Guest Book

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35 Responses to “Guest Book”

  1. Roland Ward October 2, 2017 at 1:56 am #

    “Familiar Footpaths” is a wonderful collection of short stories. I’ve read some of this author’s previous work. He is a master storyteller. The ones in this book are some of his best.

  2. Quincy Nelson May 10, 2017 at 2:31 pm #

    I never cease to be amazed at the diverse talents of this accomplished writer. His stories capture many different aspects of life experiences. His poetry touches the heart and exposes corruption of malevolent practices. His work is entertaining, eye opening, and highly readable. Keep writing, JP!

  3. Noah Bolling November 20, 2016 at 9:34 pm #

    “My Best Stories” will make a great Christmas gift for friends and family. Excellent writer!

  4. Jillian Hughes August 8, 2016 at 4:19 pm #

    I like the idea of a “Best of……” collection. It could draw many readers who have only seen one of your books of short stories. It would also be a great gift!

  5. Kermit Rivers April 24, 2016 at 4:13 pm #

    You have written so many interesting stories and poems. Have you ever thought of publishing a collection of the ones you consider your “best” or your “favorites”? A Best of Pluta book title does have a ring to it.

  6. Marsha Colfax February 13, 2016 at 1:38 am #

    Pluta is a passionate writer whose characters are sometimes wise but always very human. He is clever in his choice of words and insightful in his command of difficult situations. All of his stories expose different features of the life experience. Very readable and hard to put down.

  7. Norma Tristan December 6, 2015 at 9:00 pm #

    “Whatever Happened to Our Dreams?” sure did hit home for me. The stories rekindled many memories of days past. They are thoughtful and beautifully written. Fictional characters tie in nicely with specific events in history.

  8. Del Kuhlman November 23, 2015 at 3:47 am #

    Keep writing, Joseph Pluta! This book (“Whatever Happened to Our Dreams?”) and your earlier ones set in Michigan are masterpieces. I am a big fan! Wish I could meet some of your characters. They really do come alive in your plots.

  9. Art Stamm November 10, 2015 at 3:40 am #

    My favorite stories in the “Whatever Happened…?” collection deal with the bumbling people who now run universities and the horrible way faculty are now treated. I also liked reading about Vietnam, the black janitor who won the hearts of kids at a rich white school, and the couple who got married at age 14. VERY well written and a most enjoyable read.

  10. Pepe Baquedano January 24, 2015 at 10:35 pm #

    I have enjoyed your posts with suggested books to read, especially about the crisis in higher education. Keep them coming. An experienced writer is often a very good source for what is out there in the world of literature. Many thanks. And, of course, I have enjoyed a number of your recent books. My favorite is: 21 YESTERDAYS.

  11. Leo Altman January 2, 2015 at 2:55 am #

    My #1 New Year’s resolution is to read more of the works of this author. “21 Yesterdays” was great as was “The Best 6 Years of Any Life”. Now I’m going to get into “Small Town Michigan Tales” followed by “2 Peninsulas”. Maybe some day, I’ll even travel to Michigan, a place I’ve never been but feel as though I have because of these books. Thank you, Joseph Pluta.

  12. Jalen Wallis August 16, 2014 at 1:46 am #

    This author’s short stories are inspirational. His prose flows naturally, his characters are dynamic, and his plots combine humor with valuable lessons. You can tell he is an educator because he teaches even when he is writing for fun.

  13. Cullen Peters March 10, 2014 at 7:23 pm #

    21 Yesterdays is my absolute favorite book this year. Its stories are warm and nicely written. This is what historical fiction is meant to be. All of the stories are well done but my favorites are: “Four Hours in a Hotel Lobby”, “Night Train”, and “His Name was Dad.” Touching, perceptive, and very real.

  14. Anonymous December 6, 2013 at 11:32 pm #

    Wow, have to say, Dr. Pluta’s credentials make me extremely nervous to take his class…

  15. Cherilyn Summers November 12, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

    Very entertaining short stories. Characters that become real, towns that you wish you could visit, and lessons that inspire. I highly recommend this writer.

  16. Ignatius Oleska October 16, 2013 at 4:34 pm #

    I have read five of this author’s books. I hope he writes five more. They are all……A+++++++++++. Yeah!

  17. A. Perdue August 29, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

    All four of Pluta’s recent books are worth reading. He combines humor, drama, and romance in a way that few authors can replicate. I can’t wait for his next collection of short stories.

  18. Yuan Chow August 7, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

    When I read “Human Progress Amid Resistance to Change”, it blew me away. What a thorough discussion of some of the most important events in world history! Then I read Pluta’s fiction which is even better. This is a very gifted writer.

