The Lost Book of Mormon (Hardcover)
A Journey Through the Mythic Lands of Nephi, Zarahemla, and Kansas City, Missouri
Nan A. Talese, 9780385535694, 265pp.
Publication Date: October 21, 2014
Today "The Book of Mormon," one of the most widely circulating works of American literature, continues to cause controversy which is why most of us know very little about the story it tells.
Avi Steinberg wants to change that. A fascinated nonbeliever, Steinberg spent a year and a half on a personal quest, traveling the path laid out by Joseph's epic. Starting in Jerusalem, where "The Book of Mormon" opens with a bloody murder, Steinberg continued to the ruined Maya cities of Central America the setting for most of the "The Book of Mormon"'s ancient story where he gallivanted with a boisterous bus tour of believers exploring Maya archaeological sites for evidence. From there the journey took him to upstate New York, where he participated in the true "Book of Mormon" musical, the annual Hill Cumorah Pageant. And finally Steinberg arrived at the center of the American continent, Jackson County, Missouri, the spot Smith identified as none other than the site of the Garden of Eden.
Threaded through this quirky travelogue is an argument for taking "The Book of Mormon" seriously as a work of American imagination. Literate and funny, personal and provocative, the genre-bending "The Lost Book of Mormon" boldly explores our deeply human impulse to write bibles and discovers the abiding power of story.
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Praise For The Lost Book of Mormon: A Journey Through the Mythic Lands of Nephi, Zarahemla, and Kansas City, Missouri…
"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, New York Times bestselling author of Heads in Beds