The World's Strongest Librarian

The World's Strongest Librarian

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

Book - 2013
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Josh Hanagarne was never able to blend into the background. Even before he was formally diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome, the condition would bring chaos into his world. Hanagarne tried countless therapies, but it would not hold him back as he finished his degree. Here he shows how battled Tourette's while shedding light on the often misunderstood affliction.
Publisher: New York, New York : Gotham Books, [2013]
ISBN: 9781592407873
Branch Call Number: Biography B Han


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Aug 05, 2017

This book came to me as I was searching for materials to better understand Tourette's Syndrome. Combine a memoir discussing just that with an interest in the library, weightlifting, and the life of a Mormon youth, and you have a unique combination that caught my eye.
I like that the book didn't have a concrete conclusion. It was left open and reminds the reader that, while a hobby or a past time can be used to help aid an affliction, it may not be the permanent solution. You learn and you grow.
I heard the author has a blog that discusses more about his Tourette's, the library, and weightlifting, too. I'll need to check it out sometime!

ser_library Jan 29, 2014

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

bibliotechnocrat Dec 25, 2013

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.

Jul 01, 2013

A delight to read - this personal memoir is humorous and insightful. I especially liked Hanagarne's theory (and passion) about libraries and their role in society.

Jun 23, 2013

I loved this book! I can't really explain why though. There was just something so appealing about this book. I really liked that the Dewey Decimal System was used in the subtitles of each chapter. (I have been shelving books at the school library for the past three years and have gotten very familiar with the Dewey Decimal System.) I found Hanagarne's honesty about everything very refreshing. His family was wonderful and so supportive of everything that he tried. There were some really quirky librarian stories that I totally enjoyed and reading about his Tourette's made me realize that I need to be less judgmental and more understanding of others.

Jun 22, 2013

While the details of the author's life are interesting, Hanagarne does not write them together in an overly compelling fashion. While he claims that libraries are magical places, he seems to hate every single moment of working in a public library, and this is never fully examined. The power lifting & its relationship to Tourette's is the most interesting part of the book - wish there was narrative related to it. Overall, the narrative framing of the book is ineffective, causing an uneven connection to the author and his plight.

Cdnbookworm Jun 12, 2013

Josh has struggled with his Tourette's for most of his life, and is still figuring out what he can do to minimize the tics that manifest the condition. He has had the support of his family behind him all the way, and found a career that encompasses his love of books, his dedication to helping others, and his curious nature. He is not afraid to ask for help, and take it when it is offered to him. He belongs to the Mormon faith and while he sometimes questions things within that, he believes in the tenets of LDS strongly and lives his life following them. One of the ways he has addressed his Tourette's over the years is weight-lifting. It helped for a while and then it didn't and he looked for help from others, and discovered that thinking about movement was a big help. The book moves nicely back and forth from memoir and life at the library. The memoir part starts at the beginning and moves forward. The library part uses experiences to connect with the memoir. He uses DDC (Dewey Decimal Classification) as chapter headings to indicate the contents of each chapter. Josh sounds like a really interesting guy and while our taste in books may not always coincide, I think we approach librarianship in similar ways. I found this memoir enlightening, intriguing, and entertaining.


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