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Trivia question:

What do the following books have in common?

■ Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary
■ Isak Dinesen’s Out of Africa
■ Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude
■ Voltaire’s Candide
■ Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front
■ Vonnegut’s God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
■ Charles Portis’ True Grit
■ George Orwell’s Down and Out in Paris and London

Answer:

They’re all featured in Read This Next: 500 of the Best Books You’ll Ever Read by Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman. Right next to my own Tower Stories: An Oral History of 9/11.

Mittelmark and Newman write:

“Damon DiMarco wandered through New York in the weeks after the attack on the Twin Towers collecting the first person accounts that comprise Tower Stories: An Oral History of 9/11. As you might expect, the result is a series of seriously tear-jerking stories of loss, heroism, and horror.”

Well.

I still wish that Tower Stories never had to be written. But as years pass, it’s nice to see that it’s keeping good company.

I'm giving away five copies of "Tower Stories" to anyone who writes a review of my new book "My Two Chinas: The Memoir of a Chinese Counterrevolutionary" with Baiqiao Tang (foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama).

Want to know more? Click here:

http://www.damondimarco.com/author/?p...


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About Tower Stories: An Oral History of 9/11



“The only widely available oral history of 9/11 from the perspective of New Yorkers, this monumental work (originally released by Revolution in 2004) has been updated for the sixth anniversary of the national tragedy. In the weeks following the World Trade Center attack, DiMarco, in the tradition of Studs Terkel, wandered Manhattan collecting the stories of Gothamites who survived the collapse of the towers, came to help or simply bore witness-whether from elsewhere in the city, across the country or overseas . . . DiMarco’s contribution to the memory of that horrific day is enormous; the testimonies collected here form an amazing, one-of-a-kind account.”

STAR REVIEW from Publisher’s Weekly

“. . .unique, a multitude of firsthand experiences preserved as few other 9/11 books have done. This second edition is expanded with many more photographs and with updates about a number of the witnesses interviewed. Recommended for all public and undergraduate libraries.”

Margaret Heilbrun for Library Journal

“While the events of that day were tragic, inspirational reading experience. Most people experienced the terrorist attacks from a safe distance. Like me, many witnessed the events unfold on television. This book not only puts human faces with the events but also gives a glimpse into the rich culture of New Yorkers. While many of the contributors are obviously still struggling to come to grips with the events of that day, they are survivors, and for that reason, they have earned my admiration. Their stories need to be told and preserved as part of the historical record, and DiMarco does this in a compelling fashion.”

Journal of Folklore Research

“I hope this book remains in print for a very long time to come, because everyone should read it. Our children should read it. With regard to 9/11, we-as a people-cannot allow a myth to take root. We must ground ourselves in our pain if we have any hope of moving forward. And move forward we must.”

Thomas Kean, Chairman, 9/11 Commission (From the Foreword of Tower Stories)

“This book defends the understanding, as also the horror, of that day. We are indebted to Mr. DiMarco for the effort and for the editorial acuity.”

William F. Buckley, Jr.
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Published on March 14, 2011 07:04 • 79 views • Tags: 2001, 9-11, best-books, damon-dimarco, freedom-tower, new-york-city, oral-history, reflecting-pool, september-11, tower-stories, twin-towers, world-trade-center
BookExpo America (commonly referred to within the book publishing industry as BEA) is the largest annual book trade fair in the United States. BEA is almost always held in a major city over four days in late May and/or early June. Nearly all significant book publishers in the United States, and many from abroad, have booths and exhibits at BEA, and use the fair as an opportunity to showcase upcoming titles, sell current books, socialize with colleagues from other publishing houses, and sell and buy subsidiary rights and international rights (although not on the scale of the rights negotiation that occurs at the Frankfurt Book Fair in October). Authors, librarians, and buyers for book retailers also attend the event.

Visit BEA’s website here: http://www.bookexpoamerica.com/.

Damon DiMarco will be at the booth for Santa Monica Press (http://www.santamonicapress.com/), the publishers of Tower Stories: An Oral History of 9/11 all three days (May 24, 25, 26). If you’re at the Javits Center for BEA this year, drop in and say hi.
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Published on May 03, 2011 11:53 • 87 views • Tags: bea, bookexpo-america, creative-nonfiction, damon-dimarco, oral-history, september-11, september-11th, world-trade-center
East Central College of Union, Missouri will host two nights of readings from my book Tower Stories: An Oral History of 9/11 as part of their commermoration of 9/11, this coming September.

