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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  39,776 ratings  ·  4,835 reviews
From Lisa Genova - whose novel Still Alice is soon to be a major motion picture starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth, and Kristen Stewart - comes this New York Times bestselling novel of resilience in the face of a devastating diagnosis. A vibrant mother in her thirties learns what matters most in life when a car crash leaves her with a traumatic brain diso ...more
ebook, 287 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Pocket Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jennww2ns Hi Eileen,
I didn't like the first 60 or so pages as they chronicle Susan's high-paced stressful life (which I found stressful to read) but overall, I…more
Hi Eileen,
I didn't like the first 60 or so pages as they chronicle Susan's high-paced stressful life (which I found stressful to read) but overall, I didn't find it depressing.
It's a book about coping with what life gives you and learning to accommodate.(less)

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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
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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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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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".
Nora
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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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
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
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
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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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
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
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
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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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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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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Garwen Jackson
Lisa authored another good book 'Still Alice'. She's an author who researches very well. I have never heard of Left Neglect, it happens from a trauma to the right side of the brain, where the subject can see only one-half of her world. The left side is hidden. Sarah Nickerson and her husband, Bob, are highly educated with great jobs and high wages. Multi-tasking on her way to work one day, she searches for her cell phone, taking her eyes off the road, suffers a critical car accident, receiving t ...more
Christina
Full disclosure... I did not finish this book, after reading a little over half I skipped to the end, read the last chapter and called it good.
I hated the main character from the start, she was not appealing or likable at all (playing rock paper scissors so you don't have to drive your kids to school and then being mad that you lost? leaving your baby in the car because his car seat is too heavy? seriously, I hated this woman). The weird dream things at the beginning of the early chapters were d
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Lulu
Fantastic book. Beautifully written. The author is a neuroscientist who studied at Harvard and is able to describe a very challenging medical condition in a very readable way.

The main character is struggling to balance work and family in a fictional Massachusetts town called "Welmont" (clearly a combination of Belmont and Wellesley...two upper middle to upper class towns in MA).

Everything changes when our heroine is injured in a car accident on a rainy day when she "won" the chance to drive to
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♥ 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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Lisa
I love the way Lisa Genova writes about a medical condition and makes you understand it in everyday ways. I have never heard of Left Neglect and found learning about it fascinating. Sarah is an extreme type A and "Jones" in the beginning of the book before her accident. She is not someone I would like in real life. After her accident she has to make changes and adjustments. Sometimes it takes something very drastic to make you understand a different kind of life.
Andrea
this book started with a self absorbed work a holic who loved her family but had little time for them - but it all changed when an accident left her brain damaged - she needed a new plan for life.
Kylie
When I was completing my psychology degree, many years ago now, I was fascinated by the very idea of hemi neglect. It seemed astounding to me that someone would shave half their face (the case study we looked at was male), brush half their teeth, cram all 12 numbers on a clock on to half of the circle and be completely oblivious to what they had done. It was a condition that I talked about with people for many years, whenever discussing my degree, and it always intrigued them as well. So I was a ...more
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