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Laughing at My Nightmare Hardcover – October 14, 2014
An Action-Packed Retelling of a Classic
London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived the destruction and the outbreak of a deadly virus are children, among them sixteen-year-old Gwen Darling and her younger siblings, Joanna and Mikey. Hardcover | Kindle book
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“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
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Top Customer Reviews
BUT … as Shane himself says, he's just a normal guy. He doesn't want to be pitied and he doesn't want to be special. In fact, he's sort of making fun of all that, turning "aw" & "ow" on its head (to "wa-wo," I guess).
BUT … Shane is definitely a talented writer. He's funny and expressive and moving. He has a distinctive "literary voice."
BUT… this is a good, quick, and gripping read. It's unfortunate that the publishing pros have relegated it to the "teen" market because it would be good for anyone of any age.
Full disclosure: I, too, grew up with spinal muscular atrophy, just like Shane. I identify with many of the experiences he describes here. Some of it cuts so close to the bone that it makes me shiver. That's not funny, I want to scream, when for example he describes being herded to the wheelchair section at a talk Michelle Obama gave at his school, separated from his friends. That's tragic!
Yet isn't it also illegal to ghettoize wheelchair folks, to deprive them of at least one "companion" seat? I do wish Shane had a stronger sense of disability rights, of his place in a broad community with a proud and deep history. Not to make the book all serious-like and angry and boring. Just so he'd have some righteous anger.Read more ›
Can't wait for the next book Shane!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was not expecting such a profoundly inspirational treatise. The word poignant is overused but very applicable in this case. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Ted Vollmer
Raw and honest. Often funny, but definitely not written for children.Published 20 days ago by Happy Mom
I chose to read this book cause I was interested in the title . It made his life a reality to me . I have spent most of my life working with people with disabilities. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I liked this book because it was funny and I like to read these kind of books that's what I think.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Daughter picked this book for school project, she enjoyed the book!Published 2 months ago by Sheila
Shane is brutally honest as he tells about his life in what he hopes to be a humorous way. He explains how his parents treated him like a normal kid as much as possible and about... Read morePublished 2 months ago by David's Wife