This past weekend I saw Come From Away at our local theater in Hartford. It‘s based on the book “The Day the World Came to Town” which I read earlier. Based on the true story of the townsfolk of Gander, Newfoundland who took care of the airline passengers grounded there after 9/11, both the book and musical were heartwarming despite the awful circumstances.
I downloaded this months ago on a whim, then last weekend took the in-laws to see Come from Away & realised it was the same true story. This was a quick non fiction read full of heart - the author does a great job of painting the kindness of the townsfolk, the pain of those days & brining some of the stories of the nearly 7000 passengers diverted to Gander to vivid life. Post theatre we were entertained to hear my husband had been!! His 📸
Proof that we can all come together and care about each other. I was pretty teary through most of it, but in a good way. #booksandflowers
Apart from the fact it‘s set in the aftermath of 9/11, this is a wonderfully uplifting book that restores your faith in humanity. I loved all the little stories, but especially The Beatles sing along.
Well done the people of Gander ❤️
After seeing Come From Away, I had to read this. Amazing story!
Sweet book about the warm hospitality of a Canadian town during the chaos of 9-11. Listened in audiobook and enjoyed the narration.
This was definitely the most heartwarming book I‘ve read in at least a dozen years. If you‘ve lost hope in humanity just read this book. It will restore your belief in the kindness of strangers. 9/11 will forever remain the most significant world event in my lifetime but stories like this one brings me hope for the future. Thank you @cortg for sharing this audio selection, it was exactly what I needed. #Hoopla
After seeing the musical, I had to read the book that inspired it. I cried my way through this true story of a community coming together in a time of crisis. It reminded me that even when things seem the darkest, there is light, and hope, and compassion.
#nonfiction2019 - something you weren‘t looking for.
#friyayintro #selfie Not quite a selfie but the closest thing I have from my last photo. Taken just before seeing Come From Away, based on a true story of the rerouted planes landing in Gander, Newfoundland after 9/11.
Any UK Littens, just saw that this has opened in London. Just wanted to recommend it - I saw on Broadway and loved it. Amazing true story and very moving. And I can also recommend the book tagged on which it is based.
I needed an audiobook ASAP and chose this one since my theatrical daughter has been playing music from the show Come From Away.
This book is fantastic! It‘s the story of what happened after 38 planes are forced to land in Gander, Newfoundland after 9/11. This book just made my heart so happy to read about so many people coming together in the midst of a major crisis. I rarely reread books but this one...I may have to purchase and own. ❤️❤️❤️
This is the story of the people of Gander, Newfoundland who took care of the passengers and crew of the 38 planes forced to land on September 11th, 2001 in their small town as US airspace was shut down. It was a heartwarming look at the beauty and strength of the human spirit in the face of horrible tragedy. A play based on this story called Come From Away is coming to my local theater this spring and I definitely want to check it out.
Kids are back in school. Time to celebrate!
Great follow up to seeing the theatre production “Come from away” on Broadway!
This has been the perfect antidote to the midterm elections. It was lovely listening to something bursting with so much human kindness.
A wonderful book about the time the small city of Gander in Canada and their residents opened their homes for displaced travelers largely from the US who were unable to land or return home due to 9-11. Our neighbors to the north continually offer refuge.
No reading for me this afternoon. I‘m watching Come From Away in Toronto.
If you‘re in interested in learning more about how the small town of Gander, Newfoundland helped thousands of passengers stranded after the US air space was closed after the attacks on 9/11, be sure to check out the tagged book.
Thank you so much for the “extra” book, @Melissa_J ! I‘ve been meaning to get to this for ages. 😘😘
When 38 jetliners bound for the United States were forced to land in Gandor, Newfoundland on 9/11/2001, due to the closing of US airspace, the people of this small community were called upon to come to the aid of more than 6,000 displaced travelers. They placed their lives on hold for a group of strangers. This story affirms the basic goodness of man at a time when it was easy to doubt such humanity existed.
This is a Book Club choice. All 3 of my Book Clubs‘ reads are due next week, and I haven‘t finished any of them! 😬 This book was just about impossible to get. Have been on reserve list in two different Township Library Systems and the lists were just not moving. Almost gave up, and then today, I tried a third Township, and one copy was available! Drove there to pick it up, and I‘m happy I did. Looks like a quick read and heartwarming.
This beautiful story was so uplifting. It‘s a nonfiction account of a tiny town in Newfoundland that welcomed thousands of people to their town on 9/11. Despite having limited resources and people, they opened their doors to care for the stranded airplane passengers when all flights were grounded. At a time when people were heartbroken, the folks from Gander showed the best of humanity. FYI the musical Come From Away is based on this book!
While I was familiar with the diversion of hundreds of US-bound flights to Canada on 9/11, this is the first detailed account I‘ve read about it. If you‘ve lost your faith in humanity this book could help to restore it. The people of Gander went above and beyond to ensure the well-being of the thousands of passengers (human and animal) stranded in their small town. I both laughed and cried, and will not soon forget what I‘ve just read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
My latest read pays #homage to the wonderfully hospitable people of Gander, Newfoundland, who opened their homes and hearts to thousands of people from all over the world in the aftermath of 9/11. #Aprella
An inspiring story of the kindness of our fellow human beings when it's most needed! Great to read before seeing the Broadway show Come From Away, which tells the same story. Highly recommend.
What a wonderful story about the passengers (both human and other species) who were aided by the people of Gander and surrounding areas when their flights were diverted to Canada on 9/11. Newfies❤️
I need something to get my mind off swallowing my crown yesterday. Lol. It fell out Wednesday night, I put it back in with petroleum jelly (don‘t ask), it lasted most of the day on Thursday, had a delicious dinner and the crown went down with it. C‘est La Vie. Dean Martin in background🐾❤️
Current situation. This book is excellent! Also: more companies should make tiny beers. They make me feel fancy.
Taking five minutes from my lunch to read a little bit. I wasn‘t expecting to react as emotionally as I have been with this book- excellent start!
Seeing this fabulous show for the 3rd time! IT'S SO AMAZING. Especially at a time when you need to be reminded about the good in the world. I highly recommend!
If anyone is in/going to New York, I urge you to see Come From Away. Incredible. I loved it. Just wow. I'm looking forward to learning more about this amazing story and the wonderful people of Gander in the tagged book.
One more post before today ends. This is an inspiring story about a small town that welcomed half of its population in strangers in just one day. Never underestimate the kindness of strangers. 9/11/2001
Went to see this AMAZING musical on Broadway last night! I highly recommend it. You will laugh and cry and be fully entertained! I need to read the book it's sort of based on now. I wish I had known more about this story sooner... it's truly heartwarming to hear about the good that was going on in the world during that awful time. As a New Yorker, it's always hard to think about that time but this was so well done.
Wonderful book about the town of Gander who took in lots of plane people after the US airspace closed on 9/11. Fed into my current obsession with the musical Come From Away which is based on the same events.
Stop what you are doing and read this book! I am about half way through, and in love with the story of how the people of Gander, Newfoundland welcomed, embraced, and took care of nearly 7,000 stranded passengers in the wake of 9/11. This book will make you cry and laugh. It will restore your faith in humanity.
#quickread #planeread #humanity #mustread #love #inspirational #books #christopheraward #recommend
Surprised myself--I really enjoyed this fast read. And, I learned where Gander Newfoundland is!