Monday, January 10, 2011

Memoir of Sept. 11 survivor is sure to inspire

Lauren Manning (pictured at right), a woman who barely survived the Sept. 11 attacks, has made a book deal to tell her harrowing and heroic story 10 years later.

Her book, "Every Day, a Choice," will be released in the fall around the time of the 10th anniversary of the attacks by pubisher Henry Holt and Co., The Associated Press announced today.
The following is from the AP story:

Manning, who was a partner at Cantor Fitzgerald brokerage in the World Trade Center, nearly burned to death in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Her book will be a memoir, her publisher announced Monday. The book "is the story of her incredible transformation, both mentally and physically, in the wake of such an unforeseen and drastic change" and "how the experience of life is so much more than the story of a single terrible day," according to the publisher.

Manning had just entered the lobby of the trade center when a fireball exploded from an elevator shaft, burning over 80 percent of her body. Doctors gave Manning a 15 percent chance of survival immediately after the attacks.

"For years I've been privileged to receive words of thanks and encouragement from people all over the world, often simply asking how I'm doing," Manning said in a statement. "I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to share my story in the hope it will continue to resonate with people facing challenges in their own lives."

Manning's improbable recovery was documented in a 2002 book by her husband, Greg Manning. That book was called "Love, Greg & Lauren." (Cover is pictured at left)

See Manning in a September 2010 appearance on Oprah here

A link to a 2006 Reader's Digest story on Manning, "The Survivor, is here.

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