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Aug 06

[ARCHIVED] Staff Picks, Audiobooks by Lisa Genova

The original item was published from August 9, 2021 to August 6, 2021 3:37 PM

Staff Picks –Audiobooks written by Lisa Genova 

 Author Lisa Genova first worked as a neuroscientist and lecturer before turning to writing fiction. With a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Harvard University, she’s well qualified to explore the complexities of autism, Alzheimer’s, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), Huntington’s disease, and traumatic brain injury, but what really makes her fiction shine is that she approaches these subjects from a very human, empathetic perspective. Read on to hear about two of her audiobooks enjoyed by Lewis & Clark Library staff.

April suggests . . . 
Inside the O'Briens 
by Lisa Genova 

Lisa Genova creates unforgettable characters in this riveting novel about a Boston cop named Joe O’Brien who is diagnosed with Huntington’s disease. The story truly gets into the characters’ heads as each member of the family comes to grips with the fact that they are impacted by this hereditary disease. They ask themselves such questions as: Do they want to know if they carry the gene? Will they pass the disease on to their children? Also, Joe’s longstanding judgement of his mother as well as the community gossip that said she drank herself to death wasn’t true. Forgiveness, compassion, and ‘knowledge is power’ are all encompassed here. This book had me in tears, which doesn’t happen to me a lot. The audiobook is expertly narrated, but one small caution—the main character is a cop who drops the F-bomb a lot.

Find it in the library catalog Here  

Beth suggests . . . 

Still Alice book cover

Still Alice
by Lisa Genova 

Lisa Genova’s first published novel concerns a college professor in her 50s, Alice Howland, who develops early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Alice is teaching at Harvard University when she starts forgetting names and words and also becomes spatially disoriented while jogging in a familiar setting. The author was first inspired to write this book when her beloved Grandmother developed Alzheimer’s. At that time Lisa Genova found plenty of literature which addressed Alzheimer’s from the medical perspective and from the caregiver’s perspective, but not from the patient’s perspective. She vowed to write a fictional book about that someday—and several years later, she did. The audiobook is narrated by the author!

Find it in the library catalog Here
Also available in digital format:
Montana Library2Go eAudiobook 

Still Alice was made into a movie starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin and Kristen Stewart. Julianne Moore’s performance won the Academy Award for best actress in 2014. Find it in the library catalog Here as part of a DVD Binge Box set.