The White Hart Speaker Series: Dani Shapiro - "Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love"

Event date: 
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
The White Hart Inn
15 Under Mountain Road
Salisbury, CT 06068

The White Hart Speaker Series is presented in collaboration with The White Hart Inn & Scoville Memorial Library

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Dani Shapiro. Image by Kwako AlstonThe 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 ineffable thing called the soul defines us? In the spring of 2016, through a genealogy website to which she had whimsically submitted her DNA for analysis, Dani Shapiro received the stunning news that her father was not her biological father. She woke up one morning and her entire history--the life she had lived--crumbled beneath her. Inheritance is a book about secrets--secrets within families, kept out of shame or self-protectiveness; secrets we keep from one another in the name of love.

DANI SHAPIRO is the author of the memoirs Hourglass, Still Writing, Devotion, and Slow Motion and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Shapiro's short fiction, essays, and journalistic pieces have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, One Story, Elle, Vogue, O, The Oprah Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, the op-ed pages of the New York Times, and many other publications. She lives with her family in Litchfield County.

Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101974261
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Anchor - April 3rd, 2018

Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802121417
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grove Press - August 12th, 2014

Devotion: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061628351
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial - February 8th, 2011

Slow Motion: A Memoir of a Life Rescued by Tragedy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061826696
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 26th, 2010

Black & White Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400032129
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Anchor - June 10th, 2008