alice was hard for me because my grandmother suffered with Alzheimer's for 10 years. The last 5 were horrid. Her research is so thorough, I love it! 3y
[DELETED] 2232195534 I love Lisa Genova's books. Still Alice is my favorite, but this one was great too. To me, this author puts a face on some awful medical conditions and brings so much emotion and humanity to her stories. 3y
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Megabooks @kaysreadinglife Yes! ❤️😃 3y
BookishFeminist I've been meaning to read her for a while! I've had Still Alice on my shelf forever. Maybe I'll fix that soon. 👍🏼 3y
Megabooks Yes @BookishFeminist ! I've really enjoyed her books. 3y
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AJVrtikapa
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I really love Lisa Genova's books and it was interesting to learn about Huntington's Disease which I knew nothing about before reading this books. This book definitely tugs at your heartstrings...but in my opinion has a frustrating ending. Made these paint swatches with quotes for book club.

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RandomBookMuses
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"I‘ve read every book written by this author, and each one has been better than the last." Reviewed by Thalia https://goo.gl/N8fQHu

Joanne1 I adored Still Alice, I should try some others. 3y
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dianebeth1024
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Thought provoking look at Huntington Disease.

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MMFinck
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Very good