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Joseph S. Pete, Book Reviewer

Joseph S. Pete is a lifelong bibliophile who can often be found at libraries, bookstores, and literary festivals, and who was once chastised for bringing a hardcover library book into a darkened movie theater. He is an award-winning journalist, a Sunday newspaper columnist, an Iraq War veteran, a board member for the Indiana Society for Professional Journalists, an Indiana University graduate, the editor in chief of the Northwest Indiana Literary Journal and a frequent guest on Lakeshore Public Radio.

Pete is a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee whose many writing honors include the Lisagor Award, the Proximity Magazine Essay Prize, the Inland Press Association Award and “Best Bacon Poem” at Chicago BaconFest. His literary work has appeared in more than 100 literary journals, including The Tipton Poetry Journal, The Offbeat, and The Perch Magazine. He’s read one of his short stories on the iO Theater stage in Chicago, had a play staged at the Detroit Heritage Theatre Festival, and exhibited his photography at the Oddtropolis Art Show in San Francisco.

Pete also has freelanced widely, including for the Seattle Times, VFW Magazine, Nuvo Newsweekly, and the odd horse racing journal. He loves all kinds of books, including most genres, humor, history, and nonfiction, but is especially fond of the literary novel.

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Book Review

Back Story Alaska

by Joseph S. Pete

"Back Story Alaska" is an entertaining love story about Alaska. Lance Brewer’s engaging memoir "Back Story Alaska" explores the state’s bush territory from the perspective of an unlikely tour guide—a “city boy and lawyer” who... Read More

Book Review

Rhyme Rhythm Reason

by Joseph S. Pete

"Rhyme Rhythm Reason" is a playful poetry collection—amusing and sometimes inspiring. Paul Drakeford’s Rhyme Rhythm Reason: More than Some of the Sum of My Poems puts a clever, witty, and poetic spin on the three Rs. This brief... Read More

Book Review

Exit of the Leviathan

by Joseph S. Pete

Passionate poems are collected in "Exit of the Leviathan", an occasionally musical collection. Philips Ororho’s lyrical but unpolished poetry collection "Exit of the Leviathan" focuses on faith and romance. Love poems, paeans to God,... Read More

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McDowell

by Joseph S. Pete

"McDowell" is an ambitious, often captivating character study. William H. Coles’s engaging novel "McDowell" is a story of hubris and personal transformation. Haughty doctor Hiram McDowell, a nominee for secretary of Health and Human... Read More

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A World Diverse III

by Joseph S. Pete

It’s a book of poetry with prescience, power, and a coherent view of an often off-kilter world. David Edmond’s A World Diverse III: In Need of Help amasses well-wrought poems about self-realization, responsibility, goodwill among... Read More

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