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Inheritance
Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love | Dani Shapiro
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 the 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 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 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, gut-wrenching exploration of genealogy, paternity, and love.
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JenReadsAlot
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Very interesting memoir. #audio

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suvata
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Inheritance certainly gave me much to ponder, specifically ethical and legal ramifications of artificial insemination and other infertility treatments. Shapiro‘s story was compelling and well written but I seemed to get repetitive in parts causing me to consider ditching it. But, I felt so much compassion for this woman that I persisted and was rewarded with a solid 3-star book.

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#24in48 snack break! Raspberries from my garden, vanilla Greek yogurt, and a spoonful of lemon curd 🍋

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FeministBookClub
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Book one of the #24in48 readathon!

readtheworld Hope you enjoy this one! I just discovered her podcast and need to pick her book up soon. 1mo
FeministBookClub @readtheworld Her podcast is excellent! I saw her speak on her tour for this book. She‘s fantastic. 1mo
IvoryLunatic I just got this the other day too but haven't started it yet. 1mo
Megabooks Great book! 1mo
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marleed
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I had so much fun doing the ancestry kit with my siblings that I purchased four more kits for my two grown children and their spouses. My son, created through AIH, is the spittin‘ image of his dearly departed father in both looks and characteristics. I can‘t even - if his kit had shown the H in AIH was donor rather husband! Yikes! Yikety, yikety, yikes!

Amiable Isn‘t it addictive? I did the test years ago (I was actually one of the first members of Ancestry. Com, and we got to do the test in the beta phase as they were building the database) — it‘s so much fun to get notifications of new matches and new “cousins”! 1mo
marleed @Amiable I love it. Funny too when I gifted my kids with kits, it was their spouses that were most exited. Both had unanticipated results. For my DIL, a cousin found her - he was a long lost nephew to her grandmother. That was an exiting reunion. (edited) 1mo
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NovelNancy
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A timely book about artificial insemination. The author learns her father isn't her biological father. Through Ancestry.com she discovers her sperm donor. Now she has to align this with the life she's led and what she was told her entire life by her parents (both are deceased). This book reinforces that we no longer live in a world of privacy. Due to science, it will be nearly impossible for people to continue to donate sperm anonymously.

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 1mo
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echalpan
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I enjoyed this quick, thought-provoking memoir. The author, who has always felt somewhat out of place in her family, takes a DNA test on a whim and learns her biological father is not the dad who raised her.

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sarahljensen
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I went through this book in two days. I keenly felt her distress over finding out that her biological father and the man who raised her were different people. The whole thing is a whirlwind of anxiety and discovery. It's very well done.

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Suet624
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This quote was in Shapiro‘s book. I‘ve been thinking of it a lot lately as my son tells me of the folks he leads on multi-sport adventure trips. People who are out of their element can either panic and blame the leaders for their discomfort or they can live fully and embrace the challenge. Ultimately, though, by the end of the trip each person has had the experience of a lifetime. Embrace the no-man‘s-land!

Leftcoastzen I love Pema Chodron 2mo
ValerieAndBooks This is a great and thought-provoking quote. 2mo
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Susanita
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1. Lilies
2. So far it‘s the tagged book.
3. Queer Eye - and have tissues ready
4. Emily Dickinson
#humpdaypost

Megabooks That‘s a beautiful lily! 2mo
Susanita @Megabooks Yes! It‘s from the botanical gardens. 2mo
Mamashep Love Queer Eye! Wasn‘t sure I‘d like the reboot but now I‘m just as attached to this five as it was to the original group. 2mo
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Suet624
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I may change my mind later, but this was a so-so for me. I am generally a Shapiro fan, but this one almost felt self-indulgent. Blasphemy! I know! She raises interesting questions about paternity and brings to light early practices of artificial insemination and for that I am grateful. 😀

