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The World's Strongest Librarian : a memoir of Tourette's, faith, strength, and the power of family

by Joshua Hanagarne

An inspiring story of how a Mormon kid with Tourette's found salvation in books and weight-lifting. 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 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. (HCPL Online Catalog)

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