R  A  L  P H
  The Review of Arts, Literature, Philosophy and the Humanities

Special 100th Issue

Best Books
1994 - 2003

In preparing these many issues of RALPH,
we've come across dozens of books
that we feel to be worthy of your interest.
These are noted here
in the order in which we reviewed them ---
starting with our Winter 1994 Issue
and running to the present.

To access the appropriate review,
hit on the issue of RALPH
listed just above the title.

You also might wish to look at
The Best of the Best
being twenty-one books
that we consider to be outstanding,
(or at least more outstanding than the
outstanding ones we've listed here).

Issue #4
Fall, 1995

American Talk:
The Words and Ways of American Dialects

Robert Hendrickson

The Old Man Who Read Love Stories
Luis Sepúlveda
Modern Spanish-American Literature

Issue #6
Spring, 1996

In Flanders Fields
Leon Wolff
History of WWI

The Stranger
Albert Camus
Modern French Fiction

Full of Life
John Fante
[Black Sparrow]
Modern American Fiction

James Wines
Criticism of Architecture, Culture

Spiegel: The Man Behind the Pictures
Andrew Sinclair
[Little, Brown]
Popular Culture and Biography

Memoirs of My Nervous Illness
Daniel Paul Schreber
Psychological Autobiography, Lunacy

Spared Angola:
Memories from a Cuban-American Childhood

Virgil Suárez
[Arte Público]

Issue #8
Fall, 1996

Honey, Mud, Maggots and Other Medical Marvels
Robert and Michele Root-Bernstein
[Houghton Mifflin]
Ancient Medical Cures

Issue #11
Summer, 1997

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

Issue #12
Fall, 1997

Classics Revisited
Kenneth Rexroth
[New Directions]
Essays on Literature

End of Empire
Brian Lapping
[St. Martins]
Late English Colonialism

The Golden Donors:
A New Anatomy of the Great Foundations

Waldemar Nielsen
Description of Modern Foundations

A Fine Day for a Middle-Class Marriage
Marlene Joyce Pearson
[Red Hen]
Contemporary Feminist Poetry

Issue #15
Summer, 1998

Growing Up
Russell Baker

The Worst Journey in the World
Apsley Cherry-Garrard
Travel --- Antarctic

Issue #18
Late Fall, 1998

Honey, Mud, Maggots and Other Medical Marvels
Robert and Michèle Root-Bernstein
Modern Medicine and Traditional Cures

Westward Ha!
S. J. Perelman

Issue #19
Early Winter, 1998

The Mormon Murders:
A True Story of Greed, Forgery, Deceit, and Death

Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith
[Weidenfeld and Nicholson]

The lllness Narratives:
Suffering, Healing, and the Human Condition

Arthur Kleinman
Disability and Dying

John Yau, Editor
[Four Walls Eight Windows]
Essays on Fetishes

Issue #20
Mid-Winter, 1998 - 1998

Four Immigrants Manga:
A Japanese Experience in San Francisco, 1904 - 1924

Henry Kiyama
[Stone Bridge]
Japanese Comic Book

Issue #21
Late Winter, 1998

Presence in the Flesh:
The Body in Medicine

Katharine Young
Modern Medical Practice

Seeing Like a State:
How Certain Schemes to Improve
The Human Condition Have Failed

James C. Scott
The Failure of City Planning

Issue #23
Mid-Spring, 1998

When I Was a German:
An English Woman
Living in Nazi Germany

Christabel Bielenberg
[Bison --- University of Nebraska]
Foreigners in WWII Germany

In Sam We Trust:
The Untold Story of Sam Walton
And How Wal-Mart is
Devouring America

Bob Ortega
[Times Business]
A Study of Sam Walton and Wal-Mart

Issue #25
Early Summer, 1998

Bound and Gagged:
Pornography and the
Politics of Fantasy

in America
Laura Kipnis
[Duke University Press]
Varieties of Sexual Experience

Mr. Dimock Explores
The Mysteries of the East:
Journeys in India

Edward Cameron Dimock
[Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill]
Travels in Contemporary India

Issue #26
Mid-Summer, 1998

Heart of Spain:
Robert Capa's Photographs
Of the Spanish Civil War

Leslie A. Martin, Editor
Photographic History

Issue #28
Quite Late Summer, 1998

The Devil's Cup:
Coffee, the Driving Force in History

Stewart Lee Allen
[Soho Press]
A Worldwide Search for the Perfect Cup of Coffee

British Wood-Engraved Book Illustrations
1904 - 1940: A Break with Tradition

Joanna Selborne
[Clarendon Press --- Oxford]
Illustrated History of Wood Engraving

Issue #30
Mid-Fall, 1998

We're All Doing Time
Bo Lozoff
[Human Kindness Foundation]
Surviving in Prison, Meditational Practices

