The World's Strongest Librarian A Memoir of Tourette's

An inspiring story of how a Mormon kid with Tourette's found salvation in books and weight liftingJosh 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 levelsDetermined 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 trainingToday Josh is a librarian in the main branch of Salt Lake City's public library and 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 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

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