Issue #176
Early Late Summer 2008
Title Author Publisher Subject
Varieties of Liberalism in Central America
Nation-States as Works in Progress
Forrest D. Colburn
Arturo Cruz S.
(University of Texas) Economics and Politics in
Five Central American Countries
Away* Amy Bloom (HighBridge Audio) The On-the-Road Adventures of Lillian Leyb
Refugee from 1920's Turov
500 Butterflies[B]
From Around the World
Ken Preston-Mafham (Firefly) 512 Butterflies
Explained and Pictured
Gulf Music[B]
Robert Pinsky (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) Poetry from the Contemporary
American Worry-Wart
The Nuremberg Legacy[B]
How the Nazi War Crimes Trials
Changed the Course of History
Norbert Ehrenfreund (Palgrave) A Participant in the 1946
Trials Views the Implications
A Journey
Through Grief
Ann Hood (Norton) On the Death of the
Five-Year-Old Grace Hood
Illness and Devotion Manoel de Barros [Poetry] New Poems from Brazil
The Last Barrier[G]
A Journey into the Essence
of Sufi Teaching
Reshad Feild (Lindisfarne Books) The Tortured Path of
Suffering for the Sufi Divine
Living Everyday Zen* Charlotte Joko Beck (Sounds True Disks) Thoughts from the San Diego Zen Master
Bonfire of the Vanities
Finding Work in China
Distance, Age and Color
The Readers of RALPH [Letters] Correspondence with the Magazine
Concerning Previous
Reviews, Articles,
Poems, Readings, and
Letters to RALPH
Choosing to Love the World Thomas Merton (Sounds True) 150 Thoughts on Holiness and Surviving
(And Surviving Holiness)
The Death of Thomas Merton John Howard Griffin [Reading] A Report on the Tragedy
from a Close Friend
More Harm Than Good
What Your Doctor May Not
Tell You about Common Treatments and Procedures
Alan Zelicoff, M.D.
Michael Bellomo
(Amacom) Various Medical Procedures One
Can and Should Avoid
What I Was Meg Rosoff (Viking) Adventures of the Rich and Poor
at an English Public School
[B]To be found under "Brief Reviews"
[G]Great Reviews of the Past
*Indicates a book that we found of especial merit

Issue #177
Very Late Mid-Summer 2008
Title Author Publisher Subject
Penguins of the World Wayne Lynch (Firefly) Penguins and the South Pole and
Apsley Cherry-Garrard
Art from Fort Marion
The Silberman Collection
Joyce M. Szabo (University of Oklahoma) American Indian Art (1874 - 1876)
from a Florida Prison
The Art of Ornithology
Jonathan Elphick (Rizzoli International) More than 200 Representations
of Birds from 1492
to the Present
Buildings for Tomorrow
Architecture that Changed Our World
Paul Cattermole (Overlook) 200 Examples of Modern Architecture
Landscapes of Slavery
The Plantation in American Art
Angela D. Mack
Stephen G. Hoffius, Editors
(University of South Carolina Seven Essays and a Hundred Drawings
and Illustrations of Plantation Life
E. O. Hoppé's Amerika*
Modernist Photographs
From the 1920's
Phillip Prodger, Editor (Norton) Pictures from America from
Eighty Years Ago
A Texas Journey
The Centennial Photographs of Polly Smith
Evelyn Barker,
(Dallas Historical Society) Happy Photographs from 1930s Depression Texas
Bodies and British Romanticism
Paul Youngquist (Minnesota) The "Proper Body" vs. the "Monsters"
Baghdad Mon Amour[B]
Selected Writings
Salah al Hamdani
Sonia Alland, Translator
(Curbstone) Poems and Essays from the Front
Tree Barking[B]
A Memoir
Nesta Rovina (Baytree) Thirty Essays on Being a "Helper"
Indignation[B] Philip Roth (Houghton Mifflin) A Chronicle of Newark (and Ohio)
Cataract Operations
That Go Bad
Ta Moko
Prince von Metternich
Subagh Singh Khalsa
Paid Reviews
Lucien Hervéé
The Readers of RALPH [Letters] Correspondence with the Magazine
Concerning Previous
Reviews, Articles,
Poems, Readings, and
Letters to RALPH
The Gravesend Trust Dr. Phage [Article] Investing in Grave Sites for Fun and Profit
Ten of Our Most Popular Readings The Editors of RALPH [Readings] A Selection of Belles Letres
from the Last 14 Years
Feldwebel Zorn's Motorcycle Senaden Musabegovic [Poem] Modern Poetry from Bosnia
Secret Agent Tonnus Oosterhof [Poem] Modern Poetry from Holland
Should You Wish to Stay Sharif S. Elmusa [Poem] Modern Poetry from the Middle East
[B]To be found under "Brief Reviews"
[G]Great Reviews of the Past
*Indicates a book that we found of especial merit

