The World's Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette's, by Josh Hanagarne

By Josh Hanagarne

An inspiring tale of ways a Mormon child with Tourette’s discovered salvation in books and weight-lifting

Josh Hanagarne couldn’t be invisible if he attempted. even though he wouldn’t formally be clinically determined with Tourette Syndrome till his freshman 12 months of highschool, Josh used to be six years outdated and onstage in a faculty Thanksgiving play whilst he first begun showing indicators. by the point he used to be twenty, the younger Mormon had reached his towering grownup peak of 6’7” when—while serving on a venture for the Church of Latter Day Saints—his Tourette’s tics escalated to nightmarish levels.

decided to beat his disorder, Josh underwent every thing from quack treatments to lethargy-inducing drug regimes to Botox injections that paralyzed his vocal cords and left him unvoiced for 3 years. Undeterred, Josh endured to marry and earn a level in Library technological know-how. ultimately, an eccentric, autistic strongman—and former Air strength Tech Sergeant and safeguard at an Iraqi prison—taught Josh the best way to “throttle” his tics into submission via strength-training.

at the present time, Josh is a librarian frequently department of Salt Lake City’s public library and founding father of a well-liked weblog approximately books and weight lifting—and the proud father of four-year-old Max, who has already began to convey his personal indicators of Tourette’s.

The World’s most powerful Librarian illuminates the mysteries of this little-understood disease, in addition to the very diversified worlds of strongman education and sleek libraries. With humor and candor, this not going hero lines his trip to beat his disability— and navigate his wavering Mormon faith—to locate love and create a existence worthy residing.

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When it comes to hunt ing, elk are at the top of the list. While a big deer may weigh 240 pounds, a bull elk can weigh 600 pounds or more. We were a hunt ing family. Every year Dad hunted phea sants, doves, and deer, going deer hunt ing in both Cal ifornia and Wyoming. Sometimes, in W yoming, he’d get ta gs to shoot two d eer and tw o antelope; although he always put in for an elk per mit, he had yet to be chosen. It was a recent thing that Rob ert and I w ere allowed to hunt. Five years ago, we’d shot our sling shots at each other after being told not to; as pun ishment, we were severely beaten and forbidden to get a BB gun or a real gun until Dad decid ed it was okay.

I felt sorry f or Tony. He was close, but not close enough. Maybe I’d offer Tony some of my candy bars—seemed like he was going to need them. ” Announcements were my favor ite part of church. They were n’t the Bible, and if you got some one funny who liked to talk, the twenty minutes could go by pretty f ast. “Now this is the last w eek for you to put in for your choice of sites for this year’s Feast of Taber nacles…” The Feast of Taber nacles was Hanuk kah and Christ mas all rolled into one. Every fall we’d go to one of the sev enty-five feast sites around the world for a com bination retreat and revival.

An hour out side of S heridan the s cenery changed from alfalfa fields and sage to lush me adows bordered by pine trees, all watched over by snowcapped mountains of gran ite. According to Dad, Clou d Peak, which was 13,000 feet tall, usu ally kept its snow all year round. ” Oh my God—at leas t ten elk were graz ing not far f rom the road. Dad pulled onto the shoul der, got out the Polaroid. When it comes to hunt ing, elk are at the top of the list. While a big deer may weigh 240 pounds, a bull elk can weigh 600 pounds or more.

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