Publishers Weekly called Tower Stories:

“. . . monumental . . . In the weeks following the World Trade Center attack, DiMarco, in the tradition of Studs Terkel, wandered Manhattan collecting the stories of Gothamites who survived the collapse of the towers, came to help or simply bore witness-whether from elsewhere in the city, across the country or overseas . . . DiMarco’s contribution to the memory of that horrific day is enormous; the testimonies collected here form an amazing, one-of-a-kind account.”

Library Journal called Tower Stories:

“…unique, a multitude of firsthand experiences preserved as few other 9/11 books have done. This second edition is expanded with many more photographs and with updates about a number of the witnesses interviewed. Recommended for all public and undergraduate libraries.”

Interested in doing a reading event at your theater, college or university, or civic group? All public readings of material from Tower Stories: An Oral History of 9/11 are subject to a performance royalty, as well as certain contracual agreements and restrictions. Please e-mail info@towerstories.org or mail@damondimarco.com to request a Royalty Application.
Odyssey Networks is the nation’s largest multi-faith coalition dedicated to promoting tolerance, peace and social justice through the production and distribution of media. Odyssey’s membership includes over 60 faith groups and organizations. A list of member faith groups and organizations is available on their website’s member section.

Damon was interviewed as part of the Network’s new mobile smartphone app, “Call on Faith” for iPhone, Blacberry, and Android. ”Call on Faith” features over 120 videos representing faiths from around the world and across all cultures. Look for Damon talking about his book "Tower Stories: An Oral History of 9/11" in the Call on Faith “ON Page” section next month. Other features authors include Lauren Hillenbrand, Ashley Judd, and Conor Grennan.

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Published on June 22, 2011 08:38 • 68 views • Tags: 9-11, american-history, damon-dimarco, ground-zero, oral-history, september-11, september-11th, tower-stories, world-trade-center
My book “Tower Stories: An Oral History of 9/11” was named one of the “Best Books on 9/11 by Yahoo’s Associated Content.

Stacy Laatsch for Yahoo! Contributor Network writes:

“The events of 9/11 have been chronicled and detailed and analyzed and agonized over in the passing years as Americans try to come to terms and make sense of the tragedy. The best books about September 11 attempt to explain what happened that Tuesday morning and to give comfort to grieving Americans . . . Personal stories of the victims in the air and in the World Trade Center are the subject of many best books about the September 11 attacks . . . Tower Stories: An Oral History of 9/11 by Damon DiMarco and Thomas Kean incorporates the victims’ stories, as well as the testimonies of other New Yorkers who were affected by the attacks . . . Humans are natural storytellers. Stories help us to manage and make sense of our lives, especially the fearsome circumstances or tragedies that sometimes happen. For many years to come, readers will turn to books about September 11 to help understand the tragedy that occurred that day.”

To read the whole article, go here: http://www.associatedcontent.com/arti...

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About “Tower Stories: An Oral History of 9/11“


According to a starred review from Publishers Weekly, “Tower Stories: An Oral History of 9/11” is:

“The only widely available oral history of 9/11 from the perspective of New Yorkers . . . [a] monumental work . . . In the weeks following the World Trade Center attack, DiMarco, in the tradition of Studs Terkel, wandered Manhattan collecting the stories of Gothamites who survived the collapse of the towers, came to help or simply bore witness-whether from elsewhere in the city, across the country or overseas . . . DiMarco’s contribution to the memory of that horrific day is enormous; the testimonies collected here form an amazing, one-of-a-kind account.”

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According to Library Journal:

“The material it offers is unique, a multitude of firsthand experiences preserved as few other 9/11 books have done.”
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Published on August 09, 2011 12:59 • 73 views • Tags: 9-11, creative-nonfiction, damon-dimarco, oral-history, september-11, september-11th, tower-stories
The site for my book Tower Stories: An Oral History of 9/11 was recently redesigned by SternDMB. Check it out!

www.towerstories.org
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Published on September 07, 2011 08:18 • 85 views • Tags: 9-11, damon-dimarco, oral-history, september-11

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