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.
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"Salt Lake City librarian Josh Hanagarne's severe tics first appeared on stage in a school play when he was 6. Stephen R. Thorne's reading of that moment sounds much as it might have sounded to the young Josh. Portraying the adult Hanagarne, Thorne's voice ranges from elegant as he discusses the author's everyday clashes with library patrons to concerned as Hanagarne wonders if his son may one day have the same tics that he has. Throughout, Thorne reflects Hanagarne's droll wit--a coping mechanism for his Tourette's syndrome and life in general. With his optimistic and irreverent attitude, Hanagarne's experiences may be interesting to Tourette's sufferers and to others dealing with difficult personal problems. J.A.S. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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