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Mairs, Nancy 1943-2016

Overview
Works: 32 works in 121 publications in 2 languages and 6,953 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Biographies  Poetry  Directories  Personal narratives  Essays  Autobiographies 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PS3563.A386, B
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Nancy Mairs
Waist-high in the world : a life among the nondisabled by Nancy Mairs( Book )

12 editions published between 1996 and 2001 in English and Japanese and held by 1,046 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Waist-High in the World, Mairs explores in her inimitable voice the subject that has always been in the background of her writing, but which she takes on here for the first time at book-length - disability and the way it shapes a life. The result is a brave and beautiful book that will open new worlds for readers. It begins with a disavowal ("I cannot begin to write this book ... I don't want to think about my crippled life") and ends with a declaration of hope ("I choose joy"). In between, Mairs gives us a brilliant portrait of an issue and experience too rarely portrayed and talked about. She begins with subjects close to home: the personal history of her disease, the intimate realities of the body, the moral economy of care and caregiving, life with her husband and children. The second half of the book covers topics that look outward: women with disabilities, obstacles physical and social, the ethics of selective abortion and euthanasia, the joys and troubles of travel, and more
Plaintext : essays by Nancy Mairs( Book )

15 editions published between 1986 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 695 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of essays discussing adventure, handicaps, depression, science, masculine behavior, parenthood, human sexuality, agoraphobia, and women's role in society
The little locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the memoir of Katharine Butler Hathaway. Born in Salem, Massachusetts, 1890, she attended Radcliffe college and later went on to write of her experiences in Maine, New York City, and Paris during the artists' culture of the 1920s. She writes of her life from her childhood with spinal tuberculosis at the age of five. She spent the next 5 years strapped to a board ... her body eventually became deformed as she never grew any large than that of a ten-year-old child. As she grows up, Katharine, begins to discover the value of her life, her self, and her independence
In all the rooms of the yellow house by Nancy Mairs( Book )

10 editions published between 1984 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Winner of the 1984 Western States Book Award in Poetry
Instead it is winter : [poems] by Nancy Mairs( Book )

2 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A dynamic God : living an unconventional Catholic faith by Nancy Mairs( Book )

5 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author presents personal essays on why she became a Catholic, what she loves about it, and how it shapes her life
Essays out loud : on having adventures & a necessary end by Nancy Mairs( Recording )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Voice lessons : on becoming a (woman) writer by Nancy Mairs( Book )

4 editions published between 1994 and 2004 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Voice Lessons is a book about writing from a woman with a remarkable story to tell and an utterly distinctive voice in which to tell it. Nancy Mairs's essays have been called "triumphs ... of will, style, candor, thought and even form" (Los Angeles Times). She has won acclaim for her autobiographical writing on themes from living with depression to renewing a marriage, from sex to religion. In Voice Lessons, Mairs's subjects are literary, but as always her approach is personal, revealing, and inspiring. Mairs first shares her sharply drawn story on how "finding a voice" as an essayist transformed her life when she was a graduate student, wife, and mother in her late thirties. In a tribute to the liberating power of literature and feminist ideas, she shows how the words of other writers made possible a new career, a new life in difficult times. Voice Lessons goes on to explore other women's writing and to outline a singular kind of literary life. Always grounding her writing in personal experience, always making ideas concrete, Mairs gives us essays on writing and the body, the challenges of autobiography, the revelatory power of Virginia Woolf and Alice Walker, the literature of personal disaster, and the art of dealing with rejection. Articulate, witty, incisive, and inspirational, Voice Lessons is a book for writers and aspiring writers, and for everyone who loves women's writing
Directory of consultants in the West by Nancy Mairs( Book )

1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

I spend my mornings writing essays by Nancy Mairs( Book )

1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A troubled guest : life and death stories by Nancy Mairs( )

5 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a series of personal essays concerning the author's life and her experiences with death, including the sudden death of her father, her mother's lingering illness and death, and her own suicide attempt
Plaintext : deciphering a woman's life by Nancy Mairs( Book )

