A few months ago I started putting together a
list of holidays and dates to use for displays. That was the first time I
thought of 9/11 as a retailer. I knew right away that we wouldn't have
promotions related to this horrible date and I was sure we wouldn't display 9/11
There are really interesting books out
commemorating 9/11. Some had already been published, some reissued etc but they
got me thinking. A bookstore is a place of ideas. The books are no different
than any history book. Displaying them is not the same as marketing or
Like everyone else I will pay my respects to
those who lost loved ones that day. Brian and I were fortunate not to have a
close connection. His sister lives there but we heard she was ok early on. My
brother lost a close friend but I never knew the firned.I was an American who
counted my blessings and was sad for the victims and the nation as a whole.
Matt was in 6th
and Meg was a 4th grader. We talked about it as
much as any families may have but I avoided any and all news coverage after the
first few days. I had lost my mom and dad and grandma in '98 so to be honest I
was not looking for anything else to grieve.
I knew there were countless incredibly sad
stories being told but I chose not to face them. At about the 5 year mark I made
a point to watch anniversary coverage and prayed for the victim's families that
were depicted so sadly.
After the deaths I experienced I vowed never to
judge how anyone grieves. That said, I personally found some of these books an
interesting way to pay my respects. Not exactly the same as knowing history so
as not to repeat it but close to that.
Please feel free to come in and take a look at
these books over the next week or so. Or not... (well, I mean come in anyway,
you know what I mean!)
1.Angel In The Rubble The Miraculous Rescue of
9/11's Last Survivor
The title is self explanatory. This book has been
described as impossible to put down and inspiring. It chronicles Genelle's life
fulfilling the promises she made to God if she were to survive as she lay
trapped for hours.
2.Faces Of Hope, Babies Born On 9/11 (2002)
There is also an updated version showing cute
pictures of these now 10 year olds. Christina Naman Pesera compiled this book as
a way of expressing her grief and looking for hope which anyone can find in the
faces of newborns.
She also concludes a sad but fitting tribute to
Christina Taylor Green who was shot and killed on 1/8/2011 in Tucson.
3.The Legacy Letters: Messages Of Life and Hope
From The Families Of 9/11
Ten years after the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the family members
of one hundred of the individuals lost on that terrible day look back-and
forward-in this inspiring collection of letters.
The letters are written by brothers, mothers,sisters, any and all family
members in the hope of honoring their loved one's memories and add to the
purpose of their lives taken away so tragically.
The People Speak
I love this one. It is short but very moving. It is a compilation of messages
that have been left at the Trade Center site. Below is the description of the
author, Lee Ielpi:
Lee Ielpi is a
native of Great Neck, New York. Lee is a father of two girls, Anne Marie and
Melissa, and two boys, Jonathan and Brendan, and grandfather of seven
grandchildren. Lee volunteered with his local Great Neck Vigilant Fire
Department and spent his career as a firefighter with the New York City Fire
Department serving as a member of Rescue 2. Since losing his son Jonathan Lee
Ielpi, Squad 288, FDNY, at the World Trade Center, Lee has dedicated himself to
responding to the attacks on the World Trade Center with an eye towards
making tomorrow a better day. He joined with the September 11th Families'
Association in November 2001 to represent the interests of the 9/11 community.
Lee has served on the Board of Directors since 2002 and has served as the Board
President since 2007. In 2004, Lee along with Jennifer Adams co-founded the
Tribute WTC Visitor Center.
There is also the official 9/11 Report and books on Al Qaeda and The Patriot
Act, every subject related to the last 10 years.
Lastly, there are even a few children's books. One of them will have me
thinking for a long time. I would love to know what people think of it when they
come in the store.
America Is Under Attack: September 11th,
2001 by Don Brown
Don Brown is apparently known for writing non-fiction really well for
children. He has written military stories and about the Titanic etc. I have read
his 9/11 book a few times now. It is written really well. I think the
illustrations are fantastic too and that's my problem. Even as a mom who
discussed anything and everything with our kids at a level they could
understand, i.e. teachable moments I can't imagine reading this to them! That is
not a judgment in any way about anyone who would. I also know there is already
discussion about making sure future generations understand what happened that
day. Well make no mistake about it, if you read this to them at bedtime,
The other children's book we have I highly recommend.
Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J Harvey. Written by Maira Kalman
in 2002 it does a great job of explaining what the fireboats did and do and how
they were called into action that day.
So, yes, I will admit that I like that book much better because of its
“happy” ending. I'm not giving too much away if I tell you the John J Harvey was
retired, a hero, after 9/11. (They depict the tragedy that the boat is
responding to but the beginning and end are about the boat.)
Maybe some of you will think its obvious to want the “happy”ending book,
maybe not. That's what makes parenting such a challenge.
No matter what I hope you stop in and take a look. We'll still have most of
the titles later but they'll be mixed back in on the shelves. One last note:
please ask about the books related to Hurricane Katrina. Just as fascinating and