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That Day In September by [Van Why, Artie]
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Length: 110 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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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 BookPleasures.com

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: 161 KB
  • Print Length: 110 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 LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001201BQY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #686,957 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"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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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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There has been (and will be) so much written about 9/11, but I found this short book touching and memorable. The police officers and firefighters at Ground Zero had years of training and experience in disasters. They responded exactly as expected and justifiably became national heroes.

The author is a quiet office worker who has struggled with unhappiness and personal problems. What he witnessed that day in September changed his life forever, as it did all of us. He's no hero, but I think the victims of that terrible tragedy would appreciate his heart-felt tribute.
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I thought the read very interesting and the honesty of the author authentic. We all have a story to tell and he told his with care and the eventual effect it had on him to re-assess his life. People react in different ways to trauma and nobody has the right to judge how another person reacts to such an unusual and dramatic event. I appreciate the authors story and willingness to share a little of his life story before telling of how September 11 enabled him to make a life changing decision about his career and move out of the rut he had become stuck in.
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This is the account of one mans experience of what happened to him and others on 9/11, it is a good reminder to never forget the horrors of what happened that day. Artie Van Why, gives us a bit of his life story prior to moving to NYC and what kept him there, so we have an idea of what he is like as a person. When this tragedy happened he was working for a law firm across from the trade centers and he gives us a description of what the buildings and plazas meant to the people who work in or around them. He shows us the activities that took place from concerts, the food vendors around the area (where he got his daily coffee), to his favorite bookstore, fountains, sculptures, a place to sit and relax on a break from work. We can see and feel the area, through his eyes, and then one day everything changes. A loud boom, which shook his building, everyone running outside to see what had happened and the horrors that they came face to face with. He gives us a feeling for what happened right after the explosion, and what he did then and in the weeks to come. A good insight as to how individuals, responds to tragedy.
He had a unique way of keeping his story alive for others not to forget.
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