This week we remember again the tragic events of September 11, 2001. The book display we created last year featured books documenting the assaults on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the failed assault on the Capitol Building by hijacked United Airlines Flight 93. The books didn’t check out. They had checked out the previous year but last year they didn't move. That set me to wondering if we had entered a new phase in our collective grieving.

This year I limited my book search for the display to titles published in 2011 and 2012. I was amazed at what came up. The stories that emerged from the catalog read like pearl makers; stories that enclosed the wounds from 9-11 in verbal nacre and built something new and life-giving around them.  If you’re interested in being uplifted in that way, browse through our Remembering display by the front door.

The Gulf Coast Reads book choice for this fall is also a pearl-maker. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer is the story of a boy trying to come to grips with the loss of his Dad in the World Trade Center. More of that later; but we have the book, the electronic book, and the CD audio book to check out if you want to read it along with library users all across the Upper Texas Gulf Coast. There’ll be a public book discussion on Tuesday, October 2nd, at 3 pm, and a showing of the movie version on Tuesday, October 9th at 6 pm, followed by a discussion.