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Love love love this! Right now he's talking about going to the bookmobile and getting hooked on Stephen King booksin the fifth grade!at least until his mother finds out Update: A welldeserved five stars.Sorry to all of the other books I've read so far this year, but this is my favorite and will most likely remain my favorite book of the year Josh is a wonderful writer with a huge heart who has overcome a number of issues that would fell many other people His stories about his wonderful family, his struggle with Tourette’s (he named it Misty), and his ambivalence about his Mormon faith kept me riveted and moved And how can I not mention his love of books and reading? I adored his stories about his Stephen King obsession (the switching of book jackets so his mom couldn’t tell he was reading King is classic) along with his bookmobile tales (the librarian was a bad representative of the profession!) and the current stories of library events in his home library in Salt Lake City (contrary to what one would think, all patrons of SLCL aren't necessarily clean and wellbehaved) Inspiring is a word that I think is overused, but I'm going to use it anyway Josh is inspiring in every sense of the word He makes me want to become a better librarian and I want to read many of the books he mentioned Oh, and I want to work for him. Audiobook #203It's refreshing to finally read a book about healthy Mormons, but now I have the broadway show playing in my head If Mitt Romney gave you a bad taste in your mouth about Mormons, let this book be your antidote. From childhood, Josh Hanagarne always had a deep love for books and libraries He reveres books, and reads incessantly His favorite author is Mark Twain, which does not put him in good favor with the Mormons, in whose church he was raised.Most importantly in this book, Josh suffers incredibly from Tourette's syndrome His faith in God is severely tried His mother tried everything she could think of to alleviate her son's suffering As an adult, Josh continued to search He found temporary fixes, but nothing permanent The most useful procedure was breathing exercises, that gave him a year of respite from the terrible disease Also, he found that strength training was useful for reducingbut not eliminatingsymptoms of his disease.The sad tone of the book has many comic interludes, as he describes many of the interactions he has had with library patrons Well, some of the interactions are comical, while others are just as sad But thoroughly entertaining.How can one continue to have faith, in the face of terrible suffering? That is what this book is about Highly recommended.I didn't read this book; I listened to the audiobook, as narrated by Stephen Thorne He does an excellent job reading the book, and kept my attention throughout. ( DOWNLOAD E-PUB ) ♟ The World's Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family ♾ An inspiring story of how a Mormon kid with Tourette's found salvation in books and weightliftingJosh Hanagarne couldn't be invisible if he tried Although he wouldn't officially be diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome until his freshman year of high school, Josh was six years old and onstage in a school Thanksgiving play when he first began exhibiting symptoms By the time he was twenty, the young Mormon had reached his towering adult height of ' when — while serving on a mission for the Church of Latter Day Saints — his Tourette's tics escalated to nightmarish levelsDetermined to conquer his affliction, Josh underwent everything from quack remedies to lethargyinducing drug regimes to Botox injections that paralyzed his vocal cords and left him voiceless for three years Undeterred, Josh persevered to marry and earn a degree in Library Science At last, an eccentric, autistic strongman — and former Air Force Tech Sergeant and guard at an Iraqi prison — taught Josh how to throttle his tics into submission through strengthtrainingToday, Josh is a librarian in the main branch of Salt Lake City's public library and founder of a popular blog about books and weight lifting—and the proud father of fouryearold Max, who has already started to show his own symptoms of Tourette'sThe World's Strongest Librarian illuminates the mysteries of this littleunderstood 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 — and navigate his wavering Mormon faith — to find love and create a life worth living 2017 has been a really stressful year for me so far I've faced some pretty tough obstacles and at times, have struggled with my health and happiness levels So, like many of us readers, I get engrossed in books so I can travel around when I feel I can't really go anywhere.To date, Joshs' biography was book number 29 for the year, having given myself the challenge of 52 in total Among the 29, not one has filled me with as much hope, joy and positivity as this one Josh Hanagarne has Tourette Syndrome He is also a book lover, a librarian and a Mormon He sure makes a fascinating character! His life has been a tough journey with Misty (his nickname for his condition) at his side continuously, she just interferes with his