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A Troubled Guest: Life and Death Stories

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  23 ratings  ·  2 reviews
A focused personal and ethical examination of life in the face of death, by one of our most acclaimed essayists.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 21st 2002 by Beacon Press (first published 2001)
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Feb 13, 2012 Kristianne rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kristianne by: Karen
Mairs tackles death in this book with cynical grace. She's not rosy about the subject, nor is she outrageously dire. She's frank, which I appreciate after slogging through so many book-length glosses of the subject.
Mairs has faced a fair share of death and in the book she talks about loosing her father when she was a child, loosing her mother as an adult, working through depressive embraces of death, working with inmates on death row, and loosing a son to murder. She wants us to look at death as
As a person with MS, it is interesting to see her perspective. I am a cripple too. Often I feel others' hostility toward me. I used to feel that way, so it's understandable.
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Nancy Mairs is an author who writes 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 has written several essays on her experiences as a self-described "cripple", including "On Being a
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