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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Left Neglected by Lisa Genova: Review and Giveaway (US)

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Left Neglected
by Lisa Genova
List Price: $15.00
Published in 2011

My Take:
This book is very engrossing for me. I picked it up and could not put it down until I know what happens all the way to the end. The details and prose of this books puts me right there in the middle of the story. It's disconcerting when my husband asks me question and I can feel myself literally pulled from the pages of the book. It's pretty much like when Steve from Blue's Clues skedaddle into a picture frame.

What I'm saying is, this book is highly recommended. It's powerful and poignant. It's a book you can't missed. This author is certainly going places.

About the author:
Author Lisa Genova (Left Neglected & Still Alice)
Lisa Genova became an instant literary star when STILL ALICE, her first novel about a woman coping with early onset Alzheimer’s, debuted at #5 on the New York Times bestseller list and remained on the list for more than thirty weeks. Genova, who holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Harvard University, was widely lauded for her heartbreakingly authentic depiction of the disease, making STILL ALICE a success not only with readers and reviewers, but also doctors and Alzheimer’s organizations.

In her bestselling second novel, now available in trade paperback, Genova examines a lesser known condition called “left neglect” and delivers a compelling and poignant story about a vibrant woman who, in the prime of her life, is struck with the crippling disorder. LEFT NEGLECTED introduces readers to thirty-something Sarah Nickerson, who, like so many women today, is driven to succeed at home and at work, multi-tasking all day long, and spread extremely thin. The morning that changes her life forever begins typically, in her car on the way to work, as she is about to make a business call. While driving.

Sarah takes her eyes off the road for one second too long, and is involved in a terrible accident that results in a traumatic brain injury. Her memory and intellect are still intact, but she loses the ability to perceive information coming from the left— as if the left side of everything no longer exists. As she works to recover, Sarah also learns to pay attention to— and heal the rifts within— other parts of her life she has left neglected, mainly her husband, her children, and her previously distant mother.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Fast Friends by Jill Mansell

List Price: $15.00
Published in 2006
ISBN-10: 0-7553-3249-0

When bored housewife and mother Camilla Stewart impulsively invites her old schoolchums for dinner she hardly imagines that the evening wil shatter her comfortable existence. But Roz Vallender and Loulou Marks are no ordinary guests. Roz, stunning and self-assured, is notorious as a TV presenter and superbitch, whilst the reckless Loulou owns Vampires, the trendiest wine bar in town. Horrified to discover that husband Jack has been playing around, Camilla determines to make some changes. With a little help from her friends she soon finds out that life in the fast lane is a lot more fun and the future still holds plenty of surprises.

My take:
Worth the time to read it.

I end up staying up until I finished reading the whole book. I like the chemistry. At first, it was hard going because Camilla is try too hard and I got annoyed with her. But if you just really hang on, you'll find that this book is fantastic. It makes you realized that sometimes, there are no other option except to get a backbone and start using it. I highly recommend this book. I've been on a Jill Mansell binge since reading RUMOR HAS IT.

I just finished another Jill Mansell called TWO'S A COMPANY, TO THE MOON AND BACK and STAYING AT DAISY'S.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Remember Everything You Read by Stanley D. Frank

Remember Everything You Read: The Evelyn Wood 7-Day Speed Reading and Learning Program
by Stanley D. Frank

List Price: $23.00
Published in 1990
ISBN-10: 0-8129-1773-1

Product Description (from
Now you can join the millions of people of all ages who have reaped the rewards of the famous Evelyn Wood Speed Reading and Learning Program. All the secrets of this amazing system are now available to you in this book. Find out how you can:

Read 50% faster in only an hour
Double your reading speed in a week
Soar beyond -- to read an amazing 1,200 to 3,000 words per minute -- and remember everything you read!

In just a few lessons, the proven techniques of this dynamic learning system will unlock the natural power of your mind, opening the door to new realms of intellectual power and potential success.


My Take:
I must have owned this book for years. Sometimes, you see a book and you just have to buy it. Then it sits there unread for years. My 5 years old took it out of the shelf a week before I went on a vacation to San Francisco with my 9 years old. I read this book on a lark because it's an interesting title.

While waiting for my children's piano and guitar lessons, I started reading. I timed myself on all the timed practice...and believe it or not, I REALLY doubled my reading speed by chapter 2. That's less than an hour!

Tell me, how awesome is that? I'm re-reading the book again, because if I can read faster, retain more, then it will be very helpful for my LSAT (Law School Admission Test) in October 1. As usual, I am procrastinating and have barely begun to practice the test. I will do it now. Not tomorrow, now. Knock on wood and keep fingers crossed. :)

I highly recommend this book to anybody who reads and likes reading, and to anybody else who wants to read faster. I'm not at 1500 words per minute yet, but I bet I will be before the year is out.