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The World's Strongest Librarian

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

Hanagarne, Josh

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The World's Strongest Librarian
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The story of how a Mormon kid with Tourette's found salvation in books and weight-lifting.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Gotham Books,, [2013]
ISBN: 1592407870
9781592407873
Branch Call Number: 020.92 H2337w 2013
Characteristics: x, 291 pages ;,25 cm

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Join the discussion on Oct. 17, 2014. The story of how a Mormon kid with Tourette's syndrome found salvation in books and weight-lifting.

I finished this book cover to cover in a rare night of binge reading. You don't have to work in a library to enjoy this new author's turn of phrase or his personal reflections on life, parenting, faith, and struggle for control of ones destiny. -Kris

Traces the public librarian author's inspiring story as a Mormon youth with Tourette's Syndrome who after a sequence of radical and ineffective treatments overcame nightmarish tics through education, military service, and strength training.


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Oct 24, 2014
  • DorisWaggoner rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Humorous, poignant memoir of a man who was bullied as a kid for his size and clumsiness, to say nothing of the fact that he was a Mormon. In high school his clumsiness and tics were diagnosed as Tourette's syndrome, but he was given no way of dealing with it. This stretched his faith to the breaking point, which he tried to hide from his pious mother. He went on his Mission, but it made him physically ill, and he was sent home. This failure lost him his girl. Somehow, libraries became his refuge, and a career as a librarian gave him hope. So did a loving Mormon wife who accepted his wavering faith, and a son who gave him something to live for. Weight lifting, and an autistic weight lifter teaches him how to breathe through his worst tics. He's able to avoid self-pity, and comes to understanding and self acceptance.

Jan 29, 2014
  • ser_library rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

i learned about Tourette Syndrome and enjoyed the comments on life in a public library

Dec 25, 2013
  • bibliotechnocrat rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

921 - damn fine autobiography. A giant (613.7) Mormon (289.3) with Tourette's (616.83) becomes a librarian (021.65).... Say what? Sounds like the opening line of a joke, but the pages turn themselves in this compelling book.

Raised in a Mormon household, the book-obsessed author learns to value family and faith. But beyond support and care, his family cannot offer much help with the alien landscape of Tourette Syndrome. And, as he matures, his faith becomes less an anchor than an albatross.

Hanagarne discovers that weights and strength training can be used as a way to control the symptoms of his disease, and so becomes the world's strongest librarian. His journey takes him to unexpected places and to interactions with unexpected people. I love the autistic Air Force Sergeant who bends horse shoes and who teaches Hanagarne to ask questions. It's a story of hope and love. Don't miss it.

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