Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

the day the world came to town: 9/11 in Gander, newfoundland by jim defede

biographical fiction, 260 PP

How is it I never heard the true story of 38 international flights being grounded in the remote island community of Gander Newfoundland as 9/11 happened? Talk about a community coming together to care for others. Thousands of passengers and crew found themselves spending four days crammed into schools, churches and community centers with bed linens loaned by the townspeople. Those residents also fed them and welcomed strangers of all nationalities into their homes to use showers and phones. A real-life reporting of the experiences, The Day the World Came to Town is now a Broadway show, Come Fly Away. Let’s hope Broadway opens up again soon. I’d love to see these uplifting story brought to life. Read for my book club which provided a stimulating conversation of humanity and recollections of where we were on 9/11/01.

For another choice related to 9-11, I recommend the dual timeline historical fiction, The Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner.

Check out my other top picks for Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery/Thriller, Non-Fiction and Simple Pleasure Reading.

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