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The Eleventh Day of September

As the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 approaches many of us will be reflecting on that day and the impact it has had on our individual lives as well as our nation. As we remember the lives lost on that day it can be a comfort to read books that inform and try to make sense of a day that changed everything.


"9/11: the World Speaks" compiled by the WTC Visitor Center. Brings together the best selections from more than two hundred thousand visitor cards submitted at the Tribute WTC Visitor Center by people from more than one hundred countries, revealing their thoughts about 9/11, remembrances, and inspirations. 


"The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against Al-Qaeda" by Ali Soufan. On September 11, 2001, FBI Special Agent Ali H. Soufan was handed a secret file. Had he received it months earlier ”when it was requested ” the attacks on New York and Washington could have been prevented. Such riveting details show us not only how terrorists think and operate but also how they can be beaten and brought to justice.

"A Decade of Hope: Stories of Grief and Endurance From 9/11 Families and Friends" by Dennis Smith with Deirdre Smith. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. But among the memorials, political speeches, and news editorials, the most pressing consideration- and often the most overlooked-is the lives and well-being of the 9/11 first responders, their families, and the victims' families over the past decade

 "The Eleventh Day: The Full Story of 9/11 and Osama Bin Laden" by Anthony Summers &  Robbyn Swan. Writing with access to thousands of recently released official documents, fresh interviews, and the perspective that can come only from a decade of research and reflection, Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan deliver the first panoramic, authoritative look back at 9/11.

"In the shadow of no towers" by Art Spiegelman. The artist and New York City resident Art Spiegelman drew the comic board book In the Shadow of No Towers immediately after the September 11 attacks. The story follows Spiegelman's search for his daughter in the chaos, combined with his feelings of dislocation, grief, anxiety, and outrage over the horror of the attacks. The Library also has a new DVD of the same title.


"The Legacy Letters: Messages of Life and Hope From 9/11 Family Members" collected by Tuesday's Children. Ten years after the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the family members of 100 of the individuals lost on that terrible day look back--and forward--in this inspiring collection of letters.



"One Nation: America Remembers September 11, 2001, 10 Years Later" by Life Magazine Editors. In this expanded tenth-anniversary edition, LIFE bears witness to the horrific losses of 9/11 but also celebrate the inspirational bravery of those who persevered, risking their lives in unpredictable and terrifying circumstances.


"The Submission" by Amy Waldman. Ten years after 9/11, a dazzling, kaleidoscopic novel reimagines its aftermath a jury gathers in Manhattan to select a memorial for the victims of a devastating terrorist attack. Their fraught deliberations complete, the jurors open the envelope containing the anonymous winner's name--and discover he is an American Muslim. Instantly they are cast into roiling debate about the claims of grief, the ambiguities of art, and the meaning of Islam.

"What We Saw: The Events of September 11, 2001, in Words, Pictures, and Video" by CBS News. Journalist Joe Klein surveys the decade that now separates us from the events of 9/11 as well as how those events have changed us--making us wiser about ourselves but also exposing our weaknesses.


 "Where You Left Me" by Jennifer Gardner Trulson. Lucky, that is how the author would describe herself. . She was living the kind of idyllic life that cliches are made of until her husband Doug was killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center. She became a widow at age thirty five, a "9/11 widow", no less, a member of a select group bound by sorrow, of which she wanted no part.


 "For me and my family personally, September 11 was a reminder that life is fleeting, impermanent, and uncertain. Therefore, we must make use of every moment and nurture it with affection, tenderness, beauty, creativity, and laughter." -Deepak Chopra



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