health and happiness day in, day out, making things you and I take for granted, a constant uphill struggle Now, Josh is a BIG guy, he's 6'7 and his Tourettes has a huge impact on his life, so in order to try and curb it, or have some sense of control of the daily tics, he turns to weight lifting Maybe his physical strength can have some positive effect on Misty, so he has some control of his body Hopefully Misty will then stay quiet and do as she's told! So, with Joshs' faith, family and steely determination, he tries to live a normal life as possible This is his story, and it's incredibly uplifting (Pun intended, weights, lifting, see what I did there?!!)I knew I was going to LOVE this after I'd read the contents page and the 9 page introduction The contents are ingeniously listed chapter by chapter using The Dewey Decimal Classification System You know, the numbers on the edge of the book spine in libraries, eg: 291.13 Greek Mythology, 808.543 Storytelling It is fantastic!On librariesThe library has a robust collection of what I call, noncuddly hate lit This is one of my favourite things about working here: if you believe censorship is poison, here lies paradise We have sections on antiMormonism, antiSemitism, antiantiSemitism, antiAtheism, antiGod, antiFeminism, proGaythere's something to offend everyone A library is a miracle A place where you can learn just about anything, for free A place where your mind can come alive.That's what I love about the library, that's whypeople should support their local library, they are amazing places to feed the brain They're a supermarket for the old grey matter Some stuff you'll like, some stuff you would abhor, but it's available FREE, and the human brain needs feeding as much as the belly! Get fat on words and education, it's healthy!! Here in the UK, libraries are closing down left, right and centre It's an area that is always the first to have cuts because not enough people support them And the government wants to save money, and instead, build an enormous pointless sculpture somewhere Your library needs you!So going into chapter 2, Josh explains briefly about his Mormon faith, which I found fascinating, I've learnt a great deal about this religion, and it's a bit like Christianity, with a few different twists (That's how I see it anyway, forgive me if I'm wrong!)Josh is such a funny guy, considering the very tough life he leads, he seems to be able to keep his sense of humour With the support of an amazing family, his faith, Stephen King and not forgetting the heavy metal band Slayer, he never gives up his battle.Keep calm, play guitar and read horror!On going to churchIt's an interesting experience to watch religious males try to outrighteous one another to catch the eye of the women (everyone trying to put the 'stud' into Bible Study)I could go on and on about this book and how it inspired me to start taking regular walks to the library on a sunny day instead of sitting around feeling pretty darn sad Or how it's got me walking again, in the forests and woodlands of Southern England, appreciating what I do have, instead of dwelling on what I don't Josh, for those very things, I'd like to say a heartfelt thank youI initially gave this 4 stars, but on writing my review, it deserves full marks 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 I asked my friendinreallife what he thought of this book He said, It was boring Good thing I ignored him and read this anyway! I loved it.Josh has Tourette's He is Mormon and growing up in Utah He loves books This book is a good place to learn about the Mormon faith, Tourette Syndrome, and librarians It also taught me a lot about weightlifting.The best thing about Hanagarne is his wonderful sense of humor The man is funny I was laughing out loud.Every chapter is organized by where it would fall in the Dewey Decimal System He starts out each chapter with a hilarious incident of something that happened while he was working at the reference desk at Salt Lake City He has to deal with crazy and difficult people all the time.The book is overall very optimistic and also touching I get sick and tired of reading all these memoirs about whining, and sadness, and awful parents, and other teary, sappy, or boring subjects This book deals with some very real and traumatic things (Tourette's, miscarriages, crises of the faith, and unemployment) But through it all Hanagarne still manages to be optimistic about the future and keep his sense of humor about things.The opening of the book had me a little nervous Hanagarne is a big guy (6'7) who can deadlift 600 pounds And I was like, Oh, no This book had better not be a lot of posturing and macho stuff But it wasn't I was very pleased.I feel like this review deserves to be fleshed out a bit , perhaps with some quotes, but I don't have time for that now It will have to wait for a reread.I am NOT someone who generally enjoys nonfiction This was very gripping, engaging, funny, and touching. Read my full review here: can see it now The librarian is doing her best to hand sell the book, The World's Strongest Librarian.: Well, it's a memoir by a 6'7 Mormon librarian who lifts weights and has Tourette Syndrome