Issue #228
Late Summer 2012
TitleAuthor Publisher Subject
Black Elephants
Karol Nielsen
The RALPH Folio
Who the Hell Is This Dude
Letters We Never Finished Reading
Gold Mining Farm
The Readers of RALPH[Letters] Correspondence with the Magazine
Concerning Previous
Reviews, Articles,
Poems, Readings, and
Letters to RALPH
Twelve Great Readings The Editors of RALPH [List]A Dozen of Our Best Readings Drawn from
The Pages of the Books We Are Reviewing
A Natural and Unnatural History
Florence Williams (Norton) A Study of Things Mammalian
Along with Warnings of
The Chemical Poisoning of Mothers
and their Suckling Infants
The Car Thief Theodore Weesner (Astor + Blue) A Reality Novel of a Boy
Who Just Cannot Stop Steallng Cars
Life Everlasting
The Animal Way of Death
Bernd Heinrich(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) A Man Obsessed by Death in Animals
And How It Provides Food
For All the Others
Fifty Shades of Grey:
Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
James, E L
[Erika Leonard]
(Vintage) The Usual Coitus with a
Heady Mix of Interruptus B&D
A Visit to a
Geezer Jail
Dr. Phage [Article] Being Lost in Happy Acres
With an Old (and Demented) Friend
To Capture the Sun
Gold of Ancient Panama
Carol Haralson (Gilcrease Museum) A Study of the Golden Figurines
of 16th Century Central America
Heaven: A Definition Erik Campbell [Poem] Heaven as Just Another Bad Argument
The Patagonian Hare*
A Memoir
Claude Lanzmann (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) The Life Story of One of the Original
French Intellectuals of Post-War Paris
The Majesty of Mobile Jim Fraiser (Pelican) The Victorian Architecture of
A Glorious Forgotten American City
Peterson: Field Guide to Moths
Of Northeastern America
David Beadle
Seabrooke Leckie
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) 1,500 Important Mid-Western Moths
Pictured and Described
Teenie Harris Photographer
Image, Memory, History
Cheryl Finley, et. al (University of Pittsburgh Press) A Small Collection from over 73,000 Pictures
from this Black Pioneering Pitsburgh Photographer
Treblinka I & II Claude Lanzmann [Readings] On Visiting This
Polish Village in 1985

Issue #229
Early Fall 2012
Title Author Publisher Subject
Samuel Johnson's Psoriasis
Prisoners of War in Borneo
Lay and Lie
The Flat Tax
Cocaine and Freud
The Readers of RALPH [Letters] Correspondence with the Magazine
Concerning Previous
Reviews, Articles,
Poems, Readings, and
Letters to RALPH
Ten Testy Reviews The Editors of RALPH [List] Ten of Our Most Bilious Reviews
and Equally Bilious Responses
Change Your Life Not Your Wife
Marriage Saving Advice for Success Driven People
Tony Ferretti, PH. D.,
Peter J. Weiss, M. D.
(Heathrow)Lots of Advice for Married Couples
Whose Married Life is Drifting Away
And Other Stories
Daniel Orozco(Faber & Faber)Several Short Stories Whose Focus
May Be Those Around Us Who We Never See
Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes Martha Long (Seven Stories)Life in the Slums in Dublin
With a Wicked Step-Father
Publish Like the Pros
A Brief Guide to Quality Self-Publishing
Michele DeFilippo (Cadence Group)Some Advice on Publishing
Your Own Book
American Boy A Novel Larry Watson (Milkweed)Growing Up in the Mid-West and
Finding Love (No Matter How Demented)
Married at Fourteen
A True Story
Lucille Lang Day (Heyday)Married at Fourteen
Divorced at Sixteen
Pacific Standard Time
Los Angeles Art: 1945 - 1980
Rebecca Peabody et al (Getty Research Institute) An Attempt to Squish All L.A. Art
Into a Fairly Tiny Thirty-Five Years
Hard Times* Charles Dickens
Anton Lesser, Reader
(Naxos Audiobooks)Dickens' Great 1850's Labor Novel
The Volcano Adventure Guide[G] Rosaly Lopes (Cambridge University)How to Love
Your Neighboring Eruption
No ExitMike Erwin[Article]On Getting Trapped in
Your Local Nursing Home
The Revelation in The Dining RoomCharles Dickens[Reading]A Man's Lies
Suddenly Revealed to All
The Exploding WhaleBernd Heinrich [Reading]What Happens When the Behemoths
Die on Your Beach, Fill with Gas
On Beauty
Mercer Street
James Longenbach[Poem]Painting Easter Eggs With Your Daughter
Living Next Door to Einstein

