The World's Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family
An inspiring story of how a Mormon kid with Tourette’s found salvation in books and weight-lifting Josh Hanagarne couldn’t be invisible if he tried. Although he wouldn’t officially be diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome until his freshman year of high school, Josh was six years old and onstage in a... show more
An inspiring story of how a Mormon kid with Tourette’s found salvation in books and weight-lifting Josh Hanagarne couldn’t be invisible if he tried. Although he wouldn’t officially be diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome until his freshman year of high school, Josh was six years old and onstage in a school Thanksgiving play when he first began exhibiting symptoms. By the time he was twenty, the young Mormon had reached his towering adult height of 6’7” when—while serving on a mission for the Church of Latter Day Saints—his Tourette’s tics escalated to nightmarish levels. Determined to conquer his affliction, Josh underwent everything from quack remedies to lethargy-inducing drug regimes to Botox injections that paralyzed his vocal cords and left him voiceless for three years. Undeterred, Josh persevered to marry and earn a degree in Library Science. At last, an eccentric, autistic strongman—and former Air Force Tech Sergeant and guard at an Iraqi prison—taught Josh how to “throttle” his tics into submission through strength-training. Today, Josh is a librarian in the main branch of Salt Lake City’s public library and 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— and navigate his wavering Mormon faith—to find love and create a life worth living.
Publish date: May 2nd 2013
Pages no: 291
Edition language: English
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This book is kind of my jam. I worked at a library for 7 years while in high school and college. It was a super great job and I have some very funny memories of certain library patrons and their idiosyncrasies. I split my time between desk shifts and working in book processing. I got to see all...
Josh was six years old, onstage for the first time in the school’s Thanksgiving play when his parents noticed he was acting a little bit strangely. Attributing it to normal six-year-old restlessness his parents didn’t really question it. It wasn’t until he was a 6’7” 20 year-old that he was offici...
Josh Hanagarne is The World's Strongest Librarian, this is his memoir. A most heart-warming story about a boy who was different, who loved books, and who grew up in the Mormon faith. Josh began having tics when he was six years old during a school pageant but he wouldn't be diagnosed with Tourette's...
I am SO glad that the author put Librarian in the title! Otherwise, I may have otherwise missed this gem of a book! I had a hard time putting it down. Not a lot about libraries, but there are some funny stories in there about his work. The majority of the book is about his life in general and a lot ...
To me paradox is that place where the desires, logic and understandings of man intersect with the illogical, infinite, and divine. In that moment we see the difference between what we are capable of and what is possible, and see the miraculous. In that moment emotions flourish. Humility, awe, fear, ...