Issue #109
Very Early Spring 2004
Title Author Publisher Subject
The Best Twelve The Editors [List] The Dozen Best Books Issued During the Year 2003
The Worst Twelve The Editors [List] The Dozen Worst Books Issued During the Year 2003
The Cave* José Saramago Harcourt Recent Novel by the Portuguese Nobel Prize Winner
S. S. Proleterka Fleur Jaeggy New Directions Neo-Existential Novel from Italy
Sex and the Single Stock Trader: How I Made $10,000 in Junk Stocks in Six Months Terrence "Buck" Mellon Golconda A Get Rich Quick Stock Scheme from One of the Mellons
Lindbergh:[G] Triumph and Tragedy Richard Bak Taylor A Critical Biography of the Hero of the 1920s
14 - 18:[B] Understanding the Great War Stéphane Audoin-Rouzeau, Annette Becker Hill and Wang WWI through the Perspective of Human Suffering
Petals & Thorns:[B] 18 Fairy Tales Bret Fetzer Rampart Books Contemporary Fairy Tales
The Haunted House[B] Charles Dickens Hesperus Compilation of Short Stories by Dickens, Wilkie Collins, and other Contemporaries
The Dominican Republic, Lies and History, The Fessenden Review, and Suggestions on How to Promote an On-Line Magazine Milengua, Tom Washington, KuriousNik, "Hotdog" Magazine, Eva Dale, Patrick Devereaux [Letters] Comments on Recent Articles and Reviews
The Future of Saddam Hussein A. W. Allworthy [Article] Suggestions for Appropriate Uses for the Former Dictator
My Best Friend's Ghost Douglas Cruickshank [Article] Visits from the Grave of the Author's Late Newfoundland Dog
The Dog Found José Saramago [Reading] A Few Thoughts by a Mutt
The Creations of Man José Saramago [Reading] The Divine Creation of the Various Races of Man
Nursing Babies Kate Gale [Poem] Some Thoughts on Nursing Babies (and Men)
[N]To be found under "New Listings"
[B]To be found under "Brief Reviews"
[G]Great Reviews of the Past
*Indicates a book that we found of especial merit

Issue #110
Very Early Spring 2004
Title Author Publisher Subject
No One Will See Me Cry[N] Cristina Rivera-Garza Curbstone Contemporary Latino Novel
Ring Around the Bases:[N] The Complete Baseball Stories of Ring Lardner Matthew J. Bruccoli, Editor University of South Carolina Forty Baseball Stories by Ring Lardner
Secret Lives of Second Wives[N] Catherine Todd Morrow Novel about Second Marriages
My Big Fat Queer Life: The Best of Michael Thomas Ford Michael Thomas Ford Alyson Essays by a Contemporary Gay Writer
The Blob That Ate Oaxaca Carlos Amantea [Reading] Travels in 1990s Mexico
The Blood Runs Like a River Through My Dreams[B] Nasdijj Mariner Memoirs about Life in American Native Reservation
Persepolis[B] Marjena Satrapi Pantheon Autobiography (as Comic Book) of Growing up in Modern Iran
Red Gold* Alan Furst Harper/Collins Classic WWII Spy Novel
The Party of Moderate Progress within the Bounds of the Law Jaroslav Hasek [Articles] Classic Anarchistic Political Campaign
Bulemia, Ravensbrüeck, Ulysses Grant, Shelby Foote, Gettysburg Stanley G. Krieger, Brian Challis, Evelyn Anderson [Letters] Comments on Recent Articles and Reviews
Mormon Polygamy: A History[G] Richard Van Wagoner Signature Books Classic History of Morman Marriage Practices
Our Own Devices:* The Past and Future of Body Technology Edward Tenner Knopf Shoes, Desks, Chairs, and Other Commonplace Devices Explained
Spam Poems A. W. Allworthy [Poems] Poetry Drawn from Spam
The Blow-Job Soldiers Lettie J. Winters [Poem] Poetry from WWI
[N]To be found under "New Listings"
[B]To be found under "Brief Reviews"
[G]Great Reviews of the Past
*Indicates a book that we found of especial merit

