Posted on September 11, 2021 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Today marks twenty years since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.

The events changed life dramatically for everyone in the United States, whether they were young or old, physically near or far.

And so it stands to reason, then, that the New York Times’s book critics would reflect on how 9/11 affected writers and readers as would novelist Marlon James in a reading-recommendation segment for NPR

Literary Hub, meanwhile, features an excerpt from Poetry After 9/11: An Anthology of New York Poets by Dennis Johnson; that passage describes how New Yorkers turned to poems in the aftermath of the attacks.

Of course, certain groups were much closer to the attacks, literally and figuratively; the Times reviewed several books by or about such people, too.

There’s Ordinary Heroes, a memoir from New York Fire Department Battalion Chief Joseph Pfeifer — and there’s also fiction and nonfiction about Muslims who faced discrimination (and worse) in the wake of the attacks.

And finally, NPR has reviews of three books that look at the global-level picture of the aftermath of 9/11 plus suggestions of children's books that explain the terror attacks.

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