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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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    Amazon Customer PARIS, TX, United States 03-09-14
    Amazon Customer PARIS, TX, United States 03-09-14 Member Since 2008

    Lawyer, reader, writer, performer. Just love listening to books and talking about it!

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    "Something Different, Something Wonderful"

    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.

    39 of 40 people found this review helpful
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    Kaui 02-06-14
    Kaui 02-06-14 Member Since 2015

    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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    Kate 07-20-15
    Kate 07-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Touching and inspiring"

    I save 5 stars for things that completely rock my world and this fell just short, but I would totally recommend it.

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    Diana 01-21-15
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    "Funny, poignant, human, embarrassing, & triumphant"

    There have been some great personal memoirs written lately by people who walk amongst us, not rich, famous, or powerful, but simply people who share their lives. In comparison to some autobiographies I've read written by famous people, I have to say that the regular folks who have written their stories have written better books. (Well, with the exception of William Shatner . . . he writes a pretty good memoir)

    Josh Hanagame writes gracefully and humbly of his life and sometimes it is painful to be with him as he shares less-than-graceful moments, but other times I burst out laughing, and felt twinges of pride and triumph for him too.

    Books give us a chance to squeeze more experiences and thoughts into one lifetime, and I feel enriched by what Josh shared of his life.

    The narration by Stephen R. Thorne is perfect - he has a kind voice with a quiet undertone of humanity and humor.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Lyons Specht Walnut Creek, CA, US 01-14-15
    Diana Lyons Specht Walnut Creek, CA, US 01-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Really good book with likable characters!"

    I really enjoyed every aspect of this book. I didn't give it five stars simply because I reserve that rating for my favorite books only -- of which there are only 8-10 out of the 400+ I've read.

    I knew little about Touretts, so that was interesting; not much about the LDS church, so I also learned things there; and the writing was often very funny. Most important to me, though, was that every character in this book was someone I wouldn't mind meeting and befriending. Don't hesitate about spending a credit on this book!

    3 of 3 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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    Sarah BOERNE, TX, United States 05-11-15
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    "A very candid autobiography"

    The author is an interesting person who has had an unusual and fascinating life. His struggle with Tourette's is a big part of the story - at times heartbreaking, at times heartening. Also a revealing account of the struggles of Mormon missionaries as well as Josh's struggle with the Mormon faith.

    The narrator was so good I tended to forget he wasn't the author.

    A good listen and a nice change from my usual murder mysteries!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathrin Greenville SC 02-14-15
    Kathrin Greenville SC 02-14-15
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    "Funny, Outspoken and Discombobulated"

    This book is enjoyable and funny.

    It touches on a lot of topics which it needed to tell the story, but it also felt a little discombobulated due to it. Also while Tourettes is such a big part of his life it is being ignored completely in some parts of the book.

    I did appreciate the book references and added several of them to my 'want to read' list.

    I really appreciated the author to be so outspoken about his doubts concerning his belief. Most people don't do that because they typically get scolded for questioning religion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kirstie Las Cruces, NM, United States 01-14-15
    Kirstie Las Cruces, NM, United States 01-14-15 Member Since 2007

    I am so grateful for audio books. I can quench my love for reading and still drive, run a half marathon, or do my household chores!

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    "Inspiring and interesting story"

    A heartwarming story that will inspire. It's well written and funny. The narrator does a very good job! I enjoyed every minute of the story.

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    Amazon Customer Arizona 01-13-15
    Amazon Customer Arizona 01-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A very good book, lacking an ending"

    I've become used to the fact that some books just don't have a conclusion, and the author tends to simply end the story in a rather forced conclusion. This book, on the other hand, was an excellent book that didn't bother offering any kind of conclusion.

    That's not really a criticism, but the book was a great journey that was made clunky by leaving me searching for a point to how it ended.

    It's still a great read and I fully recommend it.

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