The World’s Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette’s, Faith, Strength and the Power of Family by Josh Hanagarne *Review*

When I first saw this book advertised on Shelf Awareness I knew I had to read it.    Leaving nothing to chance, I emailed the author and expressed my desire to read his memoir.  He kindly emailed back and a copy was soon on my doorstep.   I have a son that has Tourette’s so I knew I would be able to relate to what the author had went through.  And relate I did.  From Josh’s first wink/blink as a young boy to his tics becoming worse as he got older I could see my son in a lot of Josh’s moves.  Thankfully, my son’s syndrome isn’t nearly as bad or debilitating as Josh’s was.


I appreciated Josh’s candor and humor not only when he talked about his Tourette’s, but also when he talked about his faith (and lack of.)  His empty feeling is understandable, especially with all he has went through with his Tourette Syndrome.

But Josh does not only discuss his Tourette’s and his Mormon religion, but his love of strength training and books as well.  It was the love of books that really pulled me in.  He starts off by talking about the first books he remembers reading and the bookmobile that he used to visit all the time.  When he talks about reading this book or that, I get chills, as I realize those were some of my favorite reads as well.  It almost feels like he’s a male starlet name dropping about all the celebrities he’s just seen during lunch at The Power Bar on Sunset.  Book giddiness could easily have set in.

The downside of this book is that, while I liked each of the topics the author talks about in his memoir, I never felt like I got enough of any one of them.  I really wanted him to dig deeper into each subject.  Into the nitty-gritty, the meat, the heart of each one and truly give me the thought-provoking experience I wanted.      3 stars

Today Josh is a librarian at the Salt Lake City 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 symptoms of Tourette’s.

*Thank you Gotham Books and Josh Hanagarne for sending me a copy to review.


2 responses to “The World’s Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette’s, Faith, Strength and the Power of Family by Josh Hanagarne *Review*

  1. Thanks Angie, this is a book I have been curious about. I would like to read this one as well.

  2. I’ve been seeing this one all over the place and yours in the first review I read. I don’t know much about Tourette’s but I have a passion to learn about medical conditions because of the field i work in. The fact that he is a librarian is a BIG bonus.

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