Friday, January 5, 2018

First Line Friday - September 11th Edition



Welcome to the first First Line Friday of 2018! First Line Friday is a weekly feature hosted by Hoarding Books. It's super easy to participate, just grab the book nearest you and share the first line. Then head over to Hoarding Books and post your blog on the Linky Widget (like Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and the Bookish), and visit other bloggers who have also shared this week.

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"Never before in American history had our peace and well-being been so suddenly, fully, and unalterably changed as they were on the morning of September 11th, 2001."

This is a day I will never forget. I was a freshman in college, far from home. While I did not know anyone personally who lost their lives in this terrorist attack, this day left a permanent impression on me that will never leave me. It took a long time for me to be able to read anything about that day, but since then I have found some excellent books on the subject, despite the fact that I bawl my eyes out with every read.

16 comments:

  1. Happy Friday! Over on my blog I'm sharing the first line from Laura Frantz's new book "The Lacemaker". I'm loving this story! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Happy Friday Trisha, thanks for coming by. The cover for that book is beautiful, I am seeing it everywhere lately. Have a great weekend!

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  2. Happy Friday!

    My first line(s) is from the Prologue in Susan May Warren’s new book Troubled Waters, which I finished last night:

    “Oh, this was a bad idea. Epically, abysmally, horrendously bad.”

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    1. Happy Friday to you as well Becky. I can relate to the character having those thoughts, ha! Have a great weekend!

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  3. I've got quite a few 9/11 related books but not all have been read yet. I will get to them at some point.

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    1. I've definitely read quite a few good books, as 'good' as a book can be about such a terrible event. I think one of the best is The Red Bandanna, about Welles Crowther. Definitely worth checking out. ESPN did a segment about him also, that you can watch here: http://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=11505494.

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  4. I'll never forget that day. It was my junior year of college. I was driving to class at 6 am listening to my radio program. The show I listened to was a comedy, so I thought they were joking for a second until I heard the one radio announcer start to cry. I was terrified.

    Today, I'm hosting Oath of Honor on my site. I just started it, so I'm only at chapter 3. So, here I will share the first couple of lines from that chapter.

    "'Kevin!' But with the doors shut and the windows up, he wouldn't hear her whispered shout. She should have lied and said the place was covered in cameras."

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    1. I was getting ready for class when the first plane hit. I was a journalism major then and after I made the trek across campus to my first class that morning at the journalism building, it was so surreal. We sat in class watching it happen, and then my professor TURNED THE TV OFF because we weren't listening to him talk about our new assignment, about how the rest of the world was covering the attack. A lot of kids walked out of class.

      Hope you have a wonderful, book-filled weekend!

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  5. "the first First Line Friday" is quite a mouthful!

    I’m featuring Valerie Fraser Luesse’s “Missing Isaac” over at my blog, but the first line of the book that is currently sitting in front of is:

    “It was no surprise to me that I’d lost track of time.” (from A Song of Home by Susie Finkbeiner)

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    1. Right?? I had to read it a couple of times out loud to make sure it was right, haha. Thanks for coming by, have a great weekend!

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  6. Incredible and sobering cover. Happy Friday!

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    1. Very much so. This one is especially poignant, almost more so than old photos of the towers themselves. Just that reminder of what was lost.

      Have a wonderful weekend Heather!

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  7. Happy Saturday Sarah!

    My First Line Friday comes from a book I’m reading now, Any Day Now by Robyn Carr.

    So, this is what a new life looks like. Sierra Jones opened her eyes on a sunny Colorado morning to that thought.

    Have a great weekend and stay warm!

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    1. Happy Saturday to you as well Susan, thank you for sharing your line. Stay warm indeed - I have to run to the pharmacy to get my headache medication and it's currently -10, windchill -25. But, this is Minnesota, so I am in my element. Have a wonderfully cozy day!

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  8. I remember that day clearly and was also in college but still living at home. My husband (fiance at the time) was the first person to tell me (he heard the news on the radio on his way to the campus) and most classes were cancelled while we watched the live coverage in the student union.

    Death had a way of creeping up on a soul, and Ivy Thorpe was determined that when it visited her, she would not be surprised.
    The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright

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    1. Yes, all my other classes were cancelled that day as well. People pretty much just kind of wandered around aimlessly when they were not glued to their televisions. I spent the rest of the day in my dorm room watching, and being annoyed that President Bush had flown to Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha (I went to college at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln) because that meant he was nearby and I was legit worried that he might be targeted, since no one knew what was going on at that point.

      Thanks for sharing your line, have a wonderful weekend!

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