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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

The Tome of Ding

by Joseph S. Pete

"The Tome of Ding" is an entertaining account of an interesting life. Terence Dingwall’s wry memoir "The Tome of Ding" collects amusing tales of globe-hopping and tinkering with vehicles. Covering Dingwall’s father’s World War II... Read More

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Rain and Embers

by Joseph S. Pete

The moving poems collected in "Rain and Embers" focus on displacement and the search for one’s place in the world. Iraqi refugee-turned-American citizen Ali Nuri’s lyrical poetry collection "Rain and Embers" focuses on his quest for... Read More

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Window Above the Porch

by Joseph S. Pete

"Window Above the Porch" is a novel whose consideration of war is authentic and harrowing. Kevin Costanzi’s novel "Window Above the Porch" is a realistic, action-focused war story told with a wide and empathetic perspective. In the... Read More

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The Protectors

by Joseph S. Pete

"The Protectors" is an engaging thriller that maintains suspense as characters are revealed to not be who they seem. In Jolynn Angelini’s intriguing novel "The Protectors", spouses, neighbors, and colleagues are not who they seem to... Read More

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Fractures in a Glass Mind

by Joseph S. Pete

Its narrator’s pain at times palpable, "Fractures in a Glass Mind" is a powerful and soul-baring collection. Nicholas C. A. Sparkman’s poetry collection "Fractures in a Glass Mind" holds a jagged shard of a broken mirror to its... Read More

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