September 11

Wake-Up CallThis date will be imprinted forever in the minds of all Americans old enough to remember the events of that morning ten years ago.  Here are some audiobooks that examine the terror attacks and their aftermath, from the point of view of novelists, journalists, and memoirists:

Falling Man, by Don DeLillo – several ordinary New Yorkers cope with the changes brought about by the attack on Manhattan in this novel by a critically-acclaimed writer (CD)

Every Now and Then, by Karen Kingsbury – a man whose father died in the World Trade Center must learn to trust and love again in this novel, part of the inspirational September 11 series (CD and eAudio)

Firehouse, by David Halberstam – a journalist examines the bravery of New York’s firemen and their special bond (CD)

The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, by Lawrence Wright – this narrative history of the events leading to the attacks presents both American and Arab viewpoints (CD)

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer – a precocious nine-year-old boy struggles to come to terms with the loss of his father in the World Trade Center attacks (CD)

The Reluctant Fundamentalist, by Mohsin Hamid – a Pakistani American living the American dream finds his life and identity changing after 9/11 (CD)

Wake-Up Call: The Political Education of a 9/11 Widow, by Kristen Breitweiser – a woman remembers the quiet suburban family life shattered by the events of that day and recounts her transformation into an activist (eAudio)

Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World After September 11, by Thomas Friedman – a collection of the foreign affairs journalist’s columns during the year after 9/11 sheds light on how our country and world have changed (cassette)

Let’s Roll:  Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage, by Lisa Beamer – the widow of a 9/11 hero shares a message of courage and faith in the face of a horrifying tragedy (cassette)