Issue #230
Mid-Fall 2012
Title Author Publisher Subject
The Noisiest Book Review in
The Known World
Our Review of
Hitchens' Mortality
Samuel Johnson and Psoriasis
This Business is Secret
The Readers of RALPH [Letters] Correspondence with the Magazine
Concerning Previous
Reviews, Articles,
Poems, Readings, and
Letters to RALPH
Twelve Great Poems The Editors of RALPH[List] Twelve of the Most Lovely Poems
From Our First 18 Years
Human Anatomy*
A Visual History from
The Renaissance to
The Digital Age
Benjamin A. Rifkin
Michael J. Ackerman
Judith Folkenberg
(Abrams)Illustrations of the Bones of
The Body from the Last 500 Years
The Better End
Surviving (and Dying) on
Your Own Terms in
Today's Modern Medical World
Dan Morhaim (Johns Hopkins) Suggestions to Help You to
Die the Way You Want
Not Those Others
It's Fine by Me
A Novel
Per Petterson(Graywolf Press)Growing Up Bitter
And Yet Surviving
The Night They Pinched My PokeL. W. Milam[Article]Getting Robbed at 1 a.m.
In Your Own Home
Me, Who Dove into
The Heart of the World*
Sabina Berman(Henry Holt)Growing Up Autistic
And Finally Succeeding
MortalityChristopher Hitchens(Twelve)The Last Days of
The Master Trouble-Maker
Two Poems Ellen Bryant Voigt[Poetry]Poems about Love and Marriage
One NightQuim Monzó[Reading]The Prince and the Girl Sleeping
Summer of Hate Chris Kraus (Semiotext(e))A Sensible Woman
(And a Very Boring Love)
A Graphic History of
The First Atomic Bomb
Jonathan Fetter-Vorm(Hill & Wang)The Bomb --- but in Graphic (Very Graphic) Form

Issue #231
Late Fall 2012
Title Author Publisher Subject
Carol Ann Duffy
Spark in My Heart
Crick Levels
Kufic Stone-Inscriptions
The Readers of RALPH [Letters] Correspondence with the Magazine
Concerning Previous
Reviews, Articles,
Poems, Readings, and
Letters to RALPH
Twelve Great Novels The Editors of RALPH [List] Twelve Great and Rare Novels
Drawn frm Our First Eighteen Years
Of Reviews
Seekers and Travellers
Contemporary Art of the Pacific
Northwest Coast
Gary Wyatt (University of Washington Press)Paintings, Drawings and Engravings
From Thirty Young Artists
Of the Vancouver Area
Rapture Carol Ann Duffy (Faber & Faber)Fifty or So Contemporary Poems
From the Present Poet Laureate of England
A Memoir
Katherine McCord (Telling Our Stories Press) Several Dozen Intense Ovbservations
About Raising Kids,
Beaing Married, and
Worrying about the CIA
Hidden America*
From Coal Miners to Cowbys,
An Extraordinary Exploration of
The Unseen People Who Make
This Country Work
Jeanne Marie Laskas (Putnam) An Irreverent Look at
Several Institutions ---
Garbage, Coal, Immigrant Labor, et al ---
That Keep America Afloat
Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah Patricia Smith (Coffee House Press) Over Fifty Poems about
Growing Up Poor
In Poorest Chicago
Kind One
A Novel
Laird Hunt (Coffee House Press) America in Pre-Civil War Years
By One Who Was a Slave-Holder
And, at the Same Time, a Slave
Chameleons Chris Mattison
Nick Garbutt
(Firefly) A Lovely and Colorful
Exploration of the Delicate
Designs of the Chameleon Family
Hotels, Hospitals, and Jails
A Memoir
Anthony Swofford (Twelve) A Fairly Obnoxious Account
Of the Family Drama of
A Drunk and His Obnoxious Son
The Voice of The Poet: Howl Allen Ginsberg (Random House Audio) The Famous Poem
As Read by the Auhor
My Brilliant Career Dr. Page[Article] The Importance of Sleep Deprivation
In Important University Science Departments
We Need Two Suns Katherine McCord [Reading] The Best Way
To Avoid Having to Sleep
The Rolls-Royce Of Landfills Jeanne Marie Laskas [Reading] A View of One of the Best
Landfill/Dumps in the Whole World
Thief of Tongues Patricia Smith [Poem] Going to a Speech Clinic
To Learn to Stop Talking Southern

