Laughing at My Nightmare by Shane Burcaw


Laughing at My Nightmare by Shane Burcaw

With acerbic wit and a hilarious voice, Shane Burcaw describes the challenges he faces as a twenty-one-year- old with spinal muscular atrophy. From awkward handshakes to having a girlfriend and everything in between, Shane handles his situation with humour and a you-only-live-once perspective on life. While he does talk about everyday issues that are relatable to teens, he also offers an eye opening perspective on what it is like to have a life-threatening disease.


Burcaw has spent most of his life in a wheelchair with progressively debilitating spinal muscular atrophy, but instead of soberly presenting the ups and downs of a potentially bleak existence, he pens an uplifting, laugh-out-loud memoir that calls out the absurdity of his circumstances, and the joy he finds in the everyday. Booklist

*Laughing at My Nightmare is an unforgettable memoir. VOYA, STARRED REVIEW

With snark, swagger and self-deprecation, Burcaw explains from the beginning how SMA has shaped his mission . . . With reflections camouflaged in wisecracks, Burcaw demonstrates that a little humor goes a long way. Kirkus Reviews

Burcaw's narrative will resonate with readers, who will laugh along with the funny stories, cringe at the awkward moments, and tear up at the emotionally charged parts. A poignant story that provides a fresh perspective on life. School Library Journal

*It's engaging, inspirational, and eye-opening. Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

About the Author

Shane Burcaw is a twenty-one-year-old with spinal muscular atrophy. He is currently a junior at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, studying English. Shane runs a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising money for muscular dystrophy research.

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288 pages


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Publication date

12th May 2016



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