Issue #168
www.ralphmag.org/ET/indexET.html
Mid-Winter 2007 - 2008
Title Author Publisher Subject
American Skin Ken Bruen (Kate's Mystery Books/
Justin, Charles & Co.)
Yet Another Tale of American Mayhem
Tibetan Cooking[B]
Recipes for Daily Living,
Celebration and Ceremony
Elizabeth Esther Kelly (Snow Lion) Food (and Caring) for Dignitaries and
Friends in the Tibetan Style
The Power of Flies[B] Lydie Salvayre (Dalkey Archive) Story of a Man
Obsessed with Blaise Pascal
Hypnotherapy, Schizophrenia and
Drinking a Glass of Water
Jay Haley [Interview] Thoughts of One of the Originators of
the Concept of Family Therapy (and "The Double Bind")
Starting Out in the Evening Brian Morton (Harcourt) A Novel about a Forgotten Novelist
The Airmen and the Headhunters
A True Story of Lost Soldiers, Heroic Tribesmen
and theUnlikeliest Rescue of World War II
Judith M. Heimann (Harcourt) Seven Airmen Lost for Six Months in Borneo, 1944
Korean Love Poems[G] Tom Crawford [Poetry] Ginkgo Trees and Love in Kwangju
The Seder
The New RALPH
(Without the Name)
Sexy Haiku
Robin D. Gill
The Readers of RALPH [Letters] Correspondence with the Magazine
Concerning Previous
Reviews, Articles,
Poems, Readings, and
Letters to RALPH
It's "Nudnick," Not "Noodnick" S. J. Perelman [Interview] Back-and-Forth with the Curmudgeon of
20th Century America
A Poem of Hope P. J. Weise [Poem] Contemporary American Poetry
Contemporary Russian Poetry:
An Anthology
Evgeny Bunimovich
J. Kates, Editors
(Dalkey Archive) Works of Fourty-Four Poets from
the Last Half of the 20th Century
Saraminda* José Sarney (Aliform Publishing) A Lusty Novel from
the Gold-Fields of South America
Isaac Bashevis Singer and
The Lower East Side[G]
Bruce Davidson, Photographer (Mead Art Museum/
University of Wisconsin)
One of Singer's Great Stories
Accompanied by Fifty Photographs
The Woman Sandzar Yanyshev [Poem] Contemporary Russian Poem
Woodward and Bernstein
Life in the Shadow of Watergate
Alicia C. Shepard (Wiley) Scandal (or Lack of It)
In the Lives of the Washington Post Duo
[B]To be found under "Brief Reviews"
[G]Great Reviews of the Past
*Indicates a book that we found of especial merit


Issue #169
www.ralphmag.org/EU/indexEU.html
Late Winter 2007 - 2008
Title Author Publisher Subject
The 3rd Ave. El. Dr. Phage [Article] A Visit to the Late Great New York City Transportation System
Telephone Ringing in the Labyrinth
Poems 2004 - 2006
Adrienne Rich (Norton) Contemporary American Poetry
After the Fall*
Poems Old and New
Edward Field (University of Pittsburgh Press) Words from an Old East Coast Bohemian
Ten Poems to Change
Your Life Again & Again[B]
Roger Housden (Harmony Books) Another Series of Poems with Commentary
Romance in the Ivory Tower[B]
The Rights and Liberty of Conscience
Paul R. Abramson (The MIT Press) Professor-Student Love
Seen as a Civil Right
Battle Creek[B] James Sallis (Walker) Murder Mystery from Tennessee
How Now Shall We Live?[G] Charles Colson and
Nancy Pearcy
(Tyndale House) Religions Old and New through the
Eyes of the Ex-Nixon Aide
Curse of the Cat Woman Edward Field [Poem] Modern American Poetry
The Farther Shore* Matthew Eck (Milkweed) Story of an Unknown War in an Unamed Country
Sex and Violence and
the Federal Communications Commission
L. W. Milam [Article] How to Get Broadcasters to Clean Up
The Airwaves without Government Intervention
The Jew of Home Depot
And Other Stories
