Remembering 9/11

We select the nine most resonant responses to the devastating events of September 11, 2001.

102 Minuteswant_to_read_buttonNew York Times reporters Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn draw on hundreds of interviews with rescuers and survivors, thousands of pages of oral histories, and countless phone, e-mail, and emergency radio transcripts to tell the story of September 11 from the inside looking out.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Closewant_to_read_buttonNine-year-old Oskar Schell has embarked on an urgent, secret mission that will take him through the five boroughs of New York. His goal is to find the lock that matches a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11. This seemingly impossible task will bring Oskar into contact with survivors of all sorts on an exhilarating, affecting, often hilarious, and ultimately healing journey.


Where You left Mewant_to_read_button Jennifer was living the kind of idyllic life that cliches are made of until her husband Doug was killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center, and she became a widow at age 35, a “9/11 widow,” no less, a member of a select group bound by sorrow of which she wanted no part.

Fireboatwant_to_read_buttonOriginally launched in 1931, the Harvey was the most powerful fireboat of her time. After the September 11 attacks, with fire hydrants at Ground Zero inoperable and the Hudson River’s water supply critical to fighting the blaze, the fire department called on the Harvey for help. There were adjustments — forcing water into hoses by jamming soda bottles and wood into nozzles with a sledgehammer — and then the fireboat’s volunteer crew pumped much-needed water to the disaster site. The John J. Harvey proved she was still one of New York’s bravest!

Firehousewant_to_read_buttonA Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist offers an intimate portrait of Engine 40, Ladder 35 on the Upper West Side of New York City, which lost 12 men in the World Trade Center attack.

Portaits of Griefwant_to_read_buttonFew aspects of The New York Times’s coverage of September 11 and of all that has followed have attracted as much comment as Portraits of Grief. The series profiled the lives lost in the attacks on the World Trade Center and was a story in itself, becoming required reading for many the world over.

Saturdaywant_to_read_buttonSaturday, February 15, 2003. Unusually, Harry Perowne wakes before dawn, drawn to the window of his bedroom and filled with a growing unease. What troubles him as he looks out at the night sky is the state of the world, the impending war against Iraq, a gathering pessimism since 9/11, and a fear that his city, its openness and diversity, and his happy family life are under threat.

The Falling Manwant_to_read_buttonThere is September 11 and then there are the days after and finally the years. Falling Man is a magnificent, essential novel about the event that defines turn-of-the-century America. It begins in the smoke and ash of the burning towers and tracks the aftermath of this global tremor in the intimate lives of a few people.

The Legacy Letterswant_to_read_button

Ten years after the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the family members of one hundred of the individuals lost on that terrible day look back and forward in this inspiring collection of letters. Filled with love, resilience, humor, wonder, and encouragement, the letters offer a unique perspective on the events of the unforgettable day that forever changed our world.