May 2013 Indie Next List
“Resplendent with the intelligence that comes from accumulated experience, seasoned with sudden and delightful humor, and written with great sensitivity, Josh Hanagarne's The World's Strongest Librarian is one of this Spring's best surprises. It's not simply a love letter to anyone who's built a life around books, but the moving autobiographical work of a gentle giant who refuses to let his sense of wonder about the world be displaced by his challenges, and an insightful and informative exposition of what it's like to wake every morning, and navigate life with Tourette Syndrome.”
— Aaron Cance, The King's English, Salt Lake City, UT
A funny and uplifting 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 when he first began exhibiting symptoms. When he was twenty and had reached his towering height of 6'7," his tics escalated to nightmarish levels. Determined to conquer his affliction, Josh tried countless remedies, with dismal results. At last, an eccentric, autistic strongman taught Josh how to "throttle" his tics into submission using increasingly elaborate feats of strength. What started as a hobby became an entire way of life--and an effective way of managing his disorder.
Today, Josh is a librarian at Salt Lake City's public library and founder of a popular blog about books and weight lifting--and the proud father of five-year-old Max. Funny and offbeat, "The World's Strongest Librarian" traces this unlikely hero as he attempts to overcome his disability, find love, and create a life worth living.
About the Author
Josh Hanagarne believes in curiosity, questions, and strength, and that things are never so bad that they can t improve. He is a librarian at the Salt Lake City Public Library and lives with his wife, Janette, and their son, Max, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
"The whole of this delightfully rich and unconventional gem of a book is even greater than the sum of its parts. Read it and laugh and learn."
—The Washington Post
“Fearless and funny.”
“An inspiring, often funny tale about the power of persistence.”
“Read this book and then go hug a librarian!”
—Anne Holman, The King's English Bookshop
“Joyfully celebrates books and reading.”