Saturday, September 10, 2011

Review: That Day in September by Artie Van Why

Goodreads:  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 the day, but also with a personal glimpse of how one person's life was dramatically changed forever.

Kritters Thoughts:  An emotional read that takes you to street level as to what happened on that day and the days following.  As a viewer from afar, I ached for New York City, but never completely understood the impact it had to the person on the street.  I found that perspective through this book.

With a little back story as to how Artie ended up across the street from the Towers on the day of the attacks, I enjoyed finding out how he ended up on that street on that day.  The way he described what he saw, I felt as though I was right beside him that morning from before the attacks happened to running for his life and then walking the many blocks to his apartment.  I saw all of this on tv on that day and the days to follow, but to read it - I really felt the emotion of running for your life.

A novellette that will take you on the journey to days and years of New York City before the towers came down to the days and years after.  You see and feel how this one city became a city of survivors that would cling to each other to grieve for their loss.

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Pages:  108

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from the author.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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