The World's Strongest Librarian

  • by Josh Hanagarne
  • Narrated by Stephen R. Thorne
  • 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

At first glance, Josh Hanagarne seems an improbable librarian. He stands 6'7", competes in strongman contests, and was diagnosed in high school with Tourette's 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.


What the Critics Say

“Forthright, affecting, and sometimes surprisingly funny.” (Library Journal)


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Customer Reviews

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Something Different, Something Wonderful

I love a book that takes me out of my world and plants me right into a new world, and teaches me something I didn't know that I needed to know. This book delivers, I'm so glad it was written and that I read it. Laugh out loud funny, poignant and truthful. Can't get much better than that.
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- SydSavvy "The Book Snob for Paris Life Magazine."

wonderful memoir about having Tourette's Syndrome

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed hearing about living with Tourette's from the first person viewpoint. The Mormon aspect added a depth of faith, familial dynamics and introspection that I enjoyed.

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- Kaui "I love to walk and run listening to audiobooks"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-02-2013
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.