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9/11. A Survivor's Story.

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After an upheaval, you must face what seems impossible: continuing your life. Artie Van Why found himself in that situation after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and he recalls his experiences as a survivor and witness of that day in this memoir. Van Why also looks back at what brought him to New York, including his struggle with his sexuality and spirituality. He s ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published August 22nd 2018 by Lulu Publishing Services (first published 2018)
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Rebecca McNutt
Although I've got friends and a relative who lost loved ones in the September 11th Attacks and who were there that day, 9/11 is a difficult thing to imagine, and the idea of actually witnessing things in person is quite a disturbing prospect. Artie Van Why's inspirational memoir from the point-of-view of a survivor really shows readers what it's like to continue on after an event such as this - not just the initial trauma, but the struggle to find a sense of normalcy again and to work through th ...more
Bev
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In 2011, Artie Van Why wrote a memoir of the horrific day in 2001 that changed him, his fellow New Yorkers, his fellow Americans, and the world forever. I was honored when he contacted me through My Reader's Block and asked if I would care to read it and post a review. And when I did this is how I summed up his work: "An absolutely beautiful book. With the ten-year anniversary of that awful day approaching, I highly recommend finding yourself a copy and reading for yourself about Artie and his m ...more
Shawn Smucker
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Powerfully written. Van Why has given me a lot to think about.
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Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Robert Leon Davis for Reader Views (11/18)

I, and many millions of Americans still clearly remember the events of 9/11/2001. It will be a historic date for decades to come. Just about everyone remembers where or what they were doing at the exact moment on that sad day. Even though it was a sad day, it later brought the country together. It didn't matter what race, sex, creed, or your heritage, we were all Americans first! That historic and unforgettable day is on par with D-Day, World
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Amy Shannon
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A "reboot" of his previous story

I was asked to read the "reboot" or remake of Van Why's previous story "That Day in September." Of course, I was honored to read what he added to the story. The story was still powerful and amazing, and when I read this reboot it was very close to the 17th anniversary of 9/11. Van Why shares his story, and not just that day, but his life. I am extremely touched by his words and am not giving this a 5 star because of the day but because of the words of Van Why. He
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Lindsay Bragg
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
There are so few reviews, I don't want to spend mine tearing this book apart. So I'll just talk about what I did like.

The few chapters where he actually talks about 9/11 presented a unique perspective and were written in a vivid yet respectful way.

The poem that served as an epilogue was great--the best part of the whole book, and actually summed up most of what the author was trying to say, I think.

I appreciated the pacing-very small, bite-sized chapters made it easy to read.

The cover is beauti
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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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