Issue #178
Very Early Late Summer 2008
Title Author Publisher Subject
The Model T
A Centennial History
Robert Casey (Johns Hopkins) The Origins of the "Flivver"
Japanese Women Poets:
An Anthology
Hiroaki Sato (M. E. Sharpe) 100 Poets from Ancient and Modern Japan
American Creation*
Triumphs and Tragedies at
The Founding of the Republic
Joseph J. Ellis (Random House Audio) Six Key Events in the Founding of the United States
Notes from Nethers:*
Growing Up in a Sixties Commune
Sandra Eugster (Academy Chicago) Ten Painful Years in a Hippy "Farm"
Wartime Writings
1943 - 1949
Marguerite Duras (New Press) Autobiographical Bits and
Unfinished Manuscripts of the Author of The Lover
Warm Springs
Traces of a Childhood
In FDR's Polio Heaven
Susan Richards Shreve (Mariner/Houghton Mifflin) Going through Rehabilitation at
Roosevelt's Foundation in Georgia
The Diving Pool* Yoko Ogawa (Picador) Three Spooky Stories from Japan
Three Musketeers Marcelo Birmajer (The Toby Press) Memoirs of "Los Desaparecidos"
in Comic Novelistic Form
Yoga Mala:[G]
The Seminal Guide to
Ashtanga Yoga by
The Living Master
Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (North Point Press) Tales of Fasting
(and No-Nonsense)
from a Yogi
The Young Man
From Savoy[B]
Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz (Host) An Existentialist French Novel
from the Pre-War Period
The House of Widows[B] Askold Melnyczuk (Graywolf Press) An American Innocent in Europe
The Mirror in the Well[B] Micheline Aharonian Marcom (Dalkey Archive) Passion in the Carpenter's Shop
The Magical Campus[B]
University of North Carolina Writings ---
1917 - 1920
Thomas Wolfe
Matthew J. Bruccoli,
Aldo P. Magi,
(University of South Carolina) All Too Early Works of the American Novelist
Cancer and Dogs
Writings by Letter-Carriers
W. H. Fowler
Photos of the Dalai Lama
My Bloody Life
The Banner Joint
The Readers of RALPH [Letters] Correspondence with the Magazine
Concerning Previous
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Poems, Readings, and
Letters to RALPH
A Coney Island
Of the Mind:
50th Anniversary Edition
Lawrence Ferlinghetti (New Directions) Famous Early Poems by
A Famous Beat
The Military Band Roger Vercel [Reading] Being in the Wrong War at
The Wrong Time
Curds & Whey Sandra Eugster [Reading] Cooking for the Army
In a Commune
The Kayak Disaster Sherry Simpson [Reading] Being in the Wrong Kayak
At the Wrong Season
In Alaska
Late-Winter Species
Era of the Homeless Indoors
Rob Cook [Poetry] American Existential Poetry

Issue #179
Late Early Fall 2008
Title Author Publisher Subject
Eighteen Hits
The Editors of RALPH [List] Our Editor's Choose the Best
Books of the First Half of 2008
Of Kids & Parents* Emil Hakl
Marek Tomin, Translator
(Twisted Spoon Press) Father and Son Walking and
Reminiscing on the Streets of Prague
The Carver and the Artist
Maori Art in
The Twentieth Century
Damian Skinner (Auckland University Press) A Hundred Plates, with Commentary,
of Contemporary Indigenous Art
The Soul Thief Charles Baxter (Pantheon) A Novel about a Novel
About a Novel
One More Year Sana Krasikov (Spiegel & Grau) Eight Short Stories about
The World between
Tbilisi and New York
Eat, Pray, Love Elizabeth Gilbert (Viking) Eating, Praying and Loving
Here and Abroad
All Squashed into a Single Year
Talking out of School
Memoir of an Educated Woman
Kass Fleisher (Dalkey Archive) A Horror Story of Growing up
in Pennsylvania (and Trying to
Reform Educational Bureaucracy)
The Animal That
Therefore I Am
Jacques Derrida (Fordham University Press) The Philosopher Wondering about
Being Naked in Front of His Cat
Long Way Back to
The River Kwai [G]
Memories of World War II
Loet Velmans (Arcade) Five Years in Japanese
Concentration Camps
Ten Interviews The Editors of RALPH [List] The Best of Interviews from
The Previous Fourteen Years of Our Magazine
Insensitive Reviews
RALPH to Receive $10,000,000
America's Child
Bare Hope Love
The Readers of RALPH [Letters] Correspondence with the Magazine
Concerning Previous
Reviews, Articles,
Poems, Readings, and
Letters to RALPH
Wordolatry Jon Gallant [Article] How the Far Left
Gets Ensnared in
Its Own Words
Beautiful Summer
In New Jersey
B. W. McClellan [Article] Three Months in a Torture
Camp for Children
Human Goulash Emil Hakl [Reading] Cooking Up Supper
(With Real Meat)
To Meet Your Own Son Emil Hakl [Reading] Twenty Years after His Being Born
Tuareg Philip Rush [Poem] Going off to Join the Tuaregs
(And Their Nose-Flutes)
litany Carolyn Creedon [Poem] Love in a Café

