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Inheritance : a memoir of genealogy, paternity, and love

Author: Dani Shapiro
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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 made last year about her father, and her struggle to piece together the hidden the story of her own life"--
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Genre/Form: Biography
Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Shapiro, Dani, author.
Inheritance
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2019
(DLC) 2018024082
Named Person: Dani Shapiro; Dani Shapiro
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Dani Shapiro
ISBN: 9781524732721 1524732729
OCLC Number: 1060183235
Description: 1 online resource
Responsibility: Dani Shapiro.

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"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 made last year about her father, and her struggle to piece together the hidden the story of her own life"--

"In the spring of 2016, through a genealogy website to which she had whimsically submitted her DNA, Dani Shapiro received the astonishing news that her beloved deceased father was not her biological father. Over the course of a single day, her entire history--the life she had lived--crumbled beneath her. In just a few hours of Internet sleuthing, she was able to piece together the story of her conception and, remarkably, find a YouTube video of her biological father--his face and mannerisms eerily similar to her own. [This] 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 had been scrupulously hidden from her for more than fifty years. 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's memoir unfolds at a breakneck pace--part mystery, part real-time investigation, part rumination on the ineffable combination of memory, history, biology, and experience that makes us who we are. A haunting interrogation of the meaning of kinship and identity, written with stunning intensity and precision--Dani Shapiro's most intimate and compelling work yet."--Dust jacket.

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