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First Time Novelists Touch the Heart

Kristin Levine ’97, The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2009)
Emily Chenoweth ’94, Hello Goodbye (Random House, 2009)
Two first novels by Swarthmore women are a joy to read. One is set in rural Moundville, Ala., in summer 1917, and the other at an historic resort in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. In The [...]

Over 50? Welcome to the Age of Curiosity, Courage, and Passion

Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot ’66, The Third Chapter: Passion, Risk, and Adventure in the 25 Years After 50, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2009
The Third Chapter reminds me of conversations I have savored at Swarthmore. Like those, Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot’s book invites new thinking about complex human issues, shares deep reflections about personal experience, invokes the findings of scholarly [...]

The Twisted Logic of War

Peter Andreas ’87, Blue Helmets and Black Markets, The Business of Survival in the Siege of Sarajevo, Cornell University Press, 2008.
Peter Andreas is a master at uncovering the secrets behind the official stories. Blue Helmets and Black Markets: The Business of Survival in the Siege of Sarajevo looks beyond the popular tale of the siege—local [...]

A Feast of Quilts

Martha Sielman ’82, author and curator, Masters: Art Quilts—Major Works by Leading Artists (Lark Books, 2008)
When people ask me how I got involved with art quilts,” writes Martha Sielman in her introduction to this sumptuous volume, “I tell them that it all began when I was very little and my mother let me play with [...]

Blowing the Whistle on the Mob

Covert: My Years Infiltrating the Mob
(Union Square Press, 2008)
In the New Jersey suburbs where I grew up, guessing which of your neighbors might be a mafioso was something of a parlor game. But it wasn’t a game to Bob Delaney, whose just-published book Covert, written with Dave Scheiber ’76, recounts his tension-filled years as an [...]