911: The Book of Help by Michael Cart, Marc Aronson and Marianne Carus

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Stars: ****1/2

When I first saw this book I thought it was about calling 911 but it’s about 9/11 as in September 11, 2001.

Indeed the authors explain: “One of the awful ironies of the attacks is that they occurred on a date, 9/11, that is the same as the telephone number we are accustomed to call for emergency assistance. By calling this book 911: The Book of Help, we hope to underscore the fact that 911 must remain not only a telephone number but also a symbol of the selfless human capacity to aid those in every sort of need.”

Anyways, the book is an anthology of stories and poems written by those who were closely affected by the days events. The submissions are separated into four categories: Healing, Searching for History, Asking Why? Why? Why? and Reacting and Recovering. I really enjoyed reading the stories and even the poems (I’m not a poem person.) Some of the stories were actually hard to read, as they were first person accounts of what went down.

My favourite poem was Voices by Sonya Sones and my favourite story was The Decision to Go by David Paterson.

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