Synopses & Reviews
The images of the burning towers, the heartbroken friends building memorials, the minute-by-minute accounts of the horrors of that day—all are indelibly etched on our collective consciousness. But what of those left behind after 9/11? What have they, and we, learned from the gift of time?
In Project Rebirth, a psychologist and a journalist examine the lives of eight people who were directly affected by the events of September 11, 2001. Written concurrently with the filming of a forthcoming documentary, it is uniquely positioned to tackle the questions raised about how people react in the face of crippling grief, how you maintain hope for a future when your life as you knew it is destroyed, and the amazing ability of humans to focus on the positive aspects of day-to-day living in the face of tragedy.
The project follows people dedicated to rebuilding, both physically and emotionally. Spirituality, resilience, and hope are at the center of their stories. Brian, who lost his firefighter brother, spent two years working at Ground Zero and then helped to rebuild the PATH train station. Tanya, who lost her fiancé on 9/11, finds new love, new life, and joy as a mother in the years following, all doors she thought closed to her forever.
Not a book that recounts the events of that day, and not a book about grief, Project Rebirth is a book about resilience and finding inner peace.
Written in conjunction with the documentary Rebirth, a full decade in the making, an uplifting look at the lives of eight individuals whose lives were forever changed by the events of September 11, 2001.
About the Author
Dr. Robin Stern is a psychoanalyst, educator, and the author of The Gaslight Effect. She is one of the lead facilitators of the Inner Resilience Program, created post-September 11 to help educators build resilience and coping skills, and has been a keynote speaker at universities and a consultant for schools, corporations, and nonprofit organizations. Robin lives in New York City. Courtney E. Martin is the author of Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters and Do It Anyway, and coauthor of The Naked Truth and Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists. A 2002 recipient of the Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics, her writing has appeared in Mother Jones, Newsday, and the Christian Science Monitor, among other publications. She lives in New York City. Laural Merlington has recorded well over one hundred audiobooks, including works by Margaret Atwood and Alice Hoffman, and is the recipient of several AudioFile Earphones Awards. An Audie Award nominee, she has also directed over one hundred audiobooks. She has performed and directed for thirty years in theaters throughout the country. In addition to her extensive theater and voice-over work, Laural teaches college in her home state of Michigan.