Seattle Reads 2012: If You Like Amy Waldman's "The Submission"
Annotation:Editors from Columbia University’s Oral History Research Office present stories of the attacks and their aftermath, conveying the immediacy and horror of the scene around the World Trade Center Towers.
Annotation:The divergent views and beliefs of Egyptian students and teachers at an American medical school reach the boiling point when their nation’s dictator pays a visit.
Annotation:Explosions rock the London streets as a cult of well-to-do liberal intelligentsia rises up to protest their own ennui, in a trenchant satire on civilization and its discontents.
Annotation:Benfante — catapulted to hero status after he and a co-worker were photographed carrying a woman in a wheelchair down 68 floors and out of the World Trade Center just minutes before it imploded — tells his post-9/11 tale of emotional and economic hardships, and the searing guilt of a survivor.
Annotation:Bergen describes success and failure in the “war on terror,” discussing Al-Qaeda’s misunderstanding of the West, and the lessons that the U.S. military learned from its mistakes in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Annotation:A succinct history spanning centuries, hitting the major chronological points and historical details of Muslims living in North America, and covering both Middle- Eastern immigrant and American Muslims.
Annotation:On 9/11 thousands of individual stories converged and blew apart again in a widening arc. Survivor Keith Neudecker struggles to understand what he and his world have become.
Annotation:The competing needs and dreams of an American woman losing her grip and an Iranian emigrant struggling for a foothold rush ominously towards each other in this tragic masterpiece of misunderstanding.
Annotation:9/11 stories from the perspective of those inside the World Trade Center, from the moment the first plane hit at 8:46 a.m. to the collapse of the North Tower at 10:28 a.m.
Annotation:A moving and thought-provoking meditation on mourning, remembrance, and how the memorials we erect shape our collective memory of history and tragedy, in this case World War I.
Annotation:When his father dies in the 9/11 attacks, precocious nine-year-old Oskar Schell is left with a mystery to solve, the answer to which proves to be nothing less than the meaning of life itself.
Annotation:Pakistani-American Changez is shaken to the core on 9/11, but the resulting journey of conscience he makes is a righteous path that he must walk alone.
Annotation:A memorable story of survival by Michael Hingson and his guide dog Roselle, who guided him down 78 stories and through the streets of New York filled with debris.
Annotation:A comprehensive account of the September 11 terrorist attacks, a chilling yet compelling study of the terrorists, their victims, and the loved ones left behind.
Annotation:Langewiesche, with unrestricted access to Manhattan’s Ground Zero during the post-September 11 cleanup, tells a monumental story, an intimate depiction of ordinary Americans reacting to grandscale tragedy at their best and sometimes their worst.
Annotation:An accessible introduction to Muslims and their faith, which replaces dangerous characterizations of Islam as an enemy with an understanding of Islam as a faith intimately connected to Christianity and Judaism.
Annotation:A dramatic account of how the United States made terrible decisions in the pursuit of terrorists around the world — decisions that violated the Constitution and hampered the pursuit of Al Qaeda.
Annotation:London neurosurgeon Henry Perowne sets out for a Saturday of playing squash, seeing family and running errands – until unexpected violence changes everything.
Annotation:Having lost her boyfriend on 9/11, Billy writes a play that explores her own guilty ambivalence, showing how art can express and embody our complex thoughts and feelings.
Annotation:Who can forget the events of 11/9/2001, when American Christian fundamentalists attacked the United Arab States? This thought-provoking thriller by a Seattle author holds a mirror up to madness.
Annotation:Renata has had more than her share of grief and loss, but more trauma starts as she walks across the Brooklyn Bridge to work and sees “a huge marigold bursting open” as a plane crashes into the towers.
Annotation:A moving and inspiring account of the inside story of the building of the Vietnam Vererans Memorial. Initially controversial, Maya Lin's stunningly simple concept, two polished granite walls in the shape of a V, now stands on Washington's Mall.
Annotation:Former firefighter Dennis Smith examines the lives of the 9/11 first responders, their families, and the families of the victims, and how they have fared in the decade since the tragedy.
Annotation:Soufan was the FBI’s most knowledgeable special agent dealing with al-Qaeda’s activities, and became the source of the most useful actionable intelligence on this terrorist organization. Purportedly, the best and most original book published in the West on al-Qaeda.
Annotation:A psychologist and a journalist examine the lives of nine people who were directly affected by the events of September 11, 2001, and whose lives were forever changed by the tragedy.
Annotation:After losing her husband at the World Trade Center, Trulson gradually regained her ability to love, and achieved a balance between grief and life-affirming determination.
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