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May 17, 2013 / Leslie

Review: The World’s Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne

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

Publisher’s Synopsis:

An inspiring story of how a Mormon kid with Tourette’s found salvation in books and weight-lifting.

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.

My Thoughts:

Josh speaks candidly about his faith, his struggle with Tourette’s and many other personal hardships he endured including an emotionally charged failed attempt at an adoption. This is an inspirational journey written with wit and charm.

I could easily relate to his love of books, his excitement over visiting the bookmobile and his obsession with Stephen King novels. His mom thought they were too violent, so he would swap out the jacket covers so she wouldn’t take the books away. Haven’t we all hid a book cover at least once for some reason or another? The stories he tells about the library patrons had me laughing out loud. I only wish he told more of them.

Something that librarians and those of us who spend a lot of time in libraries will appreciate are the subchapter headings; each are preceded by their designation in the Dewy Decimal Classification System. A little inside humor.

While I found the bookish parts of the story the most entertaining, I was inspired by his perseverance in his struggle with Tourette’s and his attempts to lead a normal life. He writes his story in a conversational and straight forward style, candidly discussing his attempts to conquer and control the Tourette’s and the affect it had on his family and his life.

A unique story told in an authentic voice, this will appeal not only to memoir fans, but to readers of all genres.

Still time to win a copy:

I have one copy of The World’s Strongest Librarian to give to one of my readers. Stop by the giveaway post and leave a comment to enter. Open through 5/18, US/Canada addresses only. I will choose a random winner when on turn on my computer on 5/19.

Source: Review copy.
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  1. Mary / May 17 2013 3:50 pm

    It sounds like an intriguing memoir! And I love that it involves books.


  2. Suko / May 17 2013 6:23 pm

    Terrific review, Leslie! I’ve entered the giveaway for this book. A memoir that mentions books and libraries is my kind of book. 🙂


  3. therelentlessreader / May 17 2013 7:37 pm

    This book is SO good! I laughed and laughed like a big dork while I read it 😉 I’m glad you liked it too!


  4. stacybuckeye / May 20 2013 9:01 am

    I want to read this one for the same reasons you liked it!



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