Tuesday, July 31, 2012


“Where were you on 9/11?,” asked Ashes Ashes: The Twins Fall Down which hit the market mid-June 2012.

But who would care to remember?

Or is it? Who can forget where they were when the most audacious terrorist attack in all history brought the Twin Towers crashing down?

That question has become part of the fabric of American lives and most probably that of peace-loving people across the globe. On that bright, sunny day, none of us had any idea what was in store and how it would change our lives. Yet in more than one way it has forever changed the way we view and define freedom and terrorism.

I was intrigued by the title and much to my delight found the book to be so refreshingly different from the many others that I have read about 9/11. In a way this being her debut book, the author, Pauline L. Hawkins, offers new ideas and her own personal and informational perspectives. Culling information from different sources, the book is also a look at the traumatic and frenzied experiences of many people following the events of 9/11.

Author Pauline, who lived in Texas at the time of the attacks, shares her experience of 9/11, and its repercussions for her family, her job, and how she viewed the world. Pauline’s story of coping with the news, reframing how she thought about America and the world, and making a conscious decision to become better-informed will resonate with anyone who lived through 9/11.

The author admitted that she “was living in my own little world prior to 9/11” and was not even aware of a man who went by the name “Osama bin Laden”. After 9/11 unfolded in its ugliest form she started researching about him and included a chapter in the book titled, “Who is this Osama bin Laden?’ Another interesting chapter is entitled, “What is this thing called The USA Patriot Act?”

In addition to her personal testimony, Pauline provides a thought-provoking reflections on the contributions of everyday heroes. You’ll come away from this book both enlightened and comforted by Pauline’s honesty and common sense, as well as her heartfelt appreciation of those who laid down their lives, and those who continue to work toward healing and rebuilding.

She concluded,
Let us not forget:
-343 firefighters and paramedics killed
-23 NYPD officers killed
-37 Port Authority police officers killed
-1402 who died in Tower One
-614 who died in Tower Two
-658 who died at Cantor Fitzgerald
-1717 families who received no remains
-1609 who lost a spouse or partner in the attacks
-3051 children who lost a parent

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back. 
May the sun shine warm upon your face; 
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, 
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

A wonderfully written book by a debutant, I personally feel that any socially conscious family shouldn’t be without this book.

Paperback: 124 pages
Publisher: Anole Publishing
Publication Date: June 14, 2012
Price: $14.95(paper) & $8.99(kindle)
ISBN: 978-0578105307
Product Dimensions: 9 x 6

Pauline L. Hawkins was born in Munson Army Hospital at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas on Easter Sunday. As her mother says, Pauline chose to enter the world in the middle of a tornado, and she has been going strong ever since. Pauline and her two adult sons currently reside in Texas, where she has been in the health insurance industry for almost thirty years, working her way up from the mailroom to corporate management and claims payment. In 2002, Pauline received her Instructional Design certification, which allows her to create instructor-led and learner-paced training curricula, along with computer-based learning activities and website creation. She has enjoyed the opportunity to exercise her creativity. Pauline has enjoyed writing since she was in high school, and has decided to start sharing her stories. This is her debut book.

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  1. I was waiting to get on a plane to return home from New Orleans. I stayed there 3 more days trying to get home.

  2. Many thanks for bringing Ms. Hawkins effort to my attention! I'm looking forward to reading her slant on those tragic events that, even now, still loom in the forefront of our minds.
    just me...jan