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That Day In September

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  172 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
Countless heroes emerged from the chaos of Sept. 11, and by selflessly sharing his story, Van Why must be counted among their number.
- David C. Nichols, The Los Angeles Times

We all have our stories to tell of where we were the morning of September 11, 2001. This is one of them. In That Day In September Artie Van Why gives an eyewitness account of that fateful morning. Fr
Kindle Edition, 84 pages
Published (first published June 23rd 2006)
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Aug 11, 2011 L_manning rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think almost everyone can remember where they were on September 11, 2001. I can remember exactly what I was doing when I heard about the first plane and the confusion about what was going on. I can remember how my heart sank as the reality of the situation hit me. I can remember the horror of watching it all unfold on television. New York City is a city I love, and I could never imagine having been there on that day. Artie Van Why doesn't have to wonder because he knows. He was there. This boo ...more
Jenna Anderson
Aug 13, 2011 Jenna Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We are coming up on the tenth anniversary of 9/11. It doesn’t seem possible that ten years have gone by.

I think back to where I was on that day - working an HR job I hated. I’d become the gopher-girl for all the employees. A one-person compliant department. If something went wrong, they all came running to me to gripe. On that day in September the TV cart was missing and needed for a meeting. A disgruntled worker ran to me and ordered me to find it. I did find it, in the cafeteria tuned into th
Karen  (EarthAngel2911)
I was fortunate enough to win this book in a First Reads giveaway and read it as soon as I received it. This book is very unimposing at only 87 pages, but who says a book must have a lot of pages to be powerful? The author isn't profuse with his words, but he doesn't have to be. The simple structure he uses easily portrays the deep emotions of this infamous day in history.

Van Why doesn't limit his experience to the events of September 11, 2011. The first few chapters alternate between pieces o
Donna McBroom-Theriot
“I saw many people lose their lives that morning. In particular, I think of the many people I saw jump to their deaths. I think of their courage, knowing they were going to die. I think of that one moment in which they watch had to decide for themselves how their lives were going to end. They had to choose how to die. They took that leap.”

“And to honor those who are gone, I will not forget to live.”

My Thoughts:

I felt it was imperative to open this review with the quote from the book rather than
Sep 02, 2011 Marie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs, nonfiction

Artie Van Why worked right across from the twin towers on that fateful day in 2001. This book is his personal account of September 11 and its aftermath on his life.

Written in a very simple style and self published, the book describes Artie's life in New York (how he ended up there and got discouraged while pursuing his dream to be an actor). He worked in a law firm's word processing center across from the World Trade Center, and on the morning of 9/11 he h
Mark Maguire
Jun 18, 2014 Mark Maguire rated it really liked it
This was a worthwhile and thought-provoking read, which added another dimension to my understanding of 'that day in September'. Having a read a number of key works surrounding 9/11 chronology; accounts of the First Responders, and some conspiracy theory - related works, my understanding of the events was somewhat one-sided. The emergence of this autobiographical work was timely, as it brought to the fore the notion of coping and operating with the 'post 9/11 World' which was something that I had ...more
I received this book through First Reads giveaways and after reading it I felt compelled to send the author a note of appreciation for putting his memories in writing. This book is an excellent reminder of what our country faced that day, and the capacity for evil in this world. But, as we Americans also demonstrated, the capacity for love is so much greater.

We must never forget.
Originally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on Aug 23 2011:

I’ve been meaning to read this for a while; I’ve had it for a while, but somehow I just kept not doing it, without intentionally avoiding to. A few nights ago, during my usual bouts of insomnia, I watched another documentary about 9/11. I’ve been watching these sort of documentaries for years already, just like everybody else, but it’s always the same things that get me crying, almost hysterically. Anyway, after a few intense cry sessio
Dec 09, 2014 Jenni rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
That Day in September is a personal account of an eyewitness to 9/11. Unfortunately the first disappointment of the book is the realisation that instead of the book being written by someone who was in the Twin Towers, the Pentagon or a first responder, as I first assumed, it is actually by someone who was very close to the World Trade Centre that day but was never actually inside, and was in fact only in the area for a very short time after the planes hit. Indeed, very little of the book is actu ...more
Feb 25, 2016 Alison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is the account of one mans experience of what happened to him and others on 9/11, it is a good reminder to never forget the horrors of what happened that day. Artie Van Why, gives us a bit of his life story prior to moving to NYC and what kept him there, so we have an idea of what he is like as a person. When this tragedy happened he was working for a law firm across from the trade centers and he gives us a description of what the buildings and plazas meant to the people who work
Aug 24, 2011 Dreamybee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I really appreciated this look at the events of September 11, 2001. Van Why talks about his experience on that day but also of the days following, how he and his fellow New Yorkers went about getting back to their lives. The world stopped...but then it had to start again, and how do you start again after something like that?

