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—-As her Alzheimer’s worsened, and she was forced to live less in her head, Alice learned to live more from her heart.—Lisa Genova, Still Alice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five years ago, I read a book that turned me inside out, outside in, and had me questioning my own sanity.

 

 

I wandered around the house in a bit of a tizzy after reading the last page.

 

 

Have you ever read a book like that?  If not,  you’re missing out.

 

 

The story stayed with me all week. Even now, I remember the words, the confusion, the characters.

 

They hang on like hot hooks.

 

Remember me.   Remember me.

 

I wrote to the author: “Hey, your book has caused me to lose sleep. Your story has caused me to lose pieces of my brain cells. What the hell?”

 

The author wrote back: “Yes, that was deliberate. I wanted the reader to experience her repetition of thought and confusion. I’m glad it worked!”

 

That book I’m talking about is called Still Alice.

 

And it blew my mind.

 

Into fragments.

 

Imagine getting lost in your own neighborhood and not being able to find your way home.

 

Imagine not recognizing yourself in a mirror.

 

Imagine pulling underwear over your head instead of a bra.

 

“I can’t do this! I can’t figure out how to put on this fucking sports bra. I can’t remember how to put on a bra, John” He walked over to her and examined her head. “That’s not a bra Alice. It’s a pair of underwear.” She burst into laughter.” —Still Alice

 

Now, imagine this person is YOU with Alzheimer’s disease.

 

Lisa Genova based the story of Alice on her 85 year old grandmother who was disassembled by this epidemical disease.

 

But in the book, Dr. Alice Howland is only 49 years old.

 

It’s not impossible. We all know somebody who has been affected, right?   Entire families.

 

So.

 

After being turned down by more than 100 literary agents, Genova finally decided to self publish, even after several people warned her self publishing was the ‘kiss of death.’

 

And listen. I love this immensely.

 

“The manuscript was initially rejected by everyone, and I had to self-publish it and sell copies out of the trunk of my car for almost a year, ” Genova said.

 

The trunk of her car?    Really?     Amaaaaaaaaazing.

 

I contacted Genova last week (Again) to ask if I could tell this story, which is relevant & significant to all of us, not only writers.

 

It’s a story about receiving over 100 rejection letters, but moving forward with your vision regardless.

 

It’s a story about believing in yourself when others assume you will fail.

 

It’s a story about selling copies of your book out of the trunk of your car because the story you envisioned….

 

Had.  To.  Be.  Told.

 

It’s a familiar story about how our vision suddenly becomes everybody’s vision.

 

For example, the book nobody would publish, is now selling millions of copies, a New York Times best seller,  & being made into a Hollywood film w/ Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristin Stewart, & Kate Bosworth.

 

It’s an inspirational story about gathering with the cast at the Howland dining room table and declaring,

 

“”I made all of you up, and here you are!” —-Lisa Genova.

 

 

WOW!      That is SO damn cool!

 

 

—Dearest, Reader, have you ever believed in something so deeply that you took a risk to accomplish it No Matter What?   Tell me your story.

Check out  STILL ALICE  Here:  http://www.amazon.com/Still-Alice-Lisa-Genova/dp/1439102813


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    Debi
    March 7, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    I’m ordering this book right now! 🙂
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    Lisa thomson
    March 7, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Oh, thanks for sharjng this Kim!! I’ve heard about this book and will def read it. I was also rejected by several agents/publishers but decided to sel pub & still selling my book out of my trunk LOL. I was told my book was repetitive because there were already books on the subject. That’s like saying every experience is the same so why tell it? Crazy! I love this author’s story. Awesome.

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    Elephant's Child
    March 7, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    You will be shocked and surprised (not) to learn that this is a book which made my heart hurt. And haunted me.
    Alice’s pain is palpable – and so too that of her family. All of them were forced to grieve for Alice long before she died. And from that pain we were given priceless gifts – empathy and understanding. And a view into a window we hope we never have to face ourselves. But may.
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    Nikky44
    March 7, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    I did, so many times, much more than I can count as I was extremely stubborn and If I wanted to do something, I wouldn’t let anything stop me, but unlike Geneva, it was never to accomplish a dream. They’re only acts of “false bravery” during war time.

