Plain Text: Essays

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The difficulties and despairs through which she has passed have left Nancy Mairs with unique and moving stories to convey, as well as with a strong voice to tell them. —New York Times Book Review

"These striking essays by Nancy Mairs are so touching and heartbreakingly honest that one often has to put the book down and rest emotionally before reading on. . . . Readable and compelling, written with intimacy . . . and a swagger." —San Francisco Chronicle

"The lugubriousness and self-pity which one might expect to ...

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Overview

The difficulties and despairs through which she has passed have left Nancy Mairs with unique and moving stories to convey, as well as with a strong voice to tell them. —New York Times Book Review

"These striking essays by Nancy Mairs are so touching and heartbreakingly honest that one often has to put the book down and rest emotionally before reading on. . . . Readable and compelling, written with intimacy . . . and a swagger." —San Francisco Chronicle

"The lugubriousness and self-pity which one might expect to surround these subjects is absent. The prose is cool and the wit as dry as sundown in Mairs' Arizona desert, the jokes as witty as the bright pink flowers on my spiny cactus." —Women's Review of Books

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Five essays in Mairs's collection have been previously published in magazines. The other seven are originals that will speak clearly to the hearts of women in ambiguous positions as society dictates changes in traditional roles. A wife and the mother of two grown children, the author reveals intimate information about her life, personal and professional. Although she is afflicted by multiple sclerosis, Mairs, who lives in Arizona, copes with her job as a teacher and writer, in ways she describes in ``On Being a Cripple.'' Sparing herself little, she reveals crises that drove her to attempt suicide, the battles against the clinical depression that hospitalized her, and other periods of serious danger. It's clear that work and a keen wit are Mairs's strongest allies. She can laugh at her own fumbling methods of surviving. The author's convictions are stated in ``A Letter to Matthew,'' her son. She counsels him to reject the values that determine the attitude of elderly men toward women. Matthew, she writes, is young enough to change. (April 4)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816513376
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1992
  • Pages: 154
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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