The World's Strongest Librarian

The World's Strongest Librarian

A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family

Downloadable Audiobook - 2013
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At first glance, Josh Hanagame seems an improbable librarian. He stands 6'7'', competes in strongman contests, and was diagnosed in high school with Tourette 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.
Publisher: [North Kingstown, R.I.] : AudioGO, 2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781624603129
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file) :,digital
Additional Contributors: Thorne, Stephen R.

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Dec 26, 2015

I loved this book. It's a rather odd combination of a memoir about Tourettes, a memoir about growing up Morman, including marrying and having a child, and a story about using weight-lifting to gain confidence. After finishing the book, I found talks by the author about the book where you can see his Tourettes in the flesh, which I think adds to the book. But, you will notice from his blog ( that things have changed in his life since the book was finished.

Jun 07, 2014

Wow! A great family have raised a great guy! Funny, fast moving and inspiring! Who knew libraries could be so funny!

librarylizzard Aug 22, 2013

I checked this out on a whim (being a librarian as well I love reading anything library-related!) and fell head-over-heels in literary love. I only wish this was a memoir in volumes so that I could see what happens next in Josh's life. Josh's determination and struggle to overcome his Tourettes is inspiring, and I especially wanted to know what happened next with his son. As another reviewer mentioned the Dewey numbers heading each chapter made me smile, but even for the non-bibliophiles among us this is well worth the read/listen!

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