A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love

eBook - 2019
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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"--
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2019
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781524732721
Branch Call Number: e-book
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: Library2Go


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May 14, 2019

Beautiful written story. Read it in 1 day.

Dani's story is going to be more common with the advent of DNA testing for family history. Nevertheless a secret is unfurled here as Dani struggles with who she is and where she has come from.

May 08, 2019

Shapiro's unique story of her true genetic roots is exclusive to her and is told with its synchronistic discoveries. She took us along through her emotions and shock as all is revealed. Perhaps, for me, there was a lot of story compared to detail. Who are we, really?

Apr 19, 2019

A memoir from a woman who discovers in mid life that her paternity is different from what she grew up believing and this information sends her life into a bit of a tailspin. This book chronicles her discovery, her quest for the answers she desperately needs and the resolution of the whole experience. It's a great choice for someone who loves to read about other people's life journeys or for anyone interested in genealogy.

PimaLib_AmyK Apr 07, 2019

With the current trend of researching one’s roots (, “Finding Your Roots” on PBS, etc.), this is a timely book. Dani Shapiro has written a number of memoirs (I enjoyed “Slow Motion”), but this one may have the most shocking twist—or at least it seems that way. As a lark, Shapiro sends in a DNA sample to and receives the shock of her life; the man she thought was her biological father turns out to not be her father, and almost as quickly, Shapiro finds out who her biological father is. This reads almost like a thriller, and also leaves the reader pondering the same questions Shapiro does: Just because someone isn’t your biological parent, does that make them “less than”? Is biology stronger than nurture? What I found most interesting is that many people in Shapiro’s life suspected she was not her father’s daughter, and even Shapiro herself writes that she suspected the same, albeit subconsciously. Hindsight is 20/20, right? This was a quick read, something I always appreciate.

Mar 04, 2019


Feb 15, 2019

I can't imagine how shocking it would be to find out your father was not your bio father in a family as steeped in family religion, pride and closeness as hers was. To also find out that the clinic which facilitated the insemination was illegal would also be very disturbing. But I had to skip through a lot of her hand wringing as she pondered it ad nauseum. Her ultimate understanding we are all 'beings' and what matters most is how we live our lives was satisfying.

Jan 09, 2019

Strib Jan 6 2019
Well-written, compelling account of woman's realization that her social father isn't her biological father. Exploration of AI, mixing of sperm, parents who don't get along, feeling of never belonging in a Jewish family where geneaology underlies every aspect of life. Recc to BB.

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