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Book Title: Waist-High in the World|
The author of the book: Nancy Mairs
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 846 KB
Edition: Beacon Press
Date of issue: December 22nd 1997
ISBN 13: 9780807070864
Read full description of the books Waist-High in the World:Everyone: read this book. It takes an ice-pick to the trope of 'pitiful cripple' that many of us carry about.
Mairs is a brilliant essayist and memoirist, writing about her own experiences as a woman with MS, who has lost movement in two legs and one arm and lives in the Southwest. She weaves larger themes on disability studies into her narrative, making this book a lot more accessible to general readers than academic disability-studies books.
My favorite moments include:
-Her claim to ethics -- Mairs is a Catholic Worker and insists on the requirement that she continue doing 'good works,' even as she's treated as a service project herself.
-Her frank discussion on disability and sexuality (in which she jokes she nearly titled the book "Cock-High in the World").
-Nuanced discussion of euthanasia and abortion of fetuses with disabilities.
-Re-casting of 'western writing' to include the perspectives of disabled western authors.
-All the wit and humor and richness of Mairs' writing. Seriously: read this!
Read information about the authorNancy Mairs was an author who wrote about diverse topics, including spirituality, women's issues and her experiences living with multiple sclerosis. She received an AB from Wheaton College, and an MFA in writing and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.
She was diagnosed with MS when she was 28, and wrote several essays on her experiences as a self-described "cripple", including "On Being a Cripple," "Sex and the Gimpy Girl," and the memoir Waist High in the World.
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