  19. Hester Reynolds July 6, 2013 at 1:24 am #

    What I admire about this author is that he is anything but one-dimensional. All of his stories address different aspects of the midwestern experience. He handles different time periods with ease. He offers intricate details about the community in which each story is set. His characters are everyday people, yet somehow unique. His work is a pleasure to read. Bravo!!

  20. Chico Reyes June 18, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    The stories of ethnic clashes hit home to those of us who lived during those difficult times. Pluta does a great job in chronicling what we all went through.

  21. Robert Bilgrad June 7, 2013 at 7:24 pm #

    AWESOME WEBSITE. Something to be proud of. I plan to purchase some of your books. I’m sure they are quite good. I also plan to send your URL to several friends. GREAT JOB!!

  22. Stefanie Smith May 31, 2013 at 1:36 am #

    Dr. Joe Pluta is one of a kind. Not only did I truly enjoy reading him, he was definitely my favorite professor at St. Edward’s University. He writes about econ in a way no one else does. Thank you Dr. Pluta!

  23. Rob McCarty May 19, 2013 at 7:44 pm #

    Looks like u. The years have treated u well. Look forward to reading your books.

  24. thomas george May 2, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

    I’ve recently read Joseph Pluta’s “Small Town Michigan Tales. A Collection of Short Stories” and “Two Peninsulas, More Michigan Tales;” two delightful reads with genuine engaging characters that quickly become a part of your days. I look forward to reading more of Joe’s writings; it’s a genuine pleasure. Thomas George, ( J.D., LL.M., Ph.D. )

  25. Dr. Jack A. Bucco April 22, 2013 at 1:40 am #

    All of Pluta’s works are exceptional, from his fiction to his books on economics. He has an unprecedented ability to inform, challenge, and entertain his reader, and he makes you want to read more. I especially enjoy the way he includes precise detail within the context of the larger overall theme. An uncommon talent!

  26. Johnnie DeMoss April 1, 2013 at 7:48 pm #

    The beautifully written Best Six Years of Any Life is Joe(y)’s memoir that perfectly captures a time, a place, and is perhaps the clearest recounting I’ve read of a child’s world view from his earliest memories until his sixth year. Joe ‘s writing is a joy. The story is perfectly titled. As you’ve already guessed, I highly recommend!

  27. Donna S. March 29, 2013 at 6:01 pm #

    I recommend the book “21 Yesterdays” to anyone, but especially to anyone who grew up in the 50’s & 60’s. The author’s short stories really bring this time period to life. It was alot of fun to read and brought back alot of my own memories.

  28. Leslie Golden March 25, 2013 at 5:58 pm #

    I have had the pleasure of working with Joe Pluta for many years as publisher of several of his Economics textbooks. His writing style is professional as well as user friendly. He has the ability to convey challenging economic principles in a way that is interesting as well as applicable to students.

  29. Chelsea Tobias February 17, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

    I read everything I can about Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens. “The Iowa Trip” in 21 Yesterdays is the best account of their tragic story yet.

  30. Paul Carson January 22, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

    “21 Yesterdays” brings the 20th century to life. What a beautiful collection of some of this author’s finest work. This is historical fiction at its best!!

  31. Cindy Forbes January 4, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

    21 YESTERDAYS is a masterpiece. It captures life in small town America when important outside events disrupted the otherwise tranquil existence of locals. The stories are beautifully written, exciting, and entertaining. The author has a gift for merging historical reality with believable fictional characters who might have been there. Relive these moments when you read a highly talented author. I highly recommend this collection as much as any current bestseller.

  32. Lou Leaf November 30, 2012 at 4:33 pm #

    Great stories that are gripping, humorous, and written in an understandable style. Begin with “Small Town Michigan Tales” and then read the others. All of his books are cozy companions on cold winter nights. I like! A Lot!

  33. Norm Atlasan September 28, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

    “Two Peninsulas” is an eye opener to all of us who have lived in Michigan for any length of time. The stories express well what our beautiful state is all about. This author knows his subject in fine detail.

  34. Josh M. June 12, 2012 at 2:46 pm #

    This author’s short stories are a mixture of nostalgic, insightful, and irreverent. His characters are rich and believeable. His story lines are all different and they illuminate the human condition from several angles. They are an awesome read.

  35. Sandra T. January 5, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

    If I could recommend just one book to my friends, it would be “The Best Six Years of Any Life”. Thoughtful, funny, and an ending that will touch your heart.

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