I've been looking forward to getting this book! I had to wait my turn at the library, but once I got it (yesterday), I gulped it down.
Josh is a librarian at the main Salt Lake City library (I've been there, it's really nice. After all, when you're visiting a new place you have to see what the library is like, right?). He's got lots of good library stories, which is of course my favorite part. This is a guy who understands the librarian soul:
I also work here because I love books, because I'm inveterately curious, and because, like most librarians, I'm not well suited to anything else. As a breed, we're the ultimate generalists. I'll never know everything about anything, but I'll know something about almost everything and that's how I like to live.SEE?
Josh's story is about how he wound up where he is now, with a family and a library career. He has had a bit of a difficult time. He talks about his early childhood as very happy, especially with his family, despite the tics that started to assail him. But adolescence was something of a nightmare. His tics got much worse, and hardly anything seemed to help. His Tourette's is quite extreme, and got in the way of everything, to the point of severe self-injury. School, work, or anything like a normal life became extremely difficult to maintain. How Josh managed--with the help of his family and a really interesting coach--to figure out what worked for him and to build a happy life makes for a book I couldn't put down. And he's a very funny guy, too.
Good memoir. I liked it.