Exploring September 11

Exploring September 11

The Aftermath

The Submission

cover photo: The Submission by Amy Waldman

Selected for a jury that must choose an appropriate memorial for September 11 victims, Claire Harwell struggles to navigate a media firestorm when the winning designer is revealed as an enigmatic Muslim-American.

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The Lake Shore Limited

cover photo: The Lake Shore Limited by Sue Miller

An insightful story examines how Wilhelmina "Billy" Gertz writes a play about the terrorist bombing of a train, how the work is then created anew by the actors and the director, and how the performance itself touches and changes the other characters' lives.

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Middletown, America: One Town's Passage from Trauma to Hope

cover photo: Middletown, America: One Town's Passage from Trauma to Hope by Gail Sheehy 974.71044 S54m

A portrait of Middletown, the New Jersey town that suffered the highest death toll in the World Trade Center terrorist attack, describes how the inhabitants dealt with their grief, anger, and trauma following September 11th.

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In the Shadow of No Towers

cover photo: In the Shadow of No Towers by Art Spiegelman 741.5973 fS75i

The creator of Maus conveys experience of the September 11th tragedy in a series of drawings and text that capture the horror of the event, its impact on his own life, and the dangerous erosion of American democracy that has occurred in the aftermath of the attack.

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist

cover photo: The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

A young Muslim American, Changez is living the American dream, with an education at an Ivy League college, high-paying job, and romance with Erica, a member of the elite New York social circles, until the events of September 11th turn his life upside down and force him to confront his personal allegiances.

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Double Vision

cover photo: Double Vision by Pat Barker

Profoundly affected by the events of September 11th and its aftermath, two British journalists return to England to face different fates, in a study of the effects of violence on those who come in contact with it.

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Longitudes and Attitudes: The World in the Age of Terrorism

cover photo: Longitudes and Attitudes: The World in the Age of Terrorism by Thomas L. Friedman 973.931 F91Lo

Collects the twice-weekly columns by the foreign affairs writer for the New York Times as published since September 11 to document the nation's emotional and analytical responses of the attacks and their aftermath.

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Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror

cover photo: Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror by Richard Clarke 363.32 C59a

Examines America's war on terror, both before and after September 11th, including what went right or wrong, the operations of al-Qaeda, the Department of Homeland Security, and other crucial actions of the Bush administration.

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The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century

cover photo: The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century by Steve Coll B B612C

This book, published in 2008, traces the Bin Laden family's rise to power and privilege, describes the diverse lifestyles of the generation to which Osama bin Laden belonged, and discusses their attempts to recover from the effects of September 11.

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Decision Points

cover photo: Decision Points by George W. Bush 973.931 B97d

George W. Bush offers a candid journey through the defining decisions of his life while writing about his flaws and mistakes, as well as his accomplishments. For more political autobiographies from 9/11, try Tony Blair's A Journey: My Political Life and Rudolph Giuliani's Leadership.

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The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan after the Taliban

cover photo: The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan after the Taliban by Sarah Chayes 958.1047 C51p

Presents an account of the return to the violence and corruption of warlord activity in Afghanistan after the displacement of the Taliban.

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Love Is the Higher Law

cover photo: Love Is the Higher Law by David Levithan

Three New York City teens express their reactions to the bombing of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, and its impact on their lives and the world.

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Terrorist

cover photo: Terrorist by John Updike

Eighteen-year-old Ahmad, the son of an Irish-American mother and long-gone Egyptian father, is contemptuous of the self-indulgent society surrounding him and, devoted to the teachings of Islam, becomes drawn into an insidious terrorist plot.

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Little Brother

cover photo: Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

After being interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, California, seventeen-year-old Marcus, released into what is now a police state, decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.

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The Post-American World: Release 2.0

cover photo: The Post-American World: Release 2.0 by Fareed Zakaria 303.49 Z21p 2011

Explores how the rapid rise of such nations as China, India, and Brazil is countering America's previous dominance over the global economy, geopolitics, and culture, and shares advice on how the United States can thrive in the face of international changes.

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