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Joanna Brooks is an author and professor of English and comparative literature at San Diego State University. She is a regular contributor to many media outlets including Religion Dispatches. Politico named her one of 2011's "50 politicos to watch" for her Twitter feed @askmormongirl.
Brooks writes extensively about Mormonism and is often quoted in the media related to issues regarding The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). The Huffington Post writes, "Brooks specializes in explaining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to non-Mormons, and in presenting a different way to be Mormon to those steeped in its orthodoxy." She writes a question-and-answer blog called "Ask Mormon Girl" with the tagline "unorthodox answers from an imperfect source". In early 2012, she self-published a memoir called The Book of Mormon Girl: Stories from an American Faith, which was later picked up by Simon and Schuster and published by them in August 2012. Brooks was noted as one of "13 Religious Women to Watch in 2012". 
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