The World’s Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette’s, Faith, Strength and the Power of Family
by Josh Hanagarne, read by Stephan R. Thorne
Josh Hanagarne first exhibited symptoms of Tourette’s Syndrome at age 6. His memoir tells the story of how he manages his Tourette’s, his faith , and his family. He found weight training to be hugely helpful in managing his symptoms. He started a blog simply to keep track of his workouts. He began adding stories about his daily life and those stories grew his audience far behind the weight lifting community.
This was such a fascinating book. I learned about one case of Tourette’s in a most detailed way. While no two people have the same experience I feel that hearing Josh’s account has helped me to grasp what it can be like. I enjoyed the dewey decimal-inspired epigraphs that start each chapter They give a little hint at what’s coming next. The stories of his day-to-day life as a librarian and a quirky nature to the book even in its most solemn chapters. Josh is a great storyteller, as evidenced by this interview at the Hartford Public Library.
I particularly liked Chapter 10 in which the author expounds on the wonder of the public library. Libraries have always been a huge part of my life and I credit them with my early literacy success. He gives many reasons why libraries are evolving and growing. They are still a vital part of the communities they serve.
On a side note, great narrator!
Source: Audiobook download from the public library
Audience: adults, mature teens