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Author: ‘Mormons are deeply aware of their own oddness’

Matthew Bowman’s new book, The Mormon People: The Making of an American Faith, was conceived and birthed in a little under three months.

The 352-page volume arrived on shelves in late January, in time to capture the energy and interest of the so-called "Mormon moment," with Latter-day Saint Mitt Romney in the heat of a presidential race. Since its publication, first-time author Bowman has been a ubiquitous presence in TV, newspaper and online stories about the Utah-based faith. Former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw called Bowman’s book "essential reading for anyone interested in 2012 and beyond."

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