Waist-High in the Worl

Nancy Mairs, Author Beacon Press (MA) $20 (224p) ISBN 978-0-8070-7086-4
Mairs (Ordinary Time) is a writer of heightened sensibility not entirely attributable to the years she has spent wheelchair-bound because of advancing multiple sclerosis. From her viewpoint, approximately at the level of other people's navels, she constructs here ""a Baedeker for a country to which no one travels willingly,"" the story of a life shaped by severe physical disability. In this collection of ruminative, exploratory essays, there is also earthy humor as Mairs addresses issues that range from physical intimacy and a spouse's health problems to concerns with public facilities and her advocacy achievements. The author, a vibrant, well-traveled poet, teacher and mother, takes readers inside a world that at times seem not to want her. Although Mairs disavows the inspirational thrust of her essays, they are perforce filled with insights that will be helpful to a large population, especially women. Author tour. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 12/30/1996
Release date: 01/01/1997
Paperback - 224 pages - 978-0-8070-7087-1
Open Ebook - 219 pages - 978-0-8070-7002-4
Hardcover - 233 pages - 978-0-7838-8099-0
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