What I’m Reading: We Must Not Think of Ourselves

I’ve been on an audiobook kick since I’ve been home from the hospital and doing a bunch of cleaning and organizing. Thankfully I’ve had a few books on my waitlist become available so I’ve been able to read them. The one I want to tell you about today is We Much Not Think of Ourselves by Lauren Grodstein.

The book is shorter than some. It was less than eight hours. I didn’t realize it was a “Read with Jenna” book until I was writing this review. I can see why it might be.

The book was good at showing life in the WWII Jewish Ghettos from the perspective of many who suffered there. There were points of view from children to teachers to people in administration to housewives. All the stories are told without the reader realizing it.

Adam, the main character who tells the story is enduring and so loveable making the story extra special.

I know many people don’t like to read WWII stories of Jews because they are often so violent. This story has some but nothing like many I’ve read.

Here’s what Amazon had to say:
On a November day in 1940, Adam Paskow becomes a prisoner in the Warsaw Ghetto, where the Jews of the city are cut off from their former lives and held captive by Nazi guards to await an uncertain fate. Weeks later, he is approached by a mysterious figure with a surprising request: Would he join a secret group of archivists working to preserve the truth of what is happening inside these walls?

Adam agrees and begins taking testimonies from his students, friends, and neighbors. He learns about their childhoods and their daydreams, their passions and their fears, their desperate strategies for safety and survival. The stories form a portrait of endurance in a world where no choices are good ones.

One of the people Adam interviews is his flatmate Sala Wiskoff, who is stoic, determined, and funny—and married with two children. Over the months of their confinement, in the presence of her family, Adam and Sala fall in love. As they desperately carve out intimacy, their relationship feels both impossible and vital, their connection keeping them alive.

But when Adam discovers a possible escape from the Ghetto, he is faced with an unbearable choice: whom can he save, and at what cost ?

Inspired by the testimony-gathering project with the code name Oneg Shabbat, New York Times bestselling author Lauren Grodstein draws readers into the lives of people living on the edge. Told with immediacy and heart, We Must Not Think of Ourselves is a piercing story of love, determination, and sacrifice

Amazon readers gave this book 4.5 stars. I’m going to agree. The ending was a little quick, but still okay. I do recommend this book. If you enjoy historical fiction that will make you think of it after you’re done reading. This book is it. Several times after reading the book, I’ve wondered, if the people may have escaped.

If you are interested in the book, you can find it HERE.

9 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: We Must Not Think of Ourselves”

  1. This book sounds very interesting. I need to hook up with an audio service so I can listen while doing other things, like sewing. I usually get my books (on CDs) from library, but been failing doing that. You are encouraging me once again – thanks!

  2. Bonnie in SE CT

    Hi Jo? Thanks for the book suggestions! I have been listening to William Kent Krueger lately. I thought of you as his stories take place in Minnesota with small town, rural settings.
    Best wishes for a full recovery in your health journey!

  3. Hi Jo,
    sorry to be a pest, but your snowman blog did not load correctly, can’t read it
    All the best from Australia

    1. Elissa, I’ve discovered that those blog posts that look like HTML gibberish will load correctly the next day. Don’t know why it happens, but try again later.

  4. I almost always like your books. I just finished the one that your Daughter recommended. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides TOTALLY surprise at the end! 5 stars!
    now I’m reading The Only Woman In the Room by Marie Benedict. Historical Fiction of the life of Hedy Lamar

  5. Jo, I have one for you! It was so good! It’s The Lost Letters of Aisling by Cynthia Ellingsen! It can be found on Amazon! Link was so long I didn’t put it! lolo I couldn’t put it down. It tells about an older woman raised in Ireland during terrible trouble. She’s migrated to the United States but before she dies (she’s close) she wants to go to her childhood home which is not a Bed and Breakfast!
    Here is what Amazon says:
    A woman faces the past she fled in a heart-stirring novel about unforgettable love and indomitable courage by the Amazon Charts bestselling author of The Lighthouse Keeper.
    Rainey’s grandmother makes a startling request: Take me home. To Ireland, the country she fled post–World War II. Though they’re inseparably close, Rainey knows few of her grandmother’s secrets. Until they arrive at Aisling—the majestic estate on the southern coast of Ireland where her grandmother was raised—and Rainey discovers a collection of seventy-year-old letters in a trunk.
    Dublin, 1945. The Germans surrender, celebrants crowd the streets, and fourteen-year-old Evie meets her best friend, the spirited Harding McGovern. Years on, they are more like sisters when rumors begin that Harding works in the black market trade—a source of wealth that could give her a dream life in America but could also cause great danger. Evie is uncertain of the truth but will stand by Harding, whatever the cost.
    As Rainey uses the letters to reunite her grandmother with the past, what unfolds is a never-forgotten story of family, friendship, and love, and the healing that comes from letting go of secrets.

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