Redwritinghood Happy birthday! 🎂🎂 2mo
LeahBergen Happy Birthday!! 📚📚📚📚 2mo
NHLibrarian Happy birthday!! I hope you are enjoying the warm weather and having a lovely day. 2mo
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Suet624 @NHLibrarian Thanks so much!!! The weather couldn't be nicer. The kids, however, could be a little less whiny!!! 2mo
Suet624 @LeahBergen @redwritinghood Thanks so much!!! It's been a wonderful day. 2mo
ValerieAndBooks I‘m glad you‘ve had a good day 🎂! While her story is interesting, it has recently been discussed in various articles so often that I feel no need to read the book now. 2mo
Reggie Ohhh, Happy Belated Birthday Sue!!! I hope you got some 🎂!!! 2mo
Suet624 @Reggie Thanks so much, Reggie. In fact I had 2 cakes! Gluten free and sugar free. 😁😁 2mo
kspenmoll Apparently I missed your birthday!!!😩 what date is it exactly? 2mo
Suet624 @kspenmoll June24th. 😁😁 2mo
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MEGR
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“My newfound awareness was both gauntlet and gift. The choice wasn‘t to see it as one or the other. It was to embrace it as both.”

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MEGR
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“...either all of us are accidents of history or none of us are. “

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MEGR
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“After listening to my entire story, he quietly said: “You can say, ‘This is impossible, terrible.‘Or you can say, ‘This is beautiful, wonderful.‘ You can imagine you are in exile. Or you can imagine that you have more than one home.”

Cinfhen I loved this memoir 2mo
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MEGR
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‘“Do you know the three great spiritual questions?” he asked...

“Who am I?” I whispered and paused. I couldn‘t remember the other two...We were silent for a long moment.

Finally, he continued. “Why am I here?”
Tears ran down my temples into my hair. He paused before offering me the last question. “And how shall I live?”

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MEGR
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“I was exhausted from my week of making room for other people‘s stories when I hardly had the space for my own.”

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Susanita
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Intriguing and poignant story. Not the first #newin2019 I‘ve read or the last I‘ll read this year, but it‘s the one I‘ll use for the #Booked2019 challenge.

Cinfhen I really enjoyed this book so much 👍🏻good choice 3mo
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Megabooks
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I‘m choosing this book for #GypsyRoad because the surprise when we did my grandmother‘s DNA before she passed away was that we have some Roma Gypsy in our past. You can kind of see it in her sister if you tilt your head and squint!

#WanderingJune @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

This is my grandmother.

Cinfhen That‘s great!!! Im fascinated 😄 3mo
LeahBergen Well, that‘s cool! 3mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I am, too! It was very unexpected. 3mo
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Megabooks @LeahBergen Yes, it is!! 👍🏻👍🏻 3mo
BarbaraBB That is cool! Do you have many Roma in the US? 3mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I didn‘t know, so I just googled it, and apparently estimates are as high as 1 million! Interesting! 3mo
BarbaraBB That is really interesting indeed! 3mo
Crazeedi So very cool! 3mo
Megabooks @Crazeedi Thanks! 3mo
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Booklover2
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This author does a beautiful job describing what it‘s like to make these sort of discoveries. I am adopted and recently found my birth family. Whether it‘s a good experience or not, mine was mixed, we deserve to know the truth of where we come from. It‘s importance cannot be measured.

I knew I had a mystery to solve, this poor woman didn‘t know until she was 54. I cannot imagine the shock. Well
Done.

Megabooks I hope you are able to build a relationship with your birth family. 💙 3mo
Booklover2 I am! It‘s so exciting! I have a full sister and brother and one half brother. We are building from here❤️ 3mo
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Bibliotekate
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Picked this up to read a chapter before bed and got halfway through before noticing it was way past bedtime. So far, real good.

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Writeme
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So fascinating! It read like a thoughtful thriller. Beautifully written.

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bookandbedandtea
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I read this a couple weeks ago and have been thinking about it since. As a family fascinated by genealogy we have had our DNA done. We found it fascinating and there were no surprises for us but we know people who have had shocking results which, along with this book, makes me think about how "family" -bio or social- effects how we perceive ourselves. Incidentally, every book I've read since this one seems to be, in part, about identity.

AmyG My daughter‘s friend‘s husband learned his father was not his biological father- and he had to confront his mother. I can‘t imagine. 3mo
bookandbedandtea @AmyG I never even thought about situations like that when we had ours done. It wasn't until a few people in my circle got some shocking results that I realized the potential downside. 3mo
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Princess-Kingofkings
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I'll definitely be borrowing this magazine thru MeL until I'm gifted a subscription. Interesting article about Dani Shapiro prompted me to add her latest book to my TBR pile.