Max Apple (Johns Hopkins) Stories of Love and
Cultural Wars in Texas
Charles Colson and
How Now Shall We Live
Quantcast and Counting
Hits on the Internet
Foot Orthotics and RALPH
My Bloody Life
Clock and Skull
The Readers of RALPH [Letters] Correspondence with the Magazine
Concerning Previous
Reviews, Articles,
Poems, Readings, and
Letters to RALPH
A Dynamic God
Living an Unconventional
Catholic Faith
Nancy Mairs (Beacon Press) Disability and Living
One's Own Faith
The Great Arc[G]
The Dramatic Tale of How India Was
Mapped and Everest Was Named
John Keay (Harper Collins) Adventures on Topography
(from 150 Years Ago)
The Queen Is in the Countinghouse Leslie L. Seamans [Poetry] Contemporary American Poetry
Echo Location John M. Hull [Reading] How the Blind "See" Objects by Feel
Winged Wonders
A Celebration of Birds in Human History
Peter Watkins & Jonathan Stockland (BlueBridge) Sixteen Birds Considered
[B]To be found under "Brief Reviews"
[G]Great Reviews of the Past
*Indicates a book that we found of especial merit


Issue #170
www.ralphmag.org/EV/indexEV.html
Late Late Winter 2007 - 2008
Title Author Publisher Subject
Fifteen Stars The Editors of RALPH [List] Fifteen Great Books from
the Ultimate Months of 2007
The Seventh Well Fred Wander (Norton) Times in Concentration Camps by the
Famous East German Writer
Real Stinkers The Editors of RALPH [List] Eight Recent Books We
Just Couldn't Get Through
My Father Says Grace[B] Donald Platt (Arkansas) Lyrics about a Nursing Home for
the Very VeryOld
The Gateway[B] T. M. McNally (SMU) Seven Short Stories from
the Dark Side
Sex & Isolation[B] Bruce Benderson (University of Wisconsin Press) Essays on the Loss of the Old Times Square
and Hustling on the Internet
Churchbells Guillaume Apollinaire [Poem Translation by X. J. Kennedy
Crazy for God
How I Grew Up as One of the Elect,
Helped Found the Religious Right, and
Lived to take All (Or Almost All)
Of It Back
Frank Schaeffer (Carroll & Graf) Memoirs of a One-Time
Fundamentalist
The Exodus J. M. Coetzee [Reading] What Happens When
the Soldiers Come to Town
The Electrical Century Iwan Rhys Morus [Reading] The Selling of Power
Teach the Free Man*
Stories
Peter Nathaniel Malae (Swallow) Prison Life from the
Inside (and Out)
The Crazed[G] Ha Jin (Pantheon) Caring for a Very Crazy
Old Man (Chinese Style)
Afghanistan by Paul Clammer
The 3rd Ave. El.
The Purpose of RALPH
Subagh Singh
The Readers of RALPH [Letters] Correspondence with the Magazine
Concerning Previous
Reviews, Articles,
Poems, Readings, and
Letters to RALPH
The Murder of Mexican Musicians C. Amantea [Article] The Reasons behind
Recent Violence to the South
Warm, Soft,
Chewy, Delicious
Flesh Tortillas
C. A. Amantea [Article] The Omnipresent Staple of Mexico
The Wisdom of Yoga
A Seeker's Guide to Extraordinary Living
Stephen Cope (Bantam) The Yoga-Sutra of Patanjali
as Set in Lenox, Mass.
In a Prominent
Bar in Secaucus*
New and Selected Poems, 1955 - 2007
X. J. Kennedy (Johns Hopkins) A Captivating Collection of Verse
by the American poet
[B]To be found under "Brief Reviews"
[G]Great Reviews of the Past
*Indicates a book that we found of especial merit


Issue #171
www.ralphmag.org/EW/indexEW.html
Very Early Spring 2008
Title Author Publisher Subject
Twenty-Three Hits The Readers of RALPH [List] Twenty-three Reviews, Readings,
Articles or Poems Most Often Called-up
by Our Readers.
