NUMBERS 20 - 29

Early Winter 2003 - Late Late Spring 2007

Late Late Spring 2007[#29]
The American Iconoclast

Marion Elizabeth Rodgers
(Oxford University Press)

Laura Esquivel
Ernesto Mestre-Reed,

Cynthia Berger

This Poem Has Won No Prizes
Oliver Reynolds

The Instruction Manual
For Receiving God

Jason Shulman
(Sounds True)

New and Selected Poems
Stanley Moss
(Seven Stories Press)

I Inspect My Face
From Jagged with Love
Susanna Childress
(University of Wisconsin Press)

Pepys' Diary
Samuel Pepys
Kenneth Branagh, Reader
(HighBridge Classics --- CDs

C. A. Amantea

The East-West Border
Jaan Kaplinski
Sam Hamill and Rita Tamm, Translators
(Copper Canyon Press)

Another Victory Like This
And We Are Doomed
War & America
L. W. Milam
Dr. J. Phage

Sisteen Stars from the Pages of RALPH
List of Our Favorites from 2006

Thirteen Stinkers from the Pages of RALPH
A List of our Least Favorites from 2006

Late Fall 2006[#28]
Photographs by
Nancy Crampton

Forward by Mark Strand
(Quantuck Lane Press)

The Practical Guide to Aging
What Everyone Needs to Know
Christine K. Cassel, Editor
(New York University)

Godbole's Song
E. M. Forester

The Nature-Friendly Garden
Creating a Backyard Haven for
Plants, Wildlife, and People

Marlene A. Condon

Don't Kidney Now
Or, Life in a Urinary Tract Vacation Home
L. W. Milam

Written Lives
Javier Marías
M. J. Costa, Translator
(New Directions)

Timothy; Or, Notes of an Abject Reptile
Verlyn Klinkenborg
Josephine Bailey, Reader
(Tantor --- 5 CDs)

Publish and Perish:
Three Tales of Tenure and Terror
James Hynes

Brooklyn Is
Southeast of the Island:
Travel Notes

James Agee
(Fordham University Press)

The Russian Anarchists
Paul Avrich
(AK Press)

An Episode in the Life
Of a Landscape Painter
César Aria
Chris Andrews, Translator
(New Directions)

The Cloud-Spotters Guide
The Science, History, and Culture of Clouds
Gavin Pretor-Pinney

Viruses vs. Superbugs
A Solution to the Antibiotics Crisis?
Thomas Häusler

Late Summer 2006[#27]
Travels with
My Chicken

A Man and His Companion
Take to the Road

Martin Gurdon
(Lyons Press)

Ferris Wheels
An Illustrated History
Norman Anderson

(Popular Press)

Of a Dog
Wislawa Szymborska

In the Company of the Courtesan
Sarah Dunant

Two Years
Before the Mast
And Other Voyages

Richard Henry Dana, Jr.
(Library of America)

My Vision
Leslie Seamans

The Life of
Samuel Johnson
James Boswell

Arizona Traveller's Handbook
Bill Weir

The Stranger
Albert Camus
(Matthew Ward,


Beasts of No Nation
Uzodinma Iweala

Eleanor Lerman
(Sarabande Books)

And Be A Villain
Rex Stout
Michael Prichard, Reader
(Audio Editions)

The Woman in the Row Behind
Françoise Dorner
Adriana Hunter,

(Other Press)

All the Fishes Come Home to Roost
An American Misfit in India
Rachael Manija Brown

The House of Paper
Carlos María Domínguez
Nick Caistor, Translator

Late Late
Spring 2006[#26]

What Goes Up

The Uncensored History of Modern Wall Street as Told by
The Bankers, Brokers, CEOs, and Scoundrels Who
Made It Happen

Eric J. Weiner
(Little Brown)

Middle School Children and
My Bloody Life

Song of an Unexpected Love
Federico García Lorca
Carlos Amantea, Translator

Master of the Sea
José Sarney

State Houses:
America's 50 State Houses
Susan Thrane
Tom Patterson

(Boston Mills Press)

Johann Sebastian Bach
And the Aliens
A. F. Faber

Bach and the Bees
Charles Tomlinson
(Carcanet Publishers)

Making a Better World
Public Housing, the Red Scare, and
The Direction of Modern Los Angeles

Don Parson

The Sancy Blood Diamond
Power, Greed, and the Cursed History of
One of the World's Most Coveted Gems

Susan Ronald

Patzcuaro, Mexico
From The Sudden View:
A Mexican Journey

Sybille Bedford
(Harper & Brothers)

