The World's Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne
A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family

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Along the way, readers will learn about the workings of LDS ministration and a puzzling physical disorder.


A funny and uplifting story of how a Mormon kid with Tourette’s found salvation in books and weight lifting 

Josh 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 when he first began exhibiting symptoms. When he was twenty and had reached his towering height of 6’7”, his tics escalated to nightmarish levels. Determined to conquer his affliction, Josh tried countless remedies, with dismal results. At last, an eccentric, autistic strongman taught Josh how to “throttle” his tics into submission using increasingly elaborate feats of strength. What started as a hobby became an entire way of life—and an effective way of managing his disorder.

Today, Josh is a librarian at Salt Lake City’s public library and founder of a popular blog about books and weight lifting—and the proud father of five-year-old Max. Funny and offbeat, The World’s Strongest Librarian traces this unlikely hero as he attempts to overcome his disability, find love, and create a life worth living.

About Josh Hanagarne

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Josh Hanagarne believes in curiosity, questions, and strength, and that things are never so bad that they can’t improve. He is a librarian at the Salt Lake City Public Library and lives with his wife, Janette, and their son, Max, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Published May 2, 2013 by Avery. 305 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction
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on Jan 24 2013

Along the way, readers will learn about the workings of LDS ministration and a puzzling physical disorder.

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