The Day the World Came to Town by Jim Defede

£18.99

The True Story Behind the Events on 9/11 that Inspired Broadway’s Smash Hit Musical Come from Away, Featuring All New Material from the Author. This book reaffirms the remarkable humanity and kindness that was shown in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. It recounts the day that the population of Gander stood and said, ‘Today we aren’t just Americans, today we are the world’  as they opened their arms to 7,000 displaced, confused and scared people.

This book will be dispatched from the 30th September.

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The True Story Behind the Events on 9/11 that Inspired Broadway’s Smash Hit Musical Come from Away, Featuring All New Material from the Author. This book reaffirms the remarkable humanity and kindness that was shown in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. It recounts the day that the population of Gander stood and said, ‘Today we aren’t just Americans, today we are the world’  as they opened their arms to 7,000 displaced, confused and scared people. The book comes in a box with all of our usual treats.

About the book…

When 38 jetliners bound for the United States were forced to land at Gander International Airport in Canada by the closing of U.S. airspace on September 11, the population of this small town on Newfoundland Island swelled from 10,300 to nearly 17,000. The citizens of Gander met the stranded passengers with an overwhelming display of friendship and goodwill.

As the passengers stepped from the airplanes, exhausted, hungry and distraught after being held on board for nearly 24 hours while security checked all of the baggage, they were greeted with a feast prepared by the townspeople. Local bus drivers who had been on strike came off the picket lines to transport the passengers to the various shelters set up in local schools and churches. Linens and toiletries were bought and donated. A middle school provided showers, as well as access to computers, email, and televisions, allowing the passengers to stay in touch with family and follow the news.

Over the course of those four days, many of the passengers developed friendships with Gander residents that they expect to last a lifetime. As a show of thanks, scholarship funds for the children of Gander have been formed and donations have been made to provide new computers for the schools. This book recounts the inspiring story of the residents of Gander, Canada, whose acts of kindness have touched the lives of thousands of people and been an example of humanity and goodwill.

About the Author…

Jim DeFede has been an award-winning journalist for sixteen years, first with the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, and then with the Miami New Times. His work has appeared in Talk, The New Republic, and Newsday. He is currently a metro columnist for the Miami Herald.

Publisher: William Morrow Books

Publication date: 2nd September 2021

Your box will include…

  • A brand new paperback copy of The Day the World Came to Town by Jim Defede.
  • Four delicious beverages – A mixture of tea and coffee.
  • A Tasty Treat – Meredith & Drew Biscuits.
  • A Beautifully scented wax melt bar.
  • A Bookish Postcard – perfect for framing or displaying in your home!
  • A hand poured wax seal to finish it all off – great for keeping and putting in a journal or scrapbook as decoration!

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