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:252 pages pages

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

  • JanB
    Apr 17, 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 - ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Most of us think we know about those in our family who came before us. There may be an occasional surprise, but on the whole we are pretty confident who our parents are. Imagine if you found out that what you thought all along was not true. Would your world be rocked and those things y...

    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...

    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...

    Infertility. A subject that is taboo in orthodox circles but has become less so in recent years with non-profit groups devoted to helping childless couples have blossomed in recent years. Dani Shapiro was born in 1963 to previously childless couple Paul and Irene Shapiro. Paul had a da...

    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...

    Many people participate in DNA testing as a lark, never anticipating the results will rock them to their core and make them question their entire life. This is what happened to the author when she finds out that her Orthodox Jewish father was not her biological father, and the ancest...

  • Diane
    Jul 02, 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 - ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Most of us think we know about those in our family who came before us. There may be an occasional surprise, but on the whole we are pretty confident who our parents are. Imagine if you found out that what you thought all along was not true. Would your world be rocked and those things y...

    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...

    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...

    Infertility. A subject that is taboo in orthodox circles but has become less so in recent years with non-profit groups devoted to helping childless couples have blossomed in recent years. Dani Shapiro was born in 1963 to previously childless couple Paul and Irene Shapiro. Paul had a da...

    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...

    Many people participate in DNA testing as a lark, never anticipating the results will rock them to their core and make them question their entire life. This is what happened to the author when she finds out that her Orthodox Jewish father was not her biological father, and the ancest...

    This is the best memoir I've read this year. In the very first chapter, Dani Shapiro receives her DNA results and learns that her father was not her biological father. And down the rabbit hole she goes, searching for the truth. This was a bit tricky because both of her parents had ...

  • 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 - ...

  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    Feb 28, 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 - ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Most of us think we know about those in our family who came before us. There may be an occasional surprise, but on the whole we are pretty confident who our parents are. Imagine if you found out that what you thought all along was not true. Would your world be rocked and those things y...

    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...

    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...

    Infertility. A subject that is taboo in orthodox circles but has become less so in recent years with non-profit groups devoted to helping childless couples have blossomed in recent years. Dani Shapiro was born in 1963 to previously childless couple Paul and Irene Shapiro. Paul had a da...

    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...

    Many people participate in DNA testing as a lark, never anticipating the results will rock them to their core and make them question their entire life. This is what happened to the author when she finds out that her Orthodox Jewish father was not her biological father, and the ancest...

    This is the best memoir I've read this year. In the very first chapter, Dani Shapiro receives her DNA results and learns that her father was not her biological father. And down the rabbit hole she goes, searching for the truth. This was a bit tricky because both of her parents had ...

    Self-absorbed, white privileged author who is blissfully unaware of the real challenges of life as she ridiculously overreacts to genetic test results. ...

    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...

    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...

    I knew this wasn't really the book for me when I started just skimming at only about 15% in. I probably would have abandoned it entirely if not for how short it is. The main problem with this book is that the author comes off as just so unlikeable. The way in which she writes about...

    Meh, not for me. Well written, but I found the self -agonizing to be annoying. ...

    I have a few reservations about this book, although it is an enjoyable read. Dani Shapiro?s Jewish mother gave birth to her after artificial insemination including sperm from the beloved Jewish father who raised her from birth, along with the sperm from an anonymous donor. The do...

    Dani Shapiro grew up in an observant Jewish family. She was yeshiva-educated and a fluent speaker of Hebrew by the time she was in high school. Her father, Paul Shapiro, was the scion of a prominent New York Orthodox family. He?d married and divorced when young, then married a ...

    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...

    I can't imagine how I would feel after getting the results from Ancestry.com and realizing I am not related to my father. That is what happened to Dani Shapiro. She remembers looking in the mirror as a child and trying to figure out who she is, she doesn't look like any of her relative...

    I feel compelled to warn others NOT to waste their time or money on this book. An extremely self-centered, whiney, overly dramatic memoir of a white privileged author. I was attempting to read it for a book club, but half way through, I had to abandon it. I honestly could not take anym...

    I am a great admirer of Dani Shapiro's writing, and this book did not disappoint. It is a beautifully told memoir that explores the true meaning of parenthood. Highly recommended! ...

    All my life I had known there was a secret. What I hadn't known: the secret was me. Dani Shapiro was raised an only child in an Orthodox Jewish home by a beloved, doting father and a difficult, distant mother. Blonde and blue-eyed, Dani doesn't resemble anyone in her Ashkenazi famil...

    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...

  • Carol
    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 - ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Most of us think we know about those in our family who came before us. There may be an occasional surprise, but on the whole we are pretty confident who our parents are. Imagine if you found out that what you thought all along was not true. Would your world be rocked and those things y...

    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...

    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...

    Infertility. A subject that is taboo in orthodox circles but has become less so in recent years with non-profit groups devoted to helping childless couples have blossomed in recent years. Dani Shapiro was born in 1963 to previously childless couple Paul and Irene Shapiro. Paul had a da...

    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...

