Issue #163
Late Mid-Summer 2007
Title Author Publisher Subject
Twenty-one Hits
The Editors of RALPH[List]Links to the Articles, Reviews,
Poems, Readings and Letters in
RALPH that Continue to Receive
The Most Monthly Hits
The Past from Above
Aerial Photographs of
Archaeological Sites
Georg Gerster
Charlotte Trümpler,
(The J. Paul Getty Museum) Two-Hundred Fifty Ancient Sites
As Photographed (and Described) from Above
The Collected Poems of
Tennessee Williams[B]
David Roessel,
Nicholas Moschovakis
(New Directions) The Occasional (and Often
Merry) Poems of the Dramatist
An Absolute
R. M. Kinder (Counterpoint) Anatomy of a Serial Killer
In Novel Form
Kenny Fries (Wisconsin) Memoirs of Growing Up
Poor, Disabled and Gay
My Brilliant Career Dr. Phage [Article] How to Survive Academic Meetings;
Basic Responsibilities of PhDs;
Dappled Things
Michael Foley (Dufour Editions) Parental (and Other) Loves
Glory in a Camel's Eye[G]
Trekking through the
Moroccan Sahara
Jeffrey Tayler (Houghton Mifflin) Forty Days and Forty Nights
By Camel Across Morocco
Spiritual Freedom
Beyond Our Appetites
Lynne M. Baab (Formatio) Many Different
Forms of Fasting Described
Ham and the Moon Jesse Lee Kercheval (University of Iowa) A Great Home-Cooked Meal
(For the Dying)
My Life In France Julia Child (Random House Audio) The French School of Cooking
(And of Living) Remembered
W. H. Fowler
Modern English Usage
"Comin' in on a Wing and a Prayer"
La Uña del Gato
Multiple Personality Disorders
Functional Auditory Hallucinations
My Bloody Life
Reymundo Sanchez
The Readers of RALPH [Letters] Correspondence with the Magazine
Concerning Previous
Reviews, Articles,
Poems, Readings,
Correspondence, and
Any of the 3,000 (or More)
Pictures, Drawings, and
That Have Appeared
Over the Past Thirteen Years
Medieval Obscenities Nicola McDonald, Editor (University of York) Some of More Lurid Passages
Drawn from the Tenth to
Fifteenth Century Poems, Church Ornaments and Official Records
The Verbover Rebbe Michael Chabon [Reading] The Head Rabbi from
The Yiddish Policemen's Union
On Retirement*
75 Poems
Robin Chapman,
Judith Strasser,
(University of Iowa) A Multitude of Poems on Ageing
Mornings on Horseback David McCullough (Recorded Books) The First Thirty or So Years
Of the Oyster Bay Republican
World-Wide Slum Growth Jeremy Harding [Reading] The Coming of
The Yiddish Policemen's Union* Michael Chabon (Harper Audio/Recorded Books) A Dark Detective Story about
"The Frozen Chosen"
[B]To be found under "Brief Reviews"
[G]Great Reviews of the Past
*Indicates a book that we found of especial merit

Issue #164
Very Early Fall 2007
Title Author Publisher Subject
Twelve Stars
The Editors of RALPH[List]Books from the First Half of
The Year that Were Our All-time Favorites
Inside Their
Remarkable World
Ellin Beltz (Firefly) Pretty Frogs and Their Progeny
The Quiet
Victor Lederer (Amadeus Press) The Life and Times of
the Romantic Composer
(with CD)
The Book
That Changed
My Life
71 Remarkable Writers Celebrate
The Books that
Matter Most to Them
Roxanne J. Coady
Joy Johannessen, Editors
(Bantam) A Compendium of
Titles that Rocked Writers' Hearts
Thoreau's Laundry* Ann Harleman (Southern Methodist University Press) Twelve Short Stories by
A Modern Master
True Grit Charles Portis
Donna Tartt, Reader
(Recorded Books) The Wry Old West
Generals Die in Bed* Charles Yale Harrison (Annick/Firefly) A WWI Novel from
1920s Canada
The Ghost Map:
The Story of London's
Most Terrifying Epidemic ---
And How it Changed Science,
Cities, and the Modern World
Steven Johnson (Riverhead) Dr. John Snow and Cholera
Horse Latitudes
Paul Muldoon (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) Jim-Jams from Princeton
Where Stuff
Comes From:[G]
How Toasters, Toilets,
Cars, Computers, and
Many Other Things
Come to Be
As They Are
Harvey Molotch (Routledge) A Strange (and Funny)
Compiliation of the
Origin of Things
Ooga-Booga[B]* Frederick Seidel (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux) Weird (and Wonderful)
Poetry from East Hampton
(And Thereabouts)
Not that You Asked[B]
Rants, Exploits, and Obsessions
Steve Almond (Random House) Essays from a Somewhat Funny Almond
Falling Man[B] Don DeLillo
John Slattery, Reader
(Recorded Books) 9/11 Through the Eyes of
A Somewhat Jaded Novelist
Sleeping in Academia
Old Texas Towns
Snakes and Earrings
The Readers of RALPH [Letters] Correspondence with the Magazine
Concerning Previous
Reviews, Articles,
Poems, Readings, and
Letters to RALPH
That Have Appeared
Over the Past Thirteen Years
Samovars and Bedlam Michael Ingall [Article] Memories of Working in
A Psychiatric
Unit in Boston.
