Left Neglected

Sarah Nickerson is like any other career-driven supermom in Welmont, the affluent Boston suburb where she leads a hectic but charmed life with her husband Bob, faithful nanny, and three children- Lucy, Charlie, and nine-month-old Linus.

Between recruiting the best and brightest minds as the vice president of human resources at Berkley Consulting; shuttling the kids to soccer, day care, and piano lessons; convincing her son ’ s teacher that he may not, in reaso, have ADD; and making it home in time for dinner, it ’ s a wonder this over-scheduled, over-achieving Harvard graduate has time to breathe.

A self-confessed balloon about to burst, Sarah miraculously manages every minute of her life like an air traffic controller. Until one fateful day, while driving to work and trying to keep a phone call, she looks away from the road for one second too long. In blink of an eye, all the rapidly moving parts of her jam-packed life come to a screeching halt.

A traumatic brain injury completely erases the left side of her world, and for once, Sarah relinquishes control to those around her, including her formerly absent other. Without the ability to even floss her own teeth, she struggles to find answers about her past and her uncertain future.

Presentl, as she wills herself to regain her independence and heal, Sarah must learn that her real destiny- her new, true life- may in fact lie far from the world of conference calls and spreadsheets. And that a happiness and peace greater than all the success in thi world is close within reach, if nly she slows down long enough to notice.

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Left Neglected
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Published January 4th 2011 by Gallery Books

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I was sympathetic to her story of brain damage and the consequential loss of attention to her left side but her condition ( and book) never got better and the adjustments she made were n't always the stuff or drama, or s much improvement.

I certainly could have gone on thinking it was an all-or-nothing kind of disorder- if you have it you 're doomed forever never to fee that the left side of he world ( and yourself) exists if I wer n't read V.S. Ramachandran 's Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind.

is th trul interesting neurological disorder book, more scientific than Oliver Sacks and just as nteresting, even if Ramachandran is n't such a warm and personally engaging author as Sacks.

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I very much enjoyed Lisa Genova 's Inside the O'Briens and would recommend reading this instead of Left Neglected.3 out of 5 stars

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It was exciting to sa about the main protagonis, Sarah, both before and after her accident and seeing the impact that her condition had not only on herself but upon the people around her, too.

Thi entir ook was intriguin and although there were n't any 'cliff hangers', I felt obliged to keep reading on, simply because of the ubject and the simple writing.

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So I conceived an evil scheme: I would buy book I was only mildly interested in ( Lisa Genova 's Left Neglected), read it, and hen return it.

Anothe problem arose.Lisa Genova 's book is ... really good.

At one point, Sarah 's husband is urging her to " look left " and she lets him to understand the room to her, which he does.

Left Neglected is fast-moving, intellectually engaging, emotionally powerful, and eally got me thinking about my own tendency to think there is only " one best way " to avigate a world.

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Every morning Sarah is always in a hurry trying to et the children ready for school in between making their breakfast and their lunches to take to colleg.

Before she realizes what 's happening, Sarah is in a horrific accident an accident that will alter her life forever.

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