Issue #111
MidSpring 2004
Title Author Publisher Subject
At First Sight:[N] Photography and the Smithsonian Merry A. Foresta, Editor The Smithsonian Institution Selection of Photographs from the Smithsonian
Buddha, Volume I:[N]
Osamu Tezuka Vertical/NBN, Distributors Early History of Buddhism in Comic Book Form
Inside the Mind of God:[N]
Images and Words of Inner Space
Michael Reagan, Editor Templeton Foundation Press Words and Photographs about the Infinite and Eternal
Deluge Sydney Fowler Wright,
Wesleyan Very Early Science Fiction
Alone: The Classic Polar Adventure Admiral Richard E. Byrd Island Press Journal of Byrd's
Time Alone in the Antarctic
Holding the Lotus to the Rock:* The Autobiography of Sokei-an,
America's First Zen Master
Michael Hotz, Editor Four Walls Eight Windows Autobiography of One of the
Earliest American Zen Masters
Emanuel Swedenborg's Journal of Dreams[G] Commentary by Wilson van Dusen Swedenborg Foundation Dreams and the Interpretations by the Classic Mystic
The Mercy Seat:*[B] Collected & New Poems, 1967 - 2001 Norman Dubie Copper Canyon Contemporary American Poetry
The Romantic Egoists:[B]
A Pictorial Autobiography from the
Scrapbooks and Albums of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald
Matthew J. Brucooli, et. al., Editors University of South Carolina Fitzgerald Scrapbooks
Memorial for Soldiers Who Died at Loos Stephen Mika [Letters] Letters to RALPH about WWI
Scotty and Hobs Dr. Phage [Article] The Decline of the New Radicalism
The Candy Stripe Buses L. W. Milam [Article] Prostitution and Disability
On Eating Your Husband for Dinner Annie Dillard [Reading] The Lives of Praying Mantis's
Scrubwoman Norman Dubie [Poem] Contemporary American Poetry
[N]To be found under "New Listings"
[B]To be found under "Brief Reviews"
[G]Great Reviews of the Past
*Indicates a book that we found of especial merit

Issue #112
Mid-Late Spring 2004
Title Author Publisher Subject
The Yellow Rain[N] Julio Llamazares Harcourt Novel about the Pyrenees
The Kenyon Review:[N] Poetry, Stories, and Essays David H. Lynn, Editor Sourcebooks Poems and Essays from the Last Fifty Years of the Little Magazine
Second-Hand Souls[N] Nichita Danilov Twisted Spoon Press New Romanian Poetry
Vintage Amis Martin Amis Vintage Selections of Fiction and Journalism of Martin Amis
Vintage Nabokov Vladimir Nabokov Vintage Fiction and Criticism by Nabokov
Sarbola John Beowulf Trafford Publishing Sex in the Laboratories of Microbiologists
Tariki:[G] Embracing Despair, Discovering Peace Hirouki Itsuki Kodansha Essay on Pure Land Buddhism
Mencken's America[B] S. T. Joshi, Editor Ohio University Press Selection of Writings by Mencken on America
Bullets and Bacilli:[B] The Spanish-American War and Military Medicine Vincent J. Cirillo Rutgers University Press The Effect of the Spanish-American War on Military Sanitation and Disease Control
Pagan Time:[B] An American Childhood Micah Perks Counterpoint Growing Up in a 60s Hippy Commune
Gurus, Reynolds Price, the Idiots at RALPH, Richard E. Byrd, Gutson Borglum, and Coast to Coast by Automobile Abbie Lee, Raffoste, Mu Hansa, M. Hache, Tinyia Marie Borglum Hoff, Curt McConnell [Letters] Responses to Previous Articles in RALPH
The American People in the Great Depression:* Freedom from Fear David M. Kennedy Oxford Article and Review about the Depression, FDR, and the Current American Government
Beggar Your Closet Flann O'Brien [Reading] People Living in Closets
The Gold Coin Morris Weiss [Reading] Turn of the Century Immigrant New York City
Evangelical Schools and Scholars H. L. Mencken [Reading] The Importance of Evangelical Teaching
Scene With Blind Angels, The Angel Nichita Danilov [Poems] Contemporary Romanian Poetry
[N]To be found under "New Listings"
[B]To be found under "Brief Reviews"
[G]Great Reviews of the Past
*Indicates a book that we found of especial merit

