Among my friends, there are very few consensus books—we’re too opinionated and varied to completely agree on anything. Ever since reading Let the Great World Spin, however, I’ve yet to find someone who read it and didn’t love it. McCann explores 9/11 in a tangential way that tastefully gets to the heart of the tragedy. He weaves in Philippe Petit’s 1974 tightrope walk between the Twin Towers (immortalized in the excellent documentary Man on Wire) to address the symbolism of those historic landmarks, New York’s place in America and the world, and our interconnectedness even in an increasingly impersonal world.


NOOK owners: go to shop, and search “Colum McCann” to download his books.

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