One Book Steamboat - Inheritance & Dani Shapiro

2020 One Book Steamboat
Join your friends and neighbors for our 2019 One Book Steamboat community read

Each year the Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a community read in Steamboat Springs. We call it ONE BOOK STEAMBOAT. For 2019, we have selected the critically acclaimed New York Times and National Indie bestselling memoir Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity and Love by Dani Shapiro.

The library has ordered extra copies of Inheritance for our collection that are available so everyone is able to check out a copy of the book, read it, and participate in the community conversation.

Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity and Love

Inheritance by Dani Shapiro

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 50 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.

About the Author: Dani Shapiro

Dani Shapiro

Dani Shapiro is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, Inheritance, which was first published in January 2019. Her other books include the memoirs HourglassStill WritingDevotion and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White and Family History

Along with teaching writing workshops around the world, Shapiro has taught at Columbia and New York University, and is the co-founder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy.

In February of 2019, Shapiro launched an original podcast, Family Secrets, in collaboration with iHeartMedia. An iTunes Top 10 podcast, the series features stories from guests who—like Shapiro— have uncovered life-altering and long-hidden secrets from their families’ past.

She lives with her family in Litchfield County, Connecticut.

One Book Steamboat Events

  • Bud Werner Memorial Library Genealogy Club
    Genealogy Club
    Facilitated by John Major and Fran Caparrelli, this club meets every month to share resources and discuss the latest news in the field of Genealogy. Discover your story!