A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love
Author(s): Dani Shapiro
Awards:New York Times Bestseller
Original Publish Date: Jan 15, 2019
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Product Number: Z100140156
Released: Jan 15, 2019
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ISBN: #9781984840240
Narrator/s: Dani Shapiro
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An Instant NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A LOS ANGELES TIMES, BOSTON GLOBE, WALL STREET JOURNAL, and NATIONAL INDIE BESTSELLER A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR according to Elle, Real Simple, and Kirkus Reviews "Memoir gold: a profound and exquisitely rendered exploration of identity and the true meaning of family." —People Magazine "Beautifully written and deeply moving—it brought me to tears more than once."—Ruth Franklin, The New York Times Book Review 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.

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Author(s): Dani Shapiro
Product Number EB00727148
Released: Jan 15, 2019
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: #9781524732721

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"Dani Shapiro has written a "memoir of genealogy, paternity, and love" and the journey she began in 2016, at the age of 54, when DNA test results revealed her paternity was not what she had been raised to believe. There is, at times, an understandable underlying strain of anger in her voice as she travels back in memory, recalling a childhood in which she grappled with her "otherness," specifically, how people would question her Jewish ethnicity and comment on how she didn't look like anyone in her family. For the most part, however, Shapiro delivers her story in a detached voice that belies the toll this life-altering news took on her heart, mind, and soul, making its impact more powerful and universal. N.E.M. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"