  • Julie Christine
    May 27, 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 - ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Most of us think we know about those in our family who came before us. There may be an occasional surprise, but on the whole we are pretty confident who our parents are. Imagine if you found out that what you thought all along was not true. Would your world be rocked and those things y...

    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...

    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...

    Infertility. A subject that is taboo in orthodox circles but has become less so in recent years with non-profit groups devoted to helping childless couples have blossomed in recent years. Dani Shapiro was born in 1963 to previously childless couple Paul and Irene Shapiro. Paul had a da...

    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...

    Many people participate in DNA testing as a lark, never anticipating the results will rock them to their core and make them question their entire life. This is what happened to the author when she finds out that her Orthodox Jewish father was not her biological father, and the ancest...

    This is the best memoir I've read this year. In the very first chapter, Dani Shapiro receives her DNA results and learns that her father was not her biological father. And down the rabbit hole she goes, searching for the truth. This was a bit tricky because both of her parents had ...

    Self-absorbed, white privileged author who is blissfully unaware of the real challenges of life as she ridiculously overreacts to genetic test results. ...

    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...

    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...

    I knew this wasn't really the book for me when I started just skimming at only about 15% in. I probably would have abandoned it entirely if not for how short it is. The main problem with this book is that the author comes off as just so unlikeable. The way in which she writes about...

    Meh, not for me. Well written, but I found the self -agonizing to be annoying. ...

    I have a few reservations about this book, although it is an enjoyable read. Dani Shapiro?s Jewish mother gave birth to her after artificial insemination including sperm from the beloved Jewish father who raised her from birth, along with the sperm from an anonymous donor. The do...

    Dani Shapiro grew up in an observant Jewish family. She was yeshiva-educated and a fluent speaker of Hebrew by the time she was in high school. Her father, Paul Shapiro, was the scion of a prominent New York Orthodox family. He?d married and divorced when young, then married a ...

    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...

    I can't imagine how I would feel after getting the results from Ancestry.com and realizing I am not related to my father. That is what happened to Dani Shapiro. She remembers looking in the mirror as a child and trying to figure out who she is, she doesn't look like any of her relative...

    I feel compelled to warn others NOT to waste their time or money on this book. An extremely self-centered, whiney, overly dramatic memoir of a white privileged author. I was attempting to read it for a book club, but half way through, I had to abandon it. I honestly could not take anym...

    I am a great admirer of Dani Shapiro's writing, and this book did not disappoint. It is a beautifully told memoir that explores the true meaning of parenthood. Highly recommended! ...

    All my life I had known there was a secret. What I hadn't known: the secret was me. Dani Shapiro was raised an only child in an Orthodox Jewish home by a beloved, doting father and a difficult, distant mother. Blonde and blue-eyed, Dani doesn't resemble anyone in her Ashkenazi famil...

  • Marialyce
    Apr 16, 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 - ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Most of us think we know about those in our family who came before us. There may be an occasional surprise, but on the whole we are pretty confident who our parents are. Imagine if you found out that what you thought all along was not true. Would your world be rocked and those things y...

  • Jana
    Jan 18, 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 - ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Sharon Hart-Green
    Apr 09, 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 - ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Most of us think we know about those in our family who came before us. There may be an occasional surprise, but on the whole we are pretty confident who our parents are. Imagine if you found out that what you thought all along was not true. Would your world be rocked and those things y...

    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...

    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...

    Infertility. A subject that is taboo in orthodox circles but has become less so in recent years with non-profit groups devoted to helping childless couples have blossomed in recent years. Dani Shapiro was born in 1963 to previously childless couple Paul and Irene Shapiro. Paul had a da...

    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...

    Many people participate in DNA testing as a lark, never anticipating the results will rock them to their core and make them question their entire life. This is what happened to the author when she finds out that her Orthodox Jewish father was not her biological father, and the ancest...

    This is the best memoir I've read this year. In the very first chapter, Dani Shapiro receives her DNA results and learns that her father was not her biological father. And down the rabbit hole she goes, searching for the truth. This was a bit tricky because both of her parents had ...

    Self-absorbed, white privileged author who is blissfully unaware of the real challenges of life as she ridiculously overreacts to genetic test results. ...

    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...

    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...

    I knew this wasn't really the book for me when I started just skimming at only about 15% in. I probably would have abandoned it entirely if not for how short it is. The main problem with this book is that the author comes off as just so unlikeable. The way in which she writes about...

    Meh, not for me. Well written, but I found the self -agonizing to be annoying. ...

    I have a few reservations about this book, although it is an enjoyable read. Dani Shapiro?s Jewish mother gave birth to her after artificial insemination including sperm from the beloved Jewish father who raised her from birth, along with the sperm from an anonymous donor. The do...

    Dani Shapiro grew up in an observant Jewish family. She was yeshiva-educated and a fluent speaker of Hebrew by the time she was in high school. Her father, Paul Shapiro, was the scion of a prominent New York Orthodox family. He?d married and divorced when young, then married a ...

    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...