Issue #180
Mid-Fall 2008
Title Author Publisher Subject
Fifteen Classics
The Editors of RALPH [List] The Best of Classic Literature:
New Editions, and New Discs and Tapes
How Having Breast Cancer
Can Be Really Distracting
Meredith Norton (Viking) Surviving the Double Whammy of
Breast Cancer (at Age 33)
Martinique --- Snake Charmer
Martinique ---
Charmeuse de Serpents
André Breton
(University of Texas Press) The Famed Surrealist on
His Escape from Vichy France
A Woman's Work
With Gurdjieff, Ramana Maharshi,
Krishnamurti, Anandamaya Ma & Pak Subuh:
Mary Ellen Korman (Arete) The Spiritual Life Journey of Ethel Merston
The Love of
Impermanent Things:*
A Threshold Ecology
Mary Rose O'Reilley (Milkweed) Taking Care of Animals,
Husbands, and the World as a
Sometimes Working Saint
Robert Olen Butler (Chronicle Books) Both Sides of the Nighttimes of
The Greats of History and Romance
My Ántonia Willa Cather (Blackstone Audio) The Classic of Nebraska
Farm Life in the 1880s
Kevin McFadden (University of Georgia Press) Jesuitical Prose (and Poems)
On Roads, Travel, and U. S. Names
The Irregulars:
Roald Dahl and
The British Spy Ring
In Wartime Washington
Jennet Conant (HighBridge Audio) The English Spying on America
During WWII
A Doll's House[G] Henrik Ibsen (Ivan R. Dee) The Classic of a Woman
Trapped in Her Own Home
(By Herself)
A Reading List
Disability, Deafness and
Philip Roth
Down Syndrome & Charles De Gaulle
Robert Daley & The Enemy of God
The Readers of RALPH [Letters] Correspondence with the Magazine
Concerning Previous
Reviews, Articles,
Poems, Readings, and
Letters to RALPH
Just Another Hurricane
Memories from 1945
L. W. Milam [Article] Survival of Childhood Cyclones
Dear President Bush William "Willie" Carstairs [Letter] A Plea to Help
the Poor of the Nation
The Uses of
Rubber Bands, or
"Var Är Min Paraply"
Dr. Phage Great Article
From the Past
Old Age and Learning Swedish
The Grandmothers in
My Hebrew Class
Gregory Levey [Reading] Several Very Old Ladies
Learning the Language of Love
After the
Meredith Norton [Reading] Being Cared for in the Hospital
(By a Husband and Three
The Death of
A Mother
Mary Rose O'Reilley [Reading] The Art of Learning to
Forgive Mother
The Book of The Eton Cow
The Lonely Planet Visits the Dead
Fiona Farrell [Poetry] Two Poems Based on
Early Irish Manuscripts
E-Mail You C. A. Amantea [Poem] Old Age and
New Technology
[G]Great Reviews of the Past
*Indicates a book that we found of especial merit

