Nancy Mairs

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Nancy Mairs
Born Nancy Pedrick Smith
(1943-07-23)July 23, 1943
Long Beach, California, U.S.
Died December 3, 2016(2016-12-03) (aged 73)
Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
Occupation writer
Known for Argument against discrimination of disabled people.
Home town Tucson, Arizona
Spouse(s) George Mairs

Nancy Pedrick Mairs (née Smith; July 23, 1943 – December 3, 2016) was an author who wrote about diverse topics, including spirituality, women's issues and her experiences living with multiple sclerosis. She was born on July 23, 1943 in Long Beach, California. She grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, however. She received an AB from Wheaton College, and an MFA in writing and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.[1]

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. Mairs died in Tucson, Arizona on December 3, 2016.[2]


In All the Rooms of the Yellow House (1984)
Plaintext (1986)
Remembering the Bonehouse (1989)
Carnal Acts (1990)
Ordinary Time (1993)
Voice Lessons (1994)
Waist-High in the World: A Life Among the Nondisabled (1996)
A Troubled Guest: Life and Death Stories (2001)
Essays Out Loud: On Having Adventures & A Necessary End (CD) (2004)
"A Dynamic God: Living an Unconventional Catholic Faith" (2007)


  1. ^ "Official Site". Nancy Mairs. Retrieved 2008-03-23. 
  2. ^ Grimes, William (December 7, 2016). "Nancy Mairs, Who Wrote About Her Mental Illness and Multiple Sclerosis, Dies at 73". Retrieved December 9, 2016. 

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