Nancy Mairs, a gifted essayist who is fierce and funny by turns, landed in a wheelchair years ago due to degenerative multiple sclerosis that has sapped much of her strength. She bends an agile mind and sharp tongue around the daily tasks of seeing eye-to-navel with a world that clearly prefers nondisabled "normals." One candid, pained essay tells of longing to give care, not just accept it. Others describe the shifting line in the sands marking limits she could live with; teeth-grinding frustration at foolish building practices that keep even public bathrooms out of her reach; and a discomforting adventure as an undercover agent exposing a drug fraud aimed at people with diseases like MS. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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.
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A fine read – of all the books I've read since being disabled, Nancy Mairs is by far the most intelligent and well spoken. Read morePublished 2 months ago by maryann p. hobbie
I've always been a fan of Mairs's clear-eyed view of herself and the world. I think I've read parts of this before. I hope she is still writing.Published 8 months ago by Nancy J. Myers
Nancy Mairs has given me a whole new perspective on living. My partner is disabled, though her limitation do not approach Nancy's in severity. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Harvey R.
this book makes you think. Challenges you to meet your thoughts on disabled persons. The author is a college professor who is confined to a wheel chair as a result of a chronic... Read morePublished on July 10, 2013 by Cherie C. Binns MSCN
One of the most widely read books on the experience of disability. The book is full of humor and wisdom.Published on January 23, 2013 by Sharon Collingwood
I am so glad this book was written by a person with a serious disability. I encounter military frequently who aren't disabled at all but retire with almost full disability pay. Read morePublished on July 16, 2012 by Amazon Customer
Having lived with MS for nearly 10 years and some of the disabling symptoms Ms. Mairs experiences I found her insights and perspective very helpful and enlightening. Read morePublished on November 12, 2009 by Kevin M. Orth
This is a beautifully written book and one from which I learned a lot! It actually changed my world view. I wish it were required reading for everyone. I'm so glad I read it.Published on August 20, 2009 by Ann