Issue #113
Late Mid-Late Spring 2004
Title Author Publisher Subject
The Top Thirty Hits from
The Pages of RALPH
The Editors of RALPH [List] The 30 Most Visited Pages RALPH,
Arranged by Number of Daily Hits.
The Blood Steven Berbeco [Fiction] Short Story by a Contemporary American Writer
Before, During & After[B] Hal Sirowitz Soft Skull Press Contemporary Sexual Poetry
Vintage Naipaul[B] V. S. Naipaul Vintage Selections of Fiction and Non-Fiction from the Contemporary Author
The War for Righteousness:[B] Progressive Christianity, the Great War, and the Rise of the Messianic Nation Richard M. Gamble ISI History of Mainstream Religious Enthusiasm for WWI in America
The Condor and the Cows: A South American Travel Diary Christopher Isherwood Minnesota Travel Journal from South America, 1947 - 1948,
Banker to the Seal-Hunters Rockwell Kent [Reading] Life in Greenland in the 1930s
Art of the Pacific Northwest and Letter from a Rutgers University Tuke Lover Mary Elizabeth Patton, Robin [Letters] Letters in Resonse to Previous Articles in RALPH
O Lynx, my love, my lovely lynx Ezra Pound [Poem] Selection from the Pisan Cantos
Reds: McCarthyism in Twentieth-Century America Ted Morgan Random House History of American Anti-Communism
Salamina* Rockwell Kent Wesleyan University Press An American in Greenland, 1932 - 1933
[N]To be found under "New Listings"
[B]To be found under "Brief Reviews"
[G]Great Reviews of the Past
*Indicates a book that we found of especial merit

Issue #114
Very Very Early Summer 2004
Title Author Publisher Subject
Stardust Melody:[B] The Life and Music of Hoagy Carmichael Richard M. Sudhalter Oxford Biography of the American Composer
Acts of Love on Indigo Road[B] Jonis Agee Coffee House Press Contemporary Short Stories about the Middle West
Writers and their Own Words Virginia Woolf [Reading] Writers Writing about their Own Writing
Sex and Violence and the Federal Communications Commission L. W. Milam [Article] Suggestions for Solving the Problem of Sex and Violence on the Air
Vintage Ford Richard Ford Vintage Seven Short Stories
Gringos in Mexico, Richie Havens and Malignant Self-love Paul Recher, David Blatt, Sophie Annan, Karla [Letters] Letters in Resonse to Previous Articles in RALPH
Family Reunion:*[N] Poems about Parenting Grown Children Sondra Zeidenstein, Editor Chicory Blue Seventy Poems about Us and Our Children When They Grow Up
Vintage Hughes[N] Langston Hughes Vintage Poems and Essays by a Member of the Harlem Renaissance
The Mrs. Dalloway Reader[N] Virginia Woolf. Francine Prose, Editor Harcourt Introductory Essays and Full Text of Mrs. Dalloway
The Nun's Tale Antonio Muñoz Molina [Reading] Excerpt from Sepharad
Tales from Rhapsody Home:[G] Or, What They Don't Tell You About Senior Living John Gould Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill Memoirs of a Senior Citizen's Home
Sepharad Antonio Muñoz Molina Harcourt Fictional Tales from the Sephardim
Bicycles, Cars, and High Art Harvey Molotch [Reading] The Bicycle as the Beginning of the Car Culture
Where Stuff Comes From:* How Toasters, Toilets, Cars, Computers, and Many Other Things Come to Be As They Are Harvey Molotch Routledge Where Things Come from and How They Affect Our Lives
[N]To be found under "New Listings"
[B]To be found under "Brief Reviews"
[G]Great Reviews of the Past
*Indicates a book that we found of especial merit

