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It’s summertime—and the reading’s easy

A beautiful mind, a best-selling novel, and an Academy Award

Details and descriptions of seven great “Beach Reads” with Cape and Islands connections

When Chatham writer Lisa Genova self-published Still Alice in 2007, she personally distributed the book to many local bookstores, delivering copies out of the trunk of her car. Today, Genova’s first novel is known around the world and has spent more than 50 weeks on the The New York Times Best Sellers list for fiction.

As many readers are aware, the novel was made into a star-studded Hollywood film, and earlier this year actress Julianne Moore won an Academy Award for her portrayal of the novel’s main character, Alice Howland. An esteemed professor at Harvard University, Alice is stricken with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 50. The novel is written from Alice’s point of view as she navigates family, work, and her daily life while battling the progressive disease. Paperback, 400 pages.

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