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Let me just say that this is a flawless memoir. Not flawless because it is absolutely perfect and nothing could ever be written better.  Flawless because it is written from the heart.
- from My Reader's Block

There have been many books, articles and movies that have recounted these events but none so compelling, accurately described and heart wrenching as that of 'That Day In September.'
- Fran Lewis for

Powerfully emotional, and gut-wrenchingly honest, this small book is an absolute giant among memoirs of that infamous day.
- from Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews

This book is absolutely the most humbling book I've ever read. This tribute from Artie Van Why is simply perfect!
- from Kim the Book Worm

This brief memoir of the events of September 11, 2001 manages to be heart-wrenching and painfully honest. The writing is simple and clear, and it reads as if the author was sitting right in front of me, telling me his story.

- from Mother Lode

About the Author

Artie Van Why lived in New York City for 26 years. He now resides in Lancaster County in Pennsylvania.

Product Details

  • File Size: 135 KB
  • Print Length: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Van Hughes Publishing (is association with Lulu Press); 1 edition (December 27, 2007)
  • Publication Date: December 27, 2007
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001201BQY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #438,714 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Originally from Maryland, Artie Van Why moved to New York City in November of 1977 to pursue an acting career; albeit a slightly successful one.

Artie left show business in 1988 to enter the corporate world; as a word processor. He worked for the same law firm in midtown Manhattan for thirteen years. In June of 2001, his firm moved to other quarters downtown, across from the World Trade Center. Artie was at work the morning of September 11th, and witnessed the horror of that day from the streets.

He quit his job after three weeks of being back at his office's building near what was now called Ground Zero. He began writing about his experience of that day and the days and weeks following, giving a vivid accounting of what it was like to be in New York City on that day in September, and afterwards. He sent some of his writings to friends and family via emails, and they, in turn, forwarded them to their friends and family. In a short period of time people across the country were reading Artie's emails. He began receiving emails from people expressing their gratitude in being given a glimpse of what it was like to be in New York City during that time. He was encouraged to keep writing, and he did. Led by a personal conviction to tell his story of 9/11, Artie returned to his theatrical beginnings and began adapting his writings into a script. Laboring over draft after draft, Artie wanted to create a work he could share with people across the country.

During this time, he met famed actor, Richard Masur, through a mutual friend. Richard had done weeks of volunteer work at Ground Zero during the weeks of rescue and recovery. With Richard's help, Artie put the final touches on the script and produced a staged reading of what was now a one man play called "That Day in September" in New York City. The reading was a success, a sold out evening. With Richard now involved as director, the first mounted production of "That Day In September" premiered on the campus of California Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks, California, shortly after the one year anniversary of September 11th. The play then moved to the Celebration Theater in Los Angeles, where it opened to critical acclaim.

Back in New York, Artie mounted a workshop production of "That Day In September," in preparation for a New York run. In August of 2003 "That Day in September" opened Off Broadway for a limited run.

After the New York production, in September of 2003, Artie moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he now resides.

Still compelled to tell his story of 9/11, Artie shared his experience of that day for churches, civic groups and as the key speaker in a series of conferences on PTSD for Drexel University.

The response garnered from those speaking opportunities encouraged Artie to do whatever he could to preserve the memory of 9/11 in people's minds. To that end he self-published "That Day In September" as a book adaptation in 2006.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Donna McBroom-Theriot on August 19, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
"I saw many people lose their lives that morning. In particular, I think of the many people I saw jump to their deaths. I think of their courage, knowing they were going to die. I think of that one moment in which they watch had to decide for themselves how their lives were going to end. They had to choose how to die. They took that leap."

"And to honor those who are gone, I will not forget to live."

I felt it was imperative to open this review with the quote from the book rather than the "About the Book" that I normally begin with (on my blog). I think the author did an outstanding job of putting into words what many of us were thinking that day. I also changed "My Review" to "My Thoughts" as my mind couldn't wrap itself around the word review after reading this book.

As the author stated, we all have our stories to tell about where we were the morning of September 11, 2001. I know, in my own life (in South Louisiana), I had great hopes that morning, dreams of a relationship on the verge of being re-established. And, as the towers plunged to the ground, so did my own hopes.

I wasn't in New York that fateful day, but I do have family that live just outside the city. For several days, I had no idea if they were involved in the pandemonium that had become Ground Zero. I had never even looked at a map of the city. My daughter and son-in-law now live in New York City. My daughter teaches at a wonderful little school in Times Square and my son-in-law teaches at a school on Wall Street. This tragedy is never far from my thoughts.

Now, having visited New York, and being familiar with where the towers once stood, I was able to visualize Artie's thoughts and actions that morning much more vividly.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kristin Jones on August 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
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.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jill Dennison on July 8, 2012
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My interest in all things relating to 9/11 led me to this very short book touted as a " ...deeply moving depiction of one man's experiences ..." in the hopes of hearing a more "up close and personal" account than I had read thus far. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed. This is a short book anyway, and the author spends the first 1/4 + talking about his struggle with homosexuality and alcoholism. The background information would have been a positive had the book been longer, but as it is, the subject matter for at least 30% of the book is off topic, and fails to evoke the sympathy of the reader, which I'm certain was the authors intent. The good thing is that the book only cost $3.99 (Kindle), and only took two hours to read, else I would have felt cheated of both money and time.

At the time of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the author, Artie Van Why, was employed by a law firm located in a building directly across from the towers. Upon hearing a loud boom, he and several co-workers went downstairs and outside to see that the world as they knew it had changed in an instant. His description or the scene and subsequent events is accurate and emotional, but more self-focused than I would have liked. I think this book was the author's way of dealing with the trauma and emotional stress that resulted from the events of that day, which is fine, but it does not make for a particularly interesting read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chels on July 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
It would be impossible to forget your exact location on September 11th. This novel details the author's survival on that day and why he was in the area. The reader will enjoy reading about the author's background and personal feelings leading up to that fateful day. He was in an office right across the street from the World Trade Center. The reader delves into Artie's mind as he processes the events occurring right outside his office. The scene is tangible, the reader will feel the chaos and the fear. The author describes the scene vividly, like "stepping into a snowstorm." He describes how he felt and the horror of watching people jump from the building, legs and arms flailing. The author enables the reader to truly feel the high adrenaline and emotion-packed day of September 11, a day that is to be remembered in the hearts of every American. The author reveals his wish that this day live on in remembrance of those brave people who were killed that day. The novel is Artie's way of dealing with the pain of the situation. This novel is recommended for teens/young adults/adults.

*Complimentary copy received for this review, does not affect my opinion in any way*
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