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May 3, 2013 / Leslie

Spotlight and Giveaway: The World’s Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne

If you haven’t heard about the recently published memoir, The World’s Strongest Librarian, you will soon. There are a lot of memoirs being written these days, but this one stands out from the crowd. Inspirational, witty and charming, once you pick up this book and start to read Josh’s story, you won’t be able to put it down.

My review won’t be posted for another week or so, but I have a copy of the book to give away to readers with a mailing address in the US or Canada.

About the Book

Worlds Strongest Librarian by Josh HanagarneThe World’s Strongest Librarian
by Josh Hanagarne

Genre: Memoir
Publisher: Gotham Books
Publish Date: May 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover | 288 pages

An inspiring 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 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 6’7” when—while serving on a mission for the Church of Latter Day Saints—his Tourette’s tics escalated to nightmarish levels.

Determined to conquer his affliction, Josh underwent everything from quack remedies to lethargy-inducing 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 strength-training.

Today, Josh is a librarian in the main branch of Salt Lake City’s public library and founder of a popular
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— and navigate his wavering Mormon faith—to find love and create a life worth living.

Giveaway Information

The giveaway is open to those 18 years of age or older with a mailing address in the US or Canada . To enter, leave a comment on or before May 18, 2013. For an extra entry tweet or blog the giveaway and leave the link in your comment. I will draw a random winner who will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond with a mailing address.

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  1. Marjorie / May 3 2013 11:05 am

    This book has such an interesting storyline that I would love to win and read.
    Thanks for the chance to win it.


  2. Deana Kneen / May 3 2013 11:28 am

    Would love to win!! I love books of all kind! You can never read too many books!


  3. Emily D. / May 3 2013 11:29 am

    Great contest!


  4. sharongracepjs / May 3 2013 11:30 am

    Love books on books!


  5. mtw1tter / May 3 2013 11:36 am

    Darn. Hope to win this book. I keep RTing when it’s offered online but I never seem to get my hands on it!


  6. carlrscott / May 3 2013 11:40 am

    I had already heard about Josh’s condition and his unique story but I had yet to see anyone giving away the book. Thanks for doing that, it sounds like a fascinating read and I’d love to win it.

    I also tweeted about this giveaway:

    Thanks again!


  7. JJT / May 3 2013 11:40 am

    Great Book. Can’t wait to read it. I retweeted, @readsalways, to my followers –


  8. therelentlessreader / May 3 2013 11:45 am

    This is such a fantastic book! Good luck to the contest entrants, you won’t be disappointed with this read 😀


  9. Suko / May 3 2013 12:33 pm

    This sounds like a wonderful memoir! I love the cover and the book sounds terrific–please enter me in this giveaway. I’ll post it in my blog’s sidebar.

    Thanks, Leslie!



  10. A. @ ALiteraryMafia / May 3 2013 12:42 pm

    This book is on my TBR list. I would really like to win a copy.

    Here’s a link to my tweet:

    Here’s a link to my blog mention:

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!


  11. debbierodgers / May 3 2013 1:20 pm

    Oh – I’m so glad to see this book up for grabs – I put it on my TBR list just last week!
    Thanks for including Canadian addresses. 🙂


  12. debbierodgers / May 3 2013 1:22 pm
  13. Mary / May 3 2013 7:02 pm

    The son of one of my closest friends has Tourette Syndrome so I’m intrigued. Thanks for the giveaway.
    My tweet:


  14. Liene / May 3 2013 8:28 pm

    Oh, count me in! I’ve been on a memoir kick lately and I’ve heard good things about this book!


  15. WordsAndPeace / May 3 2013 11:13 pm

    I keep hearing about this book, and working myself in a library, I definitely want to read it. Thanks for the giveaway. Here is my tweet: Spotlight and #Giveaway: The World’s Strongest #Librarian by Josh #Hanagarne via @UnderMyAppleTre.
    Emma ehc16e at yahoo dot com


  16. redladysreadingroom / May 4 2013 9:25 pm

    When I first read about this book, it interested me. Thanks for the giveaway! redladysreadingroomATgmailDOTcom


  17. Monja Blue / May 5 2013 4:39 am

    I’d love to win this phenomenal book for a friend with a special-needs teen. It’s an incredible and encouraging story that would inspire him to hang in there!


  18. Anne / May 6 2013 8:16 am

    I would find this story memorable. Thanks for the giveaway.


  19. ellie / May 6 2013 8:22 am

    Thanks for featuring this amazing book.


  20. Elisabeth / May 9 2013 7:00 pm

    I am a memoir fan and a memoir about a library and books is a match maid in heaven!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    ladybook21 at yahoo dot com


  21. Amy / May 17 2013 3:36 pm

    This sounds like a fabulous book! Thanks for the giveaway!


  22. Stephanie W. / May 17 2013 3:55 pm

    This sounds like a really interesting book and I’ve read great reviews of it. Thanks for the giveaway!



  23. stacybuckeye / May 18 2013 10:22 pm

    This one intrigues me so please throw my name in the giveaway hat. Thanks for the chance to win 🙂



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