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

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 To

  • Title: The World's Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family
  • Author: Josh Hanagarne
  • ISBN: 9781592407873
  • Page: 331
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 timeAn 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.

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    1. Josh Hanagarne Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the The World's Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family book, this is one of the most wanted Josh Hanagarne author readers around the world.

    2. This book had been on my radar since its release because the title referenced most of my favorite reading subjects: psychology, neurology, and books about books! Josh is a funny, self-depracating author. I love the hilarious way he relates his childhood on through to his current thirty-five years. He and his family all came to be close friends by the end of the book.Hanagarne was raised as a Mormon, so I kind of figured that the "faith" part of this book would be too preachy, but it never was. I [...]

    3. Love love love this! Right now he's talking about going to the bookmobile and getting hooked on Stephen King books--in the fifth grade!--at least until his mother finds out. Update: A well-deserved five stars.Sorry to all of the other books I've read so far this year, but this is my favorite and will most likely remain my favorite book of the year. Josh is a wonderful writer with a huge heart who has overcome a number of issues that would fell many other people. His stories about his wonderful f [...]

    4. If Mitt Romney gave you a bad taste in your mouth about Mormons, let this book be your antidote.

    5. From childhood, Josh Hanagarne always had a deep love for books and libraries. He reveres books, and reads incessantly. His favorite author is Mark Twain, which does not put him in good favor with the Mormons, in whose church he was raised.Most importantly in this book, Josh suffers incredibly from Tourette's syndrome. His faith in God is severely tried. His mother tried everything she could think of to alleviate her son's suffering. As an adult, Josh continued to search. He found temporary fixe [...]

    6. I asked my friend-in-real-life what he thought of this book. He said, "It was boring." Good thing I ignored him and read this anyway! I loved it.Josh has Tourette's. He is Mormon and growing up in Utah. He loves books. This book is a good place to learn about the Mormon faith, Tourette Syndrome, and librarians. It also taught me a lot about weight-lifting.The best thing about Hanagarne is his wonderful sense of humor. The man is funny. I was laughing out loud.Every chapter is organized by where [...]

    7. 2017 has been a really stressful year for me so far. I've faced some pretty tough obstacles and at times, have struggled with my health and happiness levels. So, like many of us readers, I get engrossed in books so I can travel around when I feel I can't really go anywhere.To date, Joshs' biography was book number 29 for the year, having given myself the challenge of 52 in total. Among the 29, not one has filled me with as much hope, joy and positivity as this one. Josh Hanagarne has Tourette Sy [...]

    8. Read my full review here: mimi-cyberlibrarian.cI can see it now. The librarian is doing her best to hand sell the book, The World's Strongest Librarian.: "Well, it's a memoir by a 6'7" Mormon librarian who lifts weights and has Tourette Syndrome." Uh-huh! That's going to sell it! In the past three years, I have read and blogged about more than 30 memoirs, but reading Josh Hanagarne's inspiring story makes me want to know him, and not just his story. It is my favorite book thus far this year. I w [...]

    9. Disclaimer: I was NOT provided an advance review copy of The World's Strongest Librarian from Josh's publicist at Gotham Books, so obviously, they didn’t influence my review. And I’m cheap! Maybe next time Gotham?I befriended Josh on FB a few years ago because of kettlebells. Then I find out he’s a giant librarian with Tourette’s. On top of all that, he’s funny and entertaining. I knew I would buy any book he wrote, even though the first book he writes is a memoir and as a Mormon. I ne [...]

    10. "You can’t laugh and be afraid at the same time—of anything. If you're laughing, I defy you to be afraid." This is one of my favorite quotes, made by a man who knows funny, Stephen Colbert. I was reminded of it while reading this memoir. Josh Hanagarne has a well developed sense of humor, forged in the crucible of a loving family fond of practical jokes -- and he needs it. Diagnosed with Tourette syndrome at a young age, he faces extra challenges in life. His condition affects his school lif [...]

