Dani Shapiro - Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity and Love (Virtual Event)

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 7:00pm

Interviewed by Jodi Klugman-Rabb • Presented by REAL at Rodef Sholom
Tuesday, November 17, 7:00pm PT/10:00pm ET • Virtual Event

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.

Dani Shapiro is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Inheritance, as well as Hourglass, Still Writing, Devotion, and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Last year, she launched the hit podcast Family Secrets, which has now been downloaded more than 10 million times, and in April of this year she launched a daily podcast called The Way We Live Now. She lives with her family in Litchfield County, Connecticut.

Jodi Klugman-Rabb is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the California Bay Area and a congregant of Rodef Sholom. Jodi is an expert in identity and belonging and the pioneer of the first treatment protocol for misattributed parentage, Parental Identity Discovery™. She works with DNA discoveries such as donor conceived, late discovery adoptions and non-paternal events.

Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525434030
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Published: Anchor - January 28th, 2020



Named A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR by *Elle * Vanity Fair * Wired * Real Simple * Kirkus Reviews * BookPage *