Uhhuh! That's going to sell it! In the past three years, I have read and blogged aboutthan 30 memoirs, but reading Josh Hanagarne's inspiring story makes me want to know him, and not just his story It is my favorite book thus far this year I was compelled to read Josh's story (can I call him JoshI feel like I know him so well) when I noticed the structure of the book He uses Dewey library classification numbers to outline what he is going to discuss in each chapter Then he tells a disgustingly humorous incident from his library work followed by narrative from his life story It is poignant It is extremely funny Somehow it all fits together into a splendid whole.My knowledge of Tourette Syndrome is limited I once had a second grade student who we feared had Tourettes, but he moved on to a special school and we never saw him again Josh describes his condition thus: One of the reasons I work here (the library) is because I have extreme Tourette Syndrome The kind with verbal tics, sometimes loud ones, the kind that draws warning looks Working in this library is the ultimate test for someone who literally can't sit still Who can't shush himself A test of willpower, of patience, and occasionally, of the limits of human absurdity So as we read along, we learn all about Tourette Syndrome, how it was diagnosed in Josh, and the extreme measures he has developed to cope with it That in itself is reason to read the book But the book is not another disease memoir My knowledge of the Mormon faith is also limited I learned a great deal about Mormonism from reading about Josh's upbringing, his mission, his wife's faith, and his questions This I especially appreciated, because I have come to realize that questioning is part of religious belief, and frankly, I like to read about people who don't just blindly follow a religious path He writes about his questions and the peace he has made with his lack of religious faith, although he continues to exhibit a great deal of spiritual faith.I didn't know much about bodybuilding and absolutely nothing about kettle bells, which Josh took up to try to alleviate the stress of the Tourette Syndrome I am all for finding natural ways to alleviate debilities if at all possible, and I was interested in learning about how bodybuilding helped him I loved the story about his going to work out with a famous bodybuilder in North Dakota Darkly funny.One thing I do know a lot about is family, and I particularly enjoyed reading about Josh's wonderful family His gracious understanding of how important family is to him is evident throughout the book, but especially as he struggles with his Mormon faith Mormons believe that family will be together throughout eternity, and makes his struggle with religion all thedramatic.Most of all, I know about libraries I loved all the reasons why Josh became a librarian and why he stays a public librarian A woman recently told me that her husband doesn't like to go to our wonderful public library because there are so many homeless people there Josh talks about the reasons why the library serves ALL the population of the community Some of the stories are hysterically funny and some are thought provoking My favorite is about how Josh came upon a drunk vomiting in a waste can in the library stacks He asks if he can help him to the bathroom The drunk responds, No I'm fine here! I could just see it happening Another favorite is when he was asked why the books about religion weren't in the fiction section of the library That was one question I had never thought of I was reminded again of how librarians are among the greatest spokespeople for freedom of speech He says, If you believe censorship is poison, here lies paradise We have sections on antiMormonism, antiSemitism, antiantiSemitism, antiatheism, antigod, antifeminism, pro gaythere's something to offend everybody Josh Hanagarne's story, The World's Strongest Librarian, is totally unique You have never read this story before To say that it is inspiring is not to do it justice, because it is complex and utterly human I could just go on and on Thank you Josh for telling your story I have been moved and inspired One reviewer said, “Everything about this book is big: certainly it is the story of a 6′ 7″ librarian with Tourette’s, but it is also the quest for how we know, how we feel, and how we love… without reservation I found it impossible to put down; save a day to read this.”Good review in Shelf Awareness: Hanagarne's website: He also has a book club that he runs from his website.This is the video introduction to the book You can meet Josh Hanagarne here: Disclaimer: I was NOT provided an advance review copy of The World's Strongest Librarian from Josh's publicist at Gotham Books, so obviously, they didn’t influence my review And I’m cheap! Maybe next time Gotham?I befriended Josh on FB a few years ago because of kettlebells Then I find out he’s a giant librarian with Tourette’s On top of all that, he’s funny and entertaining I knew I would buy any book he wrote, even though the first book he writes is a memoir and as a Mormon I never read memoirs, and I’m not Mormon I’m glad I bought it.There was a lot in the book I