Shane Burcaw

Sunday, May 5, 3PM

We're excited to welcome back to Wild Rumpus author Shane Burcaw, whose newest book, Strangers Assume My Girlfriend is my Nurse, is hot off the press!

Shane will have stories, you'll have questions, and we'll have snacks. It's going to be a party!

Preorder your book here! If you would like your book personally inscribed and signed by Shane Burcaw, just indicate to whom you would like it inscribed in the customer notes when you order, or call the bookstore to place your order at 612-920-5005. If you are unable to attend the event, you will be able to pick up your book anytime after May 5th.


Sunday, 5 May 2019 - 3:00pm
Strangers Assume My Girlfriend Is My Nurse Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626727700
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Roaring Brook Press - April 30th, 2019

From the author of Laughing at My Nightmarea YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist, Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, and ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readerscomes another collection of evocative and humor-infused essays about living with a disability in an able-bodied world.

With his signature acerbic wit and hilarious voice, twenty-something author, blogger, and entrepreneur Shane Burcaw is back with an essay collection about living a full life in a body that many people perceive as a tragedy. From anecdotes about first introductions where people patted him on the head instead of shaking his hand, to stories of passersby mistaking his able-bodied girlfriend for a nurse, Shane tackles awkward situations and assumptions with humor and grace.

On the surface, these essays are about day-to-day life as a wheelchair user with a degenerative disease, but they are actually about family, love, and coming of age.

Praise for Strangers Assume My Girlfriend Is My Nurse:

“People with disabilities still don’t get the kind of #ownvoices space they merit, and Burcaw’s voice makes him just plain good literary company in this approachable, enjoyable, and often edifying title.” –BCCB, starred review

“An accessible, smart-assed, and unexpectedly tender exploration of life, love, and disability.” –Kirkus Reviews

“Written in his frank, often earthy, style, this will hold readers mesmerized.” –Booklist
“Above all, Burcaw succeeds in illustrating that ‘disability does not equal sadness.’” –Publishers Weekly

This collection provides both funny and insightful firsthand anecdotes of living with spinal muscular atrophy.” –School Library Journal

Not So Different: What You Really Want to Ask About Having a Disability Cover Image
By Shane Burcaw, Matt Carr (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781626727717
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Roaring Brook Press - November 7th, 2017

Not So Different offers a humorous, relatable, and refreshingly honest glimpse into Shane Burcaw's life. Shane tackles many of the mundane and quirky questions that he's often asked about living with a disability, and shows readers that he's just as approachable, friendly, and funny as anyone else.

Shane Burcaw was born with a rare disease called spinal muscular atrophy, which hinders his muscles' growth. As a result, his body hasn't grown bigger and stronger as he's gotten older--it's gotten smaller and weaker instead. This hasn't stopped him from doing the things he enjoys (like eating pizza and playing sports and video games) with the people he loves, but it does mean that he routinely relies on his friends and family for help with everything from brushing his teeth to rolling over in bed.

Laughing at My Nightmare Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250080103
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Square Fish - May 10th, 2016

With acerbic wit and a hilarious voice, Shane Burcaw's Laughing at My Nightmare 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 humor 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.

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2720 West 43rd Street
Minneapolis, MN 55410
United States