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Fall and Rise
Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11 | MItchell Zuckoff
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Years in the making, this spellbinding, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting narrative is an unforgettable portrait of 9/11. This is a 9/11 book like no other. Masterfully weaving together multiple strands of the events in New York, at the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, Fall and Rise is a mesmerizing, minute-by-minute account of that terrible day. In the days and months after 9/11, Mitchell Zuckoff, then a reporter for the Boston Globe, wrote about the attacks, the victims, and their families. After further years of meticulous reporting, Zuckoff has filled Fall and Rise with voices of the lost and the saved. The result is an utterly gripping book, filled with intimate stories of people most affected by the events of that sunny Tuesday in September: an out-of-work actor stuck in an elevator in the North Tower of the World Trade Center; the heroes aboard Flight 93 deciding to take action; a veteran trapped in the inferno in the Pentagon; the fire chief among the first on the scene in sleepy Shanksville; a team of firefighters racing to save an injured woman and themselves; and the men, women, and children flying across country to see loved ones or for work who suddenly faced terrorists bent on murder. Fall and Rise will open new avenues of understanding for everyone who thinks they know the story of 9/11, bringing to lifeand in some cases, bringing back to lifethe extraordinary ordinary people who experienced the worst day in modern American history. Destined to be a classic, Fall and Rise will move, shock, inspire, and fill hearts with love and admiration for the human spirit as it triumphs in the face of horrifying events.
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DGRachel
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Currently listening to this at work and struggling not to cry at my desk. @Cinfhen I hate you a little bit right now for recommending this audiobook. 😘 😭 😭

Cinfhen I know!!!! Im still thinking about it 2 weeks later 😭😭😭just keep the tissues handy 2mo
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Cinfhen
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Thank you Mitchell Zuckoff and Harper Collins audio for presenting the most comprehensive yet compassionate account of 9/11. Many times throughout the audio I was brought to tears. A moving and elegant tribute to victims, survivors, rescue workers, responders,loved ones, and ordinary citizens who played either a large part or small part that day. Even during the darkest of times, human kindness shone bright. Five stars and an #InfiniteTissueRead

4thhouseontheleft I have a difficult out time reading 9/11 books. Maya read a middle grade fiction one two years ago, and I read it with her and was a sobbing mess. 😭 2mo
Cinfhen Sobbing Mess accurately describes me as I listened to this book @4thhouseontheleft 😭😭😭if 9/11 books are still too emotionally difficult for you, I would definitely stay away from this one. It will open any wound not healed💔 (edited) 2mo
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Im back to hosting/ running a bed & breakfast for friends and family🙄 so today has been a total audio day. I can‘t believe how intimate this book feels. I‘ve had to hit pause several times so I could compose myself or find a tissue 😭😭😭 So much bravery and compassion on a day full of incomprehensible evil.

IamIamIam We had friends who stayed with us years ago, wreaking havoc and expecting me to play housemaid for a week... then thanked us for the stay at the Guinan B&B. 😩 Hope you have a better visit! My favorite quote about visitors, like fish, stink after 3 days. 😂❤ 2mo
TrishB 💔 2mo
DivineDiana Everyone just wants to bask in your light! ❤️ 2mo
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Cinfhen Most if not all of my guests are always lovely and pleasant @IamIamIam but the amount of work pre & post hosting is exhausting and a little overwhelming for someone who just wants to sit and read 2mo
Cinfhen Thank you dear @DivineDiana I think it‘s truly more the benefit of not having to pay for a hotel or AirBnB 😂 2mo
Cinfhen You can‘t even imagine @TrishB 💔💔💔 2mo
MicheleinPhilly @IamIamIam That quote is so accurate. 😂😂😂😂 2mo
keithmalek I'm a New Yorker, so I don't even want to try to read this. However, I have managed to read two related books that I want to recommend here. One is about the intelligence failures that lead up to 9/11(why that's somehow easier for me to deal with I don't understand) called The Watchdogs Didn‘t Bark. The other book is "Grand Illusion" by Wayne Barrett, which is about Giuliani's negligence to protect the WTC between the '93 bombing and 9/11. 2mo
Cinfhen Thank you for both book recommendations @keithmalek I completely understand how as a New Yorker this book could open all sorts of wounds that are still healing. I was aghast at how ill prepared our country was when disaster struck. The lack of communication that day between the FAA, military and third parties (such as the airlines and aviation agencies) is just astonishing. 2mo
AmyG That made me chuckle....running a bed and breakfast. Oh how I understand. We do this during ski season. It‘s what happens when you live in a wonderful place, I guess. 2mo
Cinfhen That‘s true @AmyG and I do spend weeks of the summer staying with friends and family so it works both ways 💕💕 2mo
mrp27 I'll get to this one someday. Amazing how much emotion can get stirred up after 18 years. Good luck with the houseguests. I feel your pain as I do a bit of hosting myself. It's great but loads of work. 2mo
Cinfhen Definitely go with audio @mrp27 when you finally get around to this book. And I can imagine a Cali girl would gets lots of houseguests 🌴☀️⛵️🏖 2mo
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Cinfhen
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#Audible Today‘s listen 🎧unbelievably comprehensive yet intimate and personal. A MUST for everyone #NeverForget #Honor911

