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Dani Shapiro @ Aliso Viejo Library




Saturday, August 24, 2019
at 11am 
Aliso Viejo Library  

DANI SHAPIRO is the best-selling author of the memoirs Inheritance, Hourglass, Still WritingDevotion, and Slow Motion, and five novels, and is the host of the forthcoming podcast Family Secrets. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including The New YorkerVogueThe New York Times Book Review, the op-ed pages of The New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times, and has been broadcast on This American Life. She has taught in the writing programs at Columbia, NYU, The New School, and Wesleyan University; she is co-founder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Italy. A contributing editor at Cond√© Nast Traveler, Dani lives with her family in Litchfield County, Connecticut.

Event Date: 
Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
1 Jouney
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524732714
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Knopf - January 15th, 2019




"A gripping genetic detective story, and a meditation on the meaning of parenthood and family." --Jennifer Egan, author of Manhattan Beach 

From the acclaimed, best-selling memoirist, novelist--"a writer of rare talent" (Cheryl Strayed)-- and host of the hit podcast Family Secrets, comes a memoir about the staggering family secret uncovered by a genealogy test: an exploration of the urgent ethical questions surrounding fertility treatments and DNA testing, and a profound inquiry of paternity, identity, and love.


What makes us who we are? What combination of memory, history, biology, experience, and that ineffable thing called the soul defines us? 
In the spring of 2016, through a genealogy website to which she had whimsically submitted her DNA for analysis, Dani Shapiro received the stunning news that her father was not her biological father. She woke up one morning and her entire history--the life she had lived--crumbled beneath her. 
Inheritance is a book about secrets--secrets within families, kept out of shame or self-protectiveness; secrets we keep from one another in the name of love. It is the story of a woman's urgent quest to unlock the story of her own identity, a story that has been scrupulously hidden from her for more than fifty years, years she had spent writing brilliantly, and compulsively, on themes of identity and family history. It is a book about the extraordinary moment we live in--a moment in which science and technology have outpaced not only medical ethics but also the capacities of the human heart to contend with the consequences of what we discover.