Issue #31
Late Fall, 1998

Tornado Alley:
Monster Storms of the Great Plains

Howard B. Bluestein
Studies of Tornadoes

Family Kaleidoscope:
Images of Violence and Healing

Salvador Minuchin
[Harvard University Press]
Family Therapy

Issue #32
Early Winter, 1998

All the Time in the World
Hugo Williams
[Akadine --- Common Reader]
50s Travel Book

Issue #33
Mid-Winter, 1999-2000

Learning by Heart:
Contemporary American Poetry about School

Maggie Anderson, David Hassler, Editors
[University of Iowa Press]
200 Poems

Issue #34
Late Winter, 2000

The Cockroach Papers:
A Compendium of History and Lore

Richard Schweid
[Four Walls Eight Windows]
Natural History

Issue #37
Early Spring, 2000

Between Silk and Cyanide:
A Codemaker's War 1941 - 1945

Leo Marks
[Free Press]
History --- WWII

Issue #39
Early Summer, 2000

Boy with Loaded Gun:
A Memoir

Lewis Nordan
[Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill]
Fiction --- Growing Up

Issue #40
Early Summer, 2000

You Can't Win
Jack Black
Memoirs of 1920s American Thievery

Issue #41
Early Mid-Summer, 2000

'Tis: A Memoir
Frank McCourt
Bildungsroman, New York City, 1950s

Issue #42
Late Mid-Summer, 2000

Music of Another World
Szymon Laks
[Northwestern University Press]
Music and WWII Concentration Camps

Issue #44
Mid-Late Summer, 2000

A Fly for the Prosecution:
How Insect Evidence Helps Solve Crimes

M. Lee Goff
Forensic Entomology

Issue #45
Late, Late Summer, 2000

Ham on Rye
Charles Bukowski
Modern Fiction

Issue #47
Very, Very Early Fall, 2000

The Grand Canyon and the Southwest
Ansel Adams
[Little Brown]
Historic Photographs of the American Southwest

Issue #48
Early Fall, 2000

Sacred Roads:
Adventures from the Pilgrimage Trail

Nicholas Shrady
[Harper/San Francisco]
Travel --- Pilgrimages

Issue #50
Mid-Fall, 2000

Shakespeare's Language
Frank Kermode
[Farrar Straus]
Studies in Shakespeare

In the Heart of the Sea:
The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

Nathaniel Philbrick
Whale-Hunting in the 19th Century

Issue #53
Mid-Winter, 2000 - 2001

A Heart So White
Javier Marías
[New Directions]
Contemporary Spanish Fiction

Our Man in Vienna
Richard Timothy Conroy
[St. Martins]
A Witty Take on the Diplomatic Service

Issue #55
Late, Late Winter 2001

War & Politics by Other Means:
A Journalist's Memoir

Shelby Scates
[University of Washington]
War Memoirs

Issue #56
Early Spring 2001

Illness and the Art of Creative Self-Expression:
Stories and Exercises from
The Arts for Those with
Chronic Illness

John Graham-Pole, M. D.
[New Harbinger]
The Patient as Doctor

A History of Celibacy
Elizabeth Abbott
The History of and
An Experiment in Celibacy

Issue #58
Mid-Spring 2001

Without Vodka:
Adventures in Wartime Russia

Aleksander Topolski
Memoirs of a Soldier in Russia, WWII

Issue #59
Late Spring 2001

My Two Wars
Moritz Thomsen
WWII Psychology and Madness

Issue #61
Early Summer 2001

Mustang Ranch and Its Women

Alexa Albert, MD
[Random House]
A Sociological Study of Prostitution

The Time Machine
H. G. Wells
Traditional Science Fiction

Issue #62
Early Mid-Summer 2001

Going on Being:
Buddhism and the Way of Change

Mark Epstein
Psychology and Buddhism

Issue #65
Late Mid-Summer 2001

Let Us Now Praise Famous Men
James Agee, Walker Evans
[Houghton Mifflin/Mariner]
Reality of the Lives of Share-Croppers

Issue #67
Very Early Fall 2001

The Archaeology of Garbage

William Rathje, Cullen Murphy
Garbology --- A Study of What We Throw Away

Under the Skin
Michael Faber

Issue #68
Early Fall, 2001

The Evening Crowd at Kimser's:
A Gay Life in the 1940s

Ricardo J. Brown
Gay Life Pre-Stonewall

The Autobiography of Abbie Hoffman
Abbie Hoffman
[Four Walls Eight Windows]

Issue #70
Late Fall, 2001

Karl Marx
Francis Wheen

Issue #71
Early Winter, 2001

The Tattered Cloak and Other Stories
Nina Berberova
[New Directions Classic]
Russian Short Stories

Issue #72
Mid-Winter, 2001 - 2002

Dark Back of Time
Javier Marías
[New Directions]

All the King's Men
Robert Penn Warren, Noel Polk, Editor
Revised Version of Penn Warren's Classic

