“The Day the World Came to Town”

28 Nov

The day the world came to town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland. Author: Jim Defede. Copyright 2002

I have just finished reading the most amazing book, and I just had to share it with you!

The Day The World Came To Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim Defede, is an absolute read.

From the back cover, I quote:

“When thirty-eight jetliners bound for the United States were forced to land in Gander, Newfoundland, on September 11, 2001, due to the closing of the United States airspace, the citizens of this small community and surround towns were called upon to care for the thousands of distraught travelers.
Their response to the challenge was truly extraordinary. Oz Fudge, the town constable, searched all over Gander for a flight-crew member so that he could giver her a hug as a favor to her sister, who managed to reach him by phone. Eithne Smith, an elementary-school teacher, helped the passengers sheltered at her school fax letters to loved ones all over the world. And members of a local animal protection agency crawled into the cargo holds of the jets to feed and care for all of the animals on the flights.
These stories and hundreds more are beautifully rendered in The Day the World Came to Town, the true account of a community that exemplifies love, kindness, and generosity.”

I cannot add more about this book, except to say that I highly recommend everyone read this book! Β Very uplifting, so many stories … Definitely, a must-read!!


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14 responses to ““The Day the World Came to Town”

  1. Theresa

    November 30, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    I’ve read so many books about 9/11, but not this one. I just downloaded a sample onto my Kindle; if I like it – and it sounds like I will – I’ll purchase it. The title also reminds me that innocent people from over 90 countries were killed that day. Thank you from an avid reader for this recommendation.

    • tkmorin

      November 30, 2013 at 6:52 pm

      It’s the only book I’ve ever reviewed. I subscribe to scribd, which gave me full access to the book. However, it was so good that I ordered a pager back version of it. I’m certainly not sorry I did.

  2. Maurice A. Barry

    November 28, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    It is a great read. It just happened that I was working in Gander that day. Unforgettable. If you would like to read a bit about that here’s the link. I warn you that I ramble so you might want to skip to about halfway down..

    • tkmorin

      November 28, 2013 at 5:58 pm

      :-). I will!

  3. seeker

    November 28, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    9/11 as your birthday? Like the title so far. I’ll check the library and thank you for the recommendation.

    • tkmorin

      November 28, 2013 at 5:57 pm

      Yes, that day … I really do hope you read it, it’s very good. πŸ™‚

  4. urkaicommunity

    November 28, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    This is on my list. A very good friend of mine was on a flight back to New York that day, she landed in Newfoundland. Her building was across the street from the towers, the towers demolished her building, luckily, all of the 6 staff left in the building got out in time, I was in Ottawa working, it was a surreal day.

    • tkmorin

      November 28, 2013 at 5:56 pm

      I’ll bet it was. The author mentions many by name. Did it land at Gander? What an event that touched many around the world! Let me know what you think of the book! πŸ™‚

  5. Michelle Bennetts Heumann

    November 28, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Looks very cool! I’ll add it to my (lengthy…) to read list. πŸ™‚

    • tkmorin

      November 28, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      Ah, Michelle, it’s been a long time since I’ve read not only such a good read, but I read it pretty fast, too. I hope you get around to reading it!

      Thanks for dropping by! πŸ™‚

      • Michelle Bennetts Heumann

        November 28, 2013 at 4:29 pm

        A “fast” read convinced me – I just put it on hold at the library. πŸ™‚

        • tkmorin

          November 28, 2013 at 6:00 pm

          You won’t regret it. πŸ™‚

          • Michelle Bennetts Heumann

            December 25, 2013 at 10:29 pm

            I read the book today! What a fabulous story.

          • tkmorin

            December 25, 2013 at 10:39 pm

            I had a feeling that once you started it, you would find it hard to put it down! And it is a wonderful story, I agree!

            Have a great Christmas! πŸ™‚


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