Sunday Afternoon on a
Highway in New Jersey
Cheryl B.
From Reactions5
New Poetry

Pen & Ink Press

True Happiness:
Cultivating a Life of Unconditional Joy
And the Power to Benefit Others

Pema Chödrön
(Sounds True)

Establishing Congress:
The Removal to
Washington, D. C. and
The Election of 1800

Kenneth R. Bowling
Dondal R. Kennon,

"Roses Are Red
Lord Gerard Berners
(The Last Eccentric)

The Perfect One Sentence Story
Augusto Monterroso

Paul McCarthy Interview

Late Fall/
Early Winter 2005[#25]

Testy Mail
Selected by the Editors of RALPH
Being a Sample of the Many Insulting and
Libelous Letters that Have Come to RALPH
In the Past Few Years Including Letters from or about
Franz Wright, Reynolds Price, Gutzon Borglum, Carolyn Kizer,
Charles Lindbergh, Louise Glück and Miss Lonelyhearts

A House at the Edge of Tears
Vénus Khoury-Ghata
Marilyn Hacker, Translator

"The Year All the Clowns Were Executed"
Pattiann Rogers
(Milkweed Editions)

A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to Old Age
Life Changes After 50
Stanley C. Baldwin

Santo Cilauro, et. al.
(Overlook Press)

"The Cathedral at Cuernavaca"
George F. Kennan

The Other Ralph
Lolita Lark
Thoughts on the Beer-'n'-Bosom Magazine
Out of Australia also Named

Just Enough Liebling
Classic Work by the Legendary
New Yorker Writer(North Point Press)

Three Men in a Boat
(To Say Nothing of the Dog)
Jerome K. Jerome
Martin Jarvis, Reader
(Naxos AudioBooks)

The Secret of M. Dulong
Colette Inez

"That'll Be the Day"
Christopher Bursk
University of Pittsburgh Press

The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England
Antonia Fraser
Wanda McCaddon, Reader
(Audio Editions)

Early Fall 2005[#24]

The Singing Life of Birds
The Art and Science
Of Listening to Birdsong

Donald Kroodsma
(Houghton Mifflin)

"Talking Big"
John Bricuth
From Words Burnished by Music
(Johns Hopkins University Press)

"The Word-Consuming Thing"
From Hot Popsicles
Charles Harper Webb
(The University of Wisconsin Press)

Livestock Hotels:
America's Historic Stockyards
J'Nell L. Pate
(TCU Press)

Manet & Monet
Timothy J. Clark

The Vanished Hands
Robert Wilson

Mauro Rosi, et al, Editors

Pigs Hunting Truffles
From When All the World Was Young
Barbara Holland
(Bloomsbury Press)

Hannah Coulter
Wendell Berry
(Shoemaker & Hoard)

Italian masturbazione
Peter Finch
From In the Criminal's Cabinet:
An Anthology of Poetry and Fiction

nthposition press

Pushing the Limits:
New Adventures in Engineering
Henry Petroski

Sex the Measure of All Things
Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy
(Indiana University Press)

A Human History
Barbara Freese
(Tantor Unabridged Audiobook)

Modern Maid
Christine Hamm
From In the Criminal's Cabinet:
An Anthology of Poetry and Fiction

nthposition press

My 'Dam Life
Three Years in Holland
Sean Condon
(Lonely Planet)

Britten and Barber
Their Lives and Their Music
Daniel Felsenfeld
(Amadeus Press)

Early Summer 2005[#23]

Snakes and

Hitomi Kanehara
David Karashima,


In the Shadow of Fame
A Memoir by the Daughter
of Erik H. Erikson

Sue Erikson Bloland

Hard Line
Life and Death on
The U.S. - Mexico Border

Ken Ellingwood

The Man-Eaters of Tsavo
Lt. Colonel J. H. Patterson, D.S.O.
(Lyons Press)

Must Waiters Wait?
(Hee hee)
James Joyce

Isaac Bashevis Singer and
The Lower East Side
Bruce Davidson,
(Mead Art Museum/
University of Wisconsin)

Spiegel: The Man
Behind the Pictures
Andrew Sinclair
(Little, Brown)

Endangered Species
Malcolm Penny
(Facts on File)

Ode to My 1977 Toyota
Barbara Hamby
(University of Pittsburgh Press)

Enrico Pea
Ezra Pound,


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The Bearded Lady
On Mme. Spivy's Roof
Ignacio Schwartz

Dzogchen Essentials
Marcia Binder Schmidt, Editor
(Rangjung Yeshe)