Issue #73
Late Mid-Winter, 2002

Of Two Minds
Tanya Luhrmann
Study of Psychoanalytic Training

Issue #74
Late Winter, 2002

Summer in Baden-Baden:
A Novel
Leonid Tsypkin
[New Directions]
Literary Fiction and History

The War of the Worlds:
A Critical Text of
The 1898 London First Edition,
With an Introduction, Illustrations,
And Appendices
H. G. Wells --- Leon Stover, Editor
19th Century Science Fiction

Issue #75
Late Late Winter, 2002

Witnesses of Time:
Photographs of Flor Garduño

Introduction by Carlos Fuentes
Central and South America Photography

Issue #76
Early Spring, 2002

The Museum of
Unconditional Surrender

Dubravka Ulgresic
[New Directions]
Some Thoughts on Contemporary Slovenia

Issue #78
Late Mid-Spring, 2002

From Here to Tierra del Fuego
Paul Magee
[University of Illinois]
Semiotics and History

Issue #79
Late Late Spring, 2002

Joseph Millar
[Eastern Washington University Press]
Contemporary American Poetry

The Inner Art of Meditation
Jack Kornfield
[Sounds True --- Cassettes]
Teachings in Mindfulness Meditation

Issue #81
Early Summer, 2002

The Desert Smells Like Rain:
A Naturalist in O'odham Country

Gary Paul Nabhan
[University of Arizona]
Stories of the Indians of the Sonoran Desert

Issue #83
Late Mid-Summer, 2002

The Death of Sweet Mister
Daniel Woodrell
Contemporary American Fiction

Novice to Master:
An Ongoing Lesson in
The Extent of
My Own Stupidity

Soke Morinaga Roshi
Zen Buddhism --- History of a Master

Issue #84
Late Summer, 2002

A Woman of Rome
Alberto Moravia
[Steerforth Italia]
Post WWII Italian Fiction

Issue #85
Early Fall, 2002

Jacobson's Organ and
The Remarkable Nature of Smell

Lyall Watson
A History of the Nose

Issue #87
Late Fall, 2002

After the Quake
Haruki Murakami
Contemporary Japanese Short Stories

Issue #88
Late Fall, 2002

Voices in the Dark:
Esoteric, Occult & Secular Voices
In Nazi-Occupied Paris 1940 - 44

William Patrick Patterson
Gurdjieff Classes in Paris during WWII

Issue #92
Late Mid-Winter, 2002 - 2003

Soul of Nowhere:
Traversing Grace in A Rugged Land

Craig Childs]
Desert Lore and Travel

History in English Words
Owen Barfield

Issue #93
Late Late Winter, 2002 - 2003

The Purple Land
W. W. Hudson
A Romantic Novel set in 1850s South America

Sailing Alone Around the World
Joshua Slocum
Three Years Before the Mast (Alone)

The Analyst
John Katzenbach
Novel about the Stalking of a Psychoanalyst

Issue #94
Very Early Spring, 2003

My 'Dam Life
Sean Condon
[Lonely Planet]
Three Long Years in Amsterdam

Issue #95
Mid-Spring, 2003

Carole Maso
[City Lights]
Love Poetry

The Algeria Hotel:
France, Memory, and
The Second World War

Adam Nossiter
[Houghton Mifflin]
Vichy France and WWII

Issue #96
Late Spring, 2003

Small Wonder
Barbara Kingsolver
Personal Essays on
Contemporary American Life

Issue #97
Late Spring, 2003

City Requiem, Calcutta:
Gender and the Politics of Poverty

Ananya Roy
[University of Minnesota Press]
Calcutta, Land Use, and the Very Poor

The Age Of Gold:
The California Gold Rush and
The New American Dream

H. W. Brands
History of the California Gold-Rush

Blood of Victory
Alan Furst
[Random House]
Pre-WWII Spy Mystery

Radical Compassion:
Finding Christ in
The Heart of the Poor

Gary Smith, S. J.
[Jesuit Way/Loyola]
Serving the Poor

Serve It Forth
Mary F. K. Fisher
[North Point Press]
Cookbook from 1939

Issue #98
Very Early Summer, 2003

The Fox
D. H. Lawrence
Early 20th Century English Fiction

Issue #99
Early Summer, 2003

Long Time Coming:
Photographic Portrait of America ---

Michael Lesy, Editor
Over 400 Photographs from the Farm Security Administration

Memoirs of a Revolutionary
Victor Serge
Autobiography of a Radical Anarchist

Issue #100
Mid-Summer, 2003

Breath Sweeps Mind
Jakusho Kwong Roshi
[Sounds True Cassettes]
Studies in Classic Zen

Measuring America:
How an Untamed Wilderness
Shaped the United States and
Fulfilled the Promise of Democracy

Andro Linklater
The Coming of Surveying and
Its Effect on Changing Land from
Workspace into a Commodity