Fulgencio Batista
From Revolutionary
to Strongman
Frank Argote-Freyre (Rutgers University Press) The First Forty Years in
the Life of the Cuban Dictator
"The Birth of History"
"The Prophet of Literature"
Roberto Bolaño [Reading] Two Choice Passages
from Amulet
The Surgeons[B]
Life and Death
In a Top Heart Center
Charles R. Morris (Norton) Top Cardiology Practitioners at
Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital, New York
Amulet[B]* Roberto Bolaño (New Directions) Street-Life and Lives of the Poets,
Mexico City, 1968
Cantos de Adolescencia
(1932 - 1937)[B]
Américo Paredes
B. V. Olguín
O. V. Barbosa,
Editors
(Arte Público Pess) Early Poetry of the
Cancionero de la Frontera
Soup Enid Dame [Poetry] Life in Brooklyn
(and the Vilna Ghetto)
The World at Night Matthew Rohrer [Poetry] Getting Blind Drunk
in Brooklyn
Broken Land*
Poems of Brooklyn
Julia Spicher Kasdorf
Michael Tyrell
Editors
(New York University Press) Anthology of Poetry from
the Other Side of the East River
City Requiem, Calcutta[G]
Gender and the
Politics of Poverty
Ananya Roy (University of Minnesota Press) Life of the Urban Poor in India
Sister Bernadette's
Barking Dog*
The Quirky History
And Lost Art of
Diagramming Sentences
Kitty Burns Florey (Harvest) A Loving Study of the
Ancient Art of Parsing Sentences
Adverse Outcomes of
Cataract Operations
Multiple Personality Disorder
RALPH and Sunglasses
Cryptic Letters of the Month:
I Am Pretty Female
The Readers of RALPH [Letters] Correspondence with the Magazine
Concerning Previous
Reviews, Articles,
Poems, Readings, and
Letters to RALPH
The First Total War
Napoleon's Europe and
The Birth of Warfare
As We Know It
David A. Bell (Houghton Mifflin) The Birth (and Death) of
Massed Armies, 1792 - 1815
The Øresund Fixed Link Jon Gallant [Article] The Connection Between Denmark
and Sweden Revealed
Couples Therapy
For the Disabled
Susan Parker [Reading] A Passage from Parker's
Tumbling After
Sibelius:
The Orchestral Music
David Hurwitz (Amadeus Press) The Seven (or Nine) Symphonies
ofthe Finnish Composer
Behind Closed Doors*
Her Father's House and
Other Stories of Sicily
Maria Messina (The Feminist Press at CUNY) Hard Times and the Poor
in Turn-of-the-Century Mistretta
The Most Paradoxical
of Paradoxes
[List] The Readers of RALPH A Collection of the Most Favored
"Paradoxes-of-the-Month"
[B]To be found under "Brief Reviews"
[G]Great Reviews of the Past
*Indicates a book that we found of especial merit [B]To be found under "Brief Reviews"
[G]Great Reviews of the Past
*Indicates a book that we found of especial merit


Issue #172
www.ralphmag.org/EX/indexEX.html
Spring 2008
Title Author Publisher Subject
All-Time Hits from
the Early Days of RALPH[G]
The Editors of RALPH [List] Twenty-One Reviews, Readings,
Articles or Poems from the First Days of the Magazine.
The Song of Kahunsha Anosh Irani (Milkweed) A Novel of the Lives of
Poor Street-Children in Bombay
Billionaire[B] John D. MacArthur
Empire Builder, Reluctant Philanthropist,
Relentless Adversary
Nancy Kriplen (Amacom) A Quickie on the Insurance Magnate
Bill Mauldin[B]
A Life Up Front
Todd DePastino (Norton) The Life of the WWII Cartoonist
A View of
The Ocean*[B]
Jon de Hartog (Pantheon) The Last Days of the Mother of the Author
Cancel Your Own
Goddam Subscription
Notes & Asides from National Review
William Buckley (Basic Books) The Late Editor's Writings on Everything Under the Sun
The Death of a Moth Milorad Pavic [Reading] Why There Is Death in the World
Gertrude Stein and Grammar Kitty Burns Florey [Reading] Diagramming, Grammar, and the American Poet
IN MEMORY OF THE HORSE DAVID,
WHO ATE ONE OF MY POEMS
James Wright [Poem] Obscurantist Poem on Literary
Eating Habits of Horses
Journey to the East Le Corbusier (MIT) The Young Le Corbu in the Middle East, 1911
The Ethics of News Photographers
"The Weeping Frenchman"
Pekin Ducks
Poems of Brooklyn
Ezra Pound
The Barnes Foundation
Impressionism
World War One and Gas