Issue #181
Early Late Fall 2008
Title Author Publisher Subject
Twelve on Wall Street
The Editors of RALPH [List] Classic Articles, Reviews, and
Readings on Investing
Human Rights in
African Prisons
Jeremy Sarkin, Editor (Ohio University Press) Ten Essays on the Past and Present State of
The African Penal System
Fruitless Fall
The Collapse of the Honey Bee and
The Coming Agricultural Crises
Rowan Jacobsen (Bloomsbury) What is CCD Syndrome?
Where It Came From
Where It Is Taking us
Unpacking the Boxes
A Memoir of a
Life in Poetry
Donald Hall (Houghton Mifflin) Yet Another Autobiography
From the Famous Poet
The Eden Express[G]
A Memoir of Insanity
Mark Vonnegut (Seven Stories) A Memorable Autobiography of the Son
Of the Writer (While Hippie)
Mongrels, Bastards,
Orphans, and Vagabonds*
Mexican Immigration and
The Future of Race in America
Gregory Rodriguez (Vintage) Five Centuries of Racial Love
(And Fear) in and between the U. S. and Mexico
Taxi Drivers
Katryn Simmonds [Poems] Two Poems from Wales
Spam and Literature
Virtual If Not Viral
Advertising on RALPH
The Enemy of God
Robert Daley
Reymundo Sanchez
The Readers of RALPH [Letters] Correspondence with the Magazine
Concerning Previous
Reviews, Articles,
Poems, Readings, and
Letters to RALPH
The Louisiana Purchase Joseph J. Ellis [Reading] How Thomas Jefferson Broke His Oath of President
Music in the
Middle Ages
A Reference Guide
Suzanne Lord (Greenwood Press) A Recounting of the Music in Europe
During the Dark Ages
Out on Our Assets Dr. Phage [Article] How Your Will Be Allowed to Visit
Your Assets after the Meltdown
Twenty Fragments of
A Ravenous Youth
A Novel
Xiaolu Guo (Nan Talese/
Adventures of a Young Lady
Eating Her Way Through
Present-Day Beijing
Jean-Paul Sartre
Simone de Bouvier
Robert Butler [Reading] The Innermost Thoughts of
The Famous Couple
(While Mating)
I Want to Take You Higher
The Life and Times of
Sly and the Family Stone
Jeff Kaliss (Backbeat Books) The Adventures of Sylvester Stewart
Since the 1970s
Out Stealing Horses* Pers Petterson (Graywolf Press) Growing Up (and Living in)
The Woods on the Swedish-Norwegian Border
Wallace Stegner's West Page Stegner, Editor (Heyday/Santa Clara University) Fiction and Non-Fiction from the Pulitzer Prize Winner
Casualty Figures
How Five Men Survived
The First World War
Michèle Barrett (Verso) Five Personal Accounts of
Those Who Lived Through
World War One
[G]Great Reviews of the Past
*Indicates a book that we found of especial merit

Issue #182
Very Early Winter 2008
Title Author Publisher Subject
Fifteen Years, Fifteen Hits
The Editors of RALPH [List] Favored Reviews, Articles, Readings and
Poems from the First Fifteen
Years of RALPH
The Murder of Nikolai Vavilov Peter Pringle (Simon & Schuster) One of the early greats of microbiology
felled because of political disfavor in
the Soviet Union
50 Photographers You Should Know* Peter Stephan,
John Gabriel, Text Translator
(Prestel) The History of Photography
in Simple Yet Honorable Scale
Serpent's Tale Ariana Franklin (Books on Tape) A Tale of Medieval Blood-Lust
and Historical Mayhem
The Logic of Life
The Rational Economics of an Irrational World
Tim Harford
John Lee, Reader
(Books on Tape) The Politics (and Power) of
Econimoc Determinism
Fifty-Eight Days in
the Cajundome Shelter
Ann B. Dobie (Pelican) The Survivors of Rita and Katrina
Under Guard
Talking Taíno
Caribbean Natural History
from a Native Perspective
William F. Keegan
Lisabeth A. Carlson
(University of Alabama) The Original Language of the
Original Inhabitants of the American Caribbean
Steward of Song Adam Stemple (Tor) A Gay Detective and a Killer
of Her Grandmother (In Scotland)
Sex Talks to Girls*
A Memoir
Maureen Seaton (University of Wisconsin) She Was a Drunk
(Married to a Rich Drunk)
(Then She Went Gay)
Scheisshaus Luck*
Surviving the Unspeakable
in Auschwitz and Dora
Pierre Berg (Amacom) Eighteen Years Old and
Eighteen Months in
Art and History from
1868 to Today
Moraima Clavijo Colon (Curator)
Nathalie Bondit (Director)
(The Montreal Museum
of Fine Arts/
One Hundred Fifty Years of Fine Art in Cuba
The Lost King of France[G]
Revolution, Revenge, and the Search for Louis XVII
Deborah Cadbury (Fourth Estate) A Strange Account of the
Beginnings of the
French Revolution
Managing Your Assets In Troubled Times
Rev. Larry Parks
Shipping Parts
Reymundo Sanchez
My Bloody Life
The Readers of RALPH [Letters] Correspondence with the Magazine
Concerning Previous
Reviews, Articles,
Poems, Readings, and
Letters to RALPH
Twenty-Seven Great
Books on Disability
L. W. Milam [List] The Best of Handicapped Literature
The Eyes of The City:
Jane Jacobs
Tim Harford [Reading] What the Eyes of the City
Cannot Protect Us From
American Sugar
Tim Harford [Reading] Thirty-three Sugar Refiners
Running Our Trade and Subsidy Policies
Pangur Bán
My Cat
Anon [Poem] Eighth Century Poem of Cat-Love
Fly in a Hospital
The Bearded Lady and The Mannequin
Paul Graves [Poems] Two from Wales
[G]Great Reviews of the Past
*Indicates a book that we found of especial merit

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