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The Lost Book of Mormon

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The Lost Book of Mormon by Avi Steinberg
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Nov 24, 2015 | ISBN 9780307948366

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“Powerfully resonant. . . . Steinberg masterfully interweaves his personal narrative . . . with the larger investigation. . . . A book about books, a story about stories, that sets out to explore why we tell them, how we craft them, and what makes some stand the test of time while others are forgotten.” —Chicago Tribune

“A funny, humane, surprisingly moving account of a literary pilgrimage. All scripture should have it this good.” —Kevin Roose, author of Young Money

“Vivid, honest and often hilarious. . . . It is as if [Steinberg] has managed to find a way of telling a Faulkneresque family saga through the form of a perfect sitcom.” —The Believer

“Steinberg’s epic voyage is one born of admiration, and it never loses the thrill of discovery. . . . [He] gracefully navigates the tricky line between fan and voyeur.” —The Boston Globe

“Part memoir, part travelogue, part literary and cultural criticism. . . . A writer less curious about how this process [of storytelling] works might have approached The Lost Book of Mormon as a debunking mission, an opportunity to poke fun at those whose beliefs differ from his own. Steinberg, though, is less interested in whether or not stories are true than in why they move us and where they can be found.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“A truly weird and beautiful memoir.” —Elif Batuman, TheNewYorker.com

“[A] rollicking travelogue. . . . Steinberg is winning as a travel writer, someone who can go native and understand the desire of others for something, anything, to come to pass.” —The Daily Beast

“Without a doubt, The Lost Book of Mormon will soon have you buying more books: anything written by Avi Steinberg and, yeah, most likely, the actual Book of Mormon. Steinberg could write about what he did yesterday and it would be glorious.” —Jacob Tomsky, author of Heads in Beds

“The story of a winsome, questing narrator’s search for what it means to be a writer. . . . Steinberg is a funny and smart guide.” —The Salt Lake Tribune

“Steinberg makes a strong pitch for elevating The Book of Mormon to its rightful place in America’s literary and social imagination.” —Haaretz

“A wonderfully thoughtful exploration of how The Book of Mormon itself is obsessed with the idea of stories being preserved to be passed on, and what that might tell us about Joseph Smith not just as a prophet, but as a writer. There something almost holy about the way Steinberg celebrates the humanity revealed by this book.” —Salt Lake City Weekly

“Humorous and insightful.” —Times of Israel

“[Written] with real humor and honest self-reflection.” —Pacific Standard

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