DNA, secrets, and inheritance

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Dani Shapiro (courtesy of the author)

Dani Shapiro (courtesy of the author)

Guest: Dani Shapiro

Writer and memoirist DANI SHAPIRO took a genetic test on a whim, not expecting any surprises from the results. After all, Shapiro thought she knew her history well – the daughter of Ashkenazi Jews, raised on her father’s stories of their family and ancestors. But the DNA sample revealed that her dad wasn’t in fact her biological father. Shapiro, who has written four previous memoirs, writes about this shocking revelation, how it changed and explained her identity, and the search to find her biological father in her new book Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love.

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