Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love

Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love

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 story of her own life. What makes us who we are? What combination of memory, history, biology, experience, and that ineffabl The acclaimed and beloved author of Hourglass now gives us a new memoir about identity, paternity, and family secre...

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Title:Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love
Author:Dani Shapiro
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:Inheritance
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love Reviews

  • Suzze Tiernan
    Dec 28, 2018
    On a day in which my best friend?s adopted son found his half brother through 23andMe, I happened across the review copy of this book. I couldn?t put it down. Such an interesting story, and her journey was memorable. 5 stars. Thanks to Knopf and Edelweiss. ...
  • Michelle
    Feb 02, 2019
    I've read (and enjoyed) many of Dani Shapiro's works and this is my favorite by far. It's been receiving a fair amount of hype, and is deserving of every bit. It's amazing to think that she'd already written several memoirs, unknowing that the most salient was still to come. On a lark,...
  • Margo Littell
    Sep 19, 2018
    Inheritance is as lyrical and deeply moving as Shapiro?s other memoirs, but it also brings a new urgency to her well-honed personal storytelling. From the moment Shapiro accidentally discovers the secret at the heart of her very existence, her quest for answers unfolds starkly and so...
  • Elyse Walters
    Jan 26, 2019
    Audiobook.... read by Dani Shapiro! I love her! I love her!!!!! I *love* Dani Shapiro!!!!! I really ?could? listen to Dani read the phone book!!! Keeping with tradition... having listened to Dani read her books before - I made sure to ( again) soak in our warm pool - ...
  • Lori
    Jan 08, 2019
    Dani Shapiro took a DNA test. The man she believed to be her biological father was not. She discovered her parents difficult conceiving a child led them to a clinic where her mother was artificially inseminated not with her father's sperm but with that of a young doctor. A first cousin...
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    Feb 28, 2019
    The author is in her 50s when she finds out that her father is not her biological father. Due to her religious upbringing and strong family background, this throws her whole identity out of focus. Fascinating look at how the fertility industry operated in its early days and the challen...
  • Chantal
    Dec 10, 2018
    https://chantalreviews.blogspot.com/2... This memoir, which is in four parts, is Dani Shapiro's most intimate memoir to date. Shapiro who has always considered herself her father's daughter is devastated to learn that he is not her biological father. Despite clues along the way, ...
  • Carol
    Jan 26, 2019
    My sincere thanks to Author Dani Shapiro, Edelwiess, and Random House Publishing for providing this e-galley in exchange for my honest review. Inheritance: A Memoir of Geneaolgy, Paternity and Love was published January 15, 2019. Dani Shapiro's memoir first caught my eye as she is a...
  • Lesa
    Jan 28, 2019
    Think carefully before you spit into that test tube for Ancestry.com or any of the other genealogy sites. Dani Shapiro took it all lightly, but she was traumatized by the results. She writes of it inInheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love. I'm not spoiling the story...
  • Jana
    Jan 18, 2019
    Wow. I don?t usually read a book this fast. I listened to this one on audible, excellently narrated by the author. I love her writing. This is only the second book I?ve read by her, but her writing is flawless. She makes it seem so easy, and I mean this as high praise. I don...
  • Chris
    Jan 19, 2019
    It is a coincidence that I read this book about discovering the author?s father wasn?t her biological father as an AncestryDNA kit sits in my house. Given as a gift, I will probably be the one who ends up using it, but I doubt there will be any surprises; I have my father?s small...
  • Julie Ehlers
    Jan 20, 2019
    But here I was. An inconvenient truth that had indeed been born from his own body.... My very existence was due to the fact that he never dreamt he'd have to deal with such a thing. As the book description and flap copy will tell you, Inheritance is about the time respected writer D...
  • Diane S ☔
    Feb 22, 2019
    You're 54 years old, always felt like the odd duck in your Jewish family, blond, blue eyed, pale, but you were not prepared for the results of your genealogical testing. Although you often felt like you didn't belong, you knew who you belonged to, who your parents were, but you never e...
  • Jess
    Feb 17, 2019
    I thought this would be an interesting book similar to Carolyn Abraham?s The Juggler?s Children. Unfortunately, I was mistaken. Shapiro mentions her role as writer again and again as well as her desire to make sense of her life. While memoir is an inherently self-indulgent genr...