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    nan @ lbddiaries
    March 7, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    I don’t think I will read this book simply because I watched my own mom be disassembled by this disease. Living it the way I had to with her, working with her day by day for four excruciating years until she passed, I don’t want to read about it in someone else’s life. I remember still how it felt watching my mom be slowly disassembled. We fought to keep her with us each time a piece of her became non-functioning. I knew we were in trouble the day she forgot how to make coffee (something we never thought would happen). Slowly disassembled. Wow powerful words..
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    Kathy
    March 7, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    I’m familiar with this book, though I haven’t read it yet. Your post makes me realize all over again that I MUST read it soon. Thanks for sharing a bit of the background, Kim.

    I believe in my memoir project. I just hope I don’t have to go through quite so much agony to get it published.

    Hope you have an awesome weekend.

    Hugs from Ecuador,
    Kathy
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    Carolyn Hughes
    March 7, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    What a brilliant attitude! I needed to be reminded of the importance of pursuing my passion today no matter what others may say, do or think about it.
    Thanks so much Kim for sharing such an inspirational story. Each and every rejection letter was a little nudge up the ladder to success. Yes! 🙂
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    Beverly Diehl
    March 7, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    I have this book on my TBR list, and will move it up as soon as I finish a couple of “duty” books that I promised to read & review.

    I worked with someone with Alzheimers; unfortunately she was not a pleasant person, and when she came by my desk and picked up my keys and put them in her pocket, we almost came to blows (well, *I* wasn’t going to hit her, but it seemed like she was going to hit me). The thing was, of course, I *saw* her do it, and though I wasn’t aggressive about it, she had forgotten and was hostile that I would dare suggest such a thing, but I *couldn’t* let her leave the office for the day with my keys, I needed them to get home.

    Eventually I was able to persuade her that we both had keys with the same kind of fob (gift from a client), and that my keys looked a lot like hers, and that so many times I’d almost picked HER keys up, could she PLEASE just check her pocket for the heck of it. Voila, my keys, she was surprised, and humiliated, even though I didn’t make a big deal out of it.

    The idea that your mind is checking out and you lose the ability to handle those kind of tasks, like being able to tell a bra and underwear apart, or remembering that you put something in a pocket, is terrifying.
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    Alison
    March 7, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Thank god for people like Lisa Genova. And books like Still Alice.
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    totsymae1011
    March 7, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Alice’s story is my grandmother’s story and now, my aunt’s (her daughter) story. It’s a family affair in caring for and finding that person we know is inside somewhere. A story worth sharing and so good to know the author believed so strongly in moving forward with her vision.
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    Kim Gagnon
    March 7, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    My Kimmy
    Thank you for borrowing me the book to read. It helped me understand what my mom went through. People need to be educated about this awful and degrading disease. My mom was a fighter and challenged this disease with grace and dignity until she no longer could. Even years working in the health field until it hits home you truly can’t understand this devastating process. What I want to tell people is to please have patience and listen with your heart. Love you K

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    Jann
    March 7, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Wow, Kim, I’ve read this book and found it amazing & heartbreaking, but I had no idea of the author’s backstory. Selling books from her trunk??? 100 literary agents (didn’t know there were that many!)? Truly brave & inspirational!!!!!!!
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    Marcia @ Menopausal Mother
    March 7, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    This really hit home with me as we recently lost a dear friend who had Alzheimers. I also love the faith behind selling the book out of the trunk of a car because the author believed in herself. Truly awesome!
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    Hotly Spiced
    March 7, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    What an inspiring story. What a courageous and obviously talented woman and good on her for not listening to the publishers and having enough belief in herself to sell copies of her book from the boot of her car – for a year! I’m really pleased with how this story has ended for her with the NYT Best Sellers list and the movie deal – David took on Goliath and David won! xx
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    Mandy - The Complete Book
    March 8, 2014 at 1:54 am

    Woohoo! I love success stories like this. What an incredible woman Genova is! I admire her unwavering self belief, fantastic stuff. A New York Times best seller, & being made into a Hollywood film no less and you brought her to me, thank you Kim!
    Have a beautiful love filled happy weekend friend.
    🙂 Mandy xoxoxo
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    Corinne Rodrigues
    March 8, 2014 at 2:43 am

    Thanks for sharing, Kim. I’m checking it out at once.
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    Choc Chip Uru
    March 8, 2014 at 3:15 am

    I feel like this book would make you feel Alice’s pain and of course, that of her family. How poignant and moving.
    Thank you for sharing my friend and your comments always make me smile!

