Many people think that the job of a librarian is easy and comfortable. After all, they just have to sit in a cushy chair behind a desk, and look up call numbers for people who come up to the desk, right? Or perhaps give book recommendations for that avid reader who is looking for a great fiction book. That mental picture couldn’t be farther from the truth, according to the author.
Josh has had a challenging life. As a young boy, he developed Tourette’s Syndrome, an uncontrollable urge to make repeated sounds, words, or motions for no reason. As he grew older, it became more and more disruptive. He describes the difficulty of trying to get through school, make friends, have a girlfriend, serve as a Mormon missionary, and find a job that he wasn’t miserable at.
There were two things about this book that I loved. First off, I loved Josh’s tenacity in fighting the tics that hindered him. A lot of people would have just given up, but not this man! Secondly, I loved the descriptions of what it was like to work at the Salt Lake City main library. At times, I was laughing so hysterically that tears came to my eyes.
I could tell you of all the unusual people Josh worked with at the library and the weird situations he found himself in, but the story is best told by the author himself. If you’re looking for a good biography that has the perfect mix of seriousness and silliness, this is a great book to read or listen to.