Thursday, March 13, 2014

The World's Strongest Librarian

The World's Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family by Josh Hanagarne
Series? No
Publisher: AudioGO
Date: May 2013
How did I get this book? borrowed from library
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars
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This audiobook was an enjoyable listen, but I can't honestly say it was especially memorable. As indicated in the book's subtitle, it covers many aspects of the author's life and it was interesting to read about Josh's unique experiences. I especially liked his stories about his childhood, his parents, and the snippets of his life as a librarian. Admittedly, I was hoping for a bit more of the latter, but I did know going in that wasn't truly the focus of this book.

Josh is Mormon and it was interesting to see how his relationships with his family and his wife intersected with his faith, struggles and all. Not a very religious person myself, I find stories about other people's experiences with faith fascinating for some reason.

One particularly difficult topic that is also addressed is infertility. I only point this out because I know it is a fairly common problem that is not often talked about. I think it was very brave to share such a personal account of how this affected his life and marriage. A condition like Tourette's is out there in the open whether you like it or not, but infertility is a kind of silent issue that many couples deal with only behind closed doors. I think there will be many readers out there who will appreciate his honesty on that particular subject.

10 comments:

  1. I am going to look into this, sounds interesting!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

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  2. This isn't a genre I typically read but it sounds like aspects of this were delightful while listening.

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    1. If it wasn't on audio, I probably would have skipped it -- it definitely had its good points though :)

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  3. I've been undecided about this book, on the one hand it is a book about books in a way, but on the other hand there is just something that doesn't attract me much. I think I'll skip it since you gave it 3.

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    1. If you're looking for a true book about books, I would skip this one. The books/librarian aspects are very small compared to the rest of the story.

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  4. I'm not sure this one is for me, especially because I have so many other books on my TBR list already that I am super excited about reading.

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    1. If it weren't on audio, I probably wouldn't have read this one myself!

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  5. Definitely a book I must read still!

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    1. I hope you get a chance to read it :)

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I'd love to hear what you think :)