    Hugs
    Uru
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    Mike
    March 8, 2014 at 3:31 am

    I’m glad she succeeded, wrote the book and got it published Kim. My dad and grandfather had Parkinson’s disease and there are/were a ton of similarities to Alzheimers. It’s a brutal cruelty beyond belief. I’m sooooo glad you shared this and passed it on to us! Loving you bunches always…your two buddies here with you always 🙂
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    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    March 8, 2014 at 4:21 am

    Going to get one in kindle version! Thanks for sharing, Kim.
    I wish you a wonderful weekend with lots of laugh, sunshine and warmth!
    Angie
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    countingducks
    March 8, 2014 at 5:06 am

    An amazing story. No wonder you are a fan.
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    jen
    March 8, 2014 at 6:09 am

    Sound like a book worth reading sweetie!

    Ya know me and Mom cared for Mom’s sister who was 11 years older than mom, it took about 2 1/2 years to take her. It’s a horrible thing…

    We tried during that time to find bits of joy and humor in the glimpses of her that would pop up every once in a while, Mostly when she would look at me and mom with that “Irish” glint in her eye holding back a grin as she was calling me and mom bitches. btw she was a red head!!
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    Ellen M. Gregg
    March 8, 2014 at 7:06 am

    I’ll be checking out this book. It sounds amazing, and must read it before I see the movie. 🙂

    Yes. I seem to do it with some regularity, and varying degrees of “Holy shit!”

    Currently, it’s a two- (possibly three- and maybe even four-) part endeavor that involves being back in school full-time at 48-going-on-49 and growing two business (one of them *extremely* esoteric) simultaneously.

    My family, while supportive, looks at me cross-eyed and whispers obviously behind their trembling hands.

    My friends, for the most part, are rooting me on in a big way.

    Here I am in go-big-or-go-home mode. Whee! 🙂

    Love you, dearie. xoxo
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    Tia
    March 8, 2014 at 7:14 am

    Do you still have your copy I could borrow?

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    Barbara
    March 8, 2014 at 8:37 am

    I worry about getting this dreaded disease all the time. No idea why. No one I’m aware of in my family have had it. It just seems to dog me. I can’t imagine losing ones mind that way, so I guess it’s just a fear factor. Being a control freak, of sorts. 😉
    b
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    Chris Carter
    March 8, 2014 at 11:41 am

    WOW WOW WOW! I am going to go buy this book ASAP!!!

    And although her story and her voice and her amazing and incredibly mission of selling her books out of the trunk got to me DOWN DEEP- why did I keep thinking of YOU?

    Perhaps your story Must. Be. Told.- and you could sell it out of your trunk too.

    I’ll come on the road trip with you.

    XO
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    lisa
    March 8, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    I read this book about a year ago, Kim, and it is one that I will never be able to forget.
    I watched both my grandparents and my mother fall victim to Alzheimer’s, and I am convinced that there is nothing worse in this life than losing your memories.

    Have a great weekend! xo.

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    Considerer
    March 8, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Thanks to Chris Carter for pinging me over here.

    I love how you wrote this…the spaces for thoughts to really take root before moving on. And I caught your excitement about this, and it’s so cool that you’re supporting this author from the point of having been ‘there’ with this book long before Hollywood got hold of it.

    And yes – I’ve had books which have taken me off this plane of existence, dropped me half-into fantasy and left me there, suspended between two worlds, with a foot in each, seeing the overlay of the real and the imagined, and uncertain (at times) to which I belong.

    But this one sounds shattering. And I won’t be buying it or reading it, because I have an awful sneaking feeling I might end up living it (it’s my heritage on both sides) and I’ve never been a fan of crystal balls…
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    Valentine Logar
    March 8, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    I do not know if I am ready for this book yet. I lost my dad to this terrible disease. For nearly 10 years I watched, despite medicine, as he slowly lost himself. For the last year, after he decided to stop his medicines as the disease rapidly stole him away from me, himself and everyone who loved him.

