Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love

Inheritance A Memoir of Genealogy Paternity and Love The acclaimed and beloved author of Hourglass now gives us a new memoir about identity paternity and family secrets a real time exploration of the staggering discovery she recently made about

  • Title: Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love
  • Author: Dani Shapiro
  • ISBN: 1524732710
  • Page: 156
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The acclaimed and beloved author of Hourglass now gives us a new memoir about identity, paternity, and family secrets a real time exploration of the staggering discovery she recently made about her father, and her struggle to piece together the hidden story of her own life.What makes us who we are What combination of memory, history, biology, experience, and that ineffabl The acclaimed and beloved author of Hourglass now gives us a new memoir about identity, paternity, and family secrets a real time exploration of the staggering discovery she recently made about her father, and her struggle to piece together the hidden story of her own life.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 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.Timely and unforgettable, Dani Shapiro s memoir is a gripping, gu

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    • Dani Shapiro

      Dani Shapiro is the bestselling author of the memoirs Hourglass, Still Writing, Devotion, and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black White and Family History She lives with her family in LItchfield County, Connecticut Her latest memoir, Inheritance, will be published by Knopf in January, 2019.



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    • Audiobook read by Dani Shapiro I love her I love her I love Dani Shapiro I really could listen to Dani read the phone book Keeping with tradition having listened to Dani read her books before I made sure to again soak in our warm pool for hours fingers getting pruney while soaking in Dani At least when I cried 3 different times I was already wet Two scenes hit my emotions deeply One when Dani was talking with her 93 year old aunt.The other was a phone cal Audiobook read by Dani Shapiro I love he [...]


    • My full review can be found on BookBrowse.A compelling exploration of paternity, identity, and belonging, Inheritance centers on a shocking discovery about the author s ancestry In early 2016, after submitting her DNA for analysis through Ancestry on a whim, Dani Shapiro found out that she is not in fact biologically related to her deceased father, an Ashkenazi Jew The acclaimed memoirist has spent her career writing about family history and Jewish culture, and Inheritance recounts [...]


    • But here I was An inconvenient truth that had indeed been born from his own body My very existence was due to the fact that he never dreamt he d have to deal with such a thing.As the book description and flap copy will tell you, Inheritance is about the time respected writer Dani Shapiro took a DNA test as a lark and, from its results, learned that her father was not actually her biological father This, of course, raised a number of questions 1 How could this be 2 What did her now [...]


    • My sincere thanks to Author Dani Shapiro, Edelwiess, and Random House Publishing for providing this e galley in exchange for my honest review Inheritance A Memoir of Geneaolgy, Paternity and Love was published January 15, 2019.Dani Shapiro s memoir first caught my eye as she is a Connecticut author, my home state I have had my DNA tested and am doing genealogy so the subject is forefront in my mind DNA it s all the news these days Advertisements, articles, television series it s no wonde My sinc [...]


    • Dani Shapiro was used to strangers comments about her blond hair and blue eyes How could it be that she was raised an Orthodox Jew people wondered It never occurred to her that there was any truth to these hurtful jokes On a whim, in her fifties, she joined her husband in sending off a DNA test kit It came back with alarming results she was only half Ashkenazi Jew, and she and her father s daughter from a previous marriage were unrelated A vague memory of her mother jesting about her onl Dani Sh [...]


    • Not many memoirs make me sit up and say woah Dani Shapiro s book Inheritance A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love is THAT book Dani, like many of us, submitted a sample of DNA for testing and for fun, but unlike many of us, she received shocking news that her father wasn t her biological father Her whole life Dani was always told that she didn t look Jewish, even from family members So to get the news that her father wasn t her biological father made sensein a way What mystery w Not many m [...]


    • Wow I don t usually read a book this fast I listened to this one on audible, excellently narrated by the author.I love her writing This is only the second book I ve read by her, but her writing is flawless She makes it seem so easy, and I mean this as high praise I don t think it s a spoiler to say that the book is about her unexpected DNA results It is in the description and the title I really tried to put myself in her shoes I know I would be shocked to find out my father was not actua Wow I d [...]


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