Megabooks I just finished it. The book was really good! 3mo
Princess-Kingofkings @Megabooks thanks for the endorsement ~ that means a lot! 3mo
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Megabooks
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@Cinfhen Thank you for sharing this deep, beautiful memoir with me! I appreciated Dani‘s introspection and struggle to find her place in the world after the life-upending news that she is not her beloved father‘s biological daughter.

I wish there had been more discussion about the ethics of 1960s sperm donation. Perhaps she and her biological father, a medical ethicist, will write about it later.

Highly recommend this #audiobook! 4.5⭐️

Megabooks @Cinfhen Do I need to do anything to return this to you? Thank you again!! 3mo
bookandbedandtea I just finished this yesterday! I've been organizing my thoughts before posting about it. 3mo
Megabooks @bookandbedandtea It is a book that really makes you think. 3mo
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bookandbedandtea @Megabooks Absolutely! My family is into genealogy and we've had our DNA done so this topic interests me. Luckily we haven't had any surprises but I know people who have. 😯 I really felt for Dani. 3mo
Megabooks @bookandbedandtea We have a family Bible that traces back lineage on my dad‘s mother‘s side through the founding of the US. (John Hancock is a many generations removed uncle.) I haven‘t gotten my DNA done. I‘m still worried that privacy laws aren‘t where they should be, but my grandmother did hers shortly before her death, and we were surprised to find a small amount of Roma gypsy! 3mo
Dragon A friend of a friend found out her siblings were her cousins and her UK cousins were her siblings. No one knows why. 3mo
Megabooks @Dragon Wow! That‘s really interesting and must‘ve been very surprising to her. 3mo
Cinfhen Great review, Meg! I‘m happy I was able to share it with you. That‘s crazy @dragon 😱 3mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen Thanks! I‘m going to read her other books now. 👍🏻 3mo
Cinfhen I‘ve only read and LOVED 3mo
Cinfhen But parts of it are covered (again) in Inheritance. 🙄I still think it‘s worth listening too 3mo
Megabooks My library has this tagged one and didn‘t you say Devotion is on #hoopla? 3mo
Dragon Apparently, and there‘s no one alive to tell her the story. 3mo
Megabooks @Dragon Oh that‘s terrible. It must be very frustrating for her!! It‘s a strange world that we live in where a simple cheek swab can change an entire lifetime. (edited) 3mo
4thhouseontheleft DNA tests can uncover many surprises in families, but what they can‘t do is change the past and our memories. I‘m forever grateful for the technology as otherwise I may have never met my bio family. There was barely a paper trail, so all I had to go on was 🧬. ☺️ 3mo
Cinfhen 100% 🧡 3mo
Cinfhen I‘m pretty sure I listened to Devotion via Hoopla 3mo
Dragon Thanks @Cinfhen it was surprising but apparently it explained why she looked more like her “cousins “ than her “siblings “. The power of the cheek swab. 3mo
Megabooks @4thhouseontheleft That‘s fantastic!! 😊😊👍🏻 3mo
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1- Inheritance by Dani Shapiro and Seven Dead by J Jefferson Farjeon
2- When I was a girl I would sneak down the hall late at night once my parents were asleep.
3- I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind odd library- Jorge Luis Borges
#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Chelsea.Poole
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A lovely memoir on a very modern topic -- commercial DNA 🧬 test results reveal a difference in family history than what was previously believed. The author, Dani Shapiro, took the test on a whim and the results have changed her life. She writes about the experience beautifully in her memoir. Also, the #audiobook was nicely done from #Libby. #readandlisten

Cinfhen Pretty photo!!! And I loved this memoir 3mo
Megabooks I loved this! 3mo
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howjessreads
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I really liked this!! #howjessreadsin2019

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#StarTrekSummerMay Imagine if everything you thought you knew about yourself, your identity, your family was all a lie? This memoir was raw, touching and absolutely gripping #Inheritance what defines us? To whom do we owe our identity? Nature or nurture?

