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Advance Praise for The World’s Strongest Librarian

applauseAll, I’d been hoarding these blurbs, all for me.  When feeling low, I’d print them out, toss them on my bed, and roll around in them saying, “No, actually, you’re great, everyone loves you.”

But now they’re on my Amazon page so I thought I might as well share them with you.

It’s an honor to have endorsements from these authors.  Each of them has changed my life in a very real way through their writing.  I never would have dreamed that some of these folks would ever have anything to say about me or my work, let alone anything as nice as the quotes that follow.

Alas, a few quotes didn’t make the cut.  I tossed out wild-eyed endorsements from my mom, my editor, my publicist, my best friends, and this one guy at the library who follows me around all day.  Sorry pals, maybe next book.

So then, feast your eyes on a mess of quotes that is more eclectic than I could have hoped for.  Something for everyone?  Maybe.

The gang

“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, Edgar Award Winning 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.”

Library Journal

More to come.

Thank you all!


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  • Susan January 15, 2013, 8:32 am

    I want to change my name to Josh, print these out and roll around on them myself. (Yes, I do have a delusional streak…) My copy of the book is already ordered and I am now even more excited!

  • Stuart Atkins January 15, 2013, 10:17 am

    I think they like your book 🙂

  • Heather January 15, 2013, 11:59 am

    Dude these are awesome! Can’t wait for my copy to come in! WOOT-WOOT-WOOT! 🙂

  • Daisy January 15, 2013, 4:51 pm

    I’m looking forward to reading it!

  • Ara Bedrossian January 16, 2013, 9:13 am

    Thoughtful endorsements, indeed…the encouragement we all need and should get. Then again, producing something like a book is not what everyone or even close to everyone does, so congratulations are in order!

  • Gustavo January 19, 2013, 9:55 pm

    How did you get Steven Pressfield? (rhetorical question). Josh, yer da man.