    Yes, sometimes we laughed together. But on his good days, he remembered and wept for his lost love. On his bad days, he was unaware of who he was, where he was and how to do the simple things.

    I often wondered if the good days weren’t really the worst days and the bad days weren’t really better.

    I will add this book, because someday I will be able to read it. But now, no I am not ready.

    I love you. Thank you for showing your great and wonderful heart, once again.
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    injaynesworld
    March 8, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Thanks so much for posting this, Kim. Highly inspirational. I’ve long believed that those who achieve success sometimes aren’t necessary the most talented or best at whatever their field. They are the ones who persisted. Thanks for the reminder.
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    solidgoldcreativity
    March 8, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Kim, you are the reader every writer wants.

    I’m in awe of people who generate the drive and courage to do what Lisa did. Her love for her grandmother was a mighty force. xx
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    Liz
    March 8, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Wow, I never knew the background of the way this book got published. What perseverance. It touched me, too, as my mom is living with Alzheimer’s.
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    Dawn
    March 8, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    I LOVE that book! I didn’t know the history behind the publishing…that is, indeed, an inspirational story itself.

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    Goodness and Grit
    March 8, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    First, I’m ordering this book as soon as I complete this comment. Alzheimer’s is a very scary thing for me. I’m only 47, but am experiencing signs. Signs I witnessed my grandmother experience a few years before she slipped away mentally.

    Second, thanks not only for the book review and tip, but for the encouragement. So many of us have stories. Good stories. True stories that are Earth rocking and mind shattering, but we are not given the chance. This rejection can be equally debilitating as disease.

    Third, Klem.

    Kimberly
    Soon to be driving through a neighborhood near you with a trunk full of books!
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    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    March 9, 2014 at 2:55 am

    What a wonderful story! I love that she self published and that it was a total hit! 😀 All the better for her!
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    TheKitchenLioness
    March 9, 2014 at 4:57 am

    Dear Kim, I had never heard of this powerful book and when I looked it up, I realized that it was even translated into German – I will make sure to order the English original and get reading, it does sound like a wonderful and inspirational book to read – my dad was suffereing from Alzheimer disease for years before he passed away last year…it will be good to read about this disease from someone else´s perspective.
    Thank you for all your wonderful posts as well as all your kind and fabulous comments – I really appreciate each and every one of them!
    Feel yourself hugged from far away!
    Andrea
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      My Inner Chick
      March 12, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      Andrea,
      So very sorry to hear about your precious father. This disease seems to be an epidemic in every county.

      About Still Alice….It is now in about 12 different languages! Is German your first language?

      XXXXXXXXXXXX LOVE!
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    Vidya Sury
    March 9, 2014 at 10:13 am

    I will love this book, Kim! 🙂 Igrew up mostly being told I couldn’t and determined to do! And did.

    Hugs! I love the story of Lisa Genova. I am glad you shared it!

    (And when are you launching your book?)

    Love you more than the group of parrots that fly across my evening sky every day!
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    Vidya Sury
    March 9, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Ok! Just got the book and can’t wait to read it! Love you Kim!
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    Dad
    March 9, 2014 at 10:58 am

    I know several people who was affected with Alzheimer’s, some close to me, and some not so close.
    A disease that is so demeaning and so I guess right from hell.
    I think Lisa had a lot of courage to be able to write and self publish her book.
    I am really not interested in reading her book, the reason is I have been around to much of it.
    I don’t have to read about it.
    Love You

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    Beth Teliho
    March 9, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    WOW. this is such an inspiring story!!! I LIVE AND BREATHE for stories like this, where people push on and on and on because their story must be told. *chills*

    I can’t wait to read it and then see the movie.

    great job spreading the inspiration, Kim. YOU ROCK.

    xo.
    B
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      March 13, 2014 at 4:49 am

      Love when you visit my other world, Beth! xx

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    Jeri
    March 9, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Thanks for bringing this book to my attention. It’s one worth adding to my TBR list for sure.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      March 13, 2014 at 4:49 am

      Let me know your thoughts after you read it, Jeri. Xx

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    Monica
    March 9, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    This book sounds fascinating, Kim. I was just talking to my son today about Alzheimer’s. I learned that soon there’s going to be a way to test someone to see if they’re going to get it. We were discussing the pros and cons of knowing in advance if this is your destiny. I don’t know. I’m terrified of it. My mother had it and it killed our relationship long before she died. It is so sad and heartbreaking. There she was. I could touch her but I could not connect with her. She was lost to me, to all of us. I’m afraid to know if I will have it too.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      March 13, 2014 at 4:50 am

      Monica,
      I asked Lisa Genova that question and she said she’d Def. Take the test.

