BERKELEY SCRIBE Ethan Rarick is the first writer to explore the legacy of former Golden State governor Pat Brown in California Rising: The Life and Times of Pat Brown (University of California Press, $29.95). Rarick uncovers a variety of previously untapped sources, including Brown’s love letters to his wife, in this biography of Jerry’s dad.
Lafayette resident—and former Diablo gardening columnist—Linda Lee Peterson digs into the murder mystery genre in her debut novel, Edited to Death (21st Century Publishing, $23). Peterson’s protagonist, a working mom, writes for a city magazine not unlike Diablo. When the magazine’s editor is murdered, she takes the case—and takes over as editor. Yikes!
Two other former Diablo contributors, Marti Aiello and Erika Mailman, have authored books for Arcadia Publishing’s outstanding Images of America series, which focuses on local history. Aiello’s Pittsburg and Mailman’s Oakland Hills ($19.99 each) are loaded with anecdotes, photographs, and fun facts about the colorful pasts of these unique East Bay regions.