Dani Shapiro

Dani Shapiro is the best-selling author of four memoirs, HourglassStill WritingDevotion, and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Her books span diverse subjects from her tumultuous upbringing in an Orthodox Jewish community and the tragic death of her father to her explorations of spirituality and the nature of our deepest relationships.

Inheritance has been four weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list
and is on the LA Times, Boston Globe, and Indie best seller lists!

Dani’s Family Secrets podcast has been in the Top 10 of all podcasts on Apple.

 

Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, 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.

Upcoming Appearances

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Portland, OR

Alberta Rose Theatre at 7:00 pm

Live Wire Radio Show hosted by Luke Burbank

Friday, February 22, 2019

Portland, OR

Powell’s Books at 7:30 pm

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Seattle, WA

Elliott Bay Book Company at 7:00 pm

In conversation with Rick Simonson

Monday, February 25, 2019

Seattle, WA

Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park at 7:00 pm

Inheritance debuted on The New York Times Best Seller List at #11!

Daunt Books in the UK has won an auction to publish Inheritance!

“Like a cross between Carl Zimmer’s She Has Her Mother’s Laugh and Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking, Inheritance is a genetic detective story; a memoir that reads like a thriller.”

 

Dani’s new podcast, “Family Secrets” launches on February 14th. Subscribe now!

Dani’s new memoir, Inheritance, is available.

Thanks to everyone who watched Dani on Super Soul Sunday

Family Secrets

Dani’s new podcast, “Family Secrets” launched into the top 10 of all podcasts on Apple!