Thursday, August 11, 2011

Review: That Day In September by Artie Van Why

Title:That Day In September
Author:Artie Van Why
Pub. Date:06/23/2006
ISBN:1411683153 (ISBN13: 9781411683150)

We all have our stories to tell of where we were the morning of September 11, 2001. This is one of them. In "That Day In September" Artie Van Why gives an eyewitness account of that fateful morning. From the moment he heard "a loud boom" in his office across from the World Trade Center, to stepping out onto the street, Artie vividly transports the reader back to the day that changed our lives and our country forever. "That Day In September" takes you beyond the events of that morning. By sharing his thoughts, fears, and hopes, Artie expresses what it was like to be in New York City in the weeks and months following. The reader comes away from "That Day In September" with not only a more intimate understanding of the events of that day, but also with a personal glimpse of how one person's life was dramatically changed forever.

(Summary and cover via Goodreads)


I think almost everyone can remember where they were on September 11, 2001. I can remember exactly what I was doing when I heard about the first plane and the confusion about what was going on. I can remember how my heart sank as the reality of the situation hit me. I can remember the horror of watching it all unfold on television. New York City is a city I love, and I could never imagine having been there on that day. Artie Van Why doesn't have to wonder because he knows. He was there. This book is his story.

There is some back story about the author that explains how and why he was so close to what happened that day. However, the real story is his retelling of what happened that day. There are so many details that were things that had also stuck out to me as I remember that day. However, reading it by someone who was there, who felt everything as it happened, is not easy. The author does a wonderful job of being descriptive without being graphic.

The further we get away from the actual day, the more it feels like people seem to forget what it was like that day. Artie Van Why never will. His life was forever changed by what happened then. So many people's lives were changed, and we should never forget that. I almost feel like this book should be required reading to try to understand what it felt like to be there. I hope that everyone will take a chance to read this book and truly remember. It's not long, but it tells a lot of story in a those pages. I highly recommend this book and hope everyone will take a chance to read it.

Book provided by author for review.

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