Books & Beans: Left Neglected by Lisa Genova

Books and Beans is a book discussion I host at a local coffee shop once a month.  This is our second month doing this and this mornings discussion (with a great cup of coffee) was with the book Left Neglected by Lisa Genova.

If you have not read Lisa Genova, you are certainly missing out.  Lisa is the author of Still Alice (which was also a movie), and Inside The O’Briens ; both of which I have read, as well as the author of Love Anthony and the soon to be released, Every Note Played.  she is one of those authors that once you have read one of her books, you will more than likely be searching for another.

Today’s discussion was good.  We had a great group of women who were highly engaged in discussing the novel.  Left Neglected, the story of Sarah Nickerson, a highly driven business woman who while trying to squeeze in one more phone call while driving looks away from the road a second too long and her overfilled life suddenly comes to a halt.  When Sarah awakens in the hospital she finds that she has had a traumatic brain injury, one that has left her without the use of the left side of her brain referred to as left neglect.  Sarah finds that her once carefully scheduled to the minute world is now one she must release to the control of others while she struggles to rehabilitate herself in a whole new world.

We touched on some pretty important topics through our discussion.  One of these topics was status and what drives people to the point of feeling they need that acceptance form the outside world to feel complete, useful.  One of the ladies in the room said something that stuck with me.  She said,

Status, relies on other people.

I had never really thought of it like that before.  The discussion continued on that this need of acceptance/approval can stem back to childhood. 

Another one that stuck with me was about the loss of a child. 

Losing a child changes how you view the world.


This is also something that hit me.  It’s true… 100%, I just never quite put it into these words.  But yes.. absolutely yes, the world becomes a different place.

We had a wonderful 2 hour discussion on this book and probably could have went longer.  Left Neglected brings much to the table to talk about.  If you have not read Left Neglected, I highly recommend it.


Cover CRACK… What Book Covers Are You Jonesing Over?



to have a strong need, desire, or craving for something.

There are certain book covers that for whatever reason draw my attention.  Seriously.  I can be browsing books and particular covers can stop me in my tracks and cause me to pick up the book and read the synopsis.

Sound familiar?

It should.  Even though we are told to never judge a book by its cover, I have to believe that most of us, when put in a room of books to browse, it is the cover that is the next logical step to wondering if a book is a good fit for you.


That being said…

for me the cover crack that catches my eye is at this time:  Houses and Food.  I know.  I know.  Lets break this down.


Covers with an old home on them, a mansion, a street filled with homes, even buildings (barns, sheds, maybe a hardware store).  I think what draws me in are the possibilities.  What is happening in that place or what will happen?  Who lives there?  What secrets do they have?

Here are a few samples of endearing book covers.  (*Note – these are not necessarily books I have read, but these are book covers I am drawn to)

house book covers, jonesing over covers, cover crack

house book covers, jonesing over covers, cover crack, Book Journey

(actually in this house category is one of my all time favorite books)


I love reading about food and I am not just talking about cook books.  I mean fictional fun stories and memoirs of traditional cooking, starting a restaurant, creating culture, famous chefs…. I love it all.

food book covers, jonesing over covers, cover crack, Book Journey
food book covers, jonesing over covers, cover crack, Book Journey

Your up.  What covers do you find call to you?

What Is Your Reading Style?


Earlier this week I read a post at I’m Lost In Books and enjoyed a post about being a multi book reader.  I could relate to her reading style, as I am also a multi book reader.  I enjoyed the picture she had on her post too:

Booklikes, Book JOurney, What Kind Of Reader Are You

How cool is that?

Looking at this list I am pretty much everything listed on the left side.


Polygamist Reader:  I do usually have at least two books going at the same time and 2 to 3 audio books.  I pick up the book I am in the mood for, and often if one takes off, the other will be put aside until I finish the one.  Audio is for convenience and I have one in the car, one in the house and one on my phone.  I usually listen to a little of each of these every day.


Extrovert Reader:  I do like trying new genres, beautiful books call to me.


Altruist Reader:  Oh yeah.  If I like it, you know it.  I gush about it here, I tell my friends, groups I am involved in, and our library.  I have several friends who call me for book recommendations and I am happy to oblige.


So how about you?  Do one or more of these styles refer to the way you like to read?  Do you see any pro’s or con’s to your style?