2153405I was totally floored by Still Alice.  Thought provoking, insightful, provocative…something that just came out of left field at me, I could not put it down.

Still Alice is the story of a Harvard psychology professor who was been diagnosed with early Alzheimer’s, and follows her journey through the disease, the action and reactions of her friends and family, as well as facing some very difficult questions about life, morality, mortality, and dying with grace and dignity.

Lots of medical terminology used here so it can get a wee bit confusing, but it’s more than made up for in the writing.  As soon as I finished Still Alice I wanted to go out and get her second book Left Neglected.

But I think I’ll be a good girl and wait and see what Santa brings me for Christmas.

What is with me and provoking thoughts lately?  Up for another deep thinker folks?  We’re diving into Annabel by Katheleen Winter next.

7984373In 1968, into the devastating, spare atmosphere of the remote coastal town of Labrador, Canada, a child is born: a baby who appears to be neither fully boy nor fully girl, but both at once. Only three people are privy to the secret: the baby’s parents, Jacinta and Treadway, and a trusted neighbor and midwife, Thomasina. Though Treadway makes the difficult decision to raise the child as a boy named Wayne, the women continue to quietly nurture the boy’s female side. And as Wayne grows into adulthood within the hyper-masculine hunting society of his father, his shadow-self, a girl he thinks of as “Annabel,” is never entirely extinguished.

Kathleen Winter has crafted a literary gem about the urge to unveil mysterious truth in a culture that shuns contradiction, and the body’s insistence on coming home. A daringly unusual debut full of unforgettable beauty, Annabel introduces a remarkable new voice to American readers.