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In 1980, left-handed Rae Lindsay first wrote about the 15 percent of the population who share her status in The Left-Handed Book, a gift for her lefty son, Rob.

Left is Right: The Survival Guide for Living Lefty in a Right-Handed World is Lindsay's 19th non-fiction book. Other titles include The Presidents' First Ladies, Alone and Surviving, How To Look As Young As You Feel, The Pursuit Of Youth, and Sleep And Dreams.

Ms. Lindsay is a resident of New York, but often visits her son, Alex, and his partner, Loren, who live in California …on the "Left Coast".


Bill Clinton, Jay Leno, Monica Seles, Bruce Willis, Jerry Seinfeld, Paul McCartney, Prince Charles, Keanu Reeves and Oprah Winfrey have in common?
If you answered "they are all left-handed," right on, because these famous men and women are among the thousands of left-handers who have left their mark on the world. In Left Is Right: The Survival Guide for Living Lefty in a Right-Handed World, author Rae Lindsay presents an upbeat look at the sinistral side of life. She lists dozens of notables, past and present, who belong to this "exclusive club", discusses the theories about hand preference and brain organization, and traces the superstitions and religious customs associated with lefties through history.

Right-handed people rarely think about which hand another person is using, but lefties are quick to spot another southpaw. We've been watching other southpaws since the beginning of recorded history.

And why not? The ranks of sensational sinistrals runs the gamut from Alexander the Great to Bill Clinton, the 42nd President; from Renaissance man Michelangelo to modern master, Pablo Picasso; from undersized David, who brought down Goliath with a sling shot to the overwhelming linebacker William "The Refrigerator" Perry; from creative inventors like Benjamin Franklin to financial wizard H. Ross Perot; from horizontally-challenged Napoleon to standing-in-the-wings Prince William of England. Lefty luminaries include Albert Einstein and Bill Gates, who might - or might not - have enjoyed swapping trade secrets. Jay Leno rules the late night stage, while Charlie Chaplin was the king of silent cinema.

Let's not forget the ladies: Napoleon's wife, Josephine, wielded some left-handed influence, while O.J. Simpson prosecutor Marcia Clark made headlines during the "trial of the century". There are also more than a few sinister sinestral skeletons in the left-door closet, including England's Jack the Ripper and our very own American Billy the Kid.

Left is Right lists hundreds of southpaws, but here are a just a few who excelled in their fields:

Composers and Musicians:

  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (son of Johann Sebastian)
  • Cole Porter
  • Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.

    Writers
    Many southpaws may not write legibly, but that never stopped them from writing creatively, ranging from

  • Alice In Wonderland's Lewis Carroll to
  • Jaws' Peter Benchley.

    Entertainers
    Comic Lefties include

  • Jerry Seinfeld and Jason Alexander
  • Don Rickels
  • Tim Allen
  • Muppets' creator, Jim Henson
  • Whoopie Goldberg
  • Fran Drescher.
    Leading Men and Women include
  • Cary Grant
  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Robert de Niro
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Judy Garland
  • Julia Roberts.


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