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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  42,635 ratings  ·  5,052 reviews
One morning, Sarah Nickerson, a woman in her mid-30s, is late for work, racing in her car after dropping her kids off at school and daycare. She tries to phone in to a meeting she should already be at when she takes her eye off the road for a second too long. In that blink of an eye, her life changes.
Paperback, 432 pages
Published 2011 by Simon & Schuster Ltd
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Nancy
Barnes & Noble are return Nazis. When I tried to return a Christmas gift for store credit (no receipt - it was a gift), the clerk was quite nasty about it. So I conceived an evil scheme: I would buy a book I was only mildly interested in (Lisa Genova's Left Neglected), read it, and then return it. Take that, B&N!

A problem arose.

Lisa Genova's book is...really good. Fascinating, actually. Sarah, the hard-driving, consulting-firm executive and mother of three, wins the daily gamble with he
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Daniel Parsons
In Still Alice Lisa Genova stunningly put into words a woman's sudden and devastating diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer's disease. What worked so well was how the book was told from Alice's POV - and you see how she first is able to recognise what is happening to her, and her recognition of how it is effecting those around her, until gradually the condition takes over and so that awareness begins to disintegrate. But at the same time, the novel remained hopeful - despite some dark turns - and t ...more
Thomas
I felt intellectual while indulging in Lisa Genova's latest novel, Left Neglected. I wish my chemistry textbook was as interesting as this book, maybe then I'd be more inclined to actively participate in class.

Anyway, reading this book was a vicarious experience. It is about a self-proclaimed overachiever, Sarah Nickerson. She manages a position as vice president of a prominent consulting company as well as her husband and three kids. This Harvard graduate suffers from an overbooked schedule, bu
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Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
First of all, I think that the title of this book is very clever, just like the novel. When I picked up this book and even after reading the blurb, I had no idea that this book was about a neurological condition - in fact, I'd never even heard of 'Left Neglect' which is a condition also known as hemispatial neglect. This book definitely opened my eyes and taught me about this condition which I previously had no idea about. It was interesting to hear about the main character, Sarah, both before a ...more
Phrynne
I found the topic of this book, that is the disability suffered by the main character, to be very interesting indeed and some of her problems and therapies were fascinating.However I found I could not like her at all and this detracted from my pleasure in the book. There was a good story in there which kept me going to the end but I can't say I enjoyed all of it. It was okay but not one of the better books I have read this year so far.
Mish
Left Neglected is an inspiring, informative and lightly humorous novel with a clear message for everyone to slow down and really think what they are doing. Our safety and life are not worth risking a deadline or an appointment.

Sarah Nickerson and her husband, Bob, have a busy lifestyle. Bob works for a company that is financially unstable, and Sarah has a high profile position as vice president for a consulting firm. They are parents to young children, juggling a demanding career and home life,
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Ruth Turner

DNF


I stopped reading this at a little under the half way mark. It's terrible. It's boring. It's repetitive.

The main character is self-absorbed, insufferable and unlikable. I got tired of hearing about how great she is, how great she is at her job, how well educated she is...over and over again *eyeroll*

The dream sequences at the beginning of the earlier chapters had me scratching my head. I'm not sure what the significance was.