Onanism and the Importance of Time
The Readers of RALPH [Letters] Correspondence with the Magazine
Concerning Previous
Reviews, Articles,
Poems, Readings, and
Letters to RALPH
James Joyce and
The Glory of the Outhouse
Carlos Amantea [Article] Ulysses and the
Construction of "El Baño Seco"
Life Class Pat Barker (Doubleday) Novel of English Painters
and World War I
Foreskin's Lament:*
A Memoir
Shalom Auslander (Riverhead Books) A Cockamanie Story of Growing Up
in the Contemporary Orthodox
Jewish Middle Class
Song of Welcome Joseph Brodsky [Poem] Growing Up, Growing Old, Dying
When You Catch an Adjective, Kill It*
The Parts of Speech
For Better and/or Worse
Ben Yagoda (Broadway) A Merry Chase through
the Parts of Speech in English
[B]To be found under "Brief Reviews"
[G]Great Reviews of the Past
*Indicates a book that we found of especial merit


Issue #173
www.ralphmag.org/EY/indexEY.html
Late Spring 2008
Title Author Publisher Subject
Twenty Great Poems The Editors of RALPH [List] Twenty Poems from the First Days of the Magazine
America's Child
A Woman's Journey
Through the Radical Sixties
Susan Sherman (Curbstone) Autobiography of a Feminist Radical
The Big Switch
Rewiring the World,
From Edison to Google
Nicholas Carr (Norton) The Goods and Bads of the
Computer Age and the Internet
The Computer and
Centralized Power
Nicholas Carr [Reading] The Computer as
Reporter on Your Life
World over Water[B] Robert Gibb (Arkansas) Poetry on American Radicals
In the Steel Mills
A Force of Nature[B]
The Frontier Genius of
Ernest Rutherford
Richard Reeves (Atlas Books) Life Story of the Scientist who
Split the First Atom
In Search
Of the Blues[B]
Marybeth Hamilton (Basic) The Myth of the Delta Blues Revealed
Sometimes I Feel Like
Stephen Hawking Must Feel
After A Bad Night
L. W. Milam [Article] The Real World of Disability
A Curious Earth Gerard Woodward (Norton) Story of an Old but Respectable Drunk in Modern-Day London
Neither - Nor
Reginal A. Fessenden & the Caspian Sea
Synanon
Andrew Harvey
Azerbijan & Pakistan
H. L. Mencken
The Aedii Eechii
The Readers of RALPH [Letters] Correspondence with the Magazine
Concerning Previous
Reviews, Articles,
Poems, Readings, and
Letters to RALPH
The Making of a
Tropical Disease
A Short History of Malaria
Randall M. Packard (Johns Hopkins) The Facts about the World's
Most Debilitating Disease
Midlife Joseph Millar [Poem] The Midlife Crises
Radical Compassion[G]
Finding Christ in the
Heart of the Poor
Gary Smith, S. J. (Jesuit Way/Loyola) Working with the Poor
Whatever You Do, Don't Run:*
True Tales of a
Botswana Safari Guide
Peter Allison (The Lyons Press) What Not to Do When Faced
With a Pride of Lions
The Slave Ship:
A Human History
Marcus Rediker (Viking) The Economic Facts of the Slave Trade
Tapping In:
A Step-By-Step Guide to
Activating Your Healing Resources
Through Bilateral Stimulation
Laurel Parnell (Sounds True Books) Physical Resources for Relieving Psychic Symptoms
[B]To be found under "Brief Reviews"
[G]Great Reviews of the Past
*Indicates a book that we found of especial merit


Issue #174
www.ralphmag.org/EZ/indexEZ.html
Very Early Summer 2008
Title Author Publisher Subject
Immortal Traci L. Slatton (Delta) The Horrors of 14th Century
Italian Street Life
Taxi Khaled Al Khamissi (Aflame Books) 80,000 Reasons Not to Visit Cairo
The World on Fire
1919 and the Battle with Bolshevism
Anthony Read (Norton) Several Characters in Search of a
Political Religion (Including Lenin, Mother Jones,
Tolstoi, and Churchill)
My Mother Wears Combat Boots
A Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us
Jessica Mills (AK) Having and Caring for Babies
(While Being in Love with the "Subhumans")
When Huai Flowers Bloom
Stories of the Cultural Revolution
Shu Jiang Lu (SUNY Press) Surviving the Cultural Revolution
The Associates
Four Capitalists Who
Created California
Richard Rayner (Atlas & Co.) Collis Huntington, Leland Stanford, Mark Hopkins, and Charles Crocker.
