Seattle Reads 2012: If You Like Amy Waldman's "The Submission"

After the Fall
After the Fall New Yorkers Remember September 2001 and the Years That Followed Book - 2011 974.71044 Af89 2011 Available in some locations

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.

Chicago A Novel By Aswānī, ʻAlāʼ Book - 2007 FIC ASWANI 2007 Available in some locations

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.

Millennium People
Millennium People By Ballard, J. G. Book - 2011 FIC BALLARD 2011 Available in some locations

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.

Reluctant Hero
Reluctant Hero A 9/11 Survivor Speaks Out About That Unthinkable Day, What He's Learned, How He's Struggled, and What No One Should Ever Forget By Benfante, Michael Book - 2011 974.71044 B4361B 2011 Available in some locations

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.

The Longest War
The Longest War The Enduring Conflict Between America and Al-Qaeda By Bergen, Peter L. Book - 2011 909.831 B4531L 2011 Available in some locations

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.

Incendiary By Cleave, Chris Book - 2011 FIC CLEAVE 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Her husband and son killed in a terrorist bombing at a football match, a London woman shares the surreal aftermath in a letter to Osama Bin Laden.

Muslims in America
Muslims in America A Short History By Curtis, Edward E. Book - 2009 305.69709 C942M 2009 Available in some locations

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.

Falling Man
Falling Man A Novel By DeLillo, Don Book - 2007 FIC DELILLO 2007 Available in some locations

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.

House of Sand and Fog
House of Sand and Fog By Dubus, Andre Book - 1999 FIC DUBUS Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 5 copies

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.

102 Minutes
102 Minutes The Unforgettable Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers By Dwyer, Jim Book - 2011 974.71044 W89382o 2011 Available in some locations

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.

The Missing of the Somme
The Missing of the Somme By Dyer, Geoff Book - 2011 940.465 D9884M 2011 Available in some locations

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.

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close By Foer, Jonathan Safran Book - 2006 FIC FOER 2006 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 4 on 7 copies

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.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist
The Reluctant Fundamentalist By Hamid, Mohsin Book - 2007 FIC HAMID 2007 Available in some locations Holds: 6 on 6 copies

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.

Thunder Dog
Thunder Dog The True Story of A Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero By Hingson, Michael Book - 2011 974.71044 H591H 2011 Available in some locations

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.

Inside 9-11
Inside 9-11 What Really Happened Book - 2002 973.931 In722 2002 All copies in use Availability details

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.

Islam The Religion and the People By Lewis, Bernard Book - 2009 297 L5853i 2009 Available in some locations

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.

The Dark Side
The Dark Side The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into A War on American Ideals By Mayer, Jane Book - 2008 973.931 M4525D 2008 Available in some locations

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.

Saturday By McEwan, Ian Book - 2005 FIC MCEWAN 2005 Available in some locations Holds: 5 on 8 copies

Annotation:London neurosurgeon Henry Perowne sets out for a Saturday of playing squash, seeing family and running errands – until unexpected violence changes everything.

The Lake Shore Limited
The Lake Shore Limited By Miller, Sue Book - 2010 FIC MILLER 2010 Available in some locations

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.

The Mirage
The Mirage By Ruff, Matt Book - 2012 FIC RUFF 2012 Available in some locations

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.

The Writing on the Wall
The Writing on the Wall A Novel By Schwartz, Lynne Sharon Book - 2005 FIC SCHWART 2005 Available in some locations

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.

To Heal A Nation
To Heal A Nation The Vietnam Veterans Memorial By Scruggs, Jan C. Book - 1985 R959.7043 Scr75T In-library use only in some locations

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.

A Decade of Hope
A Decade of Hope Stories of Grief and Endurance From 9/11 Families and Friends By Smith, Dennis Book - 2011 974.71044 Sm546D 2011 Available in some locations

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.

The Black Banners
The Black Banners The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against Al-Qaeda By Soufan, Ali H. Book - 2011 973.931 Q11S 2011 Available in some locations

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.

Project Rebirth
Project Rebirth Survival and the Strength of the Human Spirit From 9/11 Survivors By Stern, Robin Book - 2011 974.71044 St457P 2011 Available in some locations

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.

Where You Left Me
Where You Left Me A Memoir By Trulson, Jennifer Gardner Book - 2011 974.71044 T769T 2011 Available in some locations

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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