    I can't imagine how I would feel after getting the results from Ancestry.com and realizing I am not related to my father. That is what happened to Dani Shapiro. She remembers looking in the mirror as a child and trying to figure out who she is, she doesn't look like any of her relative...

    I feel compelled to warn others NOT to waste their time or money on this book. An extremely self-centered, whiney, overly dramatic memoir of a white privileged author. I was attempting to read it for a book club, but half way through, I had to abandon it. I honestly could not take anym...

    I am a great admirer of Dani Shapiro's writing, and this book did not disappoint. It is a beautifully told memoir that explores the true meaning of parenthood. Highly recommended! ...

  • Canadian
    May 04, 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 - ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Most of us think we know about those in our family who came before us. There may be an occasional surprise, but on the whole we are pretty confident who our parents are. Imagine if you found out that what you thought all along was not true. Would your world be rocked and those things y...

    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...

    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...

    Infertility. A subject that is taboo in orthodox circles but has become less so in recent years with non-profit groups devoted to helping childless couples have blossomed in recent years. Dani Shapiro was born in 1963 to previously childless couple Paul and Irene Shapiro. Paul had a da...

    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...

    Many people participate in DNA testing as a lark, never anticipating the results will rock them to their core and make them question their entire life. This is what happened to the author when she finds out that her Orthodox Jewish father was not her biological father, and the ancest...

    This is the best memoir I've read this year. In the very first chapter, Dani Shapiro receives her DNA results and learns that her father was not her biological father. And down the rabbit hole she goes, searching for the truth. This was a bit tricky because both of her parents had ...

    Self-absorbed, white privileged author who is blissfully unaware of the real challenges of life as she ridiculously overreacts to genetic test results. ...

    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...

    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...

    I knew this wasn't really the book for me when I started just skimming at only about 15% in. I probably would have abandoned it entirely if not for how short it is. The main problem with this book is that the author comes off as just so unlikeable. The way in which she writes about...

    Meh, not for me. Well written, but I found the self -agonizing to be annoying. ...

    I have a few reservations about this book, although it is an enjoyable read. Dani Shapiro?s Jewish mother gave birth to her after artificial insemination including sperm from the beloved Jewish father who raised her from birth, along with the sperm from an anonymous donor. The do...

    Dani Shapiro grew up in an observant Jewish family. She was yeshiva-educated and a fluent speaker of Hebrew by the time she was in high school. Her father, Paul Shapiro, was the scion of a prominent New York Orthodox family. He?d married and divorced when young, then married a ...

  • Julie Ehlers
    Jan 20, 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 - ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Most of us think we know about those in our family who came before us. There may be an occasional surprise, but on the whole we are pretty confident who our parents are. Imagine if you found out that what you thought all along was not true. Would your world be rocked and those things y...

    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...

    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...

  • Brina
    Jul 31, 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 - ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Most of us think we know about those in our family who came before us. There may be an occasional surprise, but on the whole we are pretty confident who our parents are. Imagine if you found out that what you thought all along was not true. Would your world be rocked and those things y...

    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...

    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...

    Infertility. A subject that is taboo in orthodox circles but has become less so in recent years with non-profit groups devoted to helping childless couples have blossomed in recent years. Dani Shapiro was born in 1963 to previously childless couple Paul and Irene Shapiro. Paul had a da...

  • Diane S ☔
    Feb 22, 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 - ...

    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

    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 - ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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 - ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Most of us think we know about those in our family who came before us. There may be an occasional surprise, but on the whole we are pretty confident who our parents are. Imagine if you found out that what you thought all along was not true. Would your world be rocked and those things y...

    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...

    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...

    Infertility. A subject that is taboo in orthodox circles but has become less so in recent years with non-profit groups devoted to helping childless couples have blossomed in recent years. Dani Shapiro was born in 1963 to previously childless couple Paul and Irene Shapiro. Paul had a da...

    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...

    Many people participate in DNA testing as a lark, never anticipating the results will rock them to their core and make them question their entire life. This is what happened to the author when she finds out that her Orthodox Jewish father was not her biological father, and the ancest...

    This is the best memoir I've read this year. In the very first chapter, Dani Shapiro receives her DNA results and learns that her father was not her biological father. And down the rabbit hole she goes, searching for the truth. This was a bit tricky because both of her parents had ...

    Self-absorbed, white privileged author who is blissfully unaware of the real challenges of life as she ridiculously overreacts to genetic test results. ...

    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...

    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...

    I knew this wasn't really the book for me when I started just skimming at only about 15% in. I probably would have abandoned it entirely if not for how short it is. The main problem with this book is that the author comes off as just so unlikeable. The way in which she writes about...

    Meh, not for me. Well written, but I found the self -agonizing to be annoying. ...

    I have a few reservations about this book, although it is an enjoyable read. Dani Shapiro?s Jewish mother gave birth to her after artificial insemination including sperm from the beloved Jewish father who raised her from birth, along with the sperm from an anonymous donor. The do...

