Jewish Librarian Explores The 'Book of Mormon'

By Akin Ajayi
PUBLISHING---The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints – LDS for short, or the Mormon Church to you and me – has long suffered from a bad rep. Avi Steinberg, the enterprising author of “The Lost Book of Mormon,” has an interesting back story of his own: one-time yeshiva bocher, Harvard graduate, freelance obituary writer, “accidental” librarian in a Boston prison. At the same time that he was living in Jerusalem and struggling to finish a manuscript documenting his experiences concerning the last – which was published in 2011 as the entertaining “Running the Books” – Steinberg found himself drawn to “The Book of Mormon,” much like a moth to a flame. [link]

"The Lost Book of Mormon: A Journey Though the Mythic Lands of Nephi, Zarahemla, and Kansas City, Missouri," by Avi Steinberg. Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 288 pages, $26.95.