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Reading Jewish Books

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 15 Sivan 5779

12:30 PM - 2:00 PMJCC

We will be reading "Inheritance" by Dani Shapiro.

Lunch (optional) is $10. RSVP to Elaine Tenenbaum or Cheryl Dritz.

Inheritance, Shapiro's tenth book and fifth memoir, is a quest to uncover a family mystery involving her identity. This time around, the catalyst is a genetic spit test taken out of idle curiosity in 2016. At age 54, Shapiro is shocked to learn that the devout Orthodox Jewish stockbroker she thought was her biological father — Paul Shapiro, the man who died in that car accident — wasn't a blood relative.

Shapiro is shaken to her core by this discovery. If Paul wasn't her real father and she isn't who she thinks she is, then who is she? Where did the non-Ashkenazi French, Irish, English, and German 48 percent of her DNA come from? And, even more upsetting: Did her parents know this and deliberately hide it from her?

This memoir about identity, paternity and family secrets concern her struggle to piece together the hidden story of her own life. Timely and unforgettable, Dani Shapiro's memoir is a gripping, gut-wrenching exploration of genealogy, paternity and love.

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