      I would not! xx

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    Rita @ The Crafty Expat
    March 9, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Oh wow Kim… How inspiring, how amazing. The power of believing in yourself truly can move mountains. I’m going to add this book to my TBR list and I’m going to share this post on my Facebook page.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      March 13, 2014 at 4:51 am

      Rita,
      the power of “believing in yourself” moves mountains, splits seas!! xx

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    Alison at Diamond-Cut Life
    March 10, 2014 at 5:41 am

    I resonate to how some stories absolutely
    Must.
    Be.
    Told.

    Your and Kay’s story is clearly one of those.
    As is “Still Alice”.

    As is, my novel “Revelle”, based on searing events in my own life.
    I self-published it (but didn’t need 100 rejection letters to prompt that decision :))

    Thanks for another good post.

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      March 13, 2014 at 4:51 am

      Alison,
      what an inspiring comment! I love it. xxx

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    Brenda
    March 10, 2014 at 7:48 am

    I applaud her tenacity. If we do not believe in our own self and dream, then who will. I know what you mean about this story. I picked up an struggled to read it (not because I didn’t like the story, but because it did make you wonder.

    As for self-publishing, I don’t think it has that sort of label, but I do know if a writer decides to do it, they had better do it right, which Ms. Genova did. Great post, Kim. I think all of us need a little reminder now and get to stay focused on our dreams!

    I’ve been finishing a book, and was a very bad girl in February and wrote my little heart out and played hooky from the virtual space. I know, I know.. bad Brenda.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      March 13, 2014 at 4:52 am

      You. Are. Not. Bad.

      even when you are not writing….You are writing in your head and soul.

      xxxxx

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    Patricia Scattergood
    March 10, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Wow! That’s a remarkable story of success despite the naysayers. Good for her. The truth is I have deliberately not read Still Alice because I knew what it was about. You’ve convinced me I should read it.

    Good post, Chickie. Hope you’re doing well. I think spring has almost sprung here in Charlotte. I don’t imagine that’s true in your neck of the woods.

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    Lynne @curvyroads
    March 11, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Thank you for sharing the story of the perseverance that it took to get this wonderful book published!
    I came her via Beth…I am living with my Mother’s Alzheimers, and it has taken most of her in just one year. I know reading this book will be frightening, but I know I need to read it anyway.

    For those of you in doubt whether you want to know if you might get Alzheimers once a test is available, I was recently at a presentation by a leading Alzheimers researcher and his opinion was NO, even though his family is rife with cases. His rationale is this: until there is a CURE, why would you want to know?

    Currently all available treatments are bandaids only, that just prolong the agony, in my opinion.

    thank you for sharing this story!
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      My Inner Chick
      March 13, 2014 at 12:49 pm

      Lynne,
      I asked Lisa Genova if she would take the test to find out…and she said YES.

      I wouldn’t want to know. NO!

      Thank you for reading.

      So sorry about your darling mother.

      It breaks my heart in two. xx
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    Pam
    March 11, 2014 at 9:50 am

    I laughed and cried while reading this book.

    My Mom has advanced dementia and it breaks my heart every day. I would rather have cancer than dementia/Alzheimer’s. The dementia is just too hard on the family. No cure and iffy treatments. Health insurance pays for cancer treatments if you choose to go that route.

    This book is a must read.

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    Marie
    March 11, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Fabulous Kim. What a story! A story of faith and love for life.
    I should definitely read it soon. I feel like I need to read it.
    LOVE from France.
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    Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar!
    March 11, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Greetings human, Kim,

    Very absorbing. In life, through determination, belief, things can be possible. That lady found the “yaysayers” amongst the naysayers.

    Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

    Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar! xx
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    Jodi @ Heal Now and Forever
    March 11, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Thank God for these kind of stories. They keep us breathing, you know? The little person gets a chance. We all can be Lisa. But only if we have the talent and the hutzpah to go for it, and keep going without giving up. I have the tenacity, but I am not sure I have the talent. Must. Practice. My. Craft! Beautiful story! I love you!
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    Rachel M
    March 12, 2014 at 6:02 am

    An interesting book, looks like some deep heart wrenching stuff … hope the movie when it’s made will not deviate far from the book,
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    Tina @ Girl with a New Life
    March 12, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Thank you for sharing this self-pubbed story. I love it.

    And getting through 100 rejections with your head held high? That takes conviction. And courage. And something a little wild growing inside of you.
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    Shay
    March 12, 2014 at 10:35 am

    I read this book for my book club about a year ago, and we all loved it, too! I had no idea that she self-published; how cool! The book had all of us thinking a lot, too–even keeping some of us up at night, too, wondering how it must feel to go through that. Lisa Genova has a gift for getting inside the minds of her characters in a way that would’ve seemed impossible before I read her books. We also read another one by her for our book club called Left Neglected. It was great, too.

    Another book I loved (not by Lisa Genova, though) was What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty. This one is a bit more lighthearted than Still Alice–although Genova managed to make that both serious and funny at times, too. Anyway, I’d also definitely recommend What Alice Forgot!

    Thanks for coming by my blog–I’m going to subscribe to yours right now!
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      My Inner Chick
      March 13, 2014 at 1:01 pm

      ~~~Shay,
      you’re not going to believe this, but I’m reading “What Alice Forgot” presently on my Kindle.
      I’m in love w/ Liane Moriarty! I LOOOOOOOOOved “The Husband’s Secret.”
      Have you read it? If not, you must.
      xxx
      Ps. I also LOVED Girl Gone & Sharp Object.
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    Sandra
    March 12, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    This sounds like a great read and it’s now on my list. Definitely want to see the movie and get on with the business of making my dreams come true.Thank you Kim!
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    Balroop Singh
    March 12, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Thanks for writing about this book…more than the story my focus is on the persistence and perseverance of such writers who don’t get disheartened by the rejection letters.

    I think I wouldn’t be able to sleep, like you say, after reading such a book. last month I happened to read the most gruesome part [the satanic way of killing an animal] of ‘Dark Places’ and dreamt that I was trapped in such a place with three such murders of human beings!!

    I would now take care to avoid it even if I stumble upon it.
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    ladyfi
    March 12, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    I’ve heard so many good things about this book. I’ll have to order it!
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    Hilary
    March 13, 2014 at 4:12 am

    Kim, I wish you could see my face as I read this post… What an amazing story and so encouraging to everyone who has every written or dreamed of writing a book…

    Lisa’s accomplishment is my dream..

    I am so happy that I moved ahead with self-publishing Dangled Carat… And I hope that I have the patience to keep promoting it and spreading the word about it….. Because it is so much easier to write a book than promote a book….
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    Blond Duck
    March 14, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    I love this!

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    Phil
    March 15, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Alzheimers is such a terrible disease. It is heartbreaking to see able bodied people of sound mind be destroyed by it. It’s also such a horrible thing for family members and loved ones to go through. I hope that one day we will find a cure for it. Soon.

    It is good to see her book doing so well and getting the message out. Now a movie. Perseverence pays off and worth it to tell this story.
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    ed p
    March 16, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    sounds like an amazing book. sometimes perseverance pays off royally.
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    Kimberly
    March 22, 2014 at 6:55 am

    I tried out for LTYM and my piece was a part of my suicide note to my son. People needed to hear it. I was chosen yet they changed the WHOLE mother fucking thing. All of it.
    I wasn’t going to stand behind something that I didn’t write. They killed my vision and I told them that and I turned them down.
    Then they said “Go for it.”
    I wish that people would stick with what their heart tells them to. If no one is listening, keep trying. Your voice is important, just like she is. I’m so glad that she worked hard to get her voice heard.
    Off to check out this book.
    xoxo
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