When Shorter Is Better

A commemorative book doesn’t have to be long or fancy. Nurses Remember 9/11, a simple 32-page publication that I happened to find at a book sale, makes that point powerfully. Members of the NYU Division of Nursing and the Upsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, International Nursing Society, gathered stories and photos (many of them cell phone snapshots; the blurriness doesn’t matter). The book begins with a short letter from the dean and ends with the names of faculty and staff who were there that fateful day. In between are indelible stories. I’m sure each person involved, and many more, have kept this book. No doubt it’s in the NYU and 9/11 archives; I hope it reached farther. It is a model of its kind.