Join other readers at this hybrid discussion - on Zoom of Dani Shapiro's Inheritance

Contact: Barbara Shatara at to register and to obtain Zoom info.

About This Month's Book, Dani Shapiro's Inheritance:

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. It is the story of a woman’s urgent quest to unlock the story of her own identity, a story that has been scrupulously hidden from her for more than fifty years, years she had spent writing brilliantly, and compulsively, on themes of identity and family history. 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.

Limited copies of the book are available for checkout at the Main Desk. Reserve one here.

September 8, 2021 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

The Library will be closed on Monday, September 5 for Labor Day.