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"The Falling Man" Is One Book One College Selection

November 08, 2011

This year's selection for One Book One College is "The Falling Man,” by Don DeLillo, an essential novel about the event that defines turn-of-the-century America -- Sept. 11, 2001.
Falling Man  
The Falling Man

This postmodern novel begins in the smoke and ash of the burning towers and tracks the tragedy’s aftermath in several people’s lives. DeLillo traces the way the events reconfigured our emotions, our memory and our perception of the world.

Like DeLillo's previous works, this novel is thematically concerned with terrorist violence and mass media.

Published by Scribner in May 2007, “The Falling Man” is available for purchase in both hardcover and paperback, and can be borrowed in the STLCC libraries. Campus bookstores have copies available or on order. Cost is $15, with a 25 percent discount for STLCC students, faculty and staff.

DeLillo is a prolific author of novels, plays, short stories and essays. “Underworld,” “Libra” and “White Noise” are a few of his bestselling titles.

One Book One College encourages students, faculty and staff to read the same book and participate in discussions and events related to the work. "The Falling Man" is the eighth book selected in this program.

Current plans are for discussion groups in spring 2012, and other activities to be announced.

Pastor Bill Wrede of St. Louis will share his account of 9-11 at St. Louis Community College-Meramec at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, in Room 105 of the Business Administration building on campus, 11333 Big Bend Road. The event is sponsored by Meramec’s One Book One College Committee and the Campus Life office.

Pastor Wrede responded to the attacks on the World Trade Center, arriving at the site moments before the second tower collapsed. He ministered to the first responders that day. For nine months afterwards, he was a chaplain at Respite South, a rest area for workers, and at the on-site morgue. 

Contact Bonnie Sanguinet at bsanguinet@stlcc.edu regarding seating.
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For more information, e-mail: onebook@stlcc.edu