I also found her reaction to the "traumatic brain injury" she sustai
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Sherah
This is the worst book I've read in a very long time. I was attracted to the story idea: an over-achieving, American life-script-following business lady is changed dramatically by a brain injury that leaves her without the ability to register the left side of her body or anything in her left field of vision. I thought it would be interesting to hear about her existential fears, fear of change, etc, and how she figures out that her lifestyle was ridiculously unsustainable, bravely moving out of t ...more
DebiReads
This book was loaned to me with a glowing recommendation. I found the plot familiar and predictable, and thought the main character mentioned her cherished Harvard MBA with absurd frequency. That said, I recognize the broad appeal of pulp chick lit, and expect to see the Hollywood edition advertised soon.
Itsjustme-wendy
Well it is not such a surprise to me that the Author of "Still Alice" would put out another 5 star book!
I loved this book so much I even had a hard time putting it down to eat dinner. This is going to be one of my favorite books of 2011. The first 60 pages reads very much like a Chick-Lit book, it is light and funny. A day to day account of the everyday life of an average middle class working wife and mother of 3. It is about her kids misbehaving, teacher meetings, her stressful job, and how few
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Ashley (bookworm84)
This book was interesting. I didn't find it as gripping as "Still Alice" (which is one of my favourite books) but it was a good story. Perhaps I would have enjoyed it a bit more if I had waited to read it as I have a family member dealing with the effects of trauma to the brain and I am sensitive to the topic. Still, I would definitely recommend this one to everyone who enjoyed Genova's first book "Still Alice".
Ms.pegasus
Left Neglect is a neurological condition resulting from right-hemisphere brain damage. Working from an assumption that the brain matches sensory input to a number of expected templates, we gain some understanding of how the patient is not aware of the deficit until it is brought to her attention. Thus, Sarah thinks she is drawing a complete face, or seeing the food on both sides of her plate. (Her drawing only has one eye, and the food on the left side of her plate is uneaten). The most interest ...more
Nora
Dec 30, 2011 Nora rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: novel
رغم أنه لا يمر يوم إلا وأقرأ فيه مقالاً أو نصاً أو حتى بحثاً باللغة الإنجليزية لأغراض دراسية بحتة، إلا أن هذه أول رواية إنجليزية أقرؤها بلغتها الأصلية، نسخة كاملة غير مبسطة، قراءة كاملة من الغلاف للغلاف. إنجاز أعتبره نصراً صغيراً :)


لغة السرد جميلة، وقصة ذات نمط هادئ. سارا نيكرسون، امرأة ناجحة أكاديمياً وعملياً، تحاول أن توازن بين عائلتها، زوجها وأطفالها الثلاثة، وبين ضغط العمل المجهد، ومتطلبات حياةٍ عملت وزوجها بجدّ و كدّ كي يحصلا عليها كاملة بالمقاييس الأمريكية.
في الربع الأول أحداث روتينية سريع
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Connie
Why the review was under comments I am not sure?? Fixed

Wonderful! I fell in love with Genova's book Still Alice and was hopeful that I would be as enthralled with this one. She did not dissapoint! I had never heard of this "odd" brain injury, and she again tells the story from the view of the person struggling. It was fascinating. I felt the ups and downs, how each person in the family dealt with a "new Sarah" was great. Loved the relationship with her Mother but more so how she came to bond wi
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Felicity
So Jodi Picoult's little blurb on the front of the book is true..."Left Neglected" is even better than "Still Alice." In one respect, that's not difficult. "Still Alice" was about a degenerative illness-Alzheimer's--where things could only get worse. In spite of the little that is known about the neurological condition, Left Neglect, there is hope--at least in this story--that things can improve. And that things can improve in different ways--not just Sarah Nickerson's ability to live her condit ...more
K
Apr 10, 2012 K rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone seeking brain candy with more redeeming features than chick lit
Recommended to K by: M
Sarah Nickerson is your typical overachiever protagonist -- major career, mom of three, multitasker extraordinaire. Her multitasking proves to be her undoing when, looking something up on her cell phone while driving, she is in a serious car accident. This novel describes the process of her coming to terms with both her traumatic brain injury and resulting "left neglect" which causes her to ignore the left side of her visual field, and her estranged mother who insists on entering her life now an ...more
B the BookAddict


