The Book of Mormon Girl by Joanna Brooks
Stories from an American Faith

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"The Book of Mormon Girl" is a luminous ode to Brooks' passion for Mormonism, in spite of her church's rejection.
-Star Tribune

Synopsis

From her days of feeling like “a root beer among the Cokes”—Coca-Cola being a forbidden fruit for Mormon girls like her—Joanna Brooks always understood that being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints set her apart from others. But, in her eyes, that made her special; the devout LDS home she grew up in was filled with love, spirituality, and an emphasis on service. With Marie Osmond as her celebrity role model and plenty of Sunday School teachers to fill in the rest of the details, Joanna felt warmly embraced by the community that was such an integral part of her family. But as she grew older, Joanna began to wrestle with some tenets of her religion, including the Church’s stance on women’s rights and homosexuality. In 1993, when the Church excommunicated a group of feminists for speaking out about an LDS controversy, Joanna found herself searching for a way to live by the leadings of her heart and the faith she loved.

The Book of Mormon Girl is a story about leaving behind the innocence of childhood belief and embracing the complications and heartbreaks that come to every adult life of faith. Joanna’s journey through her faith explores a side of the religion that is rarely put on display: its humanity, its tenderness, its humor, its internal struggles. In Joanna’s hands, the everyday experience of being a Mormon—without polygamy, without fundamentalism—unfolds in fascinating detail. With its revelations about a faith so often misunderstood and characterized by secrecy, The Book of Mormon Girl is a welcome advocate and necessary guide.
 

About Joanna Brooks

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Joanna Brooks is a national voice on Mormon life and politics, an award-winning scholar of religion and American culture, and the author or editor of five books. She has been featured on American Public Media’s On Being; NPR’s All Things Considered and Talk of the Nation; BBC’s Americana, Interfaith Voices, and Radio West; and in The New York Times, The Washington Post, the CNN Belief Blog, and the Huffington Post. She is senior correspondent for the online magazine ReligionDispatches.org and offers answers to seekers of all stripes at her own site AskMormonGirl.com. Follow @askmormongirl on Twitter, or visit her at JoannaBrooks.org
 
Published August 7, 2012 by Free Press. 242 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction
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Star Tribune

Excellent
Reviewed by MEGANNE FABREGA on Aug 04 2012

"The Book of Mormon Girl" is a luminous ode to Brooks' passion for Mormonism, in spite of her church's rejection.

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by John Turner on Aug 31 2012

Brooks’s sprightly yet thoughtful prose, her carefully constructed narrative and her passionate yet forgiving activism make hers a rare memoir that ended too soon.

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Deseret News

Excellent
Reviewed by Ralph Hancock on Apr 05 2012

Her narrative is, on the one hand, a touching and intimate account of one girl's, and then one woman's, deeply personal experience.

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The Christian Century

Excellent
Reviewed by Valerie Weaver-Zercher on Oct 25 2012

What Brooks calls her “unorthodox Mormon story” is a loving yet critical account of her childhood as the daughter of an LDS bishop in Southern California.

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Meridian Magazine

Excellent
Reviewed by Juli Caldwell and Erin McBride on Mar 22 2012

we found Sisters Brook’s memoir to be disturbing, amusing, and as strange as it may sound, faith-confirming.

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Sophisticated Dorkiness

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Reviewed by Kim Ukura on Aug 21 2012

...I learned a lot about the Mormon Church in reading the book and would recommend it as a fair and entertaining look at the complicated relationship that develops with faith as we age.

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Good
Reviewed by Shelah on Feb 13 2012

The Book of Mormon Girl, is an engrossing and important memoir, but it's not a perfect book.

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