||June 23, 2006
We all have a story of where we were the morning of September 11, 2001. This is one of them.
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That Day In September
We all have our stories to tell of where we were the morning of September 11, 2001. This is one of them.
In That Day In September Artie Van Why gives an eyewitness account of that fateful morning. From the moment he heard "a loud boom" in his office across from the World Trade Center, to stepping out onto the street, Artie vividly transports the reader back to the day that changed our lives and our country forever.
That Day In September takes you beyond the events of that morning. By sharing his thoughts, fears and hopes, Artie expresses what it was like to be in New York City in the weeks and months following.
The reader comes away from That Day In September with not only a more intimate understanding of the events of that day but also with a personal glimpse of how one person's life was dramatically changed forever.
I don't remember which came first, the shudder of the building or the loud sound. They probably came at the same time.
I don't remember how long it took before someone ran into the word processing center where I worked and told us that a plane had hit one of the World Trade Center towers. It seemed like seconds but was probably at least a minute or two.
In whatever the order, there was a loud boom; our building shook, and then there was quiet. My coworkers and I looked at one another.
I remember saying, "What was that?" Someone else asked, "Was that thunder?" What it had sounded like to me was as if a huge, metal trash dumpster had been dropped onto the 24th floor above me. That would have explained the reverberations of the building I had felt, but I knew there was no construction going on up there. Had something possibly exploded?
Someone ran into the center and told us that a secretary, who had just come to work, was hysterical, saying that a plane had hit one of the towers and that it was like a war zone out there. One of our phones rang, and it was our supervisor, calling from home. She screamed to the person who answered something about seeing it on TV and for us to, "Get out of the building!"
What? My initial reaction was to go downstairs and see what was going on; more out of curiosity than alarm. I went to the elevator bank, along with a few other people who had the same idea. As we descended, though I didn't consciously think it through, I know I assumed a light plane had smashed into the tower. I imagined a small hole in the building, with the back end of a plane sticking out. Our conversation, as we headed down from the 23rd floor, was tinged with nervousness, but not fear. When the elevator doors opened to our lobby, I took a quick right and walked through a side revolving door.
As I passed through that door and out onto the street, three things went through my mind. The secretary was right; it did look like a war zone. It also looked like a movie set for a disaster film. And it was like going through the door in "The Wizard of Oz", walking out into a world that was unlike anything that I could ever have possibly imagined.
From Kim the Book Worm Blog
This book is absolutely the most humbling book I've ever read. The way in which Artie has perfectly written this personal tribute and memoir is reflective, overwhelming, amazing and is a piece of history which I will keep on my bookshelves and pass on to my very young son to help him understand what actually happened on that day, and for us all to look back at in years to come. This tribute from Artie Van Why is simply perfect!
From Sinnful Books Blog
This book has left me utterly speechless; completely at a loss for words. . . . Artie's story adds flesh, detail, and humanity to the tragedy. What makes his story more profound is his personal experiences before the occurrences of that nightmare.
This book was moving and riveting. To say I didn't read it with a box of tissues nearby would be a lie. Even though I was moved by the events at the time, this story brought me to a deeper level of understanding and compassion. If you really want to understand the events of 9/11, read this book. Honestly, we owe it to ourselves to remember and not forget.
From Author Exposure Blog
"That Day in September" is an awe-inspiring, breathtaking, and honest look at the events of that day from the view of those standing on what is now known as "Ground Zero."
Artie's story was simple, raw, and honest. . . . I wouldn't change anything about this book. . . . I was able to gain a new perspective outside of my own and it was painfully beautiful to read.
I cannot recommend this well written, breathtaking, and somber story highly enough. I think every American should read it. I appreciate Artie's honesty and willingness to tell us his story. This book will change you in a positive manner and remind you of simple truths that we should never forget.
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