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The World's Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family | [Josh Hanagarne]

The World's Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family

At first glance, Josh Hanagarne seems an improbable librarian. He stands 6'7", competes in strongman contests, and was diagnosed in high school with Tourette's syndrome. But books are his first love - Josh's earliest memories involve fantastic adventures between the pages of Gulliver’s Travels and a passionate infatuation with Fern from Charlotte’s Web. Everything in Josh’s life - from his Mormon upbringing, to finally finding love, to learning to control his tics through lifting - circles back to a close connection with books.
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At first glance, Josh Hanagarne seems an improbable librarian. He stands 6'7", competes in strongman contests, and was diagnosed in high school with Tourette's syndrome. But books are his first love - Josh's earliest memories involve fantastic adventures between the pages of Gulliver’s Travels and a passionate infatuation with Fern from Charlotte’s Web. Everything in Josh’s life - from his Mormon upbringing, to finally finding love, to learning to control his tics through lifting - circles back to a close connection with books. Today, Josh is a librarian at the Salt Lake City Public Library, founder of a popular blog about books and weight lifting - and the proud father of four-year-old Max, who has already started to show his own symptoms of Tourette's.

The World’s Strongest Librarian illuminates the mysteries of this little-understood disorder as well as the very different worlds of strongman training and modern libraries. With humor and candor, this unlikely hero traces his journey to overcome his disability, navigate his wavering Mormon faith, spread the word about the wonder of books, and ultimately, find love and create a life worth living.

©2013 Josh Hanagarne (P)2013 AudioGO

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“Forthright, affecting, and sometimes surprisingly funny.” (Library Journal)

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    I love a book that takes me out of my world and plants me right into a new world, and teaches me something I didn't know that I needed to know. This book delivers, I'm so glad it was written and that I read it. Laugh out loud funny, poignant and truthful. Can't get much better than that.

    34 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    Kaui 02-06-14
    Kaui 02-06-14 Member Since 2009

    I love to walk and run listening to audiobooks

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    "wonderful memoir about having Tourette's Syndrome"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed hearing about living with Tourette's from the first person viewpoint. The Mormon aspect added a depth of faith, familial dynamics and introspection that I enjoyed.


    25 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Wozniak 12-08-14
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    "For All Book Lovers"

    This is such a wonderful memoir I read it first as a library book and I'm delighted to have it in my audible collection. Josh Hanagarne is 6 foot 7 inches, weighs 260 pounds, was raised Mormon, has extreme tourette's and tells a great story about love, family and more. Stephen R Thorne is an excellent narrator.

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    Say something about yourself!

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    "Compelling, warm, intimate, well written"
    What did you love best about The World's Strongest Librarian?

    As overwhelming as tourette's was in Josh's life, the book never felt depressing or hopeless. In fact, this book was inspirational!


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The strength, and acceptance of family,


    What does Stephen R. Thorne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Draws you into the story. Wonderful narrator.


    If you could give The World's Strongest Librarian a new subtitle, what would it be?

    The title says it better than anything I could think of.


    Any additional comments?

    I seldom read non-fiction. I am so glad not to have missed this book. It is one of the best reads this year!

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    Adam 12-15-14
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    Its a must read I loved listing to it. One thing I took from it is no matter what life gives you thers always help.

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    Caroline CHARLES CITY, VA, United States 12-15-14
    Caroline CHARLES CITY, VA, United States 12-15-14 Member Since 2007
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    "A book-lover's book"
    Would you listen to The World's Strongest Librarian again? Why?

    Yes, and I will. A witty and both sad and uplifting book. A book-lover's story.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Mr. Hanagame's courage, resilience, wit and talent.


    What does Stephen R. Thorne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brought the story to life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I practically did.


    Any additional comments?

    I will recommend this book to everyone I know.

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