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"A sumptuous read, as funny, erudite, and energizing as a chat with a conversational intellectual, as engrossing and moving as a medical detective drama… The book leaves all of us who've read it feeling a little stronger and brighter ourselves."
—Martha Beck, Author of Expecting Adam, Leaving the Saints, and Finding Your Way in a Wild New World
“Just like the library has every funny, beautiful, moving, wise story you'd ever need in it, so too does this book. This is not just your ordinary memoir: it is a soaring, inspiring elegy to the small and big miracles of parenthood and friendship and marriage and how they triumph over the not so small challenges of life. It is a perfect, perfect gem of a read, unputdownable, unforgettable, unmatchable.”
—Pam Allyn, author of What to Read When
"Josh Hanagarne inspires in his pursuit to break the shackles of Tourette Syndrome and live his life to the fullest, as a husband, a father and a librarian. Insightful, heart-wrenching and delightfully humorous, The World’s Strongest Librarian is a triumph!"
—Cory MacLauchlin, author of Butterfly In The Typewriter: The Tragic Life of John Kennedy Toole and The Remarkable Story of A Confederacy of Dunces.
“As a gym rat myself, I can attest to the power of hurling one's sinews against heavy stuff that keeps wanting to slam you back into the floor. The difference with Josh Hanagarne is he has lifted much weightier impediments--Tourette's, loneliness, geekitude, and the calling to be a writer. That he is, and a talent to savor, to emulate, and to be inspired by.”
—Steven Pressfield, bestselling author of The War of Art and Turning Pro
"Josh Hanagarne has an astonishing story to tell, and he does so with insight, humor, grace, and wonder. All human beings suffer and struggle. Through the lens of his own miraculous experiences, Mr. Hanagarne illuminates the path to joy and the infinite possibilities of transcendence."
—Melanie Rae Thon, author of Sweet Hearts
“A truly interesting, engaging, and fascinating memoir.”
—Joe Lansdale, author of Edge of Dark Water
“Josh's special struggles to deal with his own doubts, Tourette's and society give his journey a patina of honesty, resilience, and a flavor of humanity that truly inspires. Josh has a unique voice and I was privileged to read and be empowered by his story.”
—Stephen Abram, VP of Gale Cengage Learning
“A funny, profound, emotionally generous, and wonderfully human story.”
—Lou Schuler, author of The New Rules of Lifting
“Everything about this book is big: certainly it is the story of a 6' 7" librarian with Tourette’s, but it is also the quest for how we know, how we feel and how we love... without reservation. I found it impossible to put down; save a day to read this.”
—Dan John, author of Intervention
“Josh Hanagarne is a giant of a man and a giant of a writer… This guy is the real freaking deal in a very fresh and exciting way."
—Larry Brooks, author of Story Engineering
“Witty and upbeat voice … fun (and inspiring) reading.”
Wonderfully written. It's an odd topic, but he makes his journey a relatable and enjoyable read.Published 12 days ago by N. Schlagheck
Loved this book! Read it. I want to be friends with this guy. Seriously, I haven't been this caught up in nonfiction in a long time.Published 16 days ago by Heather
Hated the writing style....got the main idea many many times.Published 27 days ago by P. J. Landmann
Based on actual experience, Josh relates his story of having Tourette's syndrome and working in the quiet of a library. Funny and touching.Published 29 days ago by Carol W Schmitt
I (quite literally) fell in love with the author after reading this book. If you think the book can't be topped, you should see him give a talk sometime. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Angela Lovell
The 'voice' of an author can make or break a book. I really dislike the Mormon religion, however I found the author's 'voice' was very good and this is a very well-written book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Parola138
I'm probably the only person I know who didn't at least like the book.
I appreciate Hanagarne's candor, humor, intelligence and wit in telling this heart-wrenching but hope-filled narrative of his life so far. Read morePublished 3 months ago by RaRobins
Funny, wise, startling, informative, compassionate, honest. One of my favorite memoirs ever. Also appealing to anyone who loves books -- which you must if you're reading this. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jo Maeder