    11. I recently read a review of The World's Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family that convinced me that this was the kind of book that I loved. And, on the surface, it really is. A combination of things that fascinate me- libraries and books, faith, and personal experience with something that makes him different, in this case, Tourette Syndrome. I happened to see it on my library shelf shortly thereafter and picked it up. I mentioned recently that I [...]

    12. I can't give this five stars because I don't think I loved it quite as much as my pal Robin B but I think she would have have cranked the meter up to 6 if it was possible, and we all know everything is relative.I was thinking about this book last week as I sat in the dentist's chair, having a tooth ground down for a new crown. In a failed attempt at chair-side smalltalk, the chirpy hygienist prattled on and on and on about how the whole ordeal must be be especially distressing to me because, as [...]

    13. I admit it, I’m shallow and superficial. If I hadn’t been married for over a hundred years I could be the poster child for Match. Give me first dates and first dates only – the air humming with fantastic potentialities vs leaden realities. Keep the lights down low because I don’t want to see the row of vitamin bottles lined up along your window sill. Regale me. Josh Hanagarne I would have panted after you through page 9 of your book even if your knuckles scraped the pavement when you wal [...]

    14. Josh Hanagarne, a 6 foot 7 inch 270 pound Mormon librarian in Salt Lake City, wrote a memoir well worth reading. As he shared his struggles with Tourette's, I began to understand the unrelenting stronghold of this disorder. He shared his story with brutal honesty and a sense of humor. He did not shy away from scenes of self-injury and total despair. He was prescribed a wide assortment of meds and even tried injections of a botulism toxin which would paralyze his vocal cords, thus muting his yelp [...]

    15. This is easily one of the best pieces of narrative nonfiction I've had the pleasure to read. Seldom do you come across a book that has you laughing out loud and nodding your head in empathy (or outrage — or unease) in equal measure.Josh has taken several subjects that are typically approached with clinical caution (Tourette's, family, religion, libraries) and made them incredibly approachable. Even at its heaviest and most emotional, this book was a page-turner.

    16. “A library is a miracle. A place where you can learn just about anything, for free. A place where your mind can come alive.”This author bares his soul in his memoir, he tells of his life, he is six feet seven inches tall, a librarian that may stand out from many you may have met with.If he is not in a battle at one stage and then coming to terms with his Tourette Syndrome later on in this story of his, he is lifting great weights, kettle-bells while listening to audiobook of Don Quixote, or [...]

    17. This memoir was funny, heartbreaking, informative, (you learn a lot about Tourette's, the Mormon church, libraries, and weightlifting.) Josh is a courageous young man who does his utmost to defeat his demons with help from a loving, supportive family. One's own problems seem insignificant when held up to Josh's.

    18. Originally published at Reading RealityThe first chapter of The World’s Strongest Librarian should be required reading for people who want to become librarians. Especially the ones who have a completely romanticized view of what it is like to actually BE a public librarian on a day-to-day basis. At the end of the chapter, I think they’ll still want to do the job, but they’ll have one hell of a lot better idea of what they’re letting themselves in for.And I laughed myself silly. On the bu [...]

    19. I originally selected this book because it's obviously about being a librarian, something that I can relate to. However, the book is about so much more than that. John Hanagarne recalls memories of his childhood as a boy obsessed with reading who also happens to have Tourette's. In reading this memoir, I learned about the Mormon church, Tourette's syndrome, kettleball training, the daily challenges as a public librarian, and the power of unconditional love. This book made me laugh out loud, main [...]

    20. The World's Strongest Librarian is one of few non-fiction books that really gives readers a look at not just the life of a person with Tourette's Syndrome, but also about how important close-knit families are. Written with honesty and originality, it's a great read.

    21. A 4.5. Funny, charming and heart-warming memoir by a young man with Tourette Syndrome. Josh Hanagarne is born into a close-knit and loving Mormon family (I love the mom and the dad is a real character). When Josh is in first grade, he begins to exhibit the tics associated with Tourette's. As Josh grows up, he struggles with the Tourette's, but also with his faith.Josh intersperses his memoir of growing up with little vignettes from his current job as a librarian at the Salt Lake City Public Libr [...]