This is by no means an exhaustive, in-depth disaster-survival story, but Van Why's account brought this story home to me in a way that nothing else had before. I've never be
Jul 28, 2011 Kelli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such a good book. It was powerful, touching, and moving. I read the first page just to make sure the document was formatted properly for my Nook, and found myself unable to put the book down. I have not read any books about 9/11 until now, and I'm glad that I started with this one.

That Day in September is a personal account of 9/11. It doesn't give technical details on any of the events or aftermath of that day. Artie Van Why doesn't talk about the politics of it all. Instead, he talks
Janette Fuller
Jul 05, 2011 Janette Fuller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography-memoir
Most people remember exactly where they were and what they were doing on the morning of September 11, 2001. Artie Van Why shares his personal story of the events of that terrible day in "That Day In September". This is a compelling memoir about how Mr. Van Why came to live in New York City and was working near the World Trade Center in a building across the street from the Twin Towers. His experiences at Ground Zero were shocking and unforgettable. This is one man's story of how he survived a da ...more
Jul 08, 2012 Jill rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 9-11
My interest in all things relating to 9/11 led me to this very short book touted as a “ …deeply moving depiction of one man's experiences …” in the hopes of hearing a more “up close and personal” account than I had read thus far. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed. This is a short book anyway, and the author spends the first 1/4 + talking about his struggle with homosexuality and alcoholism. The background information would have been a positive had the book been longer, but as it is, the sub ...more
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
There is no way to be analytical about this book because of the subject matter. This is an event that affected all Americans, regardless of where they lived, their race, religion, age. Artie Van Why tells us "This just happens to be my story. . . no more important or significant than yours. Just from my perspective. My experience."

He was working in an office building across the street from the World Trade Center on that morning. He experienced first hand the unbelief, shock, devastation in the
Sep 13, 2011 Gmr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not going to rehash what the book covers in full because that should be fairly obvious however I will say that the author also inserts his personal life and reactions surrounding the time which takes away any potential clinical aspect it could have suffererd. The life experiences included help us to connect with the author on a more personal note and see this everyday person in the extreme circumstances they were placed. It does not become overly descriptive while still conveying the horrors ...more
Nikki Bywater
Aug 11, 2011 Nikki Bywater rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We can all remember where we were on the fateful morning of September 11th 2001. Even those of us who were not in New York witnessed the horror of what happened on the television. Artie was present in New York on that morning at work across from the World Trade Centre and he describes in detail what he witnessed, from the moment he hears a loud boom in his office, to the horror he witnesses on the streets outside. Artie tells us what it was like to be in New York City that day and in the weeks a ...more
Samantha Leighanne
**I recieved this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.**

"And to honor those that are gone, I will not forget to live."

Memoirs and non-fiction are genres that I typically don't read. However, when this review request came into my inbox, I knew that it was something that I wanted to accept. It has been over a week since I've finished this book and I'm just now sitting to wrote down this review. I still don't have the right words to describe how this made me feel. I'm going to try
Sep 12, 2011 Birgit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Where were you on 9/11? I certainly remember and so will you. While this very moment left an impression on each and every one of us, it had an even deeper impact on those who saw everything with their own eyes, those who experienced the moments of stepping outside into the surreal world of destruction and pain first hand. Artie Van Why is one such person, working right next door, when the world forever changed.
That Day In September is a memoir of sorts, a vivid and poignant depiction of what Art
Sophie Gonzales
Sep 06, 2011 Sophie Gonzales rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Taken from my blog

When first asked to review That Day In September by the author, I wasn't sure what to expect from it. Of course, I knew all about 9/11, and I knew that Artie had been in New York City on the day, but until reading the book I had little idea as to what degree he had experienced it.

