Galef has published thirteen books. In addition, he has written over seventy short stories for magazines ranging from the British Punch to the Czech Prague Revue, the Canadian Prism International and the American Shenandoah. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Newsday, The Village Voice, Twentieth Century Literature, The Columbia History of the British Novel and others. His awards include a Henfield Foundation grant, a Writers Exchange award from Poets & Writers, and a Mississippi Arts Council grant, as well as residencies at Yaddo and Ragdale.
Flesh. New York: The Permanent Press, 1995. Russian translation, 2008.
Turning Japanese. New York: The Permanent Press, 1998.
How to Cope with Suburban Stress New York: The Permanent Press, 2006. Russian translation rights and film option sold, 2007.
Laugh Track. Jackson, MS: The University Press of Mississippi, 2002.
A Man of Ideas and Other Stories. Las Cruces, NM: Noemi Press, 2008.
My Date with Neanderthal Woman. Ann Arbor, MI: Dzanc Books, 2011.
Flaws. Cincinnati, OH: David Roberts Books, 2007.
Lists. Indian Trail, NC: D-N Publishing, 2007.
Apocalypses. Georgetown, KY: Finishing Line Press, 2009.
The Little Red Bicycle. Illus. Carol Nicklaus. New York: Random House, 1988.
Tracks. Illus. Tedd Arnold. New York: William Morrow, 1996. Rpt.by Junior Library Guild, 1996, and Scholastic (paperback and audio tape), 1996.
Even Monkeys Fall from Trees: The Wit and Wisdom of Japanese Proverbs. Illus. Jun Hashimoto. Tokyo: Tuttle, 2000. Rpt. of Even Monkeys Fall from Trees, and Other Japanese Proverbs. 1987.
Even a Stone Buddha Can Talk: More Wit and Wisdom of Japanese Proverbs. Illus. Jun Hashimoto. Tokyo: Tuttle, 2000.
Japanese Proverbs: Wit and Wisdom. Illus. Jun Hashimoto. Tokyo: Tuttle, 2012.
Second Thoughts: A Focus on Rereading. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1998. [Editor and contributor.]
The Supporting Cast: A Study of Flat and Minor Characters. University Park, PA: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 1993.
20 over 40. Jackson, MS: The University Press of Mississippi, 2006. [Co-editor with Beth Weinhouse.]
Tess of the d’Urbervilles, by Thomas Hardy. New York: Barnes & Noble, 2005. [Editor.]