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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.
“Graceful yet gritty paradoxes drive this extraordinary book, which uses the author’s degenerative disease, multiple sclerosis, as a window into a very particular soul. . . . Let the reader understand: this is not a book about MS, or about illness; rather, it’s a chronicle of inspired adaptation, spiritual as well as physical, to limits. The aim is the creation of joy.” -Sallie Bingham, The New Mexican
“Woe is not her, as she makes clear throughout this absorbing, laceratingly honest book. . . . This social construction of disability . . . is what Mairs most wants us to ‘get’ in this passionate, penetrating book-and then get over.” -Marian Sandmeier, The Washington Post Book World
“Vintage Mairs: sharply observed, deeply personal and always direct.” -Michael Haederle, Los Angeles Times
“As helpful as Mairs’s book will be to disabled people, what’s most important about it is its lessons for able-bodied readers.” -Kathi Wolfe, The Progressive
“Rich, startling and utterly absorbing.” -Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Mairs’s physical view of the world may be waist-high, but her intellectual and spiritual range is limitless.” -Donna Seaman, Booklist, starred review
“’One sharp instrument is left me: my tongue.’ This [Mairs] wields like a finely crafted baton, leading her readers to an ever deeper understanding of the human condition.” -Yvonne Duffy, Detroit Free Press