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'Together We Thrive' book features Jan. 8 memorial photos

  • 'I have come here today as an American, who, like Americans, kneels to pray with you today and will stand by you tomorrow. The hopes of a nation are here tonight. The six people who lost their lives on Saturday... represented what is best in us, what is best in American.' - President Barack Obama, Jan. 12.
    courtesy Janet Marcotte'I have come here today as an American, who, like Americans, kneels to pray with you today and will stand by you tomorrow. The hopes of a nation are here tonight. The six people who lost their lives on Saturday... represented what is best in us, what is best in American.' - President Barack Obama, Jan. 12.
  • 'I want our democracy to be as good as Christina imagined it. We should do everything we can to make sure this country lives up to our children's expectations.' - President Barack Obama, Jan. 12.
    courtesy Janet Marcotte'I want our democracy to be as good as Christina imagined it. We should do everything we can to make sure this country lives up to our children's expectations.' - President Barack Obama, Jan. 12.
  • 'Only a more civil and honest public discourse can help us face up to the challenges of our nation in a way that would make them proud.' - President Barack Obama, Jan. 12.
    courtesy Janet Marcotte'Only a more civil and honest public discourse can help us face up to the challenges of our nation in a way that would make them proud.' - President Barack Obama, Jan. 12.
  • 'Our hearts are broken by their sudden passing. Our hearts are broken... yet, our hearts also have reason for fullness. Gabby opened her eyes for the first time.' - President Barack Obama, Jan. 12.
    courtesy Janet Marcotte'Our hearts are broken by their sudden passing. Our hearts are broken... yet, our hearts also have reason for fullness. Gabby opened her eyes for the first time.' - President Barack Obama, Jan. 12.

"Indeed all of our hearts were broken on Jan. 8," said Janet Marcotte, explaining the genesis of her book of photos of the informal memorials that sprang up after the shooting. "But our hearts were opened in ways we couldn't have imagined before."

The book, "Together We Thrive," pairs Marcotte's photos with passages from President Barack Obama's speech at a Jan. 12 memorial service at the University of Arizona, which honored those who were killed and wounded.

Describing seeing "the beauty in the memorials" that spontaneously appeared at University Medical Center, Giffords' Tucson office, and the site of the shooting at a Northwest Side Safeway, Marcotte said "I decided I'd create a collection of images to share with Congresswoman Giffords—I knew she'd never see this outpouring of love."

"The images and the words of the president remind me that we can't control what's going to happen in our lives and our community, but we can and must determine how we're going to respond," she said.

The memorials were a "demonstration of the Tucson that we know and love," said Ron Barber, an aide to U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords who was shot on Jan. 8.

Six were killed and 13 wounded, including Giffords and Barber, when a gunman opened fire at a "Congress On Your Corner" constituent meet-and-greet. Jared Loughner, 22 at the time, has been charged with attempted assassination and 48 other federal counts in the shooting.

"I was very, very moved," Barber said of a visit to the UMC memorial he made while still receiving intensive care following the shooting. "In fact, you couldn't go there without being moved."

"It was a remarkable showing of community spirit and unity. The tangible aspect that those memorials provided was really important to our healing process as a community," he said.

The book is "another tangible way of remembering—not just that terrible day, because that certainly will be seared in our memories—but really remembering what came out of it," he said.

"The memorials were a representation of a community spirit of compassion and love that is fairly extraordinary and and we're all so fortunate to be a part of," Barber said.

Unlike many of the memorial photos that were published elsewhere—which featured glowing candles and softly lit faces, the 22 images in "Together We Thrive" were taken during the day.

"I love the light of day," Marcotte said. "That was what was attracting me as I looked at these images—the beautiful light. It felt more hopeful."

"Together We Thrive" benefits Barber's Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding, and the Tucson YWCA, which Marcotte heads. Copies are available for $20 on the YWCA website, and should be available on Amazon.com soon, Marcotte said.

Sales of the book will fund anti-bullying programs in our schools, community mental health awareness, and promote civic engagement efforts, Marcotte and Barber said.

The initial run of 5,000 copies was accomplished with about $25,000 of in-kind donations from Arizona Lithographers, TBRich Design and others. Additional copies will be printed if there's demand, Marcotte said.

'Together We Thrive' in stores

The book is also available in stores, including:

  • Antigone Books, 411 N. 4th Ave.
  • Ben's Bells Gift Shop, 816 E. University Blvd.
  • Bookman's , 1930 E. Grant Rd.
  • Bookman's, 6230 E. Speedway
  • Bookman's, 3733 W. Ina Rd.
  • Crizmac, 1642 N. Alvernon Rd.
  • Delectables Restaurant & Catering, 533 N. 4th Ave.
  • Hair & Nail Place, 3667 N. Campbell Ave.
  • Hallmark Store, 4811 E. Grant Rd.
  • Sahuaro Girl Scout Council Shop, 4300 E. Broadway
  • Walgreens, 1900 E. Grant Rd.
  • Walgreens, 7114 N. Oracle Rd.
  • Walgreens, 8730 E. Broadway
  • Walgreens, 9470 E. Golf Links
  • Walgreens, 7115 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
  • Walgreens, 4910 N. 1st Ave.
  • Walgreens, 4685 E. Grant Rd.
  • Walgreens, 6767 E. Broadway
  • Walgreens, 3180 N. Campbell Ave.
  • Walgreens, 3910 E. 22nd St.
  • Walgreens, 4700 E. Broadway
  • Walgreens, 5525 E. River Rd.
  • Walgreens, 1880 E. Irvington Rd.
  • Walgreens, 9184 E. Valencia Rd.
  • Walgreens, 7885 E. Speedway
  • Walgreens, 13542 E. Colossal Cave Rd.
  • Walgreens, 7111 E. Golf Links Rd.
  • Walgreens, 3200 E. Speedway
  • YWCA Tucson, 525 N. Bonita Ave.
  • Walgreens, 1995 W. Thatcher Blvd., Safford
  • Walgreens, 1950 E. Fry Blvd., Sierra Vista

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