Very interesting memoir. #audio
Very interesting memoir. #audio
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.
#24in48 snack break! Raspberries from my garden, vanilla Greek yogurt, and a spoonful of lemon curd 🍋
Book one of the #24in48 readathon!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
2. So far it‘s the tagged book.
3. Queer Eye - and have tissues ready
4. Emily Dickinson
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. 😀
“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.”
“...either all of us are accidents of history or none of us are. “
“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.”
‘“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?”
“I was exhausted from my week of making room for other people‘s stories when I hardly had the space for my own.”
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.
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
Picked this up to read a chapter before bed and got halfway through before noticing it was way past bedtime. So far, real good.
So fascinating! It read like a thoughtful thriller. Beautifully written.
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.
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.
@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⭐️
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
I really liked this!! #howjessreadsin2019
#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?
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
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.
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.
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.
Some of my favorites books in April!
Liked it but I couldn‘t relate to how truly difficult it was that the man who raised her wasn‘t her gene pool
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! 😱☺️🤗
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.
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.
It‘s a full house for a discussion event with author Dani Shapiro at Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore in Middletown, CT.
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.
compulsively listenable and all. the. feels. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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)
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.
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!
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.)
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.
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. 😄
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 💙
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)
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.