|By (author):||Hanagarne, Josh|
|Subject:||BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General|
|LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Library & Information Science / General|
|Size:||8.00in x 5.30in x 0.80in|
|From The Publisher*||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.
|Review Quote*||"Josh Hanagarne is a remarkable man…. 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. 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."|
"Wildly quirky memoir of facing down his ferocious Tourette's tics…Hanagarne's account manages to be very gag-full and tongue-in-cheek…highly engaging…Reconciled with Tourette's, Hanagarne never let the disease get the upper hand."
"A sumptuous read, as funny, erudite, and energizing as a chat with a conversational intellectual, as engrossing and moving as a medical detective drama… The book leaves all of us who've read it feeling a little stronger and brighter ourselves."
"The whole of this delightfully rich and unconventional gem of a book is even greater than the sum of its parts. Read it and laugh and learn."
-The Washington Post
"Fearless and funny."
"An inspiring, often funny tale about the power of persistence."
"Read this book and then go hug a librarian!"
-Anne Holman, The King's English Bookshop
"Joyfully celebrates books and reading."
|Biographical Note||Josh Hanagarne is a librarian at the Salt Lake City Public Library. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife, Janette, and their son, Max.|