IamIamIam Oooh, I had this stacked but I'll have to push it up!!! 3mo
Cinfhen I gave it 5 stars @IamIamIam 🤩 3mo
IamIamIam WOAH!!! 3mo
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Cinfhen Haha!!! EXACTLY @IamIamIam 😜 3mo
Megabooks You‘ve convinced me to give this a shot, but the wait for the single library copy is long!! 3mo
Cinfhen I May be able to loan you my audible copy. I think I need your email and I can try 🤞🏼 @Megabooks 3mo
Megabooks I have your email, so I‘ll email you. Thanks!! 3mo
Cinfhen Check your email and see if it worked 💋💋 @Megabooks 3mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen Got it!! 😘😘😘😘 3mo
megnews Hoping to get to this soon. 3mo
Megabooks Already on chapter 9. I listened while I was cooking dinner. It‘s really good! I already have a lot to think about! 3mo
Cinfhen So glad you‘re hooked @Megabooks I think Dani Shapiro is so insightful and her narration is so good 3mo
Cinfhen @IamIamIam @megnews I‘d recommend reading/listening to Devotion first....it‘s really good and it‘s kind of the lead up to Inheritance. I listened via Hoopla 3mo
Megabooks One of the things I find fascinating is the importance of lineage to Jewish identity. I had a number of Jewish friends in college because I was a “little sister” to the Jewish fraternity. Some of the guys I knew, even at 20-21, were dead set on marrying Jewish women, and that was a make or break deal. But even the men who didn‘t find it important in college, ended up marrying Jewish women in their late 20s/30s. Not all of them, but I‘d say most. 3mo
Cinfhen Judaism evolved from oral tradition, the passing down and telling of laws, Values and beliefs. I feel like lineage and the importance placed on continuing the cycle is firmly planted in our minds from birth. I honestly don‘t think any member of my family going back at least 5 generations has married a non Jew. That‘s not to say all members are Orthodox or practice all the laws but I don‘t recall anyone marrying outside the faith. @Megabooks 3mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen Wow! Impressive, but not surprising, given what I know from my friends. Even the ones who were more “culturally Jewish” than “observantly Jewish” placed importance on family history. But my Jewish psychiatrist is married to a Catholic woman, I recently found out. 🤷🏻‍♀️ One of the best times being a little sister was finding my friend from KY‘s Jewish roommate some friends. They went to UNC, and Toby was bemoaning the fact there 👇🏻 3mo
Megabooks weren‘t any Jews she could relate to at UNC, and I was like, oh honey, let me take you to a party Saturday night! And she‘s stayed closer to many of them than I have. It was a really happy moment helping her find people to have Shabbat with and go to Seders with at the Jewish life center, etc. 3mo
Cinfhen Yay @Megabooks that‘s called doing a MITZVAH (good deed)😃😌😘 my daughter who‘s 26 has one close friend from HS who‘s dating a non Jewish boy from Austin TX. They‘ve hung out a bunch of times and Niki said he‘s a nice guy but he JUST DOESN‘T GET all the “JEWISH STUFF” and I really think if you aren‘t raised and brought up with all the traditions it‘s hard to appreciate their significance or importance. I‘m not saying it‘s not possible 👇🏼 3mo
Cinfhen But it would certainly be a challenge especially once you start to raise a family, 3mo
IamIamIam You said Hoopla and I was excited that there was another app for audio! Lol, turns out it's just what your library uses... haha, we use Libby! 3mo
Cinfhen My library uses both @IamIamIam and Hoopla has a much better selection of audiobooks but I‘m only allowed a maximum of 5 loans a month 🥴🙄😬 3mo
Megabooks When my mom read this, I don‘t think she really appreciated Dani‘s level of disbelief. For me, that feeling of weight on her is so integral to the story. I don‘t think I‘d enjoy it nearly as much in print. Thank you so much for the loan! I‘m halfway through. 👍🏻✡️ 3mo
Cinfhen Her narration is excellent @Megabooks 💕and I like your new avatar 😁 3mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen Thanks! I wanted to pump up everyone doing the #bfc! 3mo
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Other than a few celebrity memoirs I don‘t think I‘ve actually read one written by someone I didn‘t know. I always thought it would be cool to find out my parents weren‘t really my parents but I‘m told I‘m a mirror image of my aunt on my Dad‘s side so it‘s not likely to happen for me. In that way and a few others I did not relate to the author or her story. I do think a lot of people would enjoy this memoir but maybe it‘s not for me. 3/5 stars

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You can say, “this is impossible, terrible.” Or you can say, “this is beautiful, wonderful.” You can imagine that you‘re in exile. Or you can imagine that you have more than one home.

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Augustdana
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Thus starts this memoir I‘ve been waiting a long time to read. Cross your fingers I can read this and normal people in two weeks before they go back to the library.