    22. A quick, fun read. I learned a lot about Tourette Syndrome, Mormons, libraries and weight training. Seems a bit disjointed at times, but worth reading if you should come across it.

    23. This is not an easy book to explain to others. It’s about a lifelong love affair with books (something all GoodReaders can relate to) and the humorous travails of librarianship (an automatic homerun for all librarians, myself included). It’s about living with Tourette’s and discovering strength training as a means for managing it. It’s also about family, love, religion, and how one generally makes one’s way through this curious experience called life. Josh Hanagarne’s memoir brings a [...]

    24. I was scrolling through my Audible library and came across a few titles I had downloaded during BOGO sales and never listened to. This was one!Disregard the main title and focus on the subtitle and you will have a better idea of what the book is about. Tourette's, yes. Including how it effects schooling, relationships, and job security. Faith, yes. Overly detailed descriptions of the Mormon church for my tastes particularly considering that by the end he was no longer a believer or active partic [...]

    25. so i picked this up at my local public library as the 'next in line' once i finished the book i was already engaged in reading. i just meant to check it out - you know read the first couple of pages just to get a sense of what i had to look forward to- but three hours later i was completely immersed in The World's Strongest Librarian and had absolutely no interest in reading anything else but it. Josh Hanagarne has a story to tell - he absolutely does - but no more so than a lot of people. what [...]

    26. It's very rare that I read a non-fiction book. It's even more rare that I finish it, and rarer still that I actually enjoy something not "otherworldly". Josh Hanagarne's story wasn't at all what I thought it would be when a fellow librarian book-lover recommended it to me. I was hoping it would hold all the secrets to landing a great librarian job to a newly-graduated MLS holder such as myself. I had no idea it would be so much more than that and take me on such a riveting journey. I even less e [...]

    27. Book on CD performed by Stephan R Thorne.The subtitle is all the synopsis anyone needs: A Memoir of Tourette’s, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family (hardcover subtitle) or : A Book Lover's Adventures with Tourette's, Faith, Family, and Barbells (paperback subtitle)I really enjoyed this memoir of one man’s struggles to come to grips with his Tourette’s, and to find balance in his life, his work, his family and his faith. Hanagarne has a wonderful sense of humor, but is still quite hone [...]

    28. I loved this book for many reasons! The author's stories of working in the Salt Lake City public library system rang true with my own library experiences. And he articulates so beautifully the reasons that libraries are important and relevant to society. But more importantly this is a touching and candid memoir of the author's life journey as a man with Tourette Syndrome and how he learned to cope with its effects on his way to being an appreciative husband, concerned and loving father, faithful [...]

    29. Hanagarne begins his acknowledgements by saying that his thought upon reading the finished book was "This is a really weird story." That thought pretty much sums up my feelings on this book too. It was definitely a little weird, but also had moments that were very interesting, funny, and warm.The first half or so of the book is great. The stories about his parents, falling in love with books, experiences with Mormonism, and learning to live with Tourette's are enlightening and enjoyable to read. [...]

    30. This was almost a 3.5 star book for me. It wasn't as good as I hoping it would be. I really enjoyed the parts where Josh talked about reading and what his days are like working as a librarian, but I had a difficult time connecting with him when he discussed growing up as a Morman and his hobby of weight lifting. I do think Josh is an interesting person, and he's a good writer, but I would have enjoyed the book much more than I did if it was more about books, reading and his career.

    31. Josh has quite the story. He is a librarian at the Salt Lake City Public Library and it was interesting to learn about how he's dealt with Tourette's throughout his life. I got to hear him speak at the Utah Library Association Conference this year and he did an amazing job. I admire his courage and his lifelong love of learning. I would highly recommend this to anyone who who wants to learn more about Tourette's, works in a library, or just loves libraries in general!

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