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Down around midnight : a memoir of crash and survival
Sabbag, Robert.
Adult Nonfiction TL553.9 .S33 2009

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Sabbag (Snowblind) was one of eight passengers on board Air New England flight 248 when it crashed into the woods of Cape Cod on June 17, 1979. The passengers and co-pilot survived, and after a brief hospitalization, Sabbag was back on a plane less than two months later. "There was never really any question of my not flying again," Sabbag writes. "Travel had always been a significant part of my life, and it was a substantial part of my work now. " When Sabbag finally decides to discard his don't-look-back mindset and examine the crash nearly 30 years later, the result is a compelling mix of reporting and memoir. He uncovers how his plane went down and wrestles with whether or not to call the pilot's widow. He interviews some of the passengers and workers from the crash scene, figuring out how they persevered, while discovering how he did the same. Sabbag deftly maneuvers himself in and out of the narrative, so the book isn't about his life as much as it is an insightful breakdown of the emotions, coincidences and facts behind a catastrophic event. Perhaps the biggest insight of Sabbag's book-which packs an emotional wallop, despite the book's slim size-is that despite his dogged reporting, we discover that there are some life events we can't understand completely, even our own. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

No, this memoir isn't about music-it articulates one of our worst nightmares: being in a plane crash. When Air New England flight 248 crashed around midnight in the woods of Cape Cod on June 17, 1979, best-selling author Sabbag (Too Tough To Die) survived relatively unscathed physically. His psychological state was more precarious, however, and here he relates the horror of the crash and his painful recovery from the trauma. For the first time, the other survivors speak out, too. Readers who seek survivor tales like Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air will find satisfaction here.-Lynne Maxwell, Villanova Univ. Sch. of Law Lib., PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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