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Laughing at My Nightmare by Shane Burcaw
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Oct 20, 2014

it was amazing
bookshelves: non-fiction, disability, survival

This book will stay in my mind for a long time. I want to thank Shane Burcaw for his unflinching honesty about painful and intimate parts of his life. I've read a number of memoirs/autobiographies, and I don't think I've seen this level of honesty before. He's willing to discuss his insecurities, his deepest fears, his shortcomings--and also his hopes, and the people he loves--all made fascinating through the lens of a debilitating disease that affects not only him, but also his family and friends.

I'm researching SMA for a series of science fiction books I'm writing. This memoir fulfilled my research needs and then some. I feel as if I have a much better understanding of what this disease is about and how it affects those who have it. I still have a few minor questions about daily life logistics; I may email the author directly.

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Reading Progress

October 20, 2014 – Started Reading
October 20, 2014 – Shelved
October 20, 2014 – Shelved as: non-fiction
October 23, 2014 – Finished Reading
May 12, 2016 – Shelved as: disability
June 1, 2016 – Shelved as: survival

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