In We Must Not Think of Ourselves, after Adam Paskow is held captive in the Warsaw Ghetto by Nazi guards, he joins a secret group of archivists, recording stories. In this world, no choices are good ones, especially when he falls in love with a married woman. When he discovers a possible escape, who can he save, and at what cost?

And in Cairo, Egypt, at the start of the 20th century, newly-arrived Salim’s decision to leave his ancestral village reverberates across generations, kicking off a series of migrations that shape the lives of his family and their descendants throughout the decades that follow, from the 1950s through the 2011 protests in Tahrir Square. In The Measure of Distance, choices of who leaves and who stays shape generations of destinies.

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