Crazeedi ❤💔❤ 2mo
DGRachel Probably not an ideal read for work, but I just downloaded the audiobook and will plug in now. Thanks for reminding me about this book. :) 2mo
Cinfhen I can‘t stop listening @DGRachel hope you find it just as compelling 2mo
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arubabookwoman I just read this--in a mere 3 days despite its length. I couldn't stop reading. I think,though, it might be too emotionally difficult for some of the people personally affected by 9/11 to read even now 18 years later. 2mo
Cinfhen I couldn‘t agree more @arubabookwoman I‘ve broken down several times and I‘m only on chapter 8. It‘s some of the most heartbreaking material to listen to. And I‘m sure for those connected the trauma would come seeping back 💔 2mo
britt_brooke This is one of my top reads this year. Zuckoff did an amazing job humanizing 9/11. It was absolutely draining, but I could not stop listening. These stories need to be heard. 2mo
Cinfhen I agree @britt_brooke THIS will definitely BE my TOP audio and probably book of the year. I haven‘t stopped crying 😭 2mo
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This book was every emotion possible.
Anger, joy, sorrow, hate, fear, sadness, anxiety...
It is an important book. This author makes sure we never forget.

keithmalek I'm a New Yorker, so I don't even want to try to read this. However, I have managed to read two related books that I want to recommend here. One is about the intelligence failures that lead up to 9/11(why that's somehow easier for me to deal with I don't understand) called The Watchdogs Didn‘t Bark. The other book is "Grand Illusion" by Wayne Barrett, which is about Giuliani's negligence to protect the WTC between the '93 bombing and 9/11. 2mo
Rollinsfan1 interesting!! I will check these out. This book did touch on the FBI's lack of interest. Such a profoundly sad day. 2mo
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Narrative non-fiction at its best! The minute-by-minute story of 9/11, not from a political or historical perspective, but from the perspective of the humans most affected by this devastating event. I loved it, and read this tome in just 2 days. However, if you or someone you know were personally involved, it may be too soon for you to relive that traumatic day through this book.

overtheedge Looks great!! Added!! 3mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Hi Deborah! How are you? I got your book mail! Thank you :) so glad you enjoyed it! ❤️ 2mo
britt_brooke Zuckoff is amazing. This was difficult and draining, but one of the best books I‘ve read this year. These stories deserve to be heard. 2mo
keithmalek I'm a New Yorker, so I don't even want to try to read this. However, I have managed to read two related books that I want to recommend here. One is about the intelligence failures that lead up to 9/11(why that's somehow easier for me to deal with I don't understand) called The Watchdogs Didn‘t Bark. The other book is "Grand Illusion" by Wayne Barrett, which is about Giuliani's negligence to protect the WTC between the '93 bombing and 9/11. 2mo
arubabookwoman @keithmalek I can definitely understand why someone in NYC on 9/11 would choose not to read a book this personal. Thanks for the other recommendations-will check them out. 2mo
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#manicmonday @JoScho

Book: Fall and Rise
Movie: United 93
Song: You‘re So Vain

JoScho Thanks for playing 🛩💙🛩 3mo
plemmdog Book: Up in the Air (Walter Kirn) Movie: Airplane Song: She‘s So High (Tal Bachman) 3mo
Megabooks @plemmdog I remember She‘s So High really well! 3mo
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britt_brooke You‘re so Vain is such a perfect choice. One of my all-time favorite songs! 3mo
Megabooks @britt_brooke Me too! It‘s one of both my mom and my favorite songs! I love singing along, even though my voice is terrible. “I had some dreams they were clouds in my coffee, clouds in my coffee.” What a great line! 3mo
britt_brooke @Megabooks Yeah, I can‘t sing either. 🙊 It‘s going to be stuck in my head all day .... and I‘m not mad about it! ☁️☁️☕️ 3mo
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Reviewsbylola
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I am shocked to see that I read 16 books in May. It felt like a slower reading month. And last time I checked, I was 14 books behind in the GR annual challenge. 🤦🏼‍♀️

I read 8 physical books, 5 audiobooks, and 3 ebooks. Standouts were Calypso and Fall and Rise.