    Dani Shapiro grew up in an observant Jewish family. She was yeshiva-educated and a fluent speaker of Hebrew by the time she was in high school. Her father, Paul Shapiro, was the scion of a prominent New York Orthodox family. He?d married and divorced when young, then married a ...

    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...

  • Rebecca
    Dec 16, 2018

    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 - ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Most of us think we know about those in our family who came before us. There may be an occasional surprise, but on the whole we are pretty confident who our parents are. Imagine if you found out that what you thought all along was not true. Would your world be rocked and those things y...

    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...

    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...

    Infertility. A subject that is taboo in orthodox circles but has become less so in recent years with non-profit groups devoted to helping childless couples have blossomed in recent years. Dani Shapiro was born in 1963 to previously childless couple Paul and Irene Shapiro. Paul had a da...

    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...

    Many people participate in DNA testing as a lark, never anticipating the results will rock them to their core and make them question their entire life. This is what happened to the author when she finds out that her Orthodox Jewish father was not her biological father, and the ancest...

    This is the best memoir I've read this year. In the very first chapter, Dani Shapiro receives her DNA results and learns that her father was not her biological father. And down the rabbit hole she goes, searching for the truth. This was a bit tricky because both of her parents had ...

    Self-absorbed, white privileged author who is blissfully unaware of the real challenges of life as she ridiculously overreacts to genetic test results. ...

    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...

  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    Apr 03, 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 - ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Most of us think we know about those in our family who came before us. There may be an occasional surprise, but on the whole we are pretty confident who our parents are. Imagine if you found out that what you thought all along was not true. Would your world be rocked and those things y...

    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...

    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...

    Infertility. A subject that is taboo in orthodox circles but has become less so in recent years with non-profit groups devoted to helping childless couples have blossomed in recent years. Dani Shapiro was born in 1963 to previously childless couple Paul and Irene Shapiro. Paul had a da...

    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...

    Many people participate in DNA testing as a lark, never anticipating the results will rock them to their core and make them question their entire life. This is what happened to the author when she finds out that her Orthodox Jewish father was not her biological father, and the ancest...

    This is the best memoir I've read this year. In the very first chapter, Dani Shapiro receives her DNA results and learns that her father was not her biological father. And down the rabbit hole she goes, searching for the truth. This was a bit tricky because both of her parents had ...

    Self-absorbed, white privileged author who is blissfully unaware of the real challenges of life as she ridiculously overreacts to genetic test results. ...

    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...

    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...

    I knew this wasn't really the book for me when I started just skimming at only about 15% in. I probably would have abandoned it entirely if not for how short it is. The main problem with this book is that the author comes off as just so unlikeable. The way in which she writes about...

    Meh, not for me. Well written, but I found the self -agonizing to be annoying. ...

    I have a few reservations about this book, although it is an enjoyable read. Dani Shapiro?s Jewish mother gave birth to her after artificial insemination including sperm from the beloved Jewish father who raised her from birth, along with the sperm from an anonymous donor. The do...

    Dani Shapiro grew up in an observant Jewish family. She was yeshiva-educated and a fluent speaker of Hebrew by the time she was in high school. Her father, Paul Shapiro, was the scion of a prominent New York Orthodox family. He?d married and divorced when young, then married a ...

    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...

    I can't imagine how I would feel after getting the results from Ancestry.com and realizing I am not related to my father. That is what happened to Dani Shapiro. She remembers looking in the mirror as a child and trying to figure out who she is, she doesn't look like any of her relative...

    I feel compelled to warn others NOT to waste their time or money on this book. An extremely self-centered, whiney, overly dramatic memoir of a white privileged author. I was attempting to read it for a book club, but half way through, I had to abandon it. I honestly could not take anym...

    I am a great admirer of Dani Shapiro's writing, and this book did not disappoint. It is a beautifully told memoir that explores the true meaning of parenthood. Highly recommended! ...

    All my life I had known there was a secret. What I hadn't known: the secret was me. Dani Shapiro was raised an only child in an Orthodox Jewish home by a beloved, doting father and a difficult, distant mother. Blonde and blue-eyed, Dani doesn't resemble anyone in her Ashkenazi famil...

    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...

    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...

    Shapiro is rocked by the results of her DNA test. Instead of the innocuous information that would confirm what she had accepted as truth for fifty-four years, she found out that she was NOT her father?s daughter. How could that be? It seems that her parents were having trouble con...

    Inheritance was a five star book for me and those are so very few and far between. "It turns out that it is possible to live an entire life---even an examined life, to the degree that I had relentlessly examined mine---and still not know the truth of oneself." Dani Shapiro spent ...

  • Daniel Myers
    Apr 16, 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 - ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Most of us think we know about those in our family who came before us. There may be an occasional surprise, but on the whole we are pretty confident who our parents are. Imagine if you found out that what you thought all along was not true. Would your world be rocked and those things y...

    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...

    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...

    Infertility. A subject that is taboo in orthodox circles but has become less so in recent years with non-profit groups devoted to helping childless couples have blossomed in recent years. Dani Shapiro was born in 1963 to previously childless couple Paul and Irene Shapiro. Paul had a da...

    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...