3 editions published between 1984 and 1987 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In order to confront these theoretical problems in practice, twelve essays explore some experiences of a middle-aged, middle-class white American woman in the second half of the twentieth century. These include illness, both physical (multiple sclerosis) and emotional (depression, agoraphobia); suicide; relationships with men, strangers, and cats; motherhood; and above all, writing. They form a feminist project whose purpose is so to merge theory with praxis, nonfiction with fiction and poetry, scholarship with creation, that such distinctions become meaningless and the female writer can get on with the real business of making and contemplating her text
A dynamic God : living an unconventional Catholic faith by Nancy Mairs( )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Nancy Mairs published her "spiritual autobiography" Ordinary Time, Kathleen Norris greeted it in the New York Times Book Review as "a remarkable accomplishment," calling Mairs "a relentlessly physical writer, as fiercely committed to her art as to her spiritual development." Mairs's new book on spirituality describes the alternative brand of Catholic worship that she observes in the American Southwest. Raised Congregationalist in New England, Mairs is a convert to Catholicism. She is also feminist, radical, political activist?and all this in a church that tends to scorn her kind of progressive iconoclasm. A Dynamic God explores why and how Mairs deals with those contradictions and still identifies Catholic (Zen Catholic, as she sometimes says), and what she finds to love in that tradition. Doctrinally, Mairs parts ways with the mainstream Church with few regrets. The people she worships with celebrate communion in each other's homes without a priest, discuss politics, and defy Church opposition. But the Catholic rituals and imaginative structures that Mairs loves shape her life. In the Latino image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, for instance, she finds inspiration for a commitment to social justice. In her unmistakable, vibrant voice, she writes about sin and abundance; understanding vocation in a life circumscribed by multiple sclerosis; and celebrating life
Carnal acts : essays by Nancy Mairs( Book )

1 edition published in 1990 in Undetermined and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In these essays, the author portrays her individual difficulties and triumphs as well as the ultimate resilience of the human spirit as she explores the challenges of living as fully as possible while gradually becoming more and more physically crippled, and celebrates what it is to be human
Nancy Mairs: A Reading November 17, 1981, in the Modern Languages Auditorium by Nancy Mairs( Recording )

2 editions published between 1981 and 1989 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Remembering the bone house : an erotics of place and space by Nancy Mairs( Book )

4 editions published between 1989 and 2009 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ordinary time : cycles in marriage, faith, and renewal by Nancy Mairs( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Writings about Mairs' conversion to Catholicism, about run-ins with "monomaniacal" priests, about her husband's cancer and her own disease, about women and the church, about charity and the body, about raising children, about understanding "God's will" and imagining death
Waist-high in the world : a life among the nondisabled by Nancy Mairs( Recording )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

A Tucson writer describes her experiences with multiple sclerosis. Having lived as both non-disabled and disabled, Mairs hopes her observations and responses will "make the terrain seem less alien, less perilous, and far more amusing than the myths and legends about it would suggest." 1996
Writing women's lives : an anthology of autobiographical narratives by twentieth century American women writers( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Writings from Jane Addams, Ellen Glasgow, May Sarton, Joan Didion, Nancy Mairs, Jamaica Kincaid, bell hooks, Natalie Kusz, and many others, reflecting on their lives, their work, their worlds, connectedness, and commitment to community
PLAINTEXT: DECIPHERING A WOMAN'S LIFE (ESSAYS, FEMINIST-THEORY, LITERARY CRITICISM, AUTOBIOGRAPHY) by Nancy Mairs( )

in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Because of woman's peculiar relationship to language, and therefore to the means of comprehending and expressing her experience, female autobiographical writing is a problematic undertaking. An exploration of several premises about Western culture can help to illuminate the difficulties the female autobiographer encounters in creating her life/text. Among these premises are the following: (1) that the culture that provides the context for female experience is what feminist theorists call "patriarchal," that is, a culture dependent upon and reinforced by the supremacy of male interests, pursuits, and values. (2) that the habit of mind of this culture is essentially dichotomous, and that this bifurcation, although it serves very well to enable one person or group to gain power over another, fails to account for the sense of relatedness characteristic of female moral development as demonstrated by recent feminist psychologists. (3) that one lives through telling oneself the story of one's life (that is, that living itself is an essentially autobiographical act); that this narrative conforms to certain cultural conventions; and that these conventions present distinct problems to the narrator who is female. (4) that the human being constructs its self through language, and that the language of a patriarchal culture is problematic to female authenticity. In order to confront these theoretical problems in practice, twelve essays explore some experiences of a middle-aged, middle-class white American woman in the second half of the twentieth century. These include illness, both physical (multiple sclerosis) and emotional (depression, agoraphobia); suicide; relationships with men, strangers, and cats; motherhood; and above all, writing. They form a feminist project whose purpose is so to merge theory with praxis, nonfiction with fiction and poetry, scholarship with creation, that such distinctions become meaningless and the female writer can get on with the real business of m
 
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Waist-high in the world : a life among the nondisabled
Alternative Names
Nancy Mairs American writer

Nancy Mairs escritora estadounidense

Smith, Nancy Pedrick, 1943-2016

メアーズ, ナンシー

Languages
English (113)

Japanese (2)

Covers
Plaintext : essaysThe little locksmithA dynamic God : living an unconventional Catholic faithVoice lessons : on becoming a (woman) writerA troubled guest : life and death storiesRemembering the bone house : an erotics of place and spaceWriting women's lives : an anthology of autobiographical narratives by twentieth century American women writers