Blue-John and Bust-Head Charles Portis [Reading] Looking for a Cowboy
Detective in Arkansas
A Century Ago
An Interlude
In the War
Charles Yale Harrison [Reading] WWI Soldiers on Billet
The South Berkeley Branch Closes Ishmael Reed [Poem] Reading from 75 Poems On Retirement
Riddle of Self-Worth Christopher Kennedy [Poem] Dinner at Six for the Cannibal
East Hampton Airport Frederick Seidel [Poem] Long Island Airport (In Verse)
[B]To be found under "Brief Reviews"
[G]Great Reviews of the Past
*Indicates a book that we found of especial merit

Issue #165
MidFall 2007
Title Author Publisher Subject
Martin Amis(Vintage) Essays and Fiction of the
Contemporary Literary Figure
Las Soldaderas:[B]
Women of the Mexican Revolution
Elena Poniatowska (Cinco Punto Press) Pictures of Women from the
Revolution: 1912 - 1920
The Secret River[B] Kate Grenville (Canongate) Novel about English Prisoners
and the Aboriginal Wars of Australia
Openwork[B] Adria Bernardi (Southern Methodist University Press) Novel about Italian
Immigrants in America
When Illness Goes Public[B]:
Celebrity Patients and
How We Look at Medicine
Barron H. Lerner (Johns Hopkins University Press) Thirteen Stories of the Famous
(and Not-So-Famous) Ill
Unknown Friends Carl Dennis (Penguin Books) Poems by the Pulitzer Prize Winner
Exit Ghost Philip Roth (Houghton Mifflin) Zuckerman Revisited
(With Diapers)
Carl Friedrich Gauss
Meets Immanuel Kant
Daniel Kehlmann [Reading] Meeting of the
Two Famous Scientists
Grass Carl Dennis [Reading] God and Lawn-Covering
(Without Fertilizer)
Measuring the World* Daniel Kehlmann (Pantheon) A Fictional Retelling
(With Gusto) of the
Life of the Scientist
Elena Pat Mora [Reading] Poem of Immigrant Women
Ram Dass
Old Texas Towns
Unforeseen Consequences of
Cataract Operations
Edgar Allen Poe
D. H. Lawrence
The Readers of RALPH [Letters] Correspondence with the Magazine
Concerning Previous
Reviews, Articles,
Poems, Readings, and
Letters to RALPH
Medieval and
Renaissance Treasures*
Paul Williamson,
Peta Motture,
(Victoria and Albert/Abrams) Works of Art from
600 A. D. - 1600 A. D.
The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper (Books on Tape) Indian (and French &
Indian War) Lore from 1826
Muni Court (and the Ants) Dr. Phage [Article] Some Thoughts on Municipal Court
Jury Service (and Intractable Insects)
Your Own, Sylvia:
A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath
Stephanie Hemphill (Knopf) Two Hundred Poems about
The Life of Sylvia Plath
Defining the World:*
The Extraordinary Story of Dr. Johnson's Dictionary
Henry Hitchings (Picador) A History of the First Real
Dictionary of the English Language
The Making of
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Henry Hitchings [Reading] The Room Described
In which Johnson Made the Dictionary
The Laws Field Guide
To the Sierra Nevada
John Muir Laws (Heyday Books) The Birds and Beasts (and
The Scat) of the High Sierras
[B]To be found under "Brief Reviews"
[G]Great Reviews of the Past
*Indicates a book that we found of especial merit

Issue #166
Late Fall 2007
Title Author Publisher Subject
Fire in the City
Girolamo Savonarola and the Struggle for
The Soul of Renaissance Florence
Lauro Martines (Oxford) The Life and Times of the
Inventor of "The Bonfire of the Vanities"
Analogue Zoe Leonard (Western Center for the Arts/ MIT Press) Stark photographs from Uganda, Cuba,
Mexico, Chicago, New York
Where Have All
The Soldiers Gone?*
The Transformation of Modern Europe
James J. Sheehan (Houghton Mifflin) How Europe Lost Its Militaristic Impulses
Mr. Sebastian and
The Negro Magician
Daniel Wallace (Recorded Books) Life and Times in an Old Circus
in the Old South, 1950s
Trespass Valerie Martin (Nan A. Talese/
A middle-class New Yorker falls in love with a Croatian (and her family)
The Canon
A Whirligig Tour of
The Beautiful Basics of Science
Natalie Angier (HighBridge Audio) A Tour through the Five Basic Sciences
The Triumph and Tragedy of
J. Robert Oppenheimer
Kai Bird
Martin J. Sherwin
(Blackstone Audio) The Life of One that Some Dubbed
"The Galileo of the 20th Century"
The Illness Narratives[G]
Suffering, Healing, and
The Human Condition
Arthur Kleinman (Basic)
A Doctor, Working with "Incurables,"
Describes His Feelings
Sex Texts from
The Bible*[B]
Selections Annotated and Explained
Teresa J. Hornsby (SkyLight Paths) One of the Faithful Explains the Why of
Certain Scandalous Parts of The Bible
The Last Voyage Of Columbus[B] Martin Dugard (Recorded Books) The Fourth (and Last)
(And Perhaps the Worst)
Of the Navigator's Trips
Ambers Aglow:[B]
An Anthology of
Contemporary Polish
Women's Poetry
Regina Grol,
(Host Publications) Twenty-Nine Poets and
Two Hundred Poems
From Modern Poland
What Happens to Review Copies
of Books Sent to RALPH?
