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NPR’s Best Books of 2013

Hi all, just learned that The World’s Strongest Librarian selected as one of NPR’s Best Books of 2013. How cool is that? I’ve been looking at the other books, and I remain both a- and bemused that I find myself in such august company.

On the reading front, I’ve been enjoying Jonathan Tropper’s This Is Where I Leave You and I’m re-reading parts of Adventures In Reading Cormac McCarthy by Peter Josyph.

Mr. Tropper’s book is hilarious. It’s about a dysfunctional family (are there any novels about well-adjusted families) reconvening to sit shiva after their father’s death. It contains the best cake scene of all time. Mark my words. Mark them!

Mr. Josyph’s books is for pervs like me who need to read McCarthy’s books, then read everything else about them has ever been written. If you’re like me, step out onto the fringe and read Adventures. It’s insightful and might make you feel less alone in your McCarthy mania.



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  • Lesli December 4, 2013, 1:26 pm

    I just went to read the excerpt from This is Where I Leave You so now I’ve added it to my list of books to read. It’s like that Tolstoy quote – all happy families are alike and unhappy ones are unhappy in their own way – so who wants to read about happy families?! Anyway, congratulations on being an NPR best book! You deserve it!

  • Melody Tolson December 6, 2013, 12:31 pm

    Jonathan Tropper produces OPL (Outright Prolonged Laughter) in our house. Lovva, lovva, love him! Congratulations on the NPR news, that’s great.

  • Charlene Doland December 13, 2013, 11:05 pm

    Josh, I just finished listening to The World’s Strongest Librarian on audiobook. I laughed, shed a few tears, and was totally wrapt in your story. I admire you for putting it all out there, so to speak. Few people are courageous enough to share the details of their musings as you have.

    Keep working on those tics, keep helping your library patrons, and keep laughing!

    • Josh Hanagarne December 14, 2013, 10:23 am

      Thanks Charlene! So glad you enjoyed it.

  • Elena January 8, 2014, 3:59 pm

    Hi Josh,

    I just finished your book today. My partner read it first and loved it and he told me I would live it, too.
    I am a book addict, or bibliophile, like you, and resonated so much with your love of reading. My first Stephan King book was, Carrie, but I read The Stand twice. Loved that book! I read mostly non-fiction these days. I especially enjoy reading memoirs.

    Thank you for being so honest and funny. I laughed and cried while reading your book. I have to say, I envied you your description of your childhood. What a blessing to grow up so completely loved and supported. Your parents sound so amazing. I am sure you and Jeanette are just as loving as parents to Max.

    Many blessings of good things for you and your family. Thank you for sharing your life with your readers.

    • Josh Hanagarne January 8, 2014, 5:48 pm

      Hi Elena, you are so welcome. I was pretty lucky. You can’t choose the family you’re born into, but I won the lottery. I really appreciate the note, thank you.