The Street Law Handbook
Surviving Sex, Drugs and Petty Crime
Neeraja Viswanathan

Subject: Trust God
Branden Willard

Notes on "My Dearest Dust"
By Lady Catherine Dyer
Victor Perry

Confessions of
A PR Man
Robert J. Wood

The Seven Dials Mystery
Agatha Christie
(Audio Editions)

Jung Stripped Bare
By His Biographers,
Sonu Shamdasani
(Karnac Books)

In the U. S., the fatality risk with mifepristone [RU-486] is slightly less than 1 per 100,000 cases, compared with 0.1 per 100,000 for surgical abortion at eight weeks or less.
Pregnancy itself carries a fatality rate of 11.8 per 100,000.
--- Consumer Reports
February 2005

Fall 2004[#22]

Franz Kafka

Un Oiseau Chante
(A Bird Is Singing)
Guillaume Apollinaire
Donald Revell, Translator
(Wesleyan University Press)

Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling
Ross King
John Lee, Reader
(Books on Tape)

Churchill at War
His "Finest Hour"in Photographs
1940 - 1945
Martin Gilbert
(Imperial War Museum/Norton)

Sailing Alone Aroundthe World
Joshua Slocum
Alan Sklar,Reader
(Tantor Media)

Do-It-Yourself Coffins for Pets and People
Dale Power

Daily Sex:
365 Positions and Activities
For a Year of Great Sex!

Jane Seddon

A Tonight's Lecture:
The Effects of Head Wounds on Foot Soldiers: a Case Study
Ronald Wallace
University of Pennsylvania Press

From Scouting for Boys
The Original 1908 Edition

Robert Baden-Powell
Oxford University Pres

Waiting for the End of the World
Richard Ross
(Princeton Architectural Press)

Images of Beckett
John Haynes, James Knowlson

The Wrong Stuff
Phil Scott
(Hylas Publishing)

Ms. Moffett's First Year
Becoming a Teacher in America
Abby Goodnough
(Public Affairs/Perseus)

The Family of Pascual Duarte
Camilo José Cela
(Dalkey Archive)

Hugh Gregory Gallagher:
1932 - 2004 --- A Memorial
L. W. Milam

The Roads of the Romans
Romolo Augusto Staccioli
(Getty Museum)

Summer 2004[#21]

The Best of Ed Zern
Ed Zern
(The Lyons Press)

How to Kick a Duck
Ed Zern

Harmonies for the Alienation of My Daughter
Sandra McPherson

Americus: Book I
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
(New Directions)

John Beowulf
(Trafford Publishing)

Vintage Murakami
Haruki Murakami

The War for Righteousness:
Progressive Christianity, the Great War, and the Rise of The Messianic Nation
Richard M. Gamble

Writers and Their Own Words
Virginia Woolf

Where Stuff Comes From:
How Toasters, Toilets, Cars, Computers, and Many Other Things Come to Be As They Are
Harvey Molotch

Letter to a Son I Once Knew
(Postmarked May 1974)
Carrie Alien McCray

Marion Copeland
(Reaktion Books)

Acts of Love on Indigo Road
Jonis Agee
(Coffee House Press)

Lincoln and Whitman
Parallel Lives in Civil War Washington
Daniel Mark Epstein

Early Winter, 2003 [#20]

The Lost King of France
Revolution, Revenge, and The Search for Louis XVII
Deborah Cadbury
(Fourth Estate)

George Washington
A Collection
W. B. Allen, Editor
(Liberty Fund)

Live a Little, Laugh a Lot
Barb Bancroft
(Wellworth Publishing)

Response from the author about
So Many Books, So Little Time

Sara Nelson

Young Love
Laurie Lee

Cartalk: A Love Poem
Jack McCarthy

Passing Trains:
The Changing Face of Canadian Railroading
Greg McDonnell
(Boston Mills)

The Bible in Translation
Ancient and English Versions
Bruce M. Metzger
(Baker Academic)

Skin Deep:
Tattoos, the Disappearing West,
Very Bad Men, and My Deep Love for them All

Karol Griffin

Gettysburg Battlefield:
The Definitive Illustrated History

David J. Eicher, Editor
(Chronicle Books)

Gandhi and Young Girls
Gary Dexter

A Round-Heeled Woman:
My Late-Life Adventures in Sex and Romance
Jane Juska

The Rise and Demise of the British World Order
And the Lessons for Global Power

Niall Ferguson
(Basic Books)

The Spiritual Happiness of the Sultan of Spain
Abd Er-Rahman III

Platform for the California Governor's Race
J. Gallant, L. W. Milam
[Political Platform]