Also: H. L. Mencken
Wislawa Szymborska
Claude Debussy
The Dew-Line
Wall Street and
Ads in RALPH
The Readers of RALPH [Letters] Correspondence with the Magazine
Concerning Previous
Reviews, Articles,
Poems, Readings, and
Letters to RALPH
The Dew-Line Bears Paul Nickel [Article] Should We Fret about
The Polar Bears?
Comme Les Autres Jon Gallant [Article] Growing Up with
"A Downser" Child
Filming in Africa Alexander Kluge [Reading] The Revolution
(DVDs over Film)
Friesenhahn's Act Alexander Kluge [Reading] A Circus Act
(Complete with Hyenas)
A Gypsy Child Salomea Kapuscinska [Poetry] Contemporary Polish Poetry
The Touch and The Taste Urszula M. Benka [Poetry] Contemporary Polish Poetry
Advice for Her
Who Was Named
A Woman
Julia Hartwig [Poetry] Contemporary Polish Poetry
[B]To be found under "Brief Reviews"
[G]Great Reviews of the Past
*Indicates a book that we found of especial merit

Issue #167
Very Early Winter 2007
Title Author Publisher Subject
Afghanistan Paul Clammer (Lonely Planet) How to Get into,
Around (and Out of)
this Treasured Travel-Spot
Beethoven's Oeuvre Dr.Phage [Article] Thoughts on Available
Recordings of the Master
Beethoven: The Universal Composer Edmund Morris (Recorded Books) A Concise (and Entertaining)
Biography of the Composer
Chopin:[B] A Listener's Guide to
The Master of the Piano
Victor Lederer (Amadeus Press) A Biography (with CD*)
of the Romantic Master
Beowulf:*[B] A New
Verse Translation
Seamus Heaney (Recorded Books) Life and Good Times in
10th Century Mead Halls
Gentlemen of
The Road[B]
Michael Chabon (Random House Audio) Other 10th Century Antic Vagabondages
The Coldest Winter:
A Stringer in
Liberated Europe
Paula Fox (Picador) Memories of London, Paris,
and Warsaw --- 1946 - 1947
The Dew-Line Bears
The Field Guide to
the Sierra Nevada
Mark O'Brien and
Hitler and Syphilis
Sylvia Plath
Contact with the Deceased
(Stepwise Technique)
The Readers of RALPH [Letters] Correspondence with the Magazine
Concerning Previous
Reviews, Articles,
Poems, Readings, and
Letters to RALPH
Inventing Los Alamos:
The Growth of
An Atomic Community
Jon Hunner (Oklahoma) The Creation, Life, and Old Age
of a Very Special City
Leopoldo Méndez:*
Revolutionary Art and
The Mexican Print
Deborah Caplow (University of Texas Press) A Luxurious History of
One of the Supreme
Artists of 20th Century Mexico
Molvanîa[G] Santo Cilauro, et. al. Overlook Press A Strange Travel-Guide to a
Very Strange Country
The New Earth from Above:
365 Days
Yann Arthus-Bertrand (Abrams) A Stupendous and Gorgeous
Day-by-Day Overview
of the World
A Society Marching
to Its Certain Ruin
Barbara Tuchman [Reading] The Edwardian Age
Seen in Self-Destruct
Who Beats Your Heart? L. W. Milam [Article] What to Do When
They Stick a Pacemaker
in Your Chest
Ticket to Exile:
A Memoir
Adam David Miller (Heyday Books) A Soulful Memoir of
Growing Up Black
in South Carolina
The Birth of the
Unknown Soldier
James J. Sheehan [Reading] Western Nations Learning
How to Commemorate
the Millions Who Died in Battle
The Year of
The Fog
Michelle Richmond (Blackstone) A Novel about
a Missing Child
[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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