- Hardcover: 492 pages
- Publisher: Carrel Books (September 6, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1631440624
- ISBN-13: 978-1631440625
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.8 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,099,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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After 9/11: One Girl's Journey through Darkness to a New Beginning
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“I am grateful to you for writing After 9/11, and for the courage it took to share your personal story....I am so heartened to know that despite the many challenges you faced...you have emerged as a survivor...Thank you for using your voice to help us all make sense of that dark day, and forge that new beginning. You are a herald for your generation.”―Hillary Rodham Clinton, in a letter to Helaina Hovitz
Helaina Hovitz's engrossing narrative begins in the shadow of the twin towers with her as a backpack-toting twelve-year-old and plays out over the next fifteen years in dramatic - and sometimes distressing - detail. This impressive debut is both deeply evocative and intensely personal.” --Peter Canby, Senior Editor, The New Yorker
Hovitz shows us, for the first time, what it was like for families in New York City who suddenly had to live like other war refugees, with no idea where their loved ones were or when the next attack might come. After 9/11 is a moving and remarkable testament to a time that changed our country, told beautifully by a young woman who never gave up hope that she could reclaim her life, no matter how grim things looked.”
--Sean Elder, contributor, Newsweek
Helaina Hovitz has written that rare kind of book that combines a poetic sensitivity to detail, the stark emotion of memory, and a searing glimpse of the human spirit as it suffers, struggles and learns to heal. In her story are the seeds of hope for anyone who has survived trauma and seeks to truly live again.”
--Michele Rosenthal, author of Heal Your PTSD: Dynamic Strategies That Work
Helaina Hovitz has written a powerful memoir of the overlooked personal trauma nearby kids experienced while living in the shadow of so much destruction. Her story, and the stories of her friends and classmates, are a crucial part of the nation's 9/11 history.” --Jacoba Urist, journalist, The Atlantic
Helaina Hovitz's first book is a brave, honest, and fast-paced personal account of the ways in which one day can change the course of our lives forever. Her story is an example of how trauma and addiction become part of a life, not someone's entire life, and how we can take the wheel and change that course if we are willing to work for it. By combining her own personal experience with interviews and journalistic research, Hovitz shows us, every step of the way, what it is like to finally move towards the light after so many years of darkness.”
--Maia Szalavitz, bestselling author and journalist for TIME
Hovitz's memoir is distinctive and larger than her own experience. Through her engaging and beautifully crafted narrative, we see the lasting scars that have lingered on so many of us.” Ilana Masad, reviewer, Read it Forward
Provides us with a timely account of the seen and unseen damage searing experiences and memories shape... Helaina Hovitz, in understated prose, takes us with her on her path away from PTSD. She does not shy away from nor minimize the effects of her trauma... Hovitz had the grit, determination and resources to pull herself out of the morass of PTSD. What about the rest of her generation growing up in this post-September 11 world?
...Throughout history witness-bearers through their stories provide personal glimpses into historic events that can otherwise become dates and place names and statistics. Hovitz’s book opens a window on one person’s journey in the aftermath of September 11. She has rendered a valuable service in adding her voice to the memory of this momentous interstice in world history.” -- Janet Levine, New York Journal of Books
A must-read, inspiring and impressive.” Jason Schott, Brooklyn Digest
A tightly-paced memoir of a girlhood in a combat zone: the United States. This book cuts through political commentary and cultural critique to give us a child's-eye view on New York City on 9/11, and reminds us that our lives are shaped in part by what we see and what we survive. Hovitz, a journalist, uses her strengths as a writer and reporter to unpack a powerful tale, and her experience as a survivor of PTSD to explore the impact of trauma on our lives. This is the 9/11 story - a story of children, families, and individuals - that is, as yet, untold.” Marya Hornbacher, award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author of the memoirs Madness: A Bipolar Life, and Wasted
About the Author
Jasmin Lee Cori MS, LPC, is a psychotherapist and author of Healing From Trauma: A Survivor's Guide to Understanding Your Symptoms and Reclaiming Your Life.
Patricia Harte Bratt, PhD, is the Director of the Academy of Clinical and Applied Psychoanalysis (ACAP), the President of the National Association for the Achievement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP), and the author of Reciprocal Resilience: Surprising Benefits for Clinicians of Listening to Stories of Trauma.
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The book is much more than a memoir, it's a testament to the power of personal transformation. Hovitz's story, although her own, is highly relatable. As a person of long-term recovery from depression and addiction myself, I cannot recommend this book any higher. The saving grace is that the story ends well, even after having suffered personal losses. The gains you will benefit from reading this fine work are numerous, but I'll summarize: 1) You will see how your story is not yet finished as well, and; 2) You will find yourself engrossed within the author's story since the book reads more like a engaging novel than a dry, unrelatable, airport memoir.
Buy this book. You won't be disappointed. I guarantee it! - D.D. Maurer, author of "Endure: The Power of Spiritual Assets for Resilience to Trauma & Stress."
The incredibly honest way that the author depicts in great detail the aberrant behavior that engulfed her for a decade and her determined efforts to normalize herself were what I found the most meaningful lesson learned from the memoir. Although she continued for a great while on a path to dysfunction and ruin, she never stopped looking for help and tried a plethora of avenues until she finally accomplished her goal.
This beautiful account of soul searching, non stoppable effort to rid herself of her demons and finally her path to success impacted itself on me in an important way. I was able to see patterns in my own life that have plagued me for a long time, but by practicing the lessons that her healers imparted to Helaina, I was able to work on changing my own weaknesses into strengths.
That was the most important, meaningful consequence for me of reading Helaina's book and I continue to reference the sections that deal with her path to success as she, in great detail, has included for our benefit.
Kudos to you, Helaina, for exhibiting a courage and bravery that would lead to helping others as well. You are a most remarkable woman.