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That Day In September by [Van Why, Artie]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 161 KB
  • Print Length: 110 pages
  • Publisher: Van Hughes Publishing (is association with Lulu Press); 1 edition (27 Dec. 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001201BQY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #273,175 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
I feel that words cannot really describe my thoughts on this book, it completely blew me away. I will try my best to put my thoughts into words, just don't expect too much!

At first I was a little unsure about reading a book based on September the 11th, not because I had no interest in the subject but because there was a part of my that thought it didn't seem right to make money out of a tragedy such as that day, but once I started `getting to know' Artie I didn't feel that way any more. It felt more like he was helping people to understand while relieving his own pain. I can imagine that writing about what happened that day must have been difficult for him.

In terms of read-a-bility for such a difficult matter That Day in September was surprisingly easy to read. The book was short (less than 100 pages) and the language was simple, so I managed to read the whole thing in less than an hour while waiting for the boyfriend in a coffee shop. However the simplicity didn't take anything away from the subject matter (at least in terms of emotional impact), if anything it let events speak for themselves. I liked that Van Why left things unsaid, sometimes words cannot match an emotion or an image, who can really describe what we all saw (whether in person or through the television) that day?

I did find myself wanting to e-mail Van Why as soon as I had read the book. Wanting to write about what I had read and urge you all to read it. What a shame I was nowhere near a computer!
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That Day in September is a personal account of an eyewitness to 9/11. Unfortunately the first disappointment of the book is the realisation that instead of the book being written by someone who was in the Twin Towers, the Pentagon or a first responder, as I first assumed, it is actually by someone who was very close to the World Trade Centre that day but was never actually inside, and was in fact only in the area for a very short time after the planes hit. Indeed, very little of the book is actually a description of what he witnessed that morning, although some of the description he gives is harrowing, such as watching a pile of bodies grow as people started jumping from windows.

The vast majority of the book is the author's life story, he talks about being gay and moving to New York, having a dead end job and eventually becoming an actor after releasing that life was too short to be held back. Unfortunately none of this is particularly interesting, and as Artie Van Why wasn't vastly more affected (in an overall perspective) than most others by 9/11, the post 9/11 events don't hold the same draw as those told by those more profoundly affected like the victims families.

I think That Day in September is more of a cathartic experience for the author than a real attempt at producing a bestselling account of that day, and in this I hope it succeeded.

Overall, there is not really anything special about Artie's short account, as he didn't really experience anything differently to thousands of New Yorkers, and wasn't really involved in the events of 9/11 for very long. As such it is not really an interesting read and is not a book I would recommend.

[A review copy was provided by the author]
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Artie Van Why lived in New York City for 26 years and worked across from the World Trade Center. He was there in the streets the morning of 9/11 and his book That Day In September is Artie's personal tribute to honor those who died.

That Day In September chronicles Artie's eyewitness account of the attack on the World Trade Center and the weeks and months following. Most people remember exactly what they were doing on that dreadful day and where they were when they watched the televised footage of the horror that took place but is nothing compared to the atrocities and awfulness that people who were actually there must have experienced.

This book is absolutely the most humbling book I've ever read. The emotions that have come from someone who has actually experienced such trauma from the minute that when at work he heard the first boom and wondered what on earth it was, to finding out what it was and seeing, feeling and hearing how it was affecting both himself and the people around him at the actual time is remarkable. They 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

I cannot possibly imagine how anyone who experienced this day for real would feel. For those who lost loved friends and relatives, my heart goes out to you. Bless you all. This tribute from Artie Van Why is simply perfect!
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Format: Paperback
That Day in September is an eyewitness account of that tragic day written by Artie Van Why.

Artie hears the first "loud boom" whilst sat in his office which was just across from the World Trade Center on the morning of 9/11 . Stepping out onto the street, Artie tells from his perspective everything he saw and heard from that moment on and how that day changed the world as we know it.

Packed full of raw emotion and honesty, it is very difficult to review a subject matter that is so hard to comprehend, let alone read. I read the 84 pages in one sitting as I felt I couldn't put it down despite the chill that ran down my back whilst reading it. Artie is so honest about how he felt, what he saw and how that day in September changed him and New York as he saw it. Artie writes on the back of the cover " 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". This is so true. His tears were mixed with mine as I read.

With the 10th anniversary fast approaching I'm so pleased I read this book and can continue to understand the pain these people went through. This is just one account but you certainly feel transported to what is now Ground Zero and whilst parts are hard to read, it happened and it was real it is not a story.

Thank you Artie for your very personal account which is very gripping and my heart goes out to you all.
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