Reviews

Many of the episodes in the book are both engaging and relatable. It was revelatory to look through the lens of the various letters from family members and friends, to view the reactions about interracial marriage in an era which was not so long ago, yet in many ways is so different from our world now.

David Halpern, New York, New York

As I read, memories came galloping, events I had long since allowed to repose in the dustbin that my mind is becoming, stuff that has been pushed aside by the steady flow of my own life. The pages are so crammed with specifics I felt after twenty or so pages that I¹d never get through it all, but twenty or so pages later there I was lapping up every drop of your fascinating story and then, by gum, I was finished, saddened by that fact. Your dedication has produced something quite remarkable, a luscious chronicle . . .

Peter H. Cooper, Santa Rosa, California

Your wonderful memoir kept me in its grip from beginning to end. The story you tell is one of the most remarkable I have read. It is a compelling account of a life, buttressed as it is by reactive letters, some of which are written in sorrow, anger, confusion, rejection, or as muted threats. Many are letters in which your correspondents, most of whom are member of your extended birth family, plead with you to be someone you are not. Yet with all their lack of sympathy or of understanding, you held fast to what you felt was right, even though it gradually became clear to you that you had to go it alone.

David Holland, Southbury, Connecticut

It took me four sittings to read Domestic Diversity word for word -- pronouncing each -- as is my need and preference. Why read a book if you can't hear the words, measure them, identify with them or not, and savor or suffer with them? Two of the sessions kept me up ‘til 4 a.m. . . .Yes, Domestic Diversity opened many wounds: made me "wet up" and slash at my soul.

Joan Covici, Dallas, Texas

As a political progressive, it was so inspiring to remember that 2010 in Arizona is not the worst time in our nation's history, not by a long shot, even though it feels that way. I am in awe of "Pete" Beveridge and his moral courage not just in his marriage, but in the many acts he has taken at personal cost to build a more just society. Thank you for leading the way, Pete. Also, this story gives a really rich significance to my friend Briana, Jesse & family's annual Maine trips. Wow!

Lisa A. Mcallister, Arizona

If you are interested in a personal, fascinating slice of American history largely written about between the late 1940's and the early 1970's, involving family dynamics, civil rights, political corruption and much more, then this book is a must-read.

Paula Hollins, Sarasota, Florida Published on Amazon

Domestic Diversity, a very personal testimony of the life of a man who lived according to political and social beliefs outside the mainstream's, is highly recommended. Whether one has a historical, sociological, anthropological, or purely human interest perspective, it has lots to offer. On the political side, the book evidences how basic constitutional rights of freedom of speech and freedom of assembly could be narrowed and twisted out of recognition in the 1950's and thereafter. Pete's non-conformist views of life and politics made him a marked man. The `Establishment', read FBI, labeled him as subversive and tracked him and his associates.

Orlando Rodriguez, Miami, Florida Published on Amazon

I had a visceral reaction to dishonesty, injustice and intimidation,” writes author Lowell P. Beveridge, Jr., AKA Pete, “[whether] directed towards others or me, [and] a strong conviction that segregation and discrimination was morally and politically wrong.” Not only did the powerful principles that underscored Beveridge’s life hook me as a reader; I admired also his tenacity in sticking by his ideals. Beveridge established credibility for me by presenting what is at times high drama without sentimentality, rants or preaching. I found his writing to be articulate and dignified, dryly humorous and candidly self-revealing. Especially because Domestic Diversity is a slice of United States history as well as a memoir, Beveridge’s odyssey is important. It offers a detailed and personalized look at the early spanning of racial barriers in the northeastern United States, barriers less visible and with a different face than in the South but no less injurious or grotesque; barriers whose breakdown, more quietly fought for, generated repercussions painful in their own way. Regrettably for many people today this chapter of mid-20th century racism is unknown or simply forgotten. For others it was never fully realized or, by now, muffled by time and progress. To fill in the blanks Domestic Diversity is essential reading regarding this under-appreciated aspect of civil rights history in the United States when “the general public and…many intellectuals believed there was no such thing as African civilization or African history because there was no written record.”

Cecilia Worth, Homer, Alaska Published on Amazon