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LauraBytheBook
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I just posted my May TBR over on YouTube. Check it out on my channel: Laura ByTheBook. Sneak peak: the tagged book is one of the titles.

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Some of my favorites books in April!

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JulieSouo
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Liked it but I couldn‘t relate to how truly difficult it was that the man who raised her wasn‘t her gene pool

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irre
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3⭐️

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kyraleseberg
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I had to post this here because I know Littens will understand the level of excitement I have over an author reading and commenting on a review! I'm such a fan of Shapiro's work and was beyond thrilled to see this when I checked Twitter a few minutes ago! 😱☺️🤗

ElishaLovesBooks Congratulations! I also thought this was an excellent book! 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage That‘s so great—I love when authors really interact! (edited) 4mo
kyraleseberg @ElishaLovesBooks Thank you!! I'm happy to hear you liked this one too; it was fascinating and I appreciated her candor. 4mo
kyraleseberg @BarbaraTheBibliophage So do I! I just started using Twitter about a year ago and it's exciting to have that interaction. 4mo
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I loved this memoir from Dani Shapiro. It is not a spoiler to reveal that the entire book focuses on Ms. Shapiro's shocking results from her DNA test from Ancestry. As a result of the DNA test, she discovers that her father is not her biological father. This discovery is complicated by the fact that her parents are deceased and she can‘t ask them about it. It‘s a thought provoking and heartfelt memoir.

Joyfulmimi Aren‘t you referring to “Inheritance” and not “Slow Motion” 3mo
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Redjewel_7734
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This is a moving memoir. Shapiro does a beautiful job of capturing the trauma of discovering you‘re not who you thought you were. She really carries you with her so you feel the shock, the bewilderment, the curiosity, the fear, the hope, the grief, & just the everything as she felt it. She also shows great love & respect to all involved while not holding back on how the decisions of others have shaped her. A fascinating, troubling, & moving story.

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Amiable
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It‘s a full house for a discussion event with author Dani Shapiro at Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore in Middletown, CT.

kspenmoll So wish I had known!!! So happy you are there! 4mo
Cinfhen Ooohhh!! My new girl crush...love Dani Shapiro 💕💕💕💕 4mo
Amiable @kspenmoll Do you live nearby? I should have mentioned I was going! @Cinfhen She expresses herself so thoughtfully and articulately—I love her, too! 4mo
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kyraleseberg
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What happens when a memoirist who has defined her life & career by her family learns through a simple DNA test that her father isn't her biological father?
INHERITANCE is not only a fascinating true story, it's powerfully and honestly written with a delicate balance of science and emotion.

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compulsively listenable and all. the. feels. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Inheritance is the second memoir by Dani Shapiro that I've read (I listened to Hourglass, which I also highly recommend). In Inheritance, Shapiro explores the aftermath of her accidental discovery that she was conceived by donor-assisted artificial insemination and that her father is not her biological father. As she searches for more information, she finds her donor father, Ben Walden, (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod and contends with the knowledge that the Orthodox Jewish ancestry she's always known is not her birthright. Shapiro's writing is gorgeous: spare and reflective and precise. Her memoir takes on the very nature of identity, of what makes her who she is. Beautiful, stunning work. 5mo
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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This non fiction did some cool things with research and theory. The main question of morality did not work for me. Overall I thought it was thoughtful and well written.

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Librarian89
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I was completely fascinated throughout this entire book. I‘m not in the habit of reading memoirs, but this is Gretchen Rubin‘s new book club pick for February/March and I can‘t wait to get my hands on Dani Shapiro‘s previous 4 memoirs and 5 novels!

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I thoroughly enjoyed this well-written, compelling memoir by Dani Shapiro about the search for answers and existential crisis that follows her discovery that her dad was not her biological father. It's a fascinating tale about the power of secrets and the meaning of knowing who you are.
I like Shapiro's writing and I've read some of her other work but this is the best one so far.
(Picture of a tiny Shapiro with her parents.)

