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Le Ke Son & Charles Bailey ’67
From Enemies to Partners: Vietnam, the U.S. and Agent Orange
G. Anton Publishing
By pulling their notes together, Son and Bailey address the aftermath of Agent Orange and the current scientific understandings of the chemical while considering the solutions to addressing the consequences of its use—advancing the conversations around dioxin and the legacies of the Vietnam War.

Harry Margolis ’77
Get Your Ducks in a Row: The Baby Boomers Guide to Estate Planning
Ducks in a Row Publishing
A founding and co-managing partner at a revered elder-care and special-needs law firm, Margolis shares comprehensive knowledge on all aspects of estate planning. “I knew there needed to be a simple way to approach estate planning that was digestible, relatable and would ultimately drive people to plan their futures without running into all the devastating pitfalls that can occur when nothing or very little is planned,” Margolis writes.

Lucy Bunzi Mallan ’54, with assistance from Phil Shapiro and Jeff Edelstein
Lulu Press
In this autobiography dedicated to her children and grandchildren, Mallan writes about her childhood, marriages, education, work, family—and her alma mater. “Swarthmore opened up the world to me,” she writes. “The first two years was a wide variety of courses in both sciences and humanities. That is when I got interested in economics. In the second half of my undergraduate degree, we started learning to change the world.”

Carolyn Goldberg Burke ’61
Foursome: Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe, Paul Strand, Rebecca Salsbury
Penguin Randomhouse
Burke, a biographer, writes a captivating tale about the intense relationship among four 20th-century artists and the works they influenced, drawing upon correspondence from the four to reveal how they each inspired and provoked one another.

William Armstrong ’54 and Fisseha G. Demoze
Ethiopian Amharic Proverbs
Tigray Development Association
Armstrong was an associate director of the U.S. Peace Corps in Ethiopia in the late ’60s when Fisseha Demoze taught him Arabic and the two began to collect and translate Ethiopian proverbs. This book represents their collaboration and offers a fascinating insight into Ethiopian customs and culture through centuries of philosophical wisdom. Consider proverb No. 124: The wasting away of an elephant and the losses of a rich man are not noticeable.

Robin Ridington ’62
Spaghetti Must Be Ambidextrous: Sonnets 2008–2019
Plume of Cockatoo Press
A sonnet writer since his Swarthmore days—when he fondly remembers spending a whole day speaking in iambic pentameter—Ridington covers themes as varied as turning 80 and Donald Trump in this new book of poetry. “The sonnets in this collection luxuriate in the richness of English vocabulary and excoriate the decline of language and civility in the world around us,” he writes.