    Many people participate in DNA testing as a lark, never anticipating the results will rock them to their core and make them question their entire life. This is what happened to the author when she finds out that her Orthodox Jewish father was not her biological father, and the ancest...

    This is the best memoir I've read this year. In the very first chapter, Dani Shapiro receives her DNA results and learns that her father was not her biological father. And down the rabbit hole she goes, searching for the truth. This was a bit tricky because both of her parents had ...

    Self-absorbed, white privileged author who is blissfully unaware of the real challenges of life as she ridiculously overreacts to genetic test results. ...

    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...

    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...

    I knew this wasn't really the book for me when I started just skimming at only about 15% in. I probably would have abandoned it entirely if not for how short it is. The main problem with this book is that the author comes off as just so unlikeable. The way in which she writes about...

  • Jennifer Blankfein
    Feb 09, 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 - ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Most of us think we know about those in our family who came before us. There may be an occasional surprise, but on the whole we are pretty confident who our parents are. Imagine if you found out that what you thought all along was not true. Would your world be rocked and those things y...

    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...

    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...

    Infertility. A subject that is taboo in orthodox circles but has become less so in recent years with non-profit groups devoted to helping childless couples have blossomed in recent years. Dani Shapiro was born in 1963 to previously childless couple Paul and Irene Shapiro. Paul had a da...

    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...

    Many people participate in DNA testing as a lark, never anticipating the results will rock them to their core and make them question their entire life. This is what happened to the author when she finds out that her Orthodox Jewish father was not her biological father, and the ancest...

    This is the best memoir I've read this year. In the very first chapter, Dani Shapiro receives her DNA results and learns that her father was not her biological father. And down the rabbit hole she goes, searching for the truth. This was a bit tricky because both of her parents had ...

    Self-absorbed, white privileged author who is blissfully unaware of the real challenges of life as she ridiculously overreacts to genetic test results. ...

    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...

    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...

  • Jeannie
    Apr 01, 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 - ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Most of us think we know about those in our family who came before us. There may be an occasional surprise, but on the whole we are pretty confident who our parents are. Imagine if you found out that what you thought all along was not true. Would your world be rocked and those things y...

    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...

    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...

    Infertility. A subject that is taboo in orthodox circles but has become less so in recent years with non-profit groups devoted to helping childless couples have blossomed in recent years. Dani Shapiro was born in 1963 to previously childless couple Paul and Irene Shapiro. Paul had a da...

    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...

    Many people participate in DNA testing as a lark, never anticipating the results will rock them to their core and make them question their entire life. This is what happened to the author when she finds out that her Orthodox Jewish father was not her biological father, and the ancest...

    This is the best memoir I've read this year. In the very first chapter, Dani Shapiro receives her DNA results and learns that her father was not her biological father. And down the rabbit hole she goes, searching for the truth. This was a bit tricky because both of her parents had ...

    Self-absorbed, white privileged author who is blissfully unaware of the real challenges of life as she ridiculously overreacts to genetic test results. ...

    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...

    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...

    I knew this wasn't really the book for me when I started just skimming at only about 15% in. I probably would have abandoned it entirely if not for how short it is. The main problem with this book is that the author comes off as just so unlikeable. The way in which she writes about...

    Meh, not for me. Well written, but I found the self -agonizing to be annoying. ...

    I have a few reservations about this book, although it is an enjoyable read. Dani Shapiro?s Jewish mother gave birth to her after artificial insemination including sperm from the beloved Jewish father who raised her from birth, along with the sperm from an anonymous donor. The do...

    Dani Shapiro grew up in an observant Jewish family. She was yeshiva-educated and a fluent speaker of Hebrew by the time she was in high school. Her father, Paul Shapiro, was the scion of a prominent New York Orthodox family. He?d married and divorced when young, then married a ...

    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...

    I can't imagine how I would feel after getting the results from Ancestry.com and realizing I am not related to my father. That is what happened to Dani Shapiro. She remembers looking in the mirror as a child and trying to figure out who she is, she doesn't look like any of her relative...

  • Edith
    Jan 15, 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 - ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Michael
    Nov 27, 2018

    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 - ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Most of us think we know about those in our family who came before us. There may be an occasional surprise, but on the whole we are pretty confident who our parents are. Imagine if you found out that what you thought all along was not true. Would your world be rocked and those things y...

    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...

  • Kimberly Dawn
    Jul 30, 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 - ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Most of us think we know about those in our family who came before us. There may be an occasional surprise, but on the whole we are pretty confident who our parents are. Imagine if you found out that what you thought all along was not true. Would your world be rocked and those things y...

    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...

    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...

    Infertility. A subject that is taboo in orthodox circles but has become less so in recent years with non-profit groups devoted to helping childless couples have blossomed in recent years. Dani Shapiro was born in 1963 to previously childless couple Paul and Irene Shapiro. Paul had a da...

    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...

    Many people participate in DNA testing as a lark, never anticipating the results will rock them to their core and make them question their entire life. This is what happened to the author when she finds out that her Orthodox Jewish father was not her biological father, and the ancest...