could relate to, such as our heights ending with 7” (if only mine started with 6’!); struggles with difficulties growing up (mine pales in comparison with a moderate/severe hearing loss, but it did affect my social/dating life as well as my academic life); the struggle with the ponderousness of religion vs a personal relationship with Christ; kettlebells and wanting to get stronger (still working on this last part Now, I want to find my own Adam, but not Adam himself That dude is scary!); and lastly infertility (thankfully, only going through this once) I didn’t know about this last one before reading the book I can understand not using it as part of the promo Through it all, Josh is very clear about the pain and the struggles, but I did not sense a lot of whining in the book There wasn’t a single section where I wished he wrote about less Not being Mormon, it was interesting to get a perspective of the church from somebody who struggled with it It was also interesting, albeit sometimes difficult to read about his and Janette’s struggles with infertility, since it's something that we struggled with.I wished it had a few less swear words, however some were necessary “evils”; especially his Dad’s hilarious expression for the LDS church Yep, I've attendedthan one of those myself Having said this, I don't know if I would encourage young kids to read this if you're sheltering them from swearing and teen hormonal angst.I have always wanted to meet Josh, however, after reading this book, I want to meet his wife JanetteWhat a wonderful woman to look past the distractions of Tourette’s and see the person underneath Max is going to be fine if his upbringing is as nearly good as Josh’s was I have no doubt it will be I can't wait to see what Josh comes up with next. You can’t laugh and be afraid at the same time—of anything If you're laughing, I defy you to be afraid This is one of my favorite quotes, made by a man who knows funny, Stephen Colbert I was reminded of it while reading this memoir Josh Hanagarne has a well developed sense of humor, forged in the crucible of a loving family fond of practical jokes and he needs it Diagnosed with Tourette syndrome at a young age, he faces extra challenges in life His condition affects his school life, his love life, and his stint as a missionary for his church He must persevere to find love, to finish his education and establish a career The incongruity of working as a librarian is not lost on Josh He writes:One of the reasons I work here is because I have extreme Tourette’s syndrome The kind with verbal tics, sometimes loud ones, the kind that draws warning looks Working in this library is the ultimate test for someone who literally can’t sit still Who can’t shush himself A test of willpower, of patience, and occasionally, of the limits of human absurdity Tourette’s isn’t Josh’s only medical challenge; he and his wife also struggle with the pain of infertility Josh finds his faith affected by his trials His honesty in examining their effects on his relationship to God and his church is engaging and moving.Then there’s the weight training Worried about his son during one of Josh’s lowest points, his father bundled him into the car and took him to the gym Dad’s instincts are good; Josh finds the focus of weight training helpful for coping with Tourette’s Josh is intrigued when one day at the library the book The Naked Warrior by Pavel Tsatsouline, aka “The Evil Russian”, crosses his desk Pavel is a proponent of training with kettlebells (“essentially a cannonball with a handle”) and advertises his methods with such catchy phrases as “Try it if you think you’re so tough You’ll wish you were dead.”Josh begins spending time on Dragon Door, an online forum centered on training with kettlebells There he begins corresponding with the “Unbreakable” Adam T Glass Glass is a tech sergeant in the Air Force and very strong—he can do things like tear decks of playing cards into four pieces with his bare hands Josh is fascinated and eventually travels to Minot, North Dakota to meet Glass in person Glass is very intense Josh says of him at one point: “When he stares through a windshield, you think it’s going to shatter I held him responsible for every pothole on the road.”He’s also a keen observer and gifted physical trainer who helps Josh develop strategies for coping with his Tourette’s.Have you ever seen a movie you liked so much that afterwards, when telling friends who haven't seen it why you like it you find yourself practically reenacting it? Saying things like: oh, wait, I can’t believe I almost forgot to tell you about this scene! That’s how I feel about this book I haven’t even touched on Josh's library life, or what happens when he and his wife try to adopt a baby, or several other key sections But maybe it’s best if I leave some things for you to discover.I loved this book It had a lot to say to me about family, love, marriage, faith, libraries, and weight training I thought it was fitting this book ended with a challenge met with laughter Here's hoping Stephen Colbert will have Josh on his show when this book is released Check out Josh Hanagarne’s blog www.worldsstrongestlibrarian.com/