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NW books | Seeking civil rights; climbing up Mount Everest

Books of Seattle-area interest: “Dr. Sam, Soldier, Educator, Advocate, Friend” by Samuel E. Kelly, “The Mountain” by Ed Viesturs, “Under One Roof” by Barry Martin and “Victorian Secrets” by Sarah A. Christman.

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“Dr. Sam, Soldier, Educator, Advocate, Friend: An Autobiography” by Samuel E. Kelly with Quintard Taylor (University of Washington Press, $19.95). Kelly, an African American man, was inspired by a question he was asked by civil rights activist Paul Robeson: “What are you doing for the race?” This autobiography follows Kelly’s life, which he dedicated to seeking equality for African Americans. Kelly founded the University of Washington’s Office of Minority Affairs. He died in July 2009 at his home in Redmond.

“The Mountain: My Time on Everest” by Ed Viesturs with David Roberts (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, $27). In this novel, mountaineer Viesturs describes his experiences climbing the tallest mountain in the world: Mount Everest. Viesturs, who has summited Mount Everest seven times, is also the only American to climb all 14 of the world’s 8,000-meter-tall mountains. He attended University of Washington and Washington State University, and lives part of the year on Bainbridge Island.

“Under One Roof: Lessons I Learned from a Tough Old Woman in a Little Old House” by Barry Martin with Philip Lerman (St. Martin’s Press, $24.99). Construction supervisor Martin receives the task of informing Edith Macefield, a little old lady, that her house in Ballard was in the way of plans for a shopping mall. Macefield refuses an offer of $1 million for her home, Martin offers a helping hand as the project takes shape around her house, and an unlikely, unexpected friendship unfolds. Martin, still in the construction industry, lives in Seattle.

“Victorian Secrets: What a Corset Taught Me about the Past, the Present, and Myself” by Sarah A. Chrisman (Skyhorse Publishing, Inc., $24.95). When Chrisman’s husband brings home a corset for her 29th birthday, she is torn between her fascination with Victorian history and the horror stories she’d heard about how corsets affected women’s bodies. But trying on the garment changes Christman’s view on corsets, as well as her lifestyle. Christman and her husband, who give presentations on 19th-century life, live in a Victorian-style house in Port Townsend.

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