    This is the best memoir I've read this year. In the very first chapter, Dani Shapiro receives her DNA results and learns that her father was not her biological father. And down the rabbit hole she goes, searching for the truth. This was a bit tricky because both of her parents had ...

    Self-absorbed, white privileged author who is blissfully unaware of the real challenges of life as she ridiculously overreacts to genetic test results. ...

    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...

    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...

    I knew this wasn't really the book for me when I started just skimming at only about 15% in. I probably would have abandoned it entirely if not for how short it is. The main problem with this book is that the author comes off as just so unlikeable. The way in which she writes about...

    Meh, not for me. Well written, but I found the self -agonizing to be annoying. ...

    I have a few reservations about this book, although it is an enjoyable read. Dani Shapiro?s Jewish mother gave birth to her after artificial insemination including sperm from the beloved Jewish father who raised her from birth, along with the sperm from an anonymous donor. The do...

  • Brandice
    Feb 13, 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 - ...

    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...

    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

    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 - ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Most of us think we know about those in our family who came before us. There may be an occasional surprise, but on the whole we are pretty confident who our parents are. Imagine if you found out that what you thought all along was not true. Would your world be rocked and those things y...

    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...

    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...

    Infertility. A subject that is taboo in orthodox circles but has become less so in recent years with non-profit groups devoted to helping childless couples have blossomed in recent years. Dani Shapiro was born in 1963 to previously childless couple Paul and Irene Shapiro. Paul had a da...

    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...

    Many people participate in DNA testing as a lark, never anticipating the results will rock them to their core and make them question their entire life. This is what happened to the author when she finds out that her Orthodox Jewish father was not her biological father, and the ancest...

    This is the best memoir I've read this year. In the very first chapter, Dani Shapiro receives her DNA results and learns that her father was not her biological father. And down the rabbit hole she goes, searching for the truth. This was a bit tricky because both of her parents had ...

    Self-absorbed, white privileged author who is blissfully unaware of the real challenges of life as she ridiculously overreacts to genetic test results. ...

    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...

    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...

    I knew this wasn't really the book for me when I started just skimming at only about 15% in. I probably would have abandoned it entirely if not for how short it is. The main problem with this book is that the author comes off as just so unlikeable. The way in which she writes about...

    Meh, not for me. Well written, but I found the self -agonizing to be annoying. ...

    I have a few reservations about this book, although it is an enjoyable read. Dani Shapiro?s Jewish mother gave birth to her after artificial insemination including sperm from the beloved Jewish father who raised her from birth, along with the sperm from an anonymous donor. The do...

    Dani Shapiro grew up in an observant Jewish family. She was yeshiva-educated and a fluent speaker of Hebrew by the time she was in high school. Her father, Paul Shapiro, was the scion of a prominent New York Orthodox family. He?d married and divorced when young, then married a ...

    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...

    I can't imagine how I would feel after getting the results from Ancestry.com and realizing I am not related to my father. That is what happened to Dani Shapiro. She remembers looking in the mirror as a child and trying to figure out who she is, she doesn't look like any of her relative...

    I feel compelled to warn others NOT to waste their time or money on this book. An extremely self-centered, whiney, overly dramatic memoir of a white privileged author. I was attempting to read it for a book club, but half way through, I had to abandon it. I honestly could not take anym...

    I am a great admirer of Dani Shapiro's writing, and this book did not disappoint. It is a beautifully told memoir that explores the true meaning of parenthood. Highly recommended! ...

    All my life I had known there was a secret. What I hadn't known: the secret was me. Dani Shapiro was raised an only child in an Orthodox Jewish home by a beloved, doting father and a difficult, distant mother. Blonde and blue-eyed, Dani doesn't resemble anyone in her Ashkenazi famil...

    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...

    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...

  • Candie
    Jul 03, 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 - ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Most of us think we know about those in our family who came before us. There may be an occasional surprise, but on the whole we are pretty confident who our parents are. Imagine if you found out that what you thought all along was not true. Would your world be rocked and those things y...

    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...

    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...

    Infertility. A subject that is taboo in orthodox circles but has become less so in recent years with non-profit groups devoted to helping childless couples have blossomed in recent years. Dani Shapiro was born in 1963 to previously childless couple Paul and Irene Shapiro. Paul had a da...

    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...

    Many people participate in DNA testing as a lark, never anticipating the results will rock them to their core and make them question their entire life. This is what happened to the author when she finds out that her Orthodox Jewish father was not her biological father, and the ancest...

    This is the best memoir I've read this year. In the very first chapter, Dani Shapiro receives her DNA results and learns that her father was not her biological father. And down the rabbit hole she goes, searching for the truth. This was a bit tricky because both of her parents had ...

    Self-absorbed, white privileged author who is blissfully unaware of the real challenges of life as she ridiculously overreacts to genetic test results. ...

    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...

    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...

    I knew this wasn't really the book for me when I started just skimming at only about 15% in. I probably would have abandoned it entirely if not for how short it is. The main problem with this book is that the author comes off as just so unlikeable. The way in which she writes about...

