As we were constructing a comprehensive

General Index
for the early issues of RALPH,
we introduced a new category of
starred* titles --- "works of especial merit."
Here is a list of what we believe to be Best Books,
drawn from the first five years of the magazine.

Title Author Publisher Précis
It's a Long Road to Comondú: Mexican Adventures Since 1928 Everett Gee Jackson Texas A & M Press Memories of Mexico --- 1930s & 40s
The Old Man Who Read Love Stories Luis Sepúlveda Harvest Modern Spanish-American Literature
American Talk: The Words and Ways of American Dialects Robert Hendrickson Viking Studies in American Speech
Full of Life John Fante Black Sparrow Modern American Fiction
De-Architecture James Wines Rizzoli Architecture and Culture
In Flanders Fields Leon Wolff Time-Life History of WWI
Spiegel: The Man Behind the Pictures Andrew Sinclair Little, Brown Popular Culture/Biography
Memoirs of My Nervous Illness Daniel Paul Schreber Harvard Autobiography of a Schizophrenic
Spared Angola: Memories from a Cuban-American Childhood Virgil Suárez Arte Público Memoirs
Honey, Mud, Maggots (and Other Medical Marvels) Robert and Michèle Root-Bernstein Houghton Mifflin Ancient Medical Cures
Mrs. Caliban Rachel Ingalls Harvard Common Fantasy/Fiction
Suggested Photo Spots Melinda Stone and Igor Vamos Boise State/Hemingway Western Studies Terrible Places to Visit
Plain Tales from the Raj Charles Allen, Editor Holt, Rinehart The British in India
Classics Revisited Kenneth Rexroth New Directions Essays on Literature
End of Empire Brian Lapping St. Martins Late British Colonialism
The Golden Donors: A New Anatomy of the Great Foundations Waldemar Nielsen Dutton American Foundations
A Fine Day for a Middle-Class Marriage Marlene Joyce Pearson Red Hen Contemporary Feminist Poetry
Growing Up Russell Baker NAL Autobiography
The Worst Journey in the World Apsley Cherry-Garrard Penguin Travel in the Antarctic
Westward Ha! S. J. Perelman Burford Travel
Four Immigrants Manga: A Japanese Experience in San Francisco, 1904 - 1924 Henry Kiyama Stone Bridge Comic-Book Literature
Presence in the Flesh: The Body in Medicine Katharine Young Harvard Modern Medical Practice
Reports of My Death: A Distinguished American Poet Looks at the Literary Life of Our Times Karl Shapiro Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill Autobiography
Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed James C. Scott Yale Historical Failure of Land-Use Planning
The Ogre Michel Tournier Johns Hopkins Post-WWII Fiction
When I Was a German: An English Woman Living in Nazi Germany Christabel Bielenberg Bison/University
of Nebraska
English Living in WWII Germany
In Sam We Trust: The Untold Story of Sam Walton and how Wal-Mart is Devouring America Bob Ortega Times Business Sam Walton and Wal-Mart
Mr. Dimock Explores the Mysteries of the East: Journeys in India Edward Cameron Dimock Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill Travels in Contemporary India

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