Gissy Awesome! 📚📚📚👏👏👏👏 5mo
britt_brooke Excellent! I read 16 also. 🙌🏻 5mo
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booklover76

I know this is going to be a tough book.
Unlike today, social media wasn't around. I was at work in Gwinnett County, GA when my coworker ran in the building screaming that a plane had hit one of the towers. We didn't believe her. So we huddled around a radio because the internet was slow. WSB750AM confirmed ir.
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booklover76 I knew it was Bin Laden. I don't know how but I knew and I told my colleagues that. 6mo
booklover76 A vendor in Chicago told me she could see fighter jets in the sky. 6mo
booklover76 I remember driving home that night and there was no traffic. None. We lived close to Briscoe Field and it was eerie not hearing any air traffic. I sat on the couch all night glued to the TV, watching the coverage. My mom, who had been home for the day refused to watch anymore. The next day I had class at GSU in downtown Atlanta. MARTA (the public tras 6mo
booklover76 The public transportation was swarming with cops. In my first class the professor said "You can report me but I think we should start with a prayer " So he led us in prayer 6mo
keithmalek I'm a New Yorker, so I don't even want to try to read this. However, I have managed to read two related books that I want to recommend here. One is about the intelligence failures that lead up to 9/11(why that's somehow easier for me to deal with I don't understand) called The Watchdogs Didn‘t Bark. The other book is "Grand Illusion" by Wayne Barrett, which is about Giuliani's negligence to protect the WTC between the '93 bombing and 9/11. 2mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This is hailed as the definitive account of 9/11. Every other book I‘ve read about 9/11 has a pretty narrow focus, understandably. This one spends 500 pages laying out everything from that day, and picks various people as the lens through which to tell the story. I love narrative nonfiction, and this is a perfect example of how it can be used to write such a monumental history in an accessible, humanistic way.

kamoorephoto That sight, that day... 6mo
Megabooks I‘m really enjoying it. The book, definitely not the day. (edited) 6mo
Cinfhen I recently bought this with an Audible credit 5mo
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keithmalek I'm a New Yorker, and a few years ago, I worked with a kid who was reading a book about 9/11. I asked him how old he was at the time, and he told me he was 7. I was 22. He left the room, and I rhetorically asked another coworker, "As someone who was an adult on 9/11, would you want to read a book about it?" He shook his head so hard and fast I thought it was going to fall off. 5mo
keithmalek I'm reading a book about the intelligence failures that lead up to 9/11. That's about as close as I can get to "reliving" it. 5mo
Reviewsbylola I can completely understand. I was 18 and still in HS, in Ohio, so definitely more removed as far as location. It makes my husband worry sometimes when I fall into a 9/11 hole though with my reading, because in ways it still feels like it just happened and it gets me really upset. @keithmalek 5mo
keithmalek @Reviewsbylola Read "Grand Illusion" by Wayne Barrett. It details Giuliani's negligence in fighting terrorism between the time of the '93 bombing and 9/11. We would've been attacked anyway, but far fewer people would have died. 5mo
Reviewsbylola I will definitely add that to the list! @keithmalek 5mo
keithmalek @Reviewsbylola There is an OUTSTANDING book about the '93 bombing by Jim Dwyer called Two Seconds Under the World. I read it many years ago, before 9/11, and planned on eventually reading it again. But then 9/11 happened, and I knew that it would make me too sad to read it again, knowing that the terrorists eventually succeeded in their mission to destroy the WTC. 5mo
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Reviewsbylola
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Reading is better at the lake. 🥰

akckitty Yes it is! 6mo
LeahBergen Sigh! ❤️ 6mo
Megabooks Damn right! 😁😁 Gorgeous! 6mo
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Reading is better at the lake. 😍

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Recent book acquisitions:

I‘m SO excited about the Zuckoff book. He wrote Lost in Shangri La, and now has a new book about 9/11. I loved Shangri La and I love reading books about 9/11, so I requested this as soon as I heard about it.

Junie B is G‘s new favorite. We read the first book and it‘s the first chapter book she really liked.

The I Survived series was super popular with the older kids at the book fair, so I grabbed these two!

Johanna414 Junie B is the best! (edited) 6mo
AmyG My girls loved Junie B books. 6mo
Reagan-reads Oh Mitchell Zuckoff is great. He wrote one of my favourite nonfiction books (edited) 6mo
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mrp27 My niece loves the I Survived books. 6mo
marleed Of all the books I read with my daughter, she saved the Junie B series. I should check as they are likely first editions. 6mo
LeahBergen That I Survived series would‘ve been totally my thing if it was around when I was a kid! 😆 6mo
Megabooks Stacking the tagged book! You always have such great hauls! 💜😘 6mo
Reviewsbylola I‘m 2/3 thru it. It‘s amazing!! @megabooks And thank you. 😁 6mo
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola I found it at my library at 2 AM. Checked it out! 👍🏻👍🏻 6mo
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