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9/09/02 - East Texas

9-11 Literature Floods Bookstores

Dozens of top-selling books have been written about September 11th and it's aftermath. The pictures inside:  events frozen in time, recordings of painful memories that will forever change everyone who witnessed the horror.

The most popular book right now is "Let's Roll," written by Lisa Beamer. Beamer's husband Todd perished alongside other passengers when Flight 93 crashed in Shankston, Pa. Beamer's book is number one on the "New York Times Bestseller List."

It's one of more than 50 books that healthcare worker Suzanne Strickland sifted through Monday morning. Strickland lost two friends on 9/11 and spent an hour at Barnes and Noble, browsing through the memorial table.

"One of them was on one of the planes," she says with water welling up in her eyes. "And one of them was a battalion chief in New York. It's like someone in your family is gone. You know when someone closed to you dies, and it just leaves that space there."

This past year, authors have tried to fill the empty space, delivering stories of survival, bravery and the histories of those killed. The memories are not pleasing, but in someway soothing to East Texans.

"We've been discussing in my political group how people want to forget," says Strickland while passing through the pages of a 9/11 memoir. "They say enough is enough, but I don't think we should forget because they chose to kill innocent people. They weren't in the military. You know they didn't go in to work that day thinking, 'Well, I may die today.' They went in thinking, 'I'm going to make a living for my family. I'm going to go home tonight and relax a little bit.' What they got was murdered."

Book store employees say different titles are selling off the shelves. And in a time, when books seem passe, those who need to remember find revelations in the words and images.

Former TCU professor Gail Grear says the books above all give inspiration. While looking through a collection of photographs, Grear stopped at a photo of the twin towers during sunset. The massive towers were back-lit by a perfectly round setting sun. Grear took a moment to find the right words.

"I think that even with all the death and destruction, like the phoenix we rise again."

A bit of wisdom from an East Texan who was not there, but like everyone, shared in the experience.

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