As it turns out, his offices were right across the street from the World Trade Center. He was there, literally in front of the buildings, out on the streets after the first blast, watching it all happe
Sep 10, 2011 ѦѺ™ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"On Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001, the U.S. is attacked by terrorists in New York City and Washington, and the world changes forever." -

Artie Van Why was in his office that day in September. little did he know that it was going to be a day that would change his life and the lives of countless others. it was also a day that would shock the global community.
i remember that day as well. even if i live oceans away from New York City, i witnessed the events on live TV a
Sandra Olshaski
Sep 11, 2011 Sandra Olshaski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That Day in September: a personal remembrance of 9/11 by Artie Van Why (Rated: C)
ISBN: 978-1-4116-8315-0
Lulu Press
Published: 2006
Trade Paperback, 84 pages

Reviewed by Sandra

Probably everyone remembers where they were and what they were doing on Tuesday, September 11, 2001, now familiarly known simply as 9/11. I know I do. We were all glued to the television, it seemed, riveted by the repeated broadcasts of incomprehensible events. It was difficult enough viewing the unfolding tragedy from the com
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
An emotional read that takes you to street level as to what happened on that day and the days following. As a viewer from afar, I ached for New York City, but never completely understood the impact it had to the person on the street. I found that perspective through this book.

With a little back story as to how Artie ended up across the street from the Towers on the day of the attacks, I enjoyed finding out how he ended up on that street on that day. The way he described what he saw, I felt as th
Louise Graham
Aug 11, 2011 Louise Graham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That Day in September is an eyewitness account of that tragic day written by Artie Van Why.

Artie hears the first “loud boom” whilst sat in his office which was just across from the World Trade Center on the morning of 9/11 . Stepping out onto the street, Artie tells from his perspective everything he saw and heard from that moment on and how that day changed the world as we know it.

Packed full of raw emotion and honesty, it is very difficult to review a subject matter that is so hard to comprehe
Jamie Kline
Aug 21, 2011 Jamie Kline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-for-review
I can still remember where I was when I heard the tragic news, as I'm sure most of you can. I was in sophomore year of high school and we watched the news that entire day, shedding tears for the people who lost their lives and for their families. As much as we can imagine what it would have been like to be there, we simply can't. The terror, the helplessness, the confusion. Wanting to help the people trapped inside the World Trade Center, but knowing that there is nothing you can do. This is why ...more
Nakesha Brown
Feb 09, 2012 Nakesha Brown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I was younger I often wondered what would be our tragedy. I would hear the older people in my family talk about where they were when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated or what they were doing when they heard President Kennedy was killed. I wondered what moment in history would happen that would stick with me the rest of my life and allow me to have that "I remember what I was doing when that happened" moment. September 11, 2001, I got that moment and so did Artie. That tragedy affected ...more
Sep 01, 2011 Lucy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I feel that words cannot really describe my thoughts on this book, it completely blew me away. I will try my best to put my thoughts into words, just don't expect too much!

At first I was a little unsure about reading a book based on September the 11th, not because I had no interest in the subject but because there was a part of my that thought it didn't seem right to make money out of a tragedy such as that day, but once I started 'getting to know' Artie I didn't feel that way any more. It felt
Sep 09, 2011 Shirley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t usually read nonfiction books. It’s not that nonfiction is a genre that I purposely avoid, it’s just that reading is a release and escape for me. Jumping into someone else’s reality isn’t much of an escape for me. Sometimes a dose of reality is good for the soul though and that’s where I was left after reading That Day in September.

Given that today’s date is September 9th, 2011 this was a very timely and appropriate read. I’m pretty sure that everyone knows exactly where they were, what
Jen C (ReadinginWBL)
Oct 24, 2011 Jen C (ReadinginWBL) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-read-in
My Review: Artie Van Why contacted me via my blog and asked if I would be willing to review his book. With the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 on my mind, it seemed a perfect time to revisit this tragedy through Van Why’s recollections of that day and the days surrounding the attack on New York.

As many people will tell you, they know exactly where they were when they heard about the attack or saw it on TV. I was getting ready for work. I was 8 months pregnant with my youngest son. My oldest son was wa
Sandra Stiles
Jul 12, 2011 Sandra Stiles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 9-11, memoir
Artie Van Why’s novel “That Day In September” is one of those books that will stay with you for a long time after you read it. I know there will be many who won’t read a book like this because they just want to forget the events of that day. I don’t and I can’t. To me forgetting the events is like forgetting all of those who perished that day.
Artie gives us a first hand, eyewitness look at that day. In many ways his story is the same as others we may have heard or read about. In many ways it is
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Originally from Maryland, Artie Van Why moved to New York City in November of 1977 to pursue an acting career; albeit a slightly successful one.

Artie left show business in 1988 to enter the corporate world; as a word processor. He worked for the same law firm in midtown Manhattan for thirteen years. In June of 2001, his firm moved to other quarters downtown, across from the World Trade Center. Art
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