    Meh, not for me. Well written, but I found the self -agonizing to be annoying. ...

    I have a few reservations about this book, although it is an enjoyable read. Dani Shapiro?s Jewish mother gave birth to her after artificial insemination including sperm from the beloved Jewish father who raised her from birth, along with the sperm from an anonymous donor. The do...

    Dani Shapiro grew up in an observant Jewish family. She was yeshiva-educated and a fluent speaker of Hebrew by the time she was in high school. Her father, Paul Shapiro, was the scion of a prominent New York Orthodox family. He?d married and divorced when young, then married a ...

    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...

    I can't imagine how I would feel after getting the results from Ancestry.com and realizing I am not related to my father. That is what happened to Dani Shapiro. She remembers looking in the mirror as a child and trying to figure out who she is, she doesn't look like any of her relative...

    I feel compelled to warn others NOT to waste their time or money on this book. An extremely self-centered, whiney, overly dramatic memoir of a white privileged author. I was attempting to read it for a book club, but half way through, I had to abandon it. I honestly could not take anym...

    I am a great admirer of Dani Shapiro's writing, and this book did not disappoint. It is a beautifully told memoir that explores the true meaning of parenthood. Highly recommended! ...

    All my life I had known there was a secret. What I hadn't known: the secret was me. Dani Shapiro was raised an only child in an Orthodox Jewish home by a beloved, doting father and a difficult, distant mother. Blonde and blue-eyed, Dani doesn't resemble anyone in her Ashkenazi famil...

    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...

    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...

    Shapiro is rocked by the results of her DNA test. Instead of the innocuous information that would confirm what she had accepted as truth for fifty-four years, she found out that she was NOT her father?s daughter. How could that be? It seems that her parents were having trouble con...

    Inheritance was a five star book for me and those are so very few and far between. "It turns out that it is possible to live an entire life---even an examined life, to the degree that I had relentlessly examined mine---and still not know the truth of oneself." Dani Shapiro spent ...

    DNF. I'm definitely in the minority when it comes to this book. I have heard good things about it but unfortunately it just wasn't for me. I read to 52% but I just could not get into it at all. There were some interesting insights into the subjectivity of our life experiences and the t...

  • Zennifer
    Feb 08, 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 - ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Most of us think we know about those in our family who came before us. There may be an occasional surprise, but on the whole we are pretty confident who our parents are. Imagine if you found out that what you thought all along was not true. Would your world be rocked and those things y...

    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...

    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...

    Infertility. A subject that is taboo in orthodox circles but has become less so in recent years with non-profit groups devoted to helping childless couples have blossomed in recent years. Dani Shapiro was born in 1963 to previously childless couple Paul and Irene Shapiro. Paul had a da...

    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...

    Many people participate in DNA testing as a lark, never anticipating the results will rock them to their core and make them question their entire life. This is what happened to the author when she finds out that her Orthodox Jewish father was not her biological father, and the ancest...

    This is the best memoir I've read this year. In the very first chapter, Dani Shapiro receives her DNA results and learns that her father was not her biological father. And down the rabbit hole she goes, searching for the truth. This was a bit tricky because both of her parents had ...

    Self-absorbed, white privileged author who is blissfully unaware of the real challenges of life as she ridiculously overreacts to genetic test results. ...

  • Kathleen
    Apr 30, 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 - ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Most of us think we know about those in our family who came before us. There may be an occasional surprise, but on the whole we are pretty confident who our parents are. Imagine if you found out that what you thought all along was not true. Would your world be rocked and those things y...

    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...

    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...

    Infertility. A subject that is taboo in orthodox circles but has become less so in recent years with non-profit groups devoted to helping childless couples have blossomed in recent years. Dani Shapiro was born in 1963 to previously childless couple Paul and Irene Shapiro. Paul had a da...

    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...

    Many people participate in DNA testing as a lark, never anticipating the results will rock them to their core and make them question their entire life. This is what happened to the author when she finds out that her Orthodox Jewish father was not her biological father, and the ancest...

    This is the best memoir I've read this year. In the very first chapter, Dani Shapiro receives her DNA results and learns that her father was not her biological father. And down the rabbit hole she goes, searching for the truth. This was a bit tricky because both of her parents had ...

    Self-absorbed, white privileged author who is blissfully unaware of the real challenges of life as she ridiculously overreacts to genetic test results. ...

    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...

    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...

    I knew this wasn't really the book for me when I started just skimming at only about 15% in. I probably would have abandoned it entirely if not for how short it is. The main problem with this book is that the author comes off as just so unlikeable. The way in which she writes about...

    Meh, not for me. Well written, but I found the self -agonizing to be annoying. ...

    I have a few reservations about this book, although it is an enjoyable read. Dani Shapiro?s Jewish mother gave birth to her after artificial insemination including sperm from the beloved Jewish father who raised her from birth, along with the sperm from an anonymous donor. The do...