  • Krista
    Feb 21, 2019
    Their trauma became mine ? had always been mine. It was my inheritance, my lot. My parents' tortured pact of secrecy was as much a part of me as the genes that had been passed down. As ought to flit through anyone's mind who sends away a DNA test ?for fun?, when Dani Shapiro g...
  • Sarah
    Oct 19, 2018
    I read this book in two sittings?in fact, it is now 2:38 AM. I?ve just put down the book to opine to strangers on Goodreads that, despite a complaint from a disgruntled reader that the book is ?self-indulgent??I, too, was initially distrusting?trust me when I say that it ge...
  • Rebecca
    Dec 16, 2018
    Dani Shapiro was used to strangers? comments about her blond hair and blue eyes. How could it be that she was raised an Orthodox Jew? people wondered. It never occurred to her that there was any truth to these hurtful jokes. On a whim, in her fifties, she joined her husband in sendin...
  • Sue Dix
    Dec 19, 2018
    Thank you firsttoread.com and Penguin Books for this ARC. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. I have only read one other book by this author, and I wondered at the time why I just couldn?t connect with her story. Perhaps this book is the explanation. Haunting her for her entire life, ...
  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    Nov 21, 2018
    ***Thanks to First to Read for providing me a complimentary copy of INHERITANCE: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity and Love in exchange for my honest review.*** INHERITANCE: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity and Love is the story of a middle-aged woman, writer Dani Shapiro, who learns...
  • Jennifer Blankfein
    Feb 09, 2019
    Follow Book Nation by Jen for reviews and recommendations. Do you really know the story of your life? Author Dani Shapiro thought she did; the daughter of a Jewish mother and an Orthodox Jewish father, Dani grew up surrounded by, and enmeshed in Judaism, Hebrew, traditions and ritu...
  • Jaclyn Crupi
    Jan 19, 2019
    ?I wasn?t my father?s daughter. The thought knifed through me, sharper each time I touched it.? Shapiro?s latest memoir, her fifth, is as penetrating and beautiful as we?ve come to expect from this masterful writer. Here, after taking a DNA test on a whim, she discovers her...
  • Helga Cohen
    Feb 05, 2019
    Dani Shapiro writes a thought provoking memoir about her exploration into paternity and identity. Shapiro submitted a DNA test just on a whim and for fun but unlike most people who do so, she received shocking news that her father wasn?t her biological father. She was raised an Ortho...
  • Tammy
    Feb 18, 2019
    I really identified with this memoir as I recently made a discovery though DNA testing. My grandmother was born in 1921 and never knew her biological parents. I found them through contacting DNA matches in Michigan. Dani makes a discovery that shakes her to the core. Mine was not a dra...
  • Edith
    Jan 15, 2019
    2 1/2 stars. Dani Shapiro unexpectedly learns, at the age of 54, as a result of a DNA test, that the man she knew as her father was not biologically related to her. She and her husband very quickly figure out (not a spoiler) that her mother became pregnant as a result of donor sperm. T...
  • Shelly
    Jan 05, 2019
    This is an excellent memoir about a woman who decides to do an Ancestry.com DNA test. She did it on a whim, not expecting to find out her father is not her biological father. It's a fascinating topic to read about. More than once I've clicked on links of articles in Washington Post or ...
  • Michael
    Nov 27, 2018
    My full review can be found on BookBrowse. A compelling exploration of paternity, identity, and belonging, Inheritance centers on a shocking discovery about the author's ancestry. In early 2016, after submitting her DNA for analysis through Ancestry.com on a whim, Dani Shapiro found...
  • Carly Friedman
    Jan 31, 2019
    I finished this excellent audiobook in one day. I could not stop listening! There were several personal reasons why I identified with this memoir of Shapiro?s discovery that the father who raised her was not her biological father and path that led to both her biological father an...
  • Brandice
    Feb 13, 2019
    Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love is Dani Shapiro?s story of discovering at the age 54, through a simple DNA test, that her dad is not in fact her biological father - Something that was never known to her. I cannot imagine learning of this type of news, thou...
  • Marika
    Oct 08, 2018
    Not many memoirs make me sit up and say woah. Dani Shapiro's book *Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love* is THAT book. Dani, like many of us, submitted a sample of DNA for testing and for fun, but unlike many of us, she received shocking news that her father wasn't h...
  • Zennifer
    Feb 08, 2019
    Self-absorbed, white privileged author who is blissfully unaware of the real challenges of life as she ridiculously overreacts to genetic test results. ...