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My most recent book is The Dreams of John WeaverIt’s the first in a series.

The World’s Strongest Librarian was published by Gotham Books on May 2, 2013.  It has appeared in O Magazine, and has received great reviews from The New Yorker, People Magazine, The Boston Globe, and many others. All pretty surreal, but lots of fun.

Below  you’ll find buy links, the book trailer, and a whole lot of rave reviews.

You can purchase from:


Book Passage

Barnes and Noble

Books A Million



The King’s English

The Library Store (call 801-524-8238 and they’ll order it for you, if you’d like to pick it up in the library where I work)


Third Place Books


 Advance Praise

“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 AdamLeaving the Saints, andFinding 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.”

–Sam Barry, Book Passage

“It is a rare memoir that combines great writing, deft humor, and an inspirational story. In The World’s Strongest Librarian, Josh Hanagarne has done just that. This book goes deep with a light touch. Highly recommended.”

—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

Thank you!