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Mairs, Nancy 1943-2016

Overview
Works: 31 works in 100 publications in 2 languages and 6,859 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Case studies  Directories  Personal narratives 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction
Classifications: PS3563.A386, B
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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 )

8 editions published between 1996 and 2001 in English and Japanese and held by 1,060 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a blend of intimate memoir and passionate advocacy, Nancy Mairs takes on the subject woven through all her writing: disability and its effect on life, work, and spirit
Plaintext : essays by Nancy Mairs( Book )

10 editions published between 1986 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 697 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 285 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 188 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

Essays out loud : on having adventures & a necessary end by Nancy Mairs( Recording )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
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

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

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

3 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 3 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
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

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

Missing pieces : a chronicle of living with a disability by Irving Kenneth Zola( Book )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The personal odyssey of a man with a disability, this passionate book tries to tell as well as analyze what it is like to have a disability in a world that values vigor and health. Zola writes, "Missing Pieces is an unraveling of a social problem in the manner of Black Like Me. Like its author, I, too, am a trained social observer, but for me 'passing' was not an issue. For I already have the stigmata of the disable - the braces, the limp, the cane - though I have spent much of my life denying their existence." The author started out in the role of a social scientist on a seven-day excursion to acquaint himself with an extraordinary experiment in living - Het Dorp, one of the few places in the world designed to promote "the optimum happiness" of those with severe physical disabilities. Neither a medial center nor a nursing home, Het Dorp is a village in the western-most part of the Netherlands. What began as a sociological attempt to describe this unusual setting became, through the author's growing awareness, what can only be called a socio-autobiography. Resuming his prior dependence on a wheelchair, the author experienced his own transformation from someone who is "normal" and "valid" to someone who is "invalid." The routine of Het Dorp became his: he lived in an architecturally modified home, visited the workshops, and shared meals, social events, conversation, and perceptions with the remarkably diverse residents. The author confronts some rarely discussed issues - the self-image of a person with a chronic disability, how one fills one's time, how one deals with authority and dependence, and love and sex. Missing Pieces offers striking insights into an aspect of the human condition shared by nearly 30 million Americans. It is must reading for the general reader, as well as for the rehabilitation counselor, social worker, or social scientist
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
Remembering the bone house: an erotics of place by Nancy Mairs( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Nancy Mairs: A Prose Reading March 9, 1988, in the Modern Languages Auditorium by Nancy Mairs( Recording )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Fright : a collection of poems by Nancy Mairs( )

1 edition published in 1975 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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

4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library 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 (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
A dynamic God : living an unconventional Catholic faith by Nancy Mairs( )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 0 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
 
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Waist-high in the world : a life among the nondisabled
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Nancy Mairs American writer

Smith, Nancy Pedrick, 1943-2016

メアーズ, ナンシー

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Plaintext : essaysThe little locksmithVoice lessons : on becoming a (woman) writerRemembering the bone house : an erotics of place and spaceRemembering the bone house: an erotics of placeA troubled guest : life and death storiesOrdinary time : cycles in marriage, faith, and renewal