The most poignant moment of the book for me is when Alice can't find the washroom in her own house. She races around madly opening all the doors but can't remember where it is. Standing in the hall with tears streaming down her face, her husband finds her, puts his arms around her and takes care of her.
—Marilyn Maki, CBC host
CBC host and weather specialist Marilyn Maki can be heard early in the morning on CBC Radio, updating listeners on exactly how many layers of clothing they should put on before venturing out.
Then, as host of CBC's Radio Noon she interviews guests across Manitoba about their lives and what's happening in their communities.
Aside from her husband Philip and all her good friends, Marilyn has a cat named Marigold. The beautiful tabby can usually be found sitting on the big comfy chair in Marilyn's bay window.
SCENE wanted to know which book Maki curls up with in that big comfy chair of hers:
As a journalist and host of a daily current affairs program I am surrounded by news. When I read, I read fiction and I read to relax and unwind.
"Still Alice" by Lisa Genova (Simon & Schuster)
This summer after my mother-in-law was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease everyone suggested I read Lisa Genova's Still Alice
To tell you the truth, I didn't want to read it. I thought this book was going to be depressing and make me sad. It sat on my night table for several weeks before I picked it up, but once I did, I couldn't put it down!
It did make me sad, but it certainly wasn't depressing. In fact, it gave me a much better understanding of what my mother-in-law is going through.
Alice Howland is a brilliant researcher who teaches psychology at Harvard. She begins to notice problems with her memory and one day while out jogging she can't remember where she lives. It scares her enough that she goes to the doctor and is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease at 50 years of age.
Alice is so frightened she doesn't tell her husband and family right away, but they begin to notice her strange behaviour and she has to come clean.
As the disease progresses, the fear she felt when first learning she has Alzheimer's is replaced by frustration. As she loses more and more of her memory she ends up quite happily living in her own world not realizing that she can't remember.
The most poignant moment of the book for me is when Alice can't find the washroom in her own house. She races around madly opening all the doors but can't remember where it is. Standing in the hall with tears streaming down her face, her husband finds her, puts his arms around her and takes care of her. Still Alice
gave me a much better understanding of what my mother-in-law is going through. This summer when she came to visit, she couldn't remember how to swim or how to make the coleslaw I love so much, but this book made me realize that when I sit down and talk with her and share a laugh, she is 'Still Diana'.
While I don't think this book is for everyone, if you have someone with Alzheimer's in your family, I strongly recommend it.Hear Marilyn Maki each weekday morning on CBC's Information Radio between 6 and 8:30 a.m., then again between noon and 1 p.m. on CBC's Radio Noon.