Most adults know exactly where they were when the attacks on September 11 occurred. It’s been nearly 15 years and our nation is still healing and those memories remain clear. While the September 11 memorials open at the site of the World Trade Towers, the Pentagon and the open fields of Somerset, PA, we still carry the horror and fear of that day.
As Deepak Chopra so inspirationally puts it, “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.” For those directly affected by the events of that day, the families of passengers and office workers and first responders, it takes courage to live every day. While some seek healing through religion or memorials, others find reading about the events of that day therapeutic. As we approach the anniversary of 9/11, we’ve found some books that may help you cope with your memories.
1. Portraits: 9/11/01: The Collected «Portraits of Grief» from The New York Times
With information and photos provided by their families, the victims come to life with a biography or obituary of each life lost. In this way, remembering September 11 really becomes about honoring the lives that were lost on that tragic day.
2. American Ground: Unbuilding the World Trade Center by William Langewiesche
The book focuses on the engineering challenges of the clean up and restoration of the site of the World Trade Center attacks. More than just a story of ruin, it is the story of forging ahead.
3. The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation by Ernie Colon & Sid Jacobson
The official 9/11 Report was graphic in account and hard to stomach. This adaption of the report is easier to read but nearly as long.
4. Firehouse by David Halberstam
The story of the men and women firefighters who operate out of the Engine 40, Ladder 35 firehouse in Halberstam’s Manhattan neighborhood. On September 11, 13 men responded to the call, but only one survived.
5. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
Sometimes the fiction can also be healing when it comes to remembering September 11. One of the better fictional books written about the event, the story centers on a fictional child survivor of a 9/11 victim and how he heals.