Issue #115
Very Early Summer 2004
Title Author Publisher Subject
Hours after Her Phone Call
Harmonies for the Alienation of My Daughter
Penelope Scambly Schott
Sandra McPherson
[Poems] Poems about Parenting Grown Children
Letter to a Son I Once Knew
Sondra Zeidenstein
Carrie Alien McCray
[Poems] Poems about Parenting Grown Children
Cockroach[B] Marion Copeland Reaktion History and Current Films, Books and Studies on Cockroaches
Brilliant Intervals of Horrible Sanity:[B] One Season in a Progressive School Elizabeth Gold Tarcher/Penguin Teaching in a High School in the Ghetto of New York
Fast Times at the New Millennium Elizabeth Gold [Reading] Teaching in a High School in the Ghetto of New York
Hard Times at the It'll Do Tavern L. W. Milam [Article] Psychology and Disability
Gang-Banging, Fatty Arbuckle, Facts about Finland, Eddie Fisher, "Taffy Was A Welshman, Taffy Was a Thief" Barry Corbet, Cameron Mitchell, Harvey and Barbara Porter, Jim Rice [Letters] Correspondence about Some of Our Previous Articles and Reviews
Monstrosities: Bodies and British Romanticism Paul Youngquist Minnesota Disability, Physical Difference and Human Rights
Vintage Murakami Haruki Murakami Vintage Five Stories and Non-Fiction Pieces by Haruki Murakami
Lincoln and Whitman:[N] Parallel Lives in Civil War Washington Daniel Mark Epstein Ballantine Fiction about Lincoln and Walt Whitman in Washington, D. C.
In a German Pension[N] Katherine Mansfield Hesperus Mansfield's Earliest Short Story Collection (1911)
Guide to Global Hazards:[N] A Complete Reference Guide to the Natural Hazards that Endanger Life on Earth Robert Kovach, Bill McGuire Firefly Like it Says, a Guide to Hazards that Endanger Life on Earth
The American People in World War II* David M. Kennedy Oxford A Study of the Political, Social, and Economic Consequences of WWII
Yoga Mala:[G] The Seminal Guide to Ashtanga Yoga by the Living Master Sri K. Pattabhi Jois North Point Press Ashtanga Yoga
[N]To be found under "New Listings"
[B]To be found under "Brief Reviews"
[G]Great Reviews of the Past
*Indicates a book that we found of especial merit

Issue #116
Early Mid-Summer 2004
Title Author Publisher Subject
Women with Big Eyes* Angeles Mastretta Riverhead Portraits of Thirty-Nine Women of Puebla, Mexico
Where the Sky Began:[B] Land of the Tallgrass Prairie John Madson University of Iowa History and Development of the Great American Prairie
Home Bound:[B] Growing Up with a Disability in America Cass Irvin Temple University Autobiography of Cass Irvin
You Remind Me of Me[B] Dan Chaon Ballantine Contemporary American Fiction
The Best of Ed Zern* Ed Zern The Lyons Press Collection of Writings about Hunting and Fishing
How to Kick a Duck Ed Zern [Reading] Selection from The Best of Ed Zern
The Angel of Death Stanley Elkin [Reading] Selection from The Living End
Fleur Jaeggy, University Presses, Roaches, Brilliant Intervals of Horrible Sanity Lindsay Waters, doktor cockroach, Elizabeth Gold [Letters] Correspondence with RALPH Concerning Recent Articles and Reviews
Quitting the Nairobi Trio[G] Jim Knipfel Berkley Madness
Spirit into Matter:[N] The Photographs of Edmund Teske Julian Cox, Editor Getty Photographs and Writings of Edmund Teske
Ant[N] Charlotte Sleigh Reaktion Books A Study of Facts, Movies, Books and Myths Concerning Ants
Like the Red Panda[N] Andrea Seigel Harcourt Growing Up in America
There Wasn't any Tooth Fairy in Havana Virgil Suárez [Reading] Dental Problems in Cuba (and the United States)
The Texas Post Office Murals: Art for the People Philip Parisi Texas A&M University Press Study of 106 Murals from the WPA
[N]To be found under "New Listings"
[B]To be found under "Brief Reviews"
[G]Great Reviews of the Past
*Indicates a book that we found of especial merit

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