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 featured on the following lists of Most Anticipated Books of 2019: BustleLit HubPop SugarWashington PostReal SimpleVultureNylon, USA Today, Oprah Magazine, Thrillist, and Saturday Evening Post.

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

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Berkeley, CA

Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore at 7:30 pm

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Corte Madera, CA

Book Passage at 1:00 pm

In conversation with Sylvia Boorstein

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Menlo Park, CA

Kepler’s Books at 7:30 pm

In conversation with Elizabeth Rosner

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Stanford, CA

Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics at 12:15 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” launches on February 14th.