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Books from the Bay Area


Nuclear Roulette: The Truth about the Most Dangerous Energy Source on Earth by Gar Smith (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2012, $19.95, Pp. 279)

This is Berkeley author Gar Smith’s scathing exposé of the failures and risks of the nuclear power industry. But “this book is more than a critique,” notes Smith, the editor emeritus of Earth Island Journal. “The last third … is devoted to safe, renewable energy technologies and proven policy changes that can put us on the path of a clean, affordable and sustainable energy future.”
—Sarah Weld

The Beautiful Edible Garden, Design a Stylish Outdoor Space Using Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs by Leslie Bennett and Stefani Bittner with Studio Choo (Ten Speed Press, 2013, $19.99, Pp. 220)

Landscape designers Bennett and Bittner of Star Apple Edible & Fine Gardening pen a
guide to cultivating a seamless garden fusing edibles and ornamentals. Their goal is simple: Design a garden that is both beautiful and bountiful. This handbook tackles gardens of many shapes, sizes and varieties and leads gardener-readers on a tour of attractive and diverse spaces where vegetables, fruits and herbs thrive aside annuals and perennials to create year-round allure and sustenance.
—Judith M. Gallman

Inside Out: The Paintings of William Harsh ( by DeWitt Cheng

DeWitt Cheng, art critic for sister publication The East Bay Monthly, is the author of Inside Out: The Paintings of William Harsh (, an extensively illustrated hardbound monograph on the Benicia painter, printmaker and teacher, who died at 59 in October, shortly before the opening of his November retrospective at Oakland’s Vessel Gallery. Well known to the Bay Area artist community, says Cheng, Harsh was under-recognized by the art establishment because of his tenacious commitment to modernist masters who were erroneously considered passé: Picasso, Beckmann, De Chirico and Guston. The monograph argues strongly for their—and for Harsh’s—continuing relevance.
—Autumn Stephens

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