Cinfhen Great review and fabulous photo find ❤️ 5mo
Theaelizabet I heard her interviewed on the NYT Book Review podcast. Really interesting. 5mo
FeministBookClub I got to see her speak when she launched this book. Incredible story. Her podcast Family Secrets is great too! 5mo
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Cathythoughts Stacked 👍🏻😍 5mo
Smrloomis This photo is adorable! 😀 5mo
merelybookish @Cinfhen Thanks! Have you read it? I think you'd enjoy! 5mo
merelybookish @Theaelizabet Cool! How all the pieces come together is pretty amazing! 5mo
merelybookish @FeministBookClub Thanks for the heads up. I will check it out! 5mo
merelybookish @Cathythoughts I hope you enjoy! And it was good on audio. 🙂 5mo
merelybookish @Smrloomis Yes! She was constantly told she didn't look Jewish growing up because of her blond hair. 5mo
Cinfhen Yes!!! Read it and LOVED it!! Loved this one too 👉🏼 5mo
merelybookish @Cinfhen Yes, I read that one too! You can see the secret haunting her now that it's out. 5mo
Cathythoughts Thankyou for the audible tip 👍🏻. I‘m unstacking it & taking a screenshot for audio instead ( we need an audio TBR on Litsy 😀) 👍🏻👍🏻 (edited) 5mo
Cinfhen Cathy, I might be able to share this book with you on Audible @Cathythoughts 5mo
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen thanks Cindy , that‘s very thoughtful of you ... although I don‘t know how that would work ... there‘s no stress , but thanks for thinking of me 👍🏻😘 5mo
Cinfhen Audible allows you to share a book with a friend if you allow me to give them your email @Cathythoughts they send you the link to listen for free, no obligations 5mo
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen that would be lovely 😊 Thankyou .. I think you have my email ... I cN send on if not 😘 5mo
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Suzze
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It‘s my year of (mostly) non-fiction. This is my fave so far this year. Very interesting story of the author‘s journey through DNA and family.
#bestbooksofar2019

TheBookHippie Mine too. 5mo
megnews I have this on my tbr. Been seeing a lot of posts about it here on Litsy. Must read soon. 5mo
Reagan-reads Fiction Is Juliet, Naked and Nonfiction is Dead Mountain. It‘s still early though. 5mo
umbrellagirl I just finished this one today. 👍🏻👍🏻 5mo
WhatWouldJaneDo Favorite so far is Fever Dream. I started it one night when I got in bed and ended up staying up and reading it in one sitting. 5mo
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merelybookish
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And now for something completely different...
This is the third memoir I've listened to by Dani Shapiro that's read by her. So it feels like we're on pretty intimate terms, even if she doesn't know that. 😄

Cathythoughts Sounds like a good feeling- I‘d say she would be delighted if she knew 👍🏻😀 5mo
merelybookish @Cathythoughts Thanks Cathy! 🤗It does feel a bit one-sided. 😛 Since I know a lot about her life and she doesnt know much about mine. 5mo
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umbrellagirl
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1. Tagged book. Interesting memoir with a DNA and genealogy aspect. 👍🏻
2. The newer Mary Poppins film with Emily Blunt and LMM.
3. Tea. Milk, no sugar. Preferably made by my mother, which it was today 💙
#weekendreads

BlameJennyJane We watched that last night. So cute. 🌂 5mo
umbrellagirl @BlameJennyJane I liked it. A good balance of the new and the old one. 5mo
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Erynecki
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It took me awhile to find the right time to read Inheritance. In a weird way it all felt familiar; the heart of her quest is to discover how a history she didn‘t know made her. So, yes, her story is about genealogy and my Chasing Portraits story is about art and war and loss, but it‘s all these things too. The dead ends, the parsing together of sparse details, and meeting people she hopes will resolve more mysteries. (More on Instagram)

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Amiable
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Completed for the “something personal” category in the #nonfiction2019 challenge. It‘s a memoir by a woman who takes the DNA test through Ancestry and discovers that her father isn‘t biologically related. The book details her search for answers and how she processed the realization that her family history and heritage—one that she‘d always been proud to share—wasn‘t actually hers at all. Recommended.

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Cinfhen I recently read this book and really enjoyed it. Dani Shapiro is a great writer and storyteller 5mo
Amiable @Cinfhen She really is - I want to get another of her memoirs to read: 5mo
Cinfhen I haven‘t read that one but I did read and LOVE 5mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds very good! 5mo
Amiable @Cinfhen Have you listened to her podcast? It‘s called “Family Secrets.” I recently started downloading and listening and it‘s really very good. 5mo
Cinfhen Ohhhhh, no!!! Thanks for sharing!!!! 5mo
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