Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Seth has wandered in and out of bookstores always. Taken to being in Florida's beautiful weather year round, Seth spent his first career in horticulture. Growing tropical plants for landscaping, Seth eventually worked in horticulture research with plants from around the world. A love of books brought him to Elliott Bay, where the chance to be with books and those who loved them, helped a second career blossom. 

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400052189
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Published: Broadway Books - March 8th, 2011

Wow! This story hooked me quickly. To scientists Henrietta Lacks is known as HeLa. Her cancerous cells were taken from her body without her consent or knowledge. Those cells became increasingly important in science research. They were used among other researchers to develop the polio vaccine, test the effects of steroids, hormones, vitamins, etc. Henrietta's family did not find out until over 25 years later. One of the best non-fiction books I've ever read. Not to be missed!!

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Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451621389
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 6th, 2013

New York Post journalist, Susanna Cahalan brutally recounts her slow and mysterious descent into madness in Brain on Fire. What began as disorganization grew into paranoia, hallucinations and delusion all accompanied by a bizarre collection of physical symptoms. With her own memory obliterated by her illness, Cahalan uses her keen skills as a journalist to piece together her own medical drama of misdiagnosis and the detection of a rare brain autoimmune disorder. She grips the reader with a compelling story all while imparting fascinating medical details. Cahalan’s story is a potent reminder of the fragility of identity and the value of observant and caring family and friends. 

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Annabel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802170828
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Published: Grove Press, Black Cat - January 4th, 2011

They kept it a secret in the small remote coastal town in which they lived. Neither boy nor girl. Only three people knew. The parents, well-meaning, brought him up as a boy named Wayne, who struggled with the two genders within him. Not written with sensationalism, this debut novel is a beautiful and compelling story of societal labels, identity and our own place in the world. Highly recommended.

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Curve of Time: 50th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By M. Blanchet, Timothy Egan (Foreword by), Gray Campbell (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781770500372
Availability: Backordered
Published: Whitecap Books - April 11th, 2011

M. Wylie Blanchet was a woman ahead of her time! Widowed in 1927 with five children, she, her children and their dog cruised the unforgiving wasted waters of British Columbia in a twenty-five foot boat! Following the log books of Captain Vancouver, Blanchet sets out each summer into the wilds of the Northwest. Rich with experience, the family then turned their adventures into education by reading about all that they discovered.

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Falling Into the Fire: A Psychiatrist's Encounters with the Mind in Crisis Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143125716
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Published: Penguin Books - July 29th, 2014

Staff psychiatrist at Butler Hospital in Providence RI, Dr. Montross explores the challenging role of psychiatric professionals working with the most critical patients. Dr. Montross discusses the difficulties and the complexities surrounding professional, ethical and moral behavior in diagnosing and treating mental illness. Several patients stories and their crisis from the inpatient psychiatric ward are shared, as well as the tremendous difficulties both patient and doctor encounter when dealing with a mind in crisis. Diagnosing and treating mental illness is complex, and Dr. Montross brings us into the trenches of her daily work.

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Underground America: Narratives of Undocumented Lives (Voice of Witness) Cover Image
By Peter Orner (Editor), Tom Andes
ISBN: 9781786632319
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Published: Verso - August 18th, 2016

There are an estimated 12 to 15 million undocumented workers in the US—mere numbers until you read their stories. They often come alone leaving families, traveling for months and spending thousands to get here. Their first person narratives speak of abuse and gross human right violations. They have been lied to, stolen from, physically and sexually abused and threatened... all for a better life. Read their stories and see if you don't open your eyes further to the plight of these people.