9/11 AND HOME
On September 10, 2001, a haggard Chicago lawyer just wanted to go home. But the weather in Newark, and a little thing called 9/11, got in his way. Let's just start with this, though: 9/11 and Home is not truly a 9/11 book, so feel free to place any knee-jerk red flags you may think you see safely into your natty little pocket. That quite historic event is merely the backdrop for this irreverent, brutally honest and compelling, true story of both temporary and life-long friends facing a wild assortment of unique challenges. Those challenges initially derive from the tragedy we're all so familiar with but. in actuality, this is no more "another 9/11 book" than Titanic was a movie about "proper boat maintenance." This book is decidedly different, and actually represents an entirely unique style of writing. A new genre.
9/11 and Home is a highly quirky memoir/work-of-narrative-non-fiction which creatively chronicles a rapid-fire, page turning array of intense, and alternately quite funny, experiences and relationships forged by strangers from around the U.S. and the world during the week of the attacks. It's simply a very humorous and compelling recounting of one stressed-out attorney's experiences while stranded for a week in a huge Newark hotel--all after eye-witnessing each Trade Center tower collapse upon itself.
Life, death, sex, drugs, race, religion, politics---it's all here. As opposed to stories of direct victims, caregivers or rescuers during that week, this book is about how the rest of us experienced 9/11. And "Home" is what the book is ultimately about: what home actually is, what it means to us as Americans, and all of our individually funny, weird, sad, great, and very-personal impressions of it. 9/11 and Home is, shamelessly, about just that.
"If you've ever finished a book and had to sit back for a moment and collect yourself, you should definitely take this ride."
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