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New memoirs, photo essays, novels and more recall Sept. 11

The first reaction to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, might have been stunned silence. But then the torrent of words began. • Countless articles and books about Sept. 11 and its aftermath have been published. The upcoming 10th anniversary of that terrible day brings with it a new crop of books: memoirs, oral histories, photo essays, novels, analyses and more. • Many of these books evoke the horrors and the heroism of the day itself, bearing witness with raw power. Others focus on efforts to rebuild structures, communities and lives, pointing to hope and to what a nation can accomplish when it is united.

After the Fall: New Yorkers Remember September 2001 and the Years That Followed, edited by Mary Marshall Clark, Peter Bearman, Catherine Ellis and Stephen Drury Smith, grew from the work of Columbia University's Oral History Research Office and documents the first-person stories of World Trade Center workers, first responders and others. (New Press, $26.95)

Debunking 9/11 Myths: Why Conspiracy Theories Can't Stand Up to the Facts, a revised and updated version of the investigation by Popular Mechanics, briskly takes on the industry that has grown up around "9/11 truther" theories that the U.S. government was responsible for the attacks. (Sterling, $17.95)

Beyond the Reach of Ladders by Elizabeth Goren is a New York City psychotherapist's account of the challenges of serving as a long-term counselor to the firefighters of one of the downtown firehouses that lost several of its members on Sept. 11. (Opengate Press, $17.95)

The Eleventh Day: The Full Story of 9/11 and Osama bin Laden, by Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan, uses recently declassified 9/11 Commission documents, new interviews and other research to take a comprehensive look at the event itself, the Bush administration's reactions, conspiracy theories and the question of who backed the hijackers. (Random House, $30)

In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir, by Dick Cheney, with Liz Cheney, is the former vice president's version of his four decades in politics, including Sept. 11 and what followed. (Threshold Editions, $35)

What We Saw: The Events of September 11, 2001 — In Words, Pictures and Video, by CBS News (with a 2-hour DVD of CBS News coverage and an essay by Joe Klein, "What We Know Now"), includes pieces by writers such as Pete Hamill, Kurt Andersen, Elizabeth Kolbert and Maureen Dowd as well as dramatic black and white photos. (Simon & Schuster, $29.99)

One Nation: America Remembers September 11, 2001, Ten Years Later, by Life magazine (with a foreword by Tom Brokaw and the text of President Barack Obama's speech on the death of Osama bin Laden), is an updated and expanded edition of the bestseller that combines compelling photographs with timelines, interviews and other material. (Little, Brown, $29.99)

The Legacy Letters: Messages of Life and Hope From 9/11 Family Members, collected by Tuesday's Children, salutes 100 of the victims with poignant, loving letters by their children, spouses, parents, grandparents and others. (Perigee, $22)

A Place of Remembrance: Official Book of the National September 11 Memorial, by National Geographic (with a foreword by Michael R. Bloomberg), begins with a history of the World Trade Center and an account of 9/11, then covers the contentious process of creating the memorial on the site that will open on the 10th anniversary. (National Geographic, $19.95)

Unmeasured Strength by Lauren Manning, who was a managing director and partner at Cantor Fitzgerald on 9/11. In this memoir, she tells the remarkable story of how she survived burns over 82 percent of her body and went on to rebuild her life. (Henry Holt, $25)

A Decade of Hope: Stories of Grief and Endurance From 9/11 Families and Friends by Dennis Smith, a former firefighter and author (Report From Ground Zero), collects moving recent interviews with first responders and the families of victims about their experiences on 9/11 and in the years since. (Viking, $26.95)

Project Rebirth: Survival and the Strength of the Human Spirit From 9/11 Survivors, by Dr. Robin Stern and Courtney E. Martin, which grew out of the making of a documentary film called Rebirth, tells the stories of eight survivors of 9/11 victims as they learned to live with their grief. (Dutton, $25.95)

The Submission: A Novel by Amy Waldman, a former New York Times reporter, is a fictional tale about a Muslim architect who wins a blind competition to design a ground zero memorial. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $26)

Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero, by Michael Hingson with Susy Flory, is the story of Hingson, who was on the 78th floor of the North Tower when the plane hit, and his yellow Lab, Roselle, who calmly led him down 1,463 steps to safety. (Thomas Nelson, $22.99)

Where You Left Me: A Memoir, by Jennifer Gardner Trulson, is the story of the wife of a Cantor Fitzgerald executive who was left a widow at 35, with two young children, and who learned to live with loss and eventually to love again. (Gallery, $25)

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