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Inheritance : a memoir of genealogy, paternity, and love / Dani Shapiro.

Shapiro, Dani, (author.).

In the spring of 2016, through a genealogy website to which she had whimsically submitted her DNA, Dani Shapiro received the astonishing news that her beloved deceased father was not her biological father. Over the course of a single day, her entire history--the life she had lived--crumbled beneath her. In just a few hours of Internet sleuthing, she was able to piece together the story of her conception and, remarkably, find a YouTube video of her biological father--his face and mannerisms eerily similar to her own. 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. It is the story of a woman's urgent quest to unlock the story of her own identity, a story that had been scrupulously hidden from her for more than fifty years. It is a book about the extraordinary moment we live in, a moment in which science and technology have outpaced not only medical ethics but also the capacities of the human heart to contend with the consequences of what we discover.

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  • ISBN: 9781524732714 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 1524732710 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: 247 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2019.
Subject: Shapiro, Dani.
Women novelists, American > Biography.
Novelists, American > 20th century > Biography.
Jewish women > United States > Biography.
Fathers and daughters > United States > Biography.
Genre: Autobiographies.

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  • 7 of 7 copies available at York County Libraries.


  • 0 current holds with 7 total copies.
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Dover Area Community Library Adults 818 SHA Nonfiction (Text) 34217000808824 Adult Area Available -
Glatfelter Memorial Library Adults SHAPIRO Biography (Text) 34216000969578 Adult Area Available -
Kaltreider-Benfer Library Adults Shapiro Biography (Text) 34002001605118 Adult Area Available -
Martin Library Adults Shapiro Biography (Text) 33454005629795 2nd Floor Available -
Paul Smith Library of Southern York County Adults Shapiro Biography (Text) 34318001136007 Adult Area Available -
Red Land Community Library Adults Shapiro Biography (Text) 34006000945359 Main Room Available -
Village Library Adults Shapiro Biography (Text) 34215000754683 Childrens Area Available -

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