I have just finished five or six works of literary fiction and any other novels of ordinary fiction following those might have paled in comparison but LEFT neglected stood firm as an excellent novel. Lisa Genova has the gift of involving the reader from the first couple of pages. I admit to feeling exhausted as I read of Sarah's hectic and high-powered day pre-accident and felt equally encumbered as she struggled with LEFT neglect. Genova manages to impart an informed but not not overly clinical
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Judy
Jul 13, 2015 Judy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Judy by: Lisa
I fully enjoyed this book although impossible to not feel emotionally involved in pulling for Sarah Nickerson's recovery from a brain trauma called Left Neglect. The story brings awareness to this devastating condition while offering hope. Like Genova's best-selling Still Alice, the story offers perspective to the reader and leaves him/her grateful for the ease which most of us are able to navigate through our days.
Elise
I sat in my car listening to Diane Rehm interview Lisa Genova about her new book. I couldn't get out of the car until the show was over. I scribbled down the title and anxiously waited for the mailman to deliver my copy of Left Neglected. I'm so glad I stumbled on the interview.
It seams trite to ask: Do you take your life for granted? Don't we all at some point? Until we lose something or someone that seems trivial, we move in a rut, not seeing what a wonderful gift life can be.
It only takes a s
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Teresa
Lisa Genova's debut, self-published novel, Still Alice made it onto my Top Ten Books of 2010 so I held high hopes for this, her latest novel, published on 4th January 2011. Again, the focus is on a brain disorder - in Still Alice it was early onset dementia and in Left Neglected it is Left Neglect, a disorder whereby the brain is unable to perceive anything on the left hand side. Left Neglect is a much rarer condition than dementia so the subject matter does not immediately resonate with the rea ...more
Simon Lipson
A novel about a woman who loses her perception of her left side after a car accident. Er...that's it, save to say that it's not as interesting as I've just made it sound. This reads like the droning, self-pitying rehabilitation memoir of a nobody. You lost your left side. We got it. Thanks. And now you're trying to get better. Why another 300 pages saying the same thing over and over and over and over...? No insights, no progression, no story, no characters worth investing in; only self-indulgen ...more
Booklover, Indianapolis
(June) 2.5* After Still Alice, which was fabulous, I had high hopes about this book, even after hearing some negative comments about this. However, I was disappointed. This book was kinda boring! There was so much minutea about business and daily life before the accident - the dreams at the beginning of the first few chapters were pointless. I had a hard time believing a woman this smart would not realize she would probably never be able to claim her old life back. Some of her recovery scenes we ...more
Kelley
I guess I don't get what others find so gripping in this book. I had some admiration for this woman at the beginning, educated, successful yet still being a mom and wife, clearly worked hard to earn what she had... but that quickly went away when she got into an accident and became a self-absorbed cry baby.
I honestly feel bad for saying this, I'm sure this very-real medical condition is very debilitating and stressful and my comments are not meant to make light of that at all!!
*** SPOLIERS*** T
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Joy
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Danna
I loved Lisa Genova's first book Still Alice so much that I was eagerly anticipating Left Neglected for close to a year. Genova gave a preview to Left Neglected at the end of Still Alice and I was excited and fascinated to learn about the brain injury Left Neglect - when someone literally can't see or feel anything on the left side, she doesn't even know that a left side exists. Sadly, I was disappointed by Genova's second novel for a number of reasons.

1. I wasn't in love with the protagonist S
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aPriL does feral sometimes
A thought provoking story about a high-powered, highly educated and highly competitive business executive who is also a mother and a wife. Her life is blur, she a multi-tasking, successful and respected VP, she juggles her job with the accompanying high-end tech which forever connects her to her work, and although she is a loving mother, she could not manage without her nanny. Her husband enjoys the same life goals and competitiveness, and while his job is not as well-paid as hers and the compan ...more
♥ Marlene♥
WOW!
Wow, a 3 letter word that says it all.
It has been a while that I really enjoyed a book from start to finish, maybe that was why my mood was so sunny?

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Before I picked this I had no clue what this book was about and that is how I prefer my reads lately.
At the start (the first 5 chapters all start with a dream , well a nightmare to be more specific) I liked the way she wrote. maybe not much happened but because of her writing I kept on reading.

Then the incident happened and to me th
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Lesley
I have not heard of this traumatic injury before so I found it fascinating! I did not like the book as much as still Alice, but it was still a very good story. Funny parts like their anniversary dinner almost had me laugh out loud. It really is a story of resilience.
Jeanette
What an intriguing book Lisa Genova's Left Neglected is.

Corporate high-flyer, wife and mother, Sarah Nickerson is happy with her frenetic life. She squeezes as much as she can into every last second of the day though her nights are disturbed by unsettling dreams. And then, in a second of inattention, her life is changed and she must recover from a difficult to deal with brain injury. All she wants to do is get back to her old life, but maybe attitude and single-minded determination isn't all th
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Emily
Not nearly as good as Still Alice. I think the main problem is that it is a first person narrative (and Still Alice was third person). I find 1st person narration the hardest to believe, the hardest for a writer to pull off. And in this case, the main character was not that lovable. But also, because the narrator is telling the story, we don't get to learn any of the interesting medical details of the condition "Left Neglected."

In the first part of the book, pre-accident, the narrator tells us
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Lisa Genova graduated valedictorian, summa cum laude from Bates College with a degree in Biopsychology and has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Harvard University. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels Still Alice, Left Neglected, Love Anthony, and Inside the O’Briens.

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