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10 years ago

The world's strongest librarian : a memoir of Tourette's, faith, strength, and the power of family / Josh Hanagarne.

I really enjoyed this book and found it hard to put down. It is written by "the world's strongest librarian" in which he talks about his struggles with Tourette's, his Mormon faith, difficulties with education because of his disease and the "weighty" solution he found that, for now, alleviates his tics. Hanagarne is 6'7" tall and has been an avid reader all his life. When he was in first grade, he began showing the involuntary tics of Tourette Syndrome and they got much worse in his adolescence. The condition was to overshadow his entire life and only with the strongest family support and his own firm determination is he able to live a satisfying life. Amazingly, although he has Tourette's, he works at the public service desk at the Salt Lake Public Library.

Booklist Review: Josh Hanagarne is a remarkable man. He is a librarian, a follower of the Mormon faith, has Tourette's syndrome, and can deadlift 600 pounds. In this moving memoir, Hanagarne shows his readers what it is like to live with a severe form of Tourette's and how, with patience, love, and support from his family, he was able to build a rich, full life. With the onset of Tourette's, Hanagarne found a source of joy and delight and a welcome escape in books. He chronicles the increasing severity of his Tourette's, which forces him to leave his Mormon mission early and affects his pursuit of higher education. Hanagarne is open about his struggles, from his questioning of his faith, through the difficulties in his marriage, to his dogged determination to challenge himself to persevere and become a librarian. Throughout, his optimism and amusing, self-deprecating sense of humor shine through. An excellent and uplifting story on accepting and coping with lifelong disabilities, of particular interest to librarians.

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