The Accidental Explorer
Wayfinding in Alaska
Sherry Simpson (Sasquatch) How to Be Terrified on Foot in the
Snows of Alaska (With Your Friendly Dog)
The World's Most Dangerous Places[G] Robert Young Pelton (Fielding) how to Be Terrified while on Vacation
Dragon Thunder[B]
My Life with Chögyam Trungpa
Diana J. Mukpo (Shambhala) Strange Times (and Stranger Parties) with the
Tibetan Buddhist Master
Natural Shocks[G]* Richard Stern (TriQuaterly/ Northwestern University) Negative Capability and Goethe, Tolstoy,
Dr. Johnson, Sandy Koufax and the
Sage of Vienna
Red Parrot Wooden Leg [B] Gregorio Kohon (Karnac) Two Young Stoned Poets
Afloat in Rio de Janeiro
Flags in the Dust
Dugustus Goop
X. J. Kennedy
Bush Hog
Cryptic Letters of the Month
Think You
Czechoslovakian Recipes
Love Letters
Abortions
The Readers of RALPH [Letters] Correspondence with the Magazine
Concerning Previous
Reviews, Articles,
Poems, Readings, and
Letters to RALPH
Lifestyles of the Blind and Paralyzed:
Mark O'Brien
L. W. Milam [Article] A Short Obituary on the
Foremost Disabled Poet
Leadbelly and John Lomax
[1934 - 1935]
Marybeth Hamilton [Reading] The Folk Collector and the Black Singer
On the Road Together
The Funeral of Nikolai Vorontsov Loren Graham [Reading] Death in the
Last Days of the USSR
Brooklyn College Brain Allen Ginsberg [Poem] The New Teacher in New York City
Riding the D-Train Enid Dame [Poetry] Poetry in the New York Subway
[B]To be found under "Brief Reviews"
[G]Great Reviews of the Past
*Indicates a book that we found of especial merit


Issue #175
www.ralphmag.org/FA/indexFA.html
Early Mid-Summer 2008
Title Author Publisher Subject
Twelve Famous Readings The Editors of RALPH [Readings] A Selection of Readings from the
Early Days of the Magazine
Twentieth Century
United States Photographers:
A Student's Guide
Kristin G. Congdon
Karas Kelley Hallmark
(Greenwood Press) A Textbook on Seventy-Five
Important American Photographers
Testy Mail The Editors of RALPH [Letters] A Collection of Pained Communications
Addressed to the Magazine
Ants at Work[G]:
How an Insect Society Is Organized
Deborah Gordon (The Free Press) A Survey of Survival Habits
of Ants in the Desert
Pioneers of Balinese Painting:*
The Rudolf Bonnet Collection
Helena Spanjaard (KIT Publishers) Important Artists from mid-
Twentieth Century Java
Impressions of
The East[B]:
Treasures from the C. V. Starr
East Asian Library
Deborah Rudolph (Heyday Books) Japanese, Chinese, and Korean
Art and Books in the
Famous California Collection
Ten Books that
Screwed Up the World[B]:
And Five that Didn't Help
Benjamin Wiker (Regnery) Darwin, Freud, Kinsey, and
Hobbes Are Among the Villains Here
It Was Never about
A Hot Dog and a Coke![B]:
A Personal Account of the 1960 Sit-in Demonstrations in
Jacksonville, Florida and Ax Handle Saturday
Rodney L. hurst, Sr. (WingSpan Press) Memories of Early Civil-Rights Demonstrations
In North Florida
Living Abroad in China Stuart and Barbara Strother (Moon) How to Get a Job
And Be Happy in
Communist China
Help Your Dog
Fight Cancer:
What Every Caretaker
Should Know about
Canine Cancer
Laurie Kaplan (Kaplan) Advice for Dog-Owners on
Canine Cancer
On Empire:*
America, War, and
Global Supremacy
Eric Hobsbawm (Pantheon) The Famed Marxist Historian
On America's Latest Venture in
The Middle East
Maxine Kumin
A Latin King
Dugustus Goop
X. J. Kennedy
Ordering Water Closets
The Readers of RALPH [Letters] Correspondence with the Magazine
Concerning Previous
Reviews, Articles,
Poems, Readings, and
Letters to RALPH
Night Haunts:*
A Journey through the London Night
Sukhdev Sandhu (Artangel/Verso) Reports on What Keeps London
Alive and Well During the Night
Pulling at Broken Strings Laurie Lee [Reading] Mothers and Madness in Edwardian England
Wild Edges:
Photographic Ink Prints
Gregory Conniff (University of Wisconsin) Black-and-White Images of Nature
The Case of
The Disappearing Video
Dr. Phage [Article] How to Lose Orson Welles
In Your Home Video


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