If you prefer nonfiction, here are eight titles that make up sort of a "9/11 sampler" – some new books; some older ones; some works looking back to the attacks; several looking forward to the future. Some are journalistic, others are more personal.
All intend – in some fashion – to help us try to make sense of what happened that day. They may or may not succeed. But those of us who are readers cannot resist. At difficult moments like these – when all else fails – we read.
So for those looking for that right book, here are eight worthy options:
1. WHAT WE SAW:
The Events of September 11, 2001 –
in Words, Pictures, and Video
by CBS News
Simon & Schuster, 144 pp.
A new edition of this CBS anthology of article excerpts, essays, and personal narratives – packaged with a DVD full of clips from CBS News archives – offers a compelling overview of the events of 9/11.
2. THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT:
The Attack from Planning to Aftermath
by the National Commission
on Terrorist Attacks,
updated by Philip D. Zelikow
W.W. Norton & Co., 640 pp.
This bipartisan report – now updated with a new afterword – is still one of the most essential reads on the attacks and their impact.