    Dani Shapiro grew up in an observant Jewish family. She was yeshiva-educated and a fluent speaker of Hebrew by the time she was in high school. Her father, Paul Shapiro, was the scion of a prominent New York Orthodox family. He?d married and divorced when young, then married a ...

    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...

    I can't imagine how I would feel after getting the results from Ancestry.com and realizing I am not related to my father. That is what happened to Dani Shapiro. She remembers looking in the mirror as a child and trying to figure out who she is, she doesn't look like any of her relative...

    I feel compelled to warn others NOT to waste their time or money on this book. An extremely self-centered, whiney, overly dramatic memoir of a white privileged author. I was attempting to read it for a book club, but half way through, I had to abandon it. I honestly could not take anym...

    I am a great admirer of Dani Shapiro's writing, and this book did not disappoint. It is a beautifully told memoir that explores the true meaning of parenthood. Highly recommended! ...

    All my life I had known there was a secret. What I hadn't known: the secret was me. Dani Shapiro was raised an only child in an Orthodox Jewish home by a beloved, doting father and a difficult, distant mother. Blonde and blue-eyed, Dani doesn't resemble anyone in her Ashkenazi famil...

    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...

    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...

    Shapiro is rocked by the results of her DNA test. Instead of the innocuous information that would confirm what she had accepted as truth for fifty-four years, she found out that she was NOT her father?s daughter. How could that be? It seems that her parents were having trouble con...

  • Beth
    Feb 17, 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 - ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Most of us think we know about those in our family who came before us. There may be an occasional surprise, but on the whole we are pretty confident who our parents are. Imagine if you found out that what you thought all along was not true. Would your world be rocked and those things y...

    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...

    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...

    Infertility. A subject that is taboo in orthodox circles but has become less so in recent years with non-profit groups devoted to helping childless couples have blossomed in recent years. Dani Shapiro was born in 1963 to previously childless couple Paul and Irene Shapiro. Paul had a da...

    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...

    Many people participate in DNA testing as a lark, never anticipating the results will rock them to their core and make them question their entire life. This is what happened to the author when she finds out that her Orthodox Jewish father was not her biological father, and the ancest...

    This is the best memoir I've read this year. In the very first chapter, Dani Shapiro receives her DNA results and learns that her father was not her biological father. And down the rabbit hole she goes, searching for the truth. This was a bit tricky because both of her parents had ...

    Self-absorbed, white privileged author who is blissfully unaware of the real challenges of life as she ridiculously overreacts to genetic test results. ...

    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...

    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...

    I knew this wasn't really the book for me when I started just skimming at only about 15% in. I probably would have abandoned it entirely if not for how short it is. The main problem with this book is that the author comes off as just so unlikeable. The way in which she writes about...

    Meh, not for me. Well written, but I found the self -agonizing to be annoying. ...

  • Amena Ahmad
    Feb 25, 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 - ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Most of us think we know about those in our family who came before us. There may be an occasional surprise, but on the whole we are pretty confident who our parents are. Imagine if you found out that what you thought all along was not true. Would your world be rocked and those things y...

    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...

    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...

    Infertility. A subject that is taboo in orthodox circles but has become less so in recent years with non-profit groups devoted to helping childless couples have blossomed in recent years. Dani Shapiro was born in 1963 to previously childless couple Paul and Irene Shapiro. Paul had a da...

    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...

    Many people participate in DNA testing as a lark, never anticipating the results will rock them to their core and make them question their entire life. This is what happened to the author when she finds out that her Orthodox Jewish father was not her biological father, and the ancest...

    This is the best memoir I've read this year. In the very first chapter, Dani Shapiro receives her DNA results and learns that her father was not her biological father. And down the rabbit hole she goes, searching for the truth. This was a bit tricky because both of her parents had ...

    Self-absorbed, white privileged author who is blissfully unaware of the real challenges of life as she ridiculously overreacts to genetic test results. ...

    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...

    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...

    I knew this wasn't really the book for me when I started just skimming at only about 15% in. I probably would have abandoned it entirely if not for how short it is. The main problem with this book is that the author comes off as just so unlikeable. The way in which she writes about...

    Meh, not for me. Well written, but I found the self -agonizing to be annoying. ...

    I have a few reservations about this book, although it is an enjoyable read. Dani Shapiro?s Jewish mother gave birth to her after artificial insemination including sperm from the beloved Jewish father who raised her from birth, along with the sperm from an anonymous donor. The do...

    Dani Shapiro grew up in an observant Jewish family. She was yeshiva-educated and a fluent speaker of Hebrew by the time she was in high school. Her father, Paul Shapiro, was the scion of a prominent New York Orthodox family. He?d married and divorced when young, then married a ...

    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...

    I can't imagine how I would feel after getting the results from Ancestry.com and realizing I am not related to my father. That is what happened to Dani Shapiro. She remembers looking in the mirror as a child and trying to figure out who she is, she doesn't look like any of her relative...

    I feel compelled to warn others NOT to waste their time or money on this book. An extremely self-centered, whiney, overly dramatic memoir of a white privileged author. I was attempting to read it for a book club, but half way through, I had to abandon it. I honestly could not take anym...