Issue #232
Early Winter 2012 - 2013
18th Anniversary Issue
Title Author Publisher Subject
More about Carol Ann Duffy
Deborah M. Gordon and Ants
The Readers of RALPH [Letters] Correspondence with the Magazine
Concerning Previous
Reviews, Articles,
Poems, Readings, and
Letters to RALPH
In Flanders Fields
The 1917 Campaign
Leon Wolff (Viking Press) WWI Revisited
To A Former Mistress,
Now Dead
John Updike[Poem] An Old Love Remembered
Wind & Sand Lyanne Wescott (Eastern Acorn Press) Orville and Wilbur Wright in North Carolina
Rats Lice and HistoryHans Zinsser[Reading] The Lowly Louse Remembered
The River Merchant's Wife:
A Letter
Riyuku, Trans. E. Pound [Poem] One of Pound's Early Translations from the Chinese
A Piece of Meat on a Yellow Tray Lawrence Shainberg [Reading] Thoughts on Neurosurgery
The Lamed-Vovnik Andre Schwarz-Bart [Reading] The Holy Men Described
Another Stinky Dog Story R. P. Warren [Reading] A Dog in Need of Some Certs
The Notebooks
Andre Malraux [Reading]Some Writings from the
Existentialist Master
The Meaning of Life The Mahabarata [Reading] Sixteen Paradoxes
Death Fugue Paul Celan[Poem] "Black milk of daybreak we drink it at sundown"
Don't Tread on Me The Selected Letters
of S. J. Perelman
(Viking) Letters from the Master
The Odor of Death Abraham Verghese [Reading] The Various Manifestations of Dying
The Ghost Writer Philip Roth [Reading] How to Write
Hurricanes, Slaves, and Gold David E. Fisher [Reading} Columbus and Slaves
Mother Tongue Bill Bryson [Reading] English & How It Got That Way
The Battle At Little Bull Run T. F. Bierly [Poem] The Civil War and Family Love
Glaucoma David Wojahn [Poem] Vision and Touch
Kicking Doors Richard Wright [Reading] Peace and the Very Religious Family
Ambivalent Zen Lawrence Shainberg [Reading] The Paradox of Zen
His father rebukes him again
And also pleads a little
Amos Oz [Reading] The Same Sea
Most of Me
Surviving My Medical Meltdown
Robyn Michele Levy (Greystone) Getting Parkinson's and Cancer at the Same Time
The Lighthouse Road Peter Geye (Unbridled)Odd Falls in Love with
His Almost Mother
Dog Eat Dog Niq Mhlongo (Ohio University Press) A Sordid Tale out of
Post-Apartheid South Africa
My Last Sigh[G] Luis Buñuel(University of Minnesota Press) Life Story of the Great Film Director

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