Can we still find comfort and guidance in entertainment? EW answers Yes
Mike Wallace, Edwin G. Burrows, ...

In the wake of terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, here are our suggestions for books that might serve to comfort and guide us in these dark days.

”Elizabeth Bishop: The Complete Poems 1927-1979” (Noonday Press, $13)
Bishop’s precise and passionate lyrics address loss, grief, and tenderness.

”Blue Highways: A Journey into America,” William Least Heat-Moon (Little Brown, $14.95)
It’s been 23 years since the author, needing to put cares behind, escaped down the backroads to explore (extra-)ordinary America, but the book remains no less relevant — or engrossing — than it was when published in 1982.

”Charlotte’s Web,” E.B. White (HarperCollins, $8.95)
For those looking for a book to read to their kids, few accounts of death and hope are lovelier than the classic about the spider who’s a speller.

Divided We Stand: A Biography of New York’s World Trade Center,” Eric Darton (Basic, $15)
This fascinating history of the complex combines tales of architecture, urban planning, and contemporary culture, suffusing them all with eloquence.

”The Eye in the Door,” Pat Barker (Plume, $12.95)
Barker’s skillful WWI novel is an unsentimental look at how an earlier generation coped with an era of trauma and tumult.

”Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898,” Edwin G. Burrows & Mike Wallace (Oxford University Press, $24.95)